Self-Made Man … Very Small god?

Mr. Griff, if you are out there, and you know you are, accept my thanks for passing on those words … many years ago:

“A self-made man must have a very small god.”

A variation …  

And here are some words that were a bit strange, the first time I saw them / heard them from Galatians 2: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

This life, of mine, is bigger than myself.  There is something bigger going on, than me.  In many ways, I am not the point.  I wonder about this “self-made”man.  Arguably, there are two different contexts; or … a different thought … two different types of a “self-made” man. The one that we are more familiar is described with one my favorite “go-to” websites:

A “self-made man” or “self-made woman” is a person who was born poor or otherwise disadvantaged, but who achieved great economic or moral success thanks to their own hard work and ingenuity rather than to any inherited fortune, family connections or other privilege.

In the cultural history of the United States, the idea of the self-made man, an “essential American figure”, looms large. It has been described as an archetype, a cultural ideal, a myth or a cult.

The other self-made man, the one I am referring to is the one who believes that, on some level, he really doesn’t need God.  Oh, sure … God is important; and religion.  But when it comes down to it, “I fix my own problems; I bring about my own success.”  Frankie (Sinatra) sang a song, “I did it my way.”  I am coming up short in my objective of writing about this topic thoroughly.  I am missing something, and I don’t know what it is.  I am grappling with this idea.     Maybe this is a good way to wrap this up … A self-made man’s god doesn’t require as much as God does.  And,the inverse of that is that a self-made man’s god does not give as much freedom as God does.  One can, up to a point, control his god.  One cannot … control his God.  The god, that starts out being controlled, holds another inverse:  such a god often times controls the individual.  The example I was thinking of is a drug addict.  In most cases the drug addict starts off not being addicted.  The drug addict ingests the drug, decides he likes it, and chooses to try it again,  And again.  And again.  In this experience, the control shifts from the user to the god.  The meth-addict might lose his or teeth quite rapidly; his / or face may become scarred for life from sores.  At this point, the user is no longer control of his God.  In the realm of Christianity, worship is considered a good thing.  With a self-made man’s god, however, worship is a unfathomably dangerous choice.


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