All Things Work for Good for Those Who Love God

October 27, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

“We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:26-30)

ALL THINGS WORK FOR GOOD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD: I appreciate these words from St. Paul. I am sure he wrote them with me and my annual “another year older” funk in mind.

I have another birthday coming up soon. I have long since stopped celebrating this day and now just try to get through it with as little fuss and attention as possible.

I know my hair is not going to grow back, and that I will never be in the same physical shape that I was back in my high school football playing days, but it is not about vanity. 

It is not about feeling cheated either. Sure, there are some things I still want to experience; I have a bucket list just like anyone else. However, I am very aware that I have been blessed. I have a great family and have had a number of wonderful jobs. I am not a “stuff” guy, so there are no material things I feel like I have missed out on.

Finally, my anti-birthday sentiment is not connected to a concern for my own mortality. Death is one day closer for everyone. Exactly when my time is up is out of my control, so I don’t worry about it too much.

For me birthdays have become a time of reflection. Am I doing any good? Am I making an impact? Is what I am doing or saying making a difference? Should I be doing things differently? Is this what God has in mind for me? Am I a true witness to my faith?

So I get a bit introspective around my birthday, and usually fall into a bit of a funk because I can’t answer these questions with any certainty. And if I am uncertain, is it because I am failing at these things?

Paul’s letter is comforting, particularly the words: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

I find comfort because one of the things about which I am certain is that I love God. Paul assures me that as long as love of God is a constant in my life, “all things work for good.” So I guess he is saying, “As long as you love God, not even you can mess things up.”

I hope you find comfort in his words as well. Keep on loving God with intention; the rest will come as it should.

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