Do not give in to feelings of discouragement. This causes you to focus even more on yourself and on your limitations. Rather, look to Me.
Seek My Face and rely on the faithful love of My Heart for you….What I ask of you is to trust in my merciful love.
In Sinu Jesu Pg. 79 (7/24/08)
Failure is a constant in my life as a Christian. In Proverbs, it says that the just man will fall seven times a day and rise again (Proverbs 24:16). That is not a small number. This applies to actual sin, but also to the calamities that happen to all of us, be they small ones or big. One thing I can count on is to be inconstant, lazy, bored and sometimes filled with fear and dread. I believe it is part of the human condition and the only way to stop the cycle is to simply look to the Lord in trust and continue or to begin again. To not fear the obstacles that flare up from within, or from the world around us.
Jesus says that “Fear is useless, what is needed is trust” (Luke 8:50). It is an easy thing to pronounce but rather hard to actually embrace and live out. When anyone starts on a new path, seeking new insights into life and its meaning, it can cause some inner conflict. For if this new life is wanted, then what goes against that has to be let go of. St. Paul used the analogy of those who compete in athletics. In order to succeed a great deal of discipline has to be embraced or there will be little chance of one’s dreams working out.
The same goes for faith. Jesus asked us to look at him, much the same way that Peter did when walking on the water (Matthew 14:29). It must have been frightful for him, yet as long as he looked to Jesus he was able to make one perhaps halting step at a time. When he got self-absorbed and looked at his feet he began to sink. Yet the Lord reached out and grasped him by the hand and lifted him up. Peter’s lesson is one I believe that has to be learned over and over again, at least by me.--Br.MD