The first step of Fr. Dan Lackie’s Franciscan lens of discernment was daily prayer. The second step was embracing holy foolishness. Now, we will proceed to the third step.
Fr. Lackie proclaims to us all,
“Don’t let failure define you or hold you back.”
Simple, yet inevitably difficult to practice daily. Apparent failure can be numbing, even debilitating. When we hold fast to a particular ideal or goal in life and invest all that we are to attain it and somehow fall short, we start to question who we are and whether we have what it takes to be who we once envisioned ourselves becoming.
Not yet there. In the process of. In the midst of a journey. Becoming.
Becoming who God created you to be does not depend on success or failure, but rather a willingness to be in transformation. How willing are you to let the hands of your Creator mold you into his image and likeness?
God doesn’t ask us to be perfect. He doesn’t ask us to be winners or to be first. He asks us to be the son or daughter he created us to be, and to live a life that pursues the journey of becoming more like Christ. He invites us to surrender our need for control in order to let Him write our story for our good.
Our greatest wounds reveal His greatest glory.
Every moment of our life holds value and purpose. Every moment of our life contributes to our becoming. There is no failure in God’s eyes, for He can work good out of every circumstance, especially those that attempt to rob us of our purpose.
Never let the past rob you of the present opportunity to become the man or woman God created you to be. If you’re looking for the strength to persevere, look no further. Don’t give up.
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14
The Lord envisions heaven for you. In fact, heaven is incomplete without you. So ask yourself this question: