Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Life is a Gift (Quote)

"...we don’t get to make our lives up. We get to receive our lives as gifts. The story that says we should have no story except the story we chose ... is a lie. To be human is to learn that we don’t get to make up our lives because we’re creatures ... Christian discipleship is about learning to receive our lives as gifts without regret.” (Stanley Hauerwas)

3 comments:

Cecil said...

we don’t get to make up our lives because we’re creatures ...

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Warren Huffa said...

Hi Cecil,
Yes, our life is not self-generated, but received. 'Creature' means that we receive who and what we are from the creator and in that gift established in our own integrity as beings. Our freedom is linked to our utter dependence. We are not the creator. Life is a gift. Our lives might have been different, but they are not. Give thanks for the life we have. By all means act within the gift. But no matter what we do, and no matter how much we think we have made ourselves, life remains a gift.

Warren

Cecil said...

The format of the current life depends on what we did in previous lives.