God Is Faithful

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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!

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Mike Burke; Thursday, August 25, 2016
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God Is Faithful

3 thoughts on “God Is Faithful

  1. Try this….(I suggest it only because it is what I do) The next time you become aware of a failing to be perfect, rather than groan and acknowledge it to God, look a bit into the circumstances and see if there is something God is wanting to show you…a little lesson to be learned about yourself or a truism about life that you could write about that would help others in their own journeys. I have found that the failings I repeat most often are snares for many of us and I am still struggling with them so that I can become an expert in helping (and forgiving) others.

    You are an ambassador, Mike. You have the failings you have because you are to do something with them…not just be rid of them. Be thankful for them and go do good because of them. TBTG

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  2. I heard a Catholic psychiatrist on EWTN tell a caller that continuously beating herself up over a real or imagined failure is actually a form of pride, in that we think that we are above such things. Being human, none of us is perfect, and getting upset because we’re not is false humility, and actually really pride. I think you are too hard on yourself at times, and I think that most of us are guilty of wanting to be perfect in every way, when we will never be, at least on this earth. Of course we should try to improve, but I always think of the Amish quilters, who always deliberately leave a tiny mistake in their beautiful quilts as a mark of humility, because only God is perfect.

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