If someone really does not care whether they live or die it is hard to threaten them. If our identity lies in whose we are, and not just who we are, then even loss of reputation will only be a temporary setback. The need to be someone, to have clout, to command respect, to have prestige or position, these are shackles every bit as strong as those of materialism.
To be seen as holy, or spiritually mature, someone of depth, having a quiet authority: are theses not also ambitions, or bolsters of our status?
If we can only reach the true poverty and yielded ness of not ‘needing to be’ anything (even a humble nothing), then we will truly be invisible. We will be unable to be bought by any pressure.
From “Celtic Daily Prayer from the Northumbria Community”, Finan Reading for August 29.