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I'm O.k., You're O.k.

'Peace' is My farewell to you, My peace is My gift to you; I do not give it to you as the world gives peace. Do not be distressed or fearful
John 14:23-29

Sermon Topic Jesus Christ: peace of

Sermon Week Sixth Sunday of Easter Cycle C

Scripture Summary John 14:27


There is a very remarkable book by Dr. Thomas Harris, a practicing psychiatrist. The title is "I'm O.K., You're O.K." and the book has had phenomenal success. Without doubt, it is one of the most talked about books of the last ten or twenty years. Dr. Harris insists that one of the basic problems all of us face is that no matter how happy our childhood was, no matter how loving our parents were, we come out of those early years with a basic "I'm not O.K." feeling deep down inside ourselves. Deep down, he says, there is a sense of insecurity, a feeling of inferiority. If it becomes extreme, we express it by withdrawing from people or by being afraid to face people or even by having paranoid feelings that we are being persecuted by people. Sometimes we lash out at people whom we love because we are hurting in this way. We become noisy and pushy and arrogant. When we see a person being very obnoxious in this way, we should stop and consider that maybe he is hurting inside and feeling very insecure and thinking to himself{ "As long as I talk loud and push you around, you won't notice how insecure I am." Even those of us who are in pretty good control of ourselves will discover, to our amazement, that this "not O.K." feeling suddenly can take hold of our lives. We'll become depressed without even knowing what it was that did it to us.

One of the valuable things about this book is that Dr. Harris gives us a way of reversing this feeling. Dr. Harris says that inside of you there is a parent and there is an adult and there is a child, and whichever one of these gets hooked into a particular situation determines how you react. We haven't time to go into all the details. That's what the book is for. I simply suggest that here is a psychiatrist who gives us a way of getting at this problem of how to sustain a basic sense of self-esteem and self-acceptance [...]

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