In the film “Lawrence of Arabia,” after Lawrence has been humbled by his discovery of his own weakness, he and his friend Ali have a conversation:

Lawrence: I’ve come to the end of myself. . . .

Ali: A man can be whatever he wants. You said it.

Lawrence: I’m sorry. I thought it was true.

Ali: You proved it.

Lawrence, opening his shirt and grabbing the flesh of his chest: Look, Ali, look. That’s me. . . . And there’s nothing I can do about it.

Ali: A man can do whatever he wants. You said it.

Lawrence: He can. But he can’t want whatever he wants. This is the stuff that decides what he wants.

There is a reason why Jesus said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7).

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