The Fine Art of Self-Sabotage

Remember the old Pogo cartoon? We have met the enemy and the enemy is us.

Have you ever been your own worst enemy? Let me rephrase that. When was the last time you were your own worst enemy?

Did you ever put your foot in your mouth? What a fascinating picture image of making a fool of oneself. Although when a baby does it, it’s kind of cute. Right, moms?

And what about the “shoot yourself in the foot” saying?

And what is it about feet anyway?

How often have we done something that 5 minutes later … no, 1 minute later … no, immediately … we wish we had not said what we said. Here are some observations, comments, and reflections on this universal tendency, by some of our greatest thinkers—who were known, by the way, for their occasional self-sabotoge.

“There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.” — Dorothea Brande

“Our greatest foes … whom we must chiefly combat, are within.”         — Miguel de Cervantes

“When the beginnings of self-destruction enter the heart it seems no bigger than a grain of sand.” — John Cheever

“Men ought to be most annoyed by the sufferings which come from their own faults.”— Cicero

“Self-destructive patterns cause as much suffering as outer catastrophes.” — Anaïs Nin

“Man has no greater enemy than himself.” — Petrarch

“Our greatest evils flow from ourselves.” — Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Troubles hurt the most when they prove self-inflicted.” — Sophocles

“To suffer for one’s own faults—ah! There is the sting of life.” — Oscar Wilde

You have enough enemies (sin, Satan, the fallen world, difficult people in your life, suffering) without adding your own name to that list.

So, may your day be reasonably free from self-inflicted wounds. And may the grace of Jesus heal those you do suffer.

Pastor Brian

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