September 1, 2008

The other night I was watching Dave Ramsey, and something he said to a caller stood out in my own mind in a particular way. Of course, the issue was money, and the caller was complaining about not making as much headway against their debt as they would like. Of course, Dave was having none of it – suffering others’ moaning and complaining are not one of his strengths – and he finally cut the caller off. He then said something to the following effect:

“You say you dream of being debt-free, but you’re not willing to say ‘no’ enough to make your dream come true. Money management is as much behavior as anything else. If you truly want to achieve your dream, you have to learn to deny yourself, and to say ‘no’ to those things that get in the way of your achieving that dream.”

Truer words have never been spoken. But it doesn’t necessarily only pertain to money management, but to one’s faith journey as well. I heard Dave’s comments and immediately thought about my own state of things faith-wise, and how my own behaviors and my own actions often do nothing to help me achieve the faith-dream I seek.

I dream of one day being spiritually in sync with God’s desire for my life. I dream of being one with God, one with God’s own desires for me. I dream of the day when, upon my departure from this earth, I can look Our Lord square in the eye and say, ‘Look, I know I haven’t exactly been one of your saints, but it hasn’t been through any lack of trying on my part. Have mercy on me.’ But I know right now that isn’t true – I am and have fallen far short of God’s desire for my life, and there are still too many choices I make, caving in to my own earthly and fleshly desires, that keep me distant from God and always having to beg His mercy and forgiveness time and again.

I know this is just part of the journey to one-ness with God – we are not perfect, and, as the Psalmist says in Psalm 51, we all fall short in God’s eyes. Heck, even the apostle Peter denied Our Lord three times at that most critical moment in Jesus’ life, and yet He still found it in His Abundant Mercy to give Peter the chance to redeem himself thrice on that beach in Galilee following His Resurrection.

Learning to deny one’s self for the sake of our, and our soul’s, unification with God is at the heart of all the great writings and teachings by the Desert Fathers and those Saints acclaimed as Doctors of the Church (Augustine, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, etc.). It is an inner (and in many cases, outer as well) spiritual battle waged across time and space between the forces of good and evil, the angels and archangels in Heaven and here on earth, and the better and lesser angels of our own nature; a battle each of us must be willing to engage if we truly wish to achieve our dream of being at one with God in our lives.

On that beach in Galilee, Our Lord asked thrice of Peter, “Peter do you love me?”, to which Peter replied, “Lord, you know I love you.” Jesus then made demands of Peter, demands requiring denial of earthly things and the embracing of heavenly things. (John 21:15-17) He asks those questions to me – indeed, to each of us – every day, knowing our innermost dreams and desires, even if we don’t know them ourselves.

I can only pray that with God’s help and the help of Blessed Mary and all the Saints in Heaven and here on earth that I might find the inner strength and willingness to learn to say ‘no’, to learn to deny myself, so that I might achieve my dream of becoming one with God and Jesus’ own dreams for my life. For surely God has His own dreams for each of us, don’t you think?

Filed in: Religion & Culture by The Great White Shank at 01:21 | Comments Off on Dreams and Denials
No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.


Search The Site

Recent Items


September 2021
April 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006



4 Goodboys Only

Site Info