i just finished a gem of a book called "temperament and the christian faith" by o. hallesby
love when i read books like that... little, short books with powerful
content, ones that few people talk about, books that are years old and
maybe have been put to the back shelf with all the new books that are
coming out all of the time.
this book was one of those kinds.
i've already read a lot about temperament, but found this to be possibly
one of the most valuable resources on the topic. specifically, God used
the book to help me understand some more things in my relationship with
alex [how he functions and also the strange ways that i function].
i loved his description of the melancholy. it was like reading about a day in the life of sarah costa, haha.
in celebration of this gem, i will share a couple of the quotes that impacted me:
struggle of one's own thoughts is like fighting a chimney sweep. the
more we fight him, the dirtier we become. the more the melancholic
individual struggles against his morbid self-centeredness, the more
will his thoughts continue to circle around himself... the struggle
must be continued daily. as often as he is convicted of his
self-absorption, so often must he turn to christ to be renewed by him."
describing how melancholies are pessimistic, overly-sensitive,
self-absorbed, critical, complaining... the "suffering" temperament of
"john, the melancholic, was the disciple the Lord
loved. this fact i wish to underscore as a consolation for all
melancholics. there are none that suffer so much as the melancholics.
they have, as we have said, the suffering temperament. regardless of
outward circumstances, it is the nature of melancholics to suffer."
heaven] our temperaments also will be perfected. on the new earth under
the new heaven, the saved will reflect their Creator's glory, not as
exact copies of one another, but in an endless, varied multitude,
proclaiming God's rich creation throughout eternity.
divine masterpiece will be completed: the chorus of the redeemed of all
ages will blend in perfect harmony, to the praise of his glory"
i cant wait!!
--from the archives