Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Need for Deep People

(Monroe County)

What is most needed today are more deep people. People with wisdom, and discernment. Pondering, meditative people.

People who have inner stability that cannot be uprooted during the storms of life.

Deep people are stable people. Shallow-rooted people are surface people who skim over the internet world of disconnected data.

Here is Henri Nouwen writing on spiritual depth.

"Trees that grow tall have deep roots. Great height without great depth is dangerous. The great leaders of this world - like St. Francis, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr., - were all people who could live with public notoriety, influence, and power in a humble way because of their deep spiritual rootedness. Without deep roots we easily let others determine who we are. But as we cling to our popularity, we may lose our true sense of self. Our clinging to the opinion of others reveals how superficial we are. We have little to stand on. We have to be kept alive by adulation and praise.Those who are deeply rooted in the love of God can enjoy human praise without being attached to it." 

- Henri Nouwen