One of my favorite things to do is to lead groups in times of solitude and silence. In The Journey we call this time “EPC” which stands for Extended Personal Communion with God.
Once, while introducing a time of EPC, I shared this quote by Jacques-Benign Bossuet. How does it strike you?
“When shall I begin to be honest with myself, and cease to put on false appearances for the benefit of others, and even in order to fool myself? When shall I be content to be nothing, in my own eyes, and in the sight of others, instead of bolstering up my own self-respect and posturing as someone of importance? When shall I find that God is sufficient for me?”
(Jacques-Benigne Bossuet. Letters of Spiritual Direction. Trans. by Geoffrey Webb and Adrian Walker. London: The St. Austin Press, 1958, p. 39.)
I’ve come to realize that many times when I’m praying, I’m really posturing before God to show Him my “best side.” As if He can’t see all of my sides exactly as they really are.
When will I realize that God is enough for me? And enough for others around me?