For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor 1: 18)

When does “the word of the cross” become “folly” to me? When I slip into resentment, self-pity, and egocentrism. In these states of mind my growth is stunted, and I place myself among “those who are perishing.” These states of mind are closed in on the self, asking the wrong questions, like: How have I been wronged? What haven’t others done for me? And it goes around in circles, because I can’t control “others”; I can’t change “others.”

The “word of the cross,” on the other hand, is one of self-giving and hence of growth, because self-giving brings me out of myself. It brings me out, into the vulnerability and sunlight of the “power of God,” where I grow through the ups and downs of humble openness.

Today let me hear, and let me do, “the word of the cross,” asking the right questions: How have I wronged others? What can I do for fellow-strugglers today? Let me be open to “being saved” today, in the great outdoors of Christ’s Self-giving. “So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.” (Hebr 13: 13)

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