"We must completely forget ourselves, so that we regard ourselves as an object which has been sold and over which we no longer have any rights." Jean-Pierre de Caussade
I have found this to be vital to my living at shalom in this world, that I am a slave to God. There is no part of my life for which I am the master. I am not in control. When I demand my rights before God, I am placing myself above him. I am declaring my divinity, at least in regards to my own life. But when I give up all rights before him, he is my advocate. I no longer have anything to worry about but remaining close to him.