From a Creighton Student's Perspective
March 20, 2011
Freshman, Environmental Science Major
Have you ever felt like you are not good enough? Have you ever felt that you were given no special talents; that there is nothing special about you? Maybe you can’t play professional football. Maybe you don’t get paid millions to sing in front of a thousand fans. Maybe your classmate scored higher than you on your last chemistry test. Maybe these statements are true. But maybe you are special, maybe you do have gifts. And maybe God does have a purpose for YOU.
Abraham: A name that many have heard mentioned quite often throughout the Bible. Abraham seems to be continuously being blessed by God, as we can see in today’s first reading:
“I will make of you a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
so that you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you
and curse those who curse you.
All the communities of the earth
shall find blessing in you.”
If Abraham was blessed by God in such ways, then he must have been very special; yet Abraham wasn’t. Abraham wasn’t wealthy, wasn’t powerful, and did not have an astounding trade. Abraham was just a common shepherd. A common shepherd whom God revealed himself to and blessed greatly. God loved Abraham.
Abraham was not a perfect shepherd either; he messed up multiple times, but God continued to love and bless Abraham. Just as we are told in the second reading, God has a plan for each and every one of us, not because we are special but because:
“He saved us and called us to a holy life,
not according to our works
but according to his own design”
What made Abram special still makes us special today: God loves us. He has a plan for all of us, just the way we are. So even if we can’t play professional football or sing really well or have the brains of Einstein, we are all blessed and we each have a great purpose for our lives.
After God blessed Abram, “Abram went as the LORD directed him”; may God give us the strength to do the same.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
Your love, o Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.
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