Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471) wrote the classic devotional work, The Imitation of Christ; which is second only to the Bible in terms of it's impact worldwide on the development of Christian Life.
Recently, this excerpt really struck me and we used it during our last class on Ephesians.
Four Things that Bring Peace to the Soul (p 139)
My son, now I shall teach you the truest way of peace and of perfect liberty.
- Study, my child, to fulfill another person's will rather than your own.
- Choose always to ahve little worldly riches, rather than much.
- Seek, also, the lowest place, and desire to be under others rather than above them.
- Desire always-and praythat the will of God be wholly done in you.
These challenges seem incredulous to our ears today, and likely did to his contemporaries as well!
Does your soul need some peace today? How might these guides serve you, counter-cultural as they are?