Thursday, 25 February 2016

What does God want?

 
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

16 comments:

  1. Amen! For He does not need us really--but still delights in us!
    God Bless You, Victor!

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  2. Hi Victor! This is so timely for me! I am giving a talk this weekend on the challenges we face in transformation. One of the biggest blocks to change is fear. Fear that whatever God asks us to do will be too big. I totally get this post, and LOVE the quote from Francis de Sales, the great spiritual director.

    I may quote it this weekend :)
    Blessings!
    Ceil

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    1. The thing is, Ceil, God will never ask of us more than we can give, He will never put us to the test in situations that we cannot possibly deal with, He will not push us beyond our breaking point.

      God bless you.

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  3. Oh great quote from St. Francis de Sales. He's the patron saint of writers, if you didn't know. Problem is that I fail to give God even those little things. I am a sinner. Lord have mercy on me.

    By the way, I know you found it without me stopping by to tell you, but perhaps your readers would like to see my review of your book, Feline Catastrophes. It's over at my blog, here:
    http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/2016/02/feline-catastrophes-by-victor-s-e.html

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    1. Just read your review, Manny. Totally agree - Victor's book was hilarious and I loved the part about the "cat flap" :)

      Your cat is so cute! Doesn't look as devilish as Victor's cat sounds!

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    2. Thank you Mary. He's still a kitten. Maybe he's still learning to scheme. ;)

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    3. No Manny, I did not know he is the Patron Saint of writers. Thanx for the info.

      We're all sinners and often do not give off our best for God. But He understands and forgives.

      Thank you so much Manny for the nice write-up about my book "Feline Catastrophes". I will feature your post here soon. The book will hopefully be in paperback format soon. I am grateful for your encouragement and support as well as that of other readers. If it were not for yours and others' support I would not write so much. It also helps me keep away from the rest of the family and being told to do chores around the house. Why is it that it's only me who clears the cat's litter tray?

      God bless.

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  4. That's so beautiful, Victor. Thank you! And so good for me to read since I "flunk" Lent every year. Lol. St. Therese was like this too - do little things with great love.

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    1. Agreed, Mary. Lent can be difficult for many people. God does not ask "miracles" from us. Just to love Him and love our neighbours.

      God bless.

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  5. What an encouraging way to view our Lord! I want to try to remember this. You will never know how much comfort your dear comments left at my blog the other day brought to me. I cried as I read it and then cried again as I shared it with my husband and son. I know the precious Holy Spirit spoke right through you to my hurting heart. I just cannot thank you enough. God bless you abundantly, Victor. You are such a blessing to us.

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    1. It's so nice to see you visiting me here again, Cheryl. Thank you. I hope and pray that you and your family are well and that the Good Lord is with you always. Please do not hesitate to write to me any time - address top right.

      God bless you all.

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  6. A beautiful meditation at the end of a busy Saturday. I'm so grateful that God accepts me as I am ... but continues to invite me to something deeper and more substantial.

    Only by His grace, yes?

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  7. It sounds so simple, and yet, it is even hard to follow these few steps, isn't it? God Bless.

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    1. Yes, I know from experience it is very hard.

      God bless you Michael.

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