Sunday, 22 July 2012

What God wants


The biggest mistake that most of us make about God, the one that most consistently undermines the peace of our soul, is the idea that God demands a lot of us, more than a fragile being like ourselves could ever give.

Such a God is frightening.

But God in reality is content with the little we can give, because God knows - and accepts - the little that we have. 

We need to do just three things:

Do the best we can to find and honor God in everything we do.

Do whatever - however little - we can to live this way.

Let God do the rest.

If we follow these simple rules, we will possess God. And possessing God we will not be disturbed, we will not be anxious, for we will have no need to fear a God who never asks of us more than we can give.

– St. Francis de Sales

12 comments:

  1. It all seems to come down to littleness, doesn't it? St. Therese is our family's special saint and, so often, I feel her taking over my thoughts with her own sense of littleness.

    God bless, Victor:-)

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    1. That's right Vicky. We often believe we have to achieve too much to gain God's approval. This isn't so.

      God bless.

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  2. "God is content with the little we can give"

    That line hits home doesn't it? I am guilty of thinking my good deeds are so big, but in the eyes of God's good deeds they are but a spec.

    And he still loves me for them.

    Humbling and reassuring all in one.

    God Bless.

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    1. Yes Michael, it's really reassuring to know He loves us just the same regardless of our "contribution".

      God bless.

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  3. One of my favorite verses, in Psalm 103, is "He knows how we are formed. He remembers that we are dust." I remind myself of that whenever I feel I've failed God.

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    1. It's true Sarah. He knows us better than we know ourselves.

      God bless.

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  4. I love St Francis de Sales. He always puts things in simple terms and yet so powerful. Thanks, Victor.

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    1. This particular quote sums up our relationship with God very well.

      God bless you Colleen. Praying for you and your husband.

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  5. Thanks Victor. I really needed this.

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  6. Great to see you visiting again Remedia.

    God loves and understands us no matter how much we try and fail time and again.

    God bless you.

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  7. This is what makes St. Francis de Sales a great spiritual director for all ages and times.

    Thanks for this post.

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  8. St Francis puts it in such simple terms, I think.

    God bless you Barb.

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