is the curse of the human condition since Adam and Eve. Humans live in denial of how consumed we are with human accomplishment, somebodiness. Not just pre-believers, but we believers too. Materialism is only one facet of the problem. Believers of modest means are also eaten up with feeling good about self, having some performance of my own, or noting the poor performance of others.
Who will deliver us from this prison, this curse, of being so circumstance-dependent for our joy and peace, and the stress of trying to live as an independent? Jesus. He’s in the business of reversing the effects of The Curse in the lives of His kids, by lovingly bringing suffering into our lives to painfully retrain us in a better way to live: as childlikes, created-dependent sheep, looking to the Good Shepherd to take care of the details of life, so we can just have fun, being directed by Him.
–ShepherdDave, needing prayer to return to being a contented clueless sheep, with no need for somebodiness/performance of his own, so the other sheep will be wowed and want what he has (please pray now)