October 29, 2012
Ironically, the trouble with me and you and the rest of humanity is not a lack of self-confidence but that we have far too much self-importance. To live and die unnoticed would seem a grave injustice to many. It’s all too easy to think we’re somebody if our portfolio is strong, there are a few letters after our name, or we’re well-known at work, church, or school.
As pride creeps in, we are tempted to want more: more recognition, more admiration, more influence, more, more, more. Few have ever given thought to wanting less. That’s why we need Embracing Obscurity.
Putting the premise into immediate action, an established Christian author electing to remain anonymous writes about living and dying in simplicity, contending that true success, as modeled by Jesus, starts with humility, service, sacrifice, and surrender. Such a life involves mystery and banks on the hope that today is just a dress rehearsal for eternity.
When we stop imitating the world and instead choose to embrace obscurity, real life -- chock full of significance, purpose, and renewed passion -- begins.
I LOVED this book! I found it to be incredibly thought-provoking and insightful. The author makes you really dig deep any think about why you pursue things. Fundamentally people crave a sense of importance and want others to validate their thoughts and actions, which is why Facebook is so immensely popular. People post their thoughts hoping that someone else out there agrees with them and validates their point of view. This book reveals that we should crave obscurity and seek validation from the Lord not others. I applaud this author for a very well written book, and wish I knew who he or she was so I could read more by this author. :) That's the only downfall of this book.
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