Letting Go of Rivalry

“In the house of my father there are many place to live,” Jesus says. Each child of God has there his or her unique place, all of them places of God. I have to let go of all comparison, all rivalry and competition, and surrender to the Father’s love. This requires a leap of faith because I have little experience of non-comparing love and do not know the healing power of such a love. As long as I stay outside in the darkness, I can only remain in the resentful complaint that results from my comparisons. Outside of the light, my younger brother seems to be more loved by the Father than I; in fact, outside of the light, I cannot even see him as my own brother.

God is urging me to come home, to enter into his light, and to discover there that, in God, all people are uniquely and completely love. In the light of God I can finally see my neighbor as my brother, as the one who belongs as much to God as I do.”

Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son

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A Father’s Day Resolution

The purpose of this blog is to encourage men and women of the faith to follow God closely and pursue His call in their lives in order to help others come to know of God’s love for all. We are, each of us, destined to change the world, if only by changing the little corner where we live and work.

We are called to be “workplace worldchangers.”

It might strike some as odd, then, the topic of this first post being about fatherhood. Yet, it has been said that charity begins at home. For those of us blessed with a family, children . . . they are our primary responsibility, our first focus, our greatest calling. Loving and serving our families is the first step in changing the world.

So on this, Father’s Day, I want to share a resolution. One that is not my own, but that I will adopt as mine. One from a remarkable movie that effectively portrays the calling and responsibility of husbands and fathers – Courageous.

My prayer is that I will live this resolution every day of my life, from this point forward, with courage . . . and love.

A Father's Resolution