DYING TO SELF
by Bill Britton (1918-1985)
Springfield, MO

(Used with permission of Mrs. Britton.)

When you are forgotten or neglected
Or purposely set at nought,
And you don’t sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight,
But your heart is happy being counted worthy to suffer for Christ,
Now that’s dying to self.

When your good is evil spoken of,
And when your wishes are crossed,
When your advice is disregarded,
And your opinions are ridiculed,
And you refuse to let anger rise in your heart,

Or even defend yourself,
But take it all in patient, loving silence,
Now, Friends, that’s dying to self.

When you lovingly and patiently bear with any disorder,
Any irregularity, any impunctuality or any annoyance,
When you can stand face to face with waste,
Folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility,
And endure it as Jesus endured it,
That is dying to self.

When you are content with any food, any offering,
Any raiment, any climate, any society, any solitude,
Or any interruption by the will of God,
Now, Friends, that’s dying to self.

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation
Or to record your own good works
Or itch after commendation,
When you can truly love to be unknown,
Now that’s dying to self.

When you can see your brother prosper
And have his needs met,
And can honestly rejoice with him in spirit,
And feel no envy or question God about it,
While your own needs are far greater
And in desperate circumstances,
Now, Friends, that is really dying to self.

When you can receive correction and reproof
From one of less stature than yourself,
And can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly
Finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart,
Now that is dying to self.

Well, are you dead yet?

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