Kierkegaard on Obedience and Grace
Sometimes, oddly, Danish Christian existentialist philosophers can come in very handy. Here’s Sören Kierkegaard:
It’s like a child giving his parents a present – bought, though, with money the child has received from his parents. So all the pretentiousness that is otherwise bound up with giving a gift evaporates, because the child received from the parents the gift that he gave them.
I wish I’d thought of that.