The offering of ourselves can only be the offering of our lived experience, because this alone is who we are. And who we are–not who we want to be–is the only offering we have to give. We give God therefore not just our strengths but also our weaknesses, not just our giftedness but also our brokenness.

Our duplicity, our lust, our narcissism, our sloth–all are laid on the altar of sacrifice.

Richard J. Foster, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True