It’s Your Choice
Your first choice – directed back toward Egypt – is characterized by neurosis, anxiety, depression, shame, addiction. Clients will say, “I just don’t feel like myself.” This is practically a definition of neurosis — we’re not ourselves. Instead we’re captured by some thought, emotion, or attachment that enslaves the heart, cutting off our connection to self, others, and God. All of us have experienced this in one way or another. It doesn’t mean that we’re crazy; it doesn’t even necessarily mean that we need counseling. It means that we’re in need of rescue, release, and redemption.
The second is characterized by theosis – turning to God – an experience of deep connection and relationship as it was intended to be, a life of union and transcendence. That’s what the apostle Paul was talking about when he said, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:19-20).