January 16, 2022 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
What was your New Year’s resolution(s)? Deepen your spiritual life and relationship with God? Don’t get upset so easily? Be more patient? Stop smoking? Eat more healthily? Exercise and lose weight? In case you haven’t made one yet, here is a resolution that could have a profound effect on the quality of your life… How about making a resolution to live from your strengths?
One of the splendors of creation is the extraordinary variety of life. Every form of life has its unique role to play in God’s plan. The great oaks, daffodils, elephants, canaries, dolphins and sharks each have their own design and purpose. They achieve their destinies by being just what they are, and functioning according to the nature of their species. However, human beings go one step better! We differ from plants and animals, not only because we are of a different species, but because each one of us is unique – almost an individual species in ourself. There is nobody else in the world exactly like us, nor has there ever been, nor will there ever be. It follows, therefore, that we will achieve our destiny by being just what we are, and functioning according to our uniqueness.
One of the most important steps we make in living effectively is to understand and respect our uniqueness. Each of us has our own life to unfold and our own destiny to accomplish. God has a plan, specific for each of us as individuals, to manifest God’s glory. But accepting our uniqueness, with all that it implies, is not easy. Many people don’t like themselves. Millions are not happy with who they are or what they have. It is unfortunate that many people spend their lives wallowing in envy of others. Rather than accomplishing our own purposes, we waste time and energy complaining about our supposed deficiencies, and wishing we had someone else’s looks, personalities, talents, social advantages, and financial means.
All that we need to be happy and fulfilled in life we already have. In his powerful letter to the Corinthians, Paul makes it clear that each of us possesses unique talents and gifts. No one has exactly the same endowments and we have no right to expect it to be otherwise. We must stop looking outside ourselves for reasons to be happy and successful. All that we need is already within. Each of us must discover what we have to offer to leave our mark on this world. We need to keep in mind that God doesn’t make comparisons and neither should we. In God’s eyes, no one is more appealing, more talented, more beautiful, or more perfect. When we are unique, we are already perfect! Because there really is no one else like us, there is no need for comparisons. We need to see as God sees!
Have a blessed week!