Come to me. For so many years of my life I was constantly asking the Lord to come to me.
Lord, be with me ... Come to me ... Assist me ... Stay with me ...
Blah! This wasn't right. It was an all too insincere and devious attempt to get myself off the hook from holiness. What a child I was! How did I ever expect to grow in holiness and sanctity if all the work, all the risks and all the burdens rested upon Him and not on me? I needed to ask the Lord for the grace and the strength to come to Him, just like St. Peter did one stormy night: "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water."
"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Mt 11 :28).
Throw yourself. Like a teacher, a mentor, a coach and a Father, the Lord is demanding more from His followers. Casting the net into the sea is no longer good enough for Him. The disciples must now throw themselves from the comfort of their boat into stormy waters and begin to walk on water.
Faith and happiness. This morning I read an article in the health section of the Washington Post. It was all about happiness. Of course, above the article was an ad for Viagra. I was not surprised.
The article began with some weird scenarios: "Do you remember a bad summer blockbuster you were forced to watch, or a blind date set up by your parents?" No, I don't. I continued reading ... "Do you remember the last time you were dreading something, only to have it turn out to be a pleasant surprise?" Yes! Almost all the time!
Well guess what? Experts have determined that surprises make us happy! Wow! Hey! I already knew this! What's the big deal?
Unfortunately, the article (and researchers) never gets to the BIG DEAL! What's the BIG DEAL? It's faith. Faith makes life worth living because faith is constantly leading us to pleasant surprises!
Now faith isn't about doing things. It's actually about changing things, especially people, especially oneself.
Let's get out of our boats and into deep water. Our happiness depends on our faith.