Thought of the Day January 13, 2023 Is God sufficient for me?

By 10:51 AM

"As long as I keep running about asking “Do you love me? Do you really love me?” I give all power to the voices of the world and put myself in bondage because the world is filled with “ifs.” The world says: “Yes, I love you if you are good-looking, intelligent, and wealthy. I love you if you have a good education, a good job, and good connections. I love you if you produce much, sell much, and buy much.” There are endless “ifs” hidden in the world’s love. These “ifs” enslave me, since it is impossible to respond adequately to all of them. The world’s love is and always will be conditional. As long as I keep looking for my true self in the world of conditional love, I will remain “hooked” to the world—trying, failing, and trying again. It is a world that fosters addictions because what it offers cannot satisfy the deepest craving of my heart." (Henri Nouwen)

How true this is! Only God's love for us is unconditional and fulfilling. But even his love we sometimes question. Why? Is it because we approach God's love as we approach the world's love?  Do we feel that we have to earn it? Or is it that our focus is on ourselves and not on him? If this is true, then, we see God as an object not as a person with whom I am in relationship. Rather than being in a mode of receptivity, I seek to be grabbing for more. His love is sufficient only if I allow him to be God and myself to be his. 

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