Three by Oswald Chambers:
Is He getting his wonderful way in me? Is God realizing that His Son is formed in me, or have I carefully put Him on one side? Oh, the clamour of these days! Everyone is clamouring – for what?.. There is no room here for the Son of God just now, no room for quiet holy communion with the Father.
Individuality is all elbows, it separates and isolates. It is the characteristic of the child and rightly so; but if we mistake individuality for the personal life, we will remain isolated. The shell of individuality is God’s created natural covering for the protection of the personal life; but individuality must go in order that the personal life may come out and be brought into fellowship with God.
Individuality counterfeits personality as lust counterfeits love. God designed human nature for Himself; individuality debases human nature for itself. It is the continual assertion of individuality that hinders our spiritual life more than anything else.
Personality is that peculiar, incalculable thing that is meant when we speak of ourselves as distinct from everyone else. Our personality is always too big for us to grasp. An island in the sea may be but the top of a great mountain. Personality is like an island, we know nothing about the great depths underneath, consequently we cannot estimate ourselves. We begin by thinking that we can, but we come to realize that there is only one Being Who understands us, and that is our Creator.
And one from a Puritan prayer:
O God, take me in spirit
to the watchful shepherds,
and enlarge my mind.
Let me hear good tidings of great joy,
believe, rejoice, praise, adore.