Monday, May 18, 2015
Saint Augustine famously asked God to make him a saint... "but not yet". in other words, he wanted to have a little fun before he was "made perfect". while we can certainly understand that sentiment, it's very foolish.
there is part of us that really believes, along with Augustine, that life is more fun and interesting if we do bad things. and that it's boring and stifling if we become saints... if we live for God.
but the opposite is true, as Jesus says today in the Gospel. the thief ONLY comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus comes to give us life - and not just life, but abundant life!
following Jesus makes us deeply happy. not the surface happiness that passes as soon as it comes... but the kind of abiding joy that makes us delighted for years. trust Him! He wants to make you happier than you can imagine.
God, please help me choose You and your happiness over the passing phantasm that the enemy offers.