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Brian Magorrian (Vicar)
Our regular Sunday morning services....
9.00 am Holy Communion
10.45 am Family Celebration
Over the summer months we are looking at Daniel. He was faithful in some very difficult circumstances. Daniel was carted off to a foreign land and tested there in many different ways. In the end he came through successfully: but in testing times what does “success” mean?
Mother Teresa once said, “God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful.” Success is often something which we can’t guarantee, but faithfulness is within our control. We can’t be certain that if we work hard at a job, or relationship, or an essay, that we will succeed but we can be faithful at attempting to do these things to the best of our ability.
I’ve not always thought like this. Too often I’ve been frustrated by yet another thing that wasn’t going well in an IT project or the church I was a member of. I knew this quotation was meant to be comforting – “God knows how you feel and is glad you’re trying” – but it was still hard to believe it.
We who want to do good through our lives often face the issue of seeming not to get anywhere in making a real difference. It’s one of the spiritual vulnerabilities in being a Christian, and can easily drag us down if we don’t pray about it.
Over the years, as I’ve observed good people “failing”, I’ve become convinced there is truth in Mother Teresa’s words. But it leaves us asking “Why?” Why does God call us to be faithful, not successful? What does God know about the results of being faithful that we don’t?
Well, we see on the cross the ultimate example of faithful failure being transformed into stunning success. It was a present from Jesus to each and every one of us. And with all presents, it’s the thought that counts. When we present our lives to God, as Daniel and his companions did, then that thought is the one which will gain us blessing if we are faithful in our faith.