When we become Christians, we have two natures; our old, reactive, natural selves, and our new natures, the part of us that was “born again”: the heart that desires to please God and which we are told to nourish and promote in our lives.

One of the real advantages of realizing your dual nature is that when your feathers are ruffled, you don’t have to take yourself that seriously. You can realize it’s just your old nature getting hot and bothered and let it go. It’s not the real you any more, and the peace in your life is in proportion to how much you live in that fact.

It’s all a matter of perspective. I find realizing this helps me a lot when I’m feeling insecure, marginalized or snubbed.