Thought of the Day February 15, 2017

By 9:49 AM

"Often we want to be somewhere other than where we are, or even to be someone other than who we are. We tend to compare ourselves constantly with others and wonder why we are not as rich, as intelligent, as simple, as generous, or as saintly as they are. Such comparisons make us feel guilty, ashamed, or jealous. It is very important to realize that our vocation is hidden in where we are and who we are. We are unique human beings, each with a call to realize in life what nobody else can, and to realize it in the concrete context of the here and now. We will never find our vocations by trying to figure out whether we are better or worse than others. We are good enough to do what we are called to do. Be yourself!" (Henri Nouwen) To not accept ourselves is not to accept our true identity, the person God sees us to be. God made us in his image and likeness with certain traits and gifts. There is no other person like us. We are unique in his eyes. When we try to be other than we are, we reject what God sees. If we want to change anything or become other than we are, the only area we need to confront is sin and its impact in our life. All other aspects of our life can potentially grow, but for this to happen, sin needs to be less and less. Be fully whom you are meant to be, a work in progress, a saint in the making, not looking at others but looking at God.

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