… let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus … Hebrews 12:1-2
In discerning how to persevere in this important “race,” we can be distracted by selfish motivations, false comforts and judgmental thoughts. Sin, as Paul says, weighs us down as we make daily decisions, big and small, interfering with the mission God has given us. How easily sin creeps in when I fool myself into thinking I know what I need or, worse, what will solve someone else’s problems. Self-absorption becomes the only reality, a burden that blinds me to the needs of others.
Jesus has shown us our relationship with God and loving others must be the primary focus of life. Free from the burden of our selfish desires, we can more easily follow Jesus, our constant companion in the race. We become, then, examples for others who will see Jesus clearly in our loving words and actions.
Meister holds graduate degrees in theology and literature, with pastoral ministry and director of religious education certifications. She is a former editor of Living Faith, and works as an author, editor and educator. Together with her husband, Deacon Bill, they have lived in eight dioceses. They have two adult daughters and three grandsons. Living Faith provides brief daily Catholic devotions based on one of the Mass readings of the day. Subscription and other information is available at livingfaith.com/
Don’t be afraid to get back up to try again, to love again, to live again and to dream again. Don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart. Life’s best lessons are often learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes.