He has a purpose for you

05-12-2019(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

I have some kind people who occasionally use the email at the bottom of this column to write in and say very affirming words about the things I’m inspired to write. (As I have a “puppy dog disposition,” it always means a lot to me.) Yet, in God’s monumental effort to get me to heaven, He sees fit to humble me every few months.

During this past year, I wrote a challenging article that some found a bit harsh. It was accidentally printed a second week in a row. I was mortified and fearful someone might’ve thought I did it intentionally.

Recently, a wrote about Acts 5 (beginning at verse 27). After I submitted it, something gnawed at me. I went back and realized there were lines omitted from the Sunday reading. In this case, I remembered the verses and realized my article contained a significant error. After preaching to the Sanhedrin in Jesus’ name, he wasn’t merely dismissed. They wanted to kill him on the spot! Instead, they had him and the other apostles beaten before dismissing them.

It was too late and the bulletin had gone to print. (We did catch it before the email blast was sent to your inboxes.)

The reason I share this story is a simple one. I know a person who never lectured again after a very unfortunate mispronunciation. I know someone else who hurt someone’s feelings once and stopped being a greeter. While the mistakes were a shame, the real shame is when we think we have to be perfect to serve the Lord.

I’m reminded of the old joke where Jesus is saving the woman caught in adultery. He says, “Let the one without sin throw the first stone.” Unexpectedly, a rock zings past Jesus. He quickly shouts “Mother!”

What am I saying? You aren’t Jesus. You aren’t His mom. You will make a mistake. Get back up and recognize He has a purpose for you. He has work for you to do.

God wants to use your words, faith, effort, testimony, mercy, and love could bring someone (back) to the Church today and change their family tree for eternity.

Questions? Comments? Email David at dlins@oloj.org.

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