MISTAKES AS ASSETS

Thursday, December 3, 2015


So let us not grow weary in doing what is good, for we will reap at the proper time, if we do not give up.” (Gal 6: 9)

 

Why would I “grow weary” in doing what is “good”? Because I experience setbacks; things do not always go as I expect, and I make mistakes, as do fellow-strugglers around me. Even when I focus on leading a God-centered life, and intend to “do what is good,” my spiritual growth is not an overnight matter. The Apostle reminds me today not to be a spiritual infant, but to have patience with myself and others. There is growth, even through my mistakes, even if I am not always “reaping” as I would like.

 

Today I need not be discouraged or dragged down by any of yesterday’s failings; for example, if I missed an opportunity to be helpful or just friendly to someone at the office, or if I wasted time or money, or blabbered thoughtlessly in conversations with friends, rather than listening to what they had to say. I can turn all these mistakes into assets, by taking note of them and handing them over to God’s mercy, humbly asking Him for His wisdom and grace, to do a bit better today.

 

This Thursday morning, another morning of the Nativity Fast, I open myself up to His loving care of my spiritual garden, weeds and all, letting Him shed light and nourishment on my “work in progress.” Because I “will reap at the proper time, if I do not give up.”

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