I am home very late from a dinner with three of my former high school softball players that I coached. We have been meeting regularly and it is such a blessing to reminisce and to share our lives today. They have all done, and are doing, wonderful things in their lives and I am very proud of them.
We talked a little about perfection tonight that has me pondering. I was told that I am very hard on myself trying to be perfect which is something I can never achieve. I think I would agree with that but I do want to strive to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect. I fail so often. Trusting God and His mercy comes to mind. When failing, I have no one else to turn to but God who loves me even as the failure I often am. He also loves me equally when I succeed. That’s our amazing God. Today’s first reading in 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 has St. Paul telling us that “God is faithful.”
God is faithful and He proves it to me often. I know that I am undeserving of the continuous blessings I receive. God knows my internal bad attitudes, my non-loving thoughts, my struggles with habitual sins and all that I would consider as negativity in my life. Yet, I receive graces that allow me to not only be loved by Him but by others, especially my 3 very dear friends tonight. He also allows me the grace to love and tonight I am thankful to be able to share my love for others.
It was interesting talking about situations in our lives, where people have caused bad things to happen and the thoughts of revenge are so prevalent. I offered a suggestion to pray for the ones who have hurt us. And that prayer needs to be sincere that God will bless our enemies abundantly with His love. It is very difficult but we ask God to “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Since God is faithful, we should also strive to be faithful to Him by loving others.
It was a great evening, I am blessed, I am loved, praise God!