you are forgotten or neglected and you don't hurt with the insult,
but your heart is happy – that is dying to self.
When your advice is
disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger
rise in your heart, and take it all in patient, loving silence –
that is dying to self.
When you lovingly
and patiently bear disorder, irregularity, tardiness, and
annoyance…and endure it as Jesus endured it – that is dying to self.
When you never care
to refer to yourself in conversation or record your own good works,
or itch for praise after an accomplishment, when you can truly love
to be unknown – that is dying to self.
When you can see
your brother or sister prosper and can honestly rejoice with him,
and feel no envy even though your needs are greater – that is dying
When you are content
with any food, any offering, any raiment, any climate, or any
society – that is dying to self.
When you can take
correction, when you can humbly submit inwardly as well as
outwardly, with no rebellion or resentment rising up within your
heart – that is dying to self.