If we are being honest with ourselves, something just isn’t quite right. Like St. Paul, we can say , “I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.” (Rom 7:19) A big part of that is just the obvious reality of original sin. That doesn’t mean that you or I are totally depraved and hopeless, but it does mean that we are in need of a savior. The good news? We have one! The bad news? Sometimes we don’t want to accept that.
We should start with humility and realize that no matter how much time or energy I have I’ll never be able to build a ladder up to heaven. I need the cross of Jesus Christ instead. That opens the door to gratitude and the realization that everything is a gift from a God who deeply loves you. Gratitude is the source of real generosity. When we realize that what we have is not really ours, but instead is a gift from God on loan for His use, then we can properly work in this world for the sake of the next.
Take some time today to thank God for what He has done for you. Thank Him for how He has helped to improve your prayer life and your study. Thank Him for creating you to be an important part of His plan. Be grateful, be generous, and pray.
Here are some questions that you might want to take to prayer:
1.) How generous am I? What do I give my heart to?
2.) Who am I generous with? Am I generous spouse, lover, friend, coworker, parishioner etc...?
3.) Where and why am I holding back?
Life goal: Bring 12 people to a living faith in Jesus Christ before you die.
You and yours are in my prayers,