One of my favorite lines in the Hobbit is the slightly ticked-off response Gandalf gives to the dwarves when they discover, with grumbling, that bumbling Bilbo Baggins will be a part of their team. Gandalf says, "I have chosen Mr. Baggins and that ought to be enough for all of you… There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea about himself.”
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, I described the phenomenon of indecisiveness in our culture and its link to perfectionism. In this third and final post, I’ll share three strategies for overcoming the scourge of indecisiveness.
In Part 1 of this series , I introduced a phenomenon called the “batter’s box blues” – the tendency of young adults to get so caught up in the pressure of making the “right decisions” in life that we end up paralyzed for fear of making the wrong ones. This fear can lead to broken commitments, shattered relationships, and a deep sense of regret.
This is the first of a three-part series on commitment, perfectionism, and faith. Check back tomorrow for the next post.
“Strike three! You’re out!”
The ball whizzed by my head, and my eleven-year-old heart sank as those four words from the umpire entered my eardrums for what felt like the thousandth time. I meandered slowly back to the dugout, hung my head to dodge the disappointment in my coach’s eyes, and reclaimed my still-warm spot on the bench.
I didn’t understand the sort of messiness I was getting myself into until about the sixth week of school. I had just made it through the last week of the Crux and was in the middle of doing Gospel presentations with my students in Bible study. After hearing the regular response of “Uh…sure…I think that I could do that….yeah, I think I could try to make Jesus the center of my life…” for about the tenth time, I finally encountered something different.
Fantastic. This is one of my favorite questions because a) it indicates that you realize that your life is not your own...it belongs to God, and b) it indicates that you care what God thinks about your life.
I can give you a guaranteed strategy for discovering God’s plan for your life. It basically involves asking yourself three questions each day. I promise you that, if you ask these questions of yourself regularly, you will never miss out on God’s plan for your life.
So technically, one of these women made her debut last week and the other two, well, roughly two millennia ago, but God is outside of time, and (with special thanks to the Church calendar) He makes all things new. Moving on.
With all the recent talk of rights, freedom, and what some have called the Church’s “War on Women” lately, perhaps it’s no accident that these three have hit the spotlight. Maybe we are desperately in need of a lesson on human freedom.
“If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.” St. Catherine of Siena
I heard this quote when I was in college, and it was a game changer in my life. It invigorated something deep inside of me. I was convicted with complete certainty that God had a plan for my life, and that plan would set the world on fire as long as I continued saying “yes” to his will.
As many of you know, Curtis Martin is part of the EWTN series, Crossing the Goal. The Crossing the Goal team has filmed over 100 episodes and the show has become one of the most successful on EWTN.
In his recent Apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis stated:
“In all its activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers. It is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a center of constant missionary outreach. We must admit, though, that the call to review and renew our parishes has not yet sufficed to bring them nearer to people, to make them environments of living communion and participation, and to make them completely mission-oriented” (#28).
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Since the pontificates of Pope Paul VI and John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church has been commissioned to engage and embrace the world with God's message of love once more with ‘new methods, new ardor and new expression.’ It has come to be phrased, 'the new evangelization.'
For FOCUS, this means meeting college students across the nation where they are and challenging them to examine the meaning and purpose of their lives. Through personal relationships and friendship, we offer college students the true peace and fulfillment they seek in the good news of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic faith, inviting them to answer His calling in their lives.
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