Daily Riches: Self-rejection and Being the Beloved (Henri Nouwen)

“Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can, indeed, present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. … Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the ‘Beloved.’ Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.” Henri Nouwen

“Who then will condemn us? No one—
for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us,
and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand,
pleading for us.”
Romans 8:34

Moving From the Head to the Heart

  • Are you aware of how dangerous it could be to your spiritual life for you to be really successful or popular? Can you list some of the possible pitfalls?
  • What about us makes power, success and popularity so intoxicating? (a “trap”)
  • Do you feel loved by God?    Is that sense of His love at “the core of your existence?”
  • What can you do to better hear “the sacred voice that calls you ‘the Beloved’?”
Abba, may the truth of your love for me “become enfleshed in everything I think, say or do.” Jesus, thank you for pleading for me. Drown me in your love.


For More: Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen


The “Daily Riches” from RicherByFar are for your encouragement as you seek after God, and as he seeks after you. My goal is to give you something of uncommon value each day in less than 400 words. I hope you’ll follow my blog, and share it with others. I appreciate your interest!  –  Bill (Psalm 90:14)

2 thoughts on “Daily Riches: Self-rejection and Being the Beloved (Henri Nouwen)

    • Thanks Paul. For me too. I’m finding that when I pull a verse out of a familiar context or a whole paragraph that is amazing, I sometimes hear and appreciate it in a whole new way. This was an example of that.


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