Losing the Itch

Sorry, I’ve been too busy here in Ireland with dozens and dozens of conversations with people I love and too involved in an unfolding crisis at home to keep up with the blog here. It’s amazing how our days here have touched everyone so differently and opened their eyes to things God was doing in them at the same time he connected people that I’m sure will share lifetime relationships beyond international borders. Just simply amazing! I know there will be much more in a future podcast about it all.

I fly home tomorrow into the arms of the love of my life, for which I can’t wait. But also into jaws of trauma and pain that some of our dearest friends are going through. I’m not sure when I’ll update again, but your prayers, should God put us on your hearts would be most welcome.

I’ll leave you for now with this. I ran across this quote the other day in the manuscript of a friend. It describes an awesome place of freedom:

The pleasure of pride is like the pleasure of scratching. If there is an itch one does want to scratch; but it is much nicer to have neither the itch nor the scratch. As long as we have the itch of self-regard we shall want the pleasure of self-approval; but the happiest moments are those when we forget our precious selves and have neither but have everything else (God, our fellow humans, the garden and the sky) instead.

C.S. Lewis

Religion is trying to stop the scratching in the midst of the itch.

Life in Jesus is losing the itch so there is no desire to scratch.

And how do we lose the itch? Only as we come to recognize and live in the reality of Father’s love do all our itches fade away to nothingness. Ask him! He’ll show you!

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  1. kent July 1, 2007 at 4:40 am

    I’m with you brother and all you are going back into. May Father’s love and presence overwhelm you all.

  2. kent July 1, 2007 at 7:40 am

    I’m with you brother and all you are going back into. May Father’s love and presence overwhelm you all.

  3. ArnieB July 2, 2007 at 9:40 am

    “Religion is trying to stop the scratching in the midst of the itch.

    Life in Jesus is losing the itch so there is no desire to scratch.”

    Pure gold, Wayne.
    So few words, but they say so very, very much.

  4. ArnieB July 2, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    “Religion is trying to stop the scratching in the midst of the itch.

    Life in Jesus is losing the itch so there is no desire to scratch.”

    Pure gold, Wayne.
    So few words, but they say so very, very much.

  5. glen tschirgi July 3, 2007 at 4:38 am

    And one of the ways some of us deal with self regard is self-hatred: telling ourselves that we are loathsome creatures worthy of punishment, thinking that this will somehow kill off thoughts of and preoccupation with self. It seems so like humility, but it is actually just the opposite: preoccupation with self. There are so many false roads, how can we even conceive of finding the way on our own?

  6. glen tschirgi July 3, 2007 at 7:38 am

    And one of the ways some of us deal with self regard is self-hatred: telling ourselves that we are loathsome creatures worthy of punishment, thinking that this will somehow kill off thoughts of and preoccupation with self. It seems so like humility, but it is actually just the opposite: preoccupation with self. There are so many false roads, how can we even conceive of finding the way on our own?

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