Do you give yourself enough time and patience to take in and accept God's word in your life? You not only have to follow the teachings of the Church, of those who help to influence your faith, but also have to form your own personal faith life. This includes making judgements and big decisions based on what you believe to be morally right. Think about the first time you went swimming. You probably can't remember because it was with your parents, as a little child. They would watch you and help you in the water. Then, as you grew older, they would still help you, but start to let go and let you try yourself. Now, you can swim all on your own, and in your own unique way, influenced by your parents, but unique only to you, and by choice. The same can be said about your faith. It is influenced and developed, usually, from a young age, but becomes your choice, your own faith, through Confirmation into adulthood.
Today's First Reading states: 'For you remember our labor and toil, brethren; we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you, while we preached to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our behavior to you believers; for you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers' (1 Thessalonians 2:9-13).
In today's reading, we read that we are all witnesses to God's wonders, to faith. We accept what we remember from scripture, recorded by man. However, we accept much more than just what we remember about God, but what is yet to be seen, the wonders God is working for our entire lives. We have faith. It takes courage to dive in when we are unsure as to whether we will be able to swim. God is asking us to put our trust in Him, in His Son and be lead each day through remembering the crucifixion and the great gift of love and life he has for us. Take some time to ask God to give you courage to trust in His plans for your life.
Today's prayer comes from 'Prayers for Help' a prayer for hope and courage:
Heavenly Father , I am as weak as lamb! I am tired and weary! I feel so very alone! My hope is loosing its strength! My fear is beginning to stand in the way of my usefulness to you! Father please hear my cry, your word say ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and the door will be open unto you! I believe in your word Father and I receive your word in the name of Jesus!! Please lead me, guide me and show me your ways.Lord and let me not take things into my own understanding! I am in need of shelter and employment, please open doors of opportunity in my life! Your word also says to be patient and wait on The Lord!! I love you so much Father and I really need you!! In Jesus name I do pray.....amen