To embrace Faithfulness and be faithful to God, we need to ask for His guidance in all matters, an increase in faith, an increase in trust, and an unwavering loyalty to Him. We are all created in God’s image and likeness. Therefore, we all have the capability to be faithful. Yet when we allow self-pride, doubts and fears to creep into our psyches, thus eroding our faith and trust in God, we are in essence giving more credibility to the devil than to God; for it is the devil who is the promoter of self-pride, doubts and fears. When we allow these negative feelings and attributes to take over, our loyalty to God diminishes.
I don’t know about you, but I never want to give the devil the upper-hand ever, especially over the hand of God. For that reason alone, I will embrace Faithfulness. Any time I go through a period of transition, historically I have always focused on the negative – the “what could go wrong” scenario – without appreciating all that goes right at the same time. As I went through my studies at St. Joseph’s College of Maine to obtain my Masters in Pastoral Theology, I had a paradigm shift in my thinking, thanks to all that I learned in the course of my studies, as well as many hours in prayer in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. God has been working on me the whole time, and now it is quite evident to me that I view life’s adversities differently. Having recently graduated with my Masters, and not having yet found full-time employment, I am once again in another period of transition, filled with uncertainty for my future. The old me would have been a worry-wart filled with angst, worry and fear. The new me sees things differently. I have been graced with time – time to appreciate all of my effort in obtaining my degree – time to work on my website – time to work on my children’s book – time to work on developing material for public speaking engagements! Perhaps all that I am working on while I await full time employment is the very path I am expected to take; of that I am not quite sure. I am still in the period of discernment. However, when the good Lord is ready to clearly reveal His plan for me, I will be ready to say yes, with all faithfulness. In the meantime, I will appreciate His blessings. I will not act in self-pride; I will not give in to the devil’s doubts and fears that he wants to lavish upon me, nor will I lose my faith and trust in God who is all good.
How do you practice faithfulness with constancy? We’ll address the answer to that question in our next reflection on the virtue of faithfulness. Don’t miss it!