From a Creighton Student's Perspective
April 14, 2011
Freshman, Business Management Ethics Major,
I’ll go ahead and say it: I am in love with today’s psalm, for it is yet again another example that shows that God is everything I am not. “I promise” are two words that are frequent in my vocabulary; in fact, too frequent. How often can I keep a promise? Here and there, yes. But all the time? Let’s just say that I try…
As we are approaching the end of this Lenten season, I marvel over the ‘failures’ of Lenten ‘give-ups.’ Less than forty days ago, I heard many people state, “I’m giving up Facebook” or “I’m giving up chocolate” and so on. By now I know that many of us have failed, eating mass amounts of candy bars or becoming drowned in Facebook during biology class. So now the question arises: Why can’t we keep our promises? Why do we fall into temptation?
I think it’s just a part of our human essence, brought about by original sin. It’s who we are, no hiding it. But one line needs to be drawn: the one promise we must strive to hold is our faith. Yes, faith has its dry seasons at times, in which we feel distant and unconnected to God. That’s O.K.; that’s not a sign a failure. What is failure is when we—during such times—simply give up on God. If we ask for grace, with time, God will reveal himself to us.
Lord, I know that at times I fail to be the best I can be. I know that I do as I wish, rather than live according to your will. I know that I could do more to be closer to you. I know that at times I struggle to see you. But I also know that you are always there with me, and I ask that you help me turn to you. I wish so that I may live in you as you live in me. This is my deepest desire, and I will try my hardest to achieve this. I promise.
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