If you were to compare your current self now to the person you were perhaps ten years ago, what would you say are some areas in your personality where you have changed? And what remains the same? If you’ve lived as long as I have, you may look back twenty, twenty-five, or thirty years or more! While I cannot speak for anyone else, I have found that through the years, my once rigid, all-or-nothing approach to life has evolved into something that’s a little more open, more accepting, and less judgmental. I also know that none of this has happened overnight, and I have a very long way to go. Each time life has thrown a curve ball, I’ve had to step back and evaluate who I am and where I am going. I’ve had to learn to accept help from others at times and to realize that asking for help does not mean one is weak. I have also learned to say I’m sorry when I am wrong and that most often, relationships themselves are much more important than winning an argument.
As the words to a church hymn we sang recently say, most of the time I have “one foot in Paradise and one foot in the waste.” Being a beloved child of God is not for the weary, my friends! If you are like me, perhaps you have learned that there are parts of your personality that still need some work. Sometimes I wonder how my family puts up with all my quirks and moodiness! It seems like many days I have our LORD on speed dial, asking for understanding. There’s so much about human nature I just don’t get, yet I believe if I can learn more about other people, I can love them better as my sisters and brothers in Christ. Perhaps the greatest life lesson has been to remember that none of this is about me. When I was baptized, I was given the mission to share the Good News and serve others. I always hope to be on the right track, but when things are not going well, as they sometimes don’t, I turn to my family as well as my parish community for strength and, when needed, a reality check. To not have to journey alone through life is truly a gift! Please remember today that you are not alone, either.
We urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all. 1 Thessalonians 5:14