And. It’s also impossible to be encouraged,
unless I’m confident-I-know-what’s-best. Only ShepherdDave, wise in his own eyes, leaning on his own understanding, has the ability to be encouraged.
DumbSheepDave has no clue which circumstances are encouraging/discouraging, praiseworthy/unworthy-of-praise, thankable/not-thankable, so he thanks his ShepherdJesus for everything, just as it is — ShepherdDave, others, including jerks, Jesus’ genius plan for everyone, including suffering, evil, etc.
–ShepherdDave, somewhat envious of the bliss of DumbSheepDave, but also HATES the notion of dependency/clueless-he-knows-what’s-best, so he’s always needing fresh conviction of the sin of independence/confidence-he-knows-what’s-best, so the pre-believers around him might experience the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love of Jesus
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