Crumbs – The Age of Narcissism – Putting Self in its Proper Place

      “The word narcissism comes from the Greek myth of Narcissus. Narcissus was a handsome Greek youth who rejected the desperate advances of the nymph Echo. As punishment, he was doomed to fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. Unable to consummate his love, Narcissus ‘lay gazing enraptured into the pool, hour after hour,’ and finally changed into a flower that bears his name, the narcissus.

The concept of excessive selfishness has been recognized throughout history. In ancient Greece, the concept was understood as hubris. It is only in recent times that it has been defined in psychological terms.” History of Narcissism, Wikipedia


“One reason for the upswing in narcissism may have to do with the prevalence of ‘me-centered’ blogging and social networking websites. Another is that the push to teach self-esteem in the schools has backfired. Considering that the NPI (Narcissitic Personality Inventory) asked students if they agreed or disagreed with statements such as ‘I think I am a special person’ and ‘If I ruled the world, it would be a better place,’ it’s no wonder that students born after 1982 and taught with a ‘I’m the best!’ curriculum would agree with those statements.” Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D


“Self’s greatest desire is to make a good impression outwardly. Self does everything it can to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. (Gal. 6:12-14) And yet, Paul makes a declaration about this very thing. ‘May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.’”   Oswald Chambers


“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12


When God’s Word speaks the truth into us, “it causes such a tremendous hurt that any part of our life which may be out of line with His will can feel the pain.” Chambers


Why is so difficult to live the crucified life? Because there’s sacrifice, pain and humiliation involved. Oswald Chambers reminds us “Unless we are facing the hurt of every deception about ourselves, we have hindered the work of the Word of God in our lives. The Word of God inflicts hurt on us more than any sin ever could, because sin dulls our senses.” 


“No power, except the power that comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit, can change or prevent the inherent consequences of sin.” Oswald Chambers

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Galatians 5:25-26

2 Responses to “Crumbs – The Age of Narcissism – Putting Self in its Proper Place”
  1. I agree with Stephanie Sarkis. We’re creating a generation of narcissists.

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