Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo
How far have you come?

I have come so far, but I have so far to go!

It's easy to concentrate on how far we have to go to be where we want to be. We generally want to achieve perfection, especially in prayer and in our relationship to the Lord. For me, I tend to look at far I have to go, instead of how far I've made it.

'Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?'-Psalm 24:3.

'Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?'-Psalm 24:3.

Highlights

By Christina G - Kansas City

(lifeisanopenbooktest.blogspot.com)

3/15/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: prayer, confession, journey


LOS ANGELES, CA - When I was away from the Faith, I was FAR from the Faith and from God. When I came back last year, I had no idea where to start; thankfully, my priest in the Confessional got me started with a Rosary, and I've prayed it hundreds of times since then.

It's like climbing a mountain. As you climb it, especially if it's a gradual slope, you adjust to your steps, your surroundings. You don't realize how the height you've achieved until you look back.  When we went to Lookout Mountain (above), there were times we felt like we were on flat ground and not achieving any elevation. Other times it was winding and was a little scary; again, like life can be. Sometimes, again like life, we seemed to (and did) go down a bit, lower. But we kept going anyway, believing in our final destination. When we finally reached the top, I couldn't believe how high up we were (I'm scared of heights!!).

Light a virtual candle...

This is something Father  mentioned in confession last week.  He reminded me not to think of all I had yet to do, or what I wasn't doing, but to remember what I have done, how far I've come.  Perhaps I still have some of the same sins (like a sharp tongue) but do I use it as often as I did before? Have I gotten better? I don't have to get 'perfect' but I do have to get better. Perfect would be ideal, obviously, but perfection of life is not achievable in this world. I don't need to share what I've done or what I'm doing to move forward; but since I was basically doing nothing just over a year ago, being this far along is a miracle; I wouldn't have believed it if you had told me that it was going to be this way.
It's easy to think of all that we haven't done to honor God. We should do more. That's guaranteed, for most of us. But if we are moving forward, let's remember that, too.  We can't make it to the top if we don't take that first step, and each step afterward, even when they don't make sense at the time.

This was today's verse on Bible Gateway, which I checked after I wrote this post:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 NRSVCE

Amen! Amen! Father, thank you for this journey! Help me to bless and honor you in all I do and say. Amen!

---

Personal Blog


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Blog

Christians Must Get in the Game and Testify to Truth Watch

Image of Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish knight from a local Basque noble family, hermit, priest since 1537, and theologian, who founded the Society of Jesus or Jesuits and, on 19 April 1541, became its first Superior General.

By by Tara K. E. Brelinsky

Chaos is at an all time high for sure in the midst of this on-going battle between good and evil. Before the age of internet, it took time to respond to a differing view. A letter to the editor or a phone call to your representative required you to invest real ... continue reading


This Beautiful Prayer is For You

Image of Never underestimate the power of prayer.

By Jackie Stammen

Years ago after a retreat I attended, the Lord gave me a prayer which I've since remembered, which is kind of amazing because if there's anything I'm not so great at it's memorizing things word for word. Thank God it's a short prayer and that He knows my shortcomings ... continue reading


Through Suffering You Can Find God

Image of By God's grace, no cross He sends will ever be too heavy.

By Michael Seagriff

Let me repeat some obvious truths. God is more powerful than any of us. He draws each of us to Himself. He wants to excite our hearts. He longs to fill our minds and souls with the Truth. He desires that we yield ourselves totally to His will. CANASTOTA, NY - We are ... continue reading


11 Reasons why Eggs are the Healthiest Food on Earth. Watch

Image of One little egg is packed with several vitamins essential to your health!

By Wendy RN., BA, MBA

Eggs contain small amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral required by the human body. including calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese, Vitamin E, Folate and many more.One large egg contains (1):Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin): 9% of the RDA.Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): ... continue reading


Thank you God for gifting me your relentless love.

Image of Domino Effect:  a situation in which one event causes a series of similar events to happen one after another.

By Jackie Stammen

There are consequences to every decision we make. With the decisions we make that are not pleasing to God, our loving Father tries to hold back the wrath that we bring upon ourselves as a result from those sins. However, as we sin more and more and as the sin goes ... continue reading


My Mangy Cat and Me

Image of Cats have a way of making their way deep into our hearts.

By Tara K. E. Brelinsky

My heart leaped as I raced barefooted across the cold mudroom floor. Pulling the door open, I found our little old mangy cat sitting just on the opposite side. Bending down to run my hands across her dirty winter coat, she rewarded me with a deep satisfied purr. ... continue reading


What does Pray without Ceasing Mean? Watch

Image of 'Nowhere on earth are you more welcomed, nowhere on earth are you more loved, than by Jesus living and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.
~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta

By Deacon Ian VanHeusen

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, St. Paul writes that we should 'pray without ceasing.' This word from scripture can have two very different effects on our lives. Either we can reject it as a pious sentiment that is 'not practical,' or we can allow it to transform how we ... continue reading


I Have The Perfect Time For You!

Image of Each moment you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament brings joy, pleasure, and delight to his Sacred Heart!

'My joy, my pleasure, my delight is to be with you.' (Prov 8:31)

By Michael Seagriff

I still remember Nina walking toward the pew where we were seated - nearly 25 years ago - with that challenging, inviting, loving, mischievous, welcoming, smile on her face. CANASTOTA, NY - 'I have the perfect time for you,' she announced.I glanced quizzically at my ... continue reading


You Knit Me In My Mother's Womb

Image of Psalm 139:13-16, A hymnic meditation on God's omnipresence and omniscience.

By Jackie Stammen

I journal a lot. In the past few years I've started to turn my journaling into more of a conversation. A conversation with God. This may seem odd or impossible to some people. Yet, I know many of you do the same. So for those who are a bit uncomfortable or skeptical ... continue reading


If there is any good in me at all, it is God. Whatever is left, that is me.

Image of Nurture your relationship with Him so you can see Him and know Him more profoundly.

By Jackie Stammen

Our pride likes to tell us that the good within us is because we are so great on our own accord. As we allow ourselves to increase, and God to decrease our egos inflate and we become convinced and deceived that we are actually the center of our own universe and we ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 5:34-42
34 One member of the Sanhedrin, however, a Pharisee ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
1 [Of David] Yahweh is my light and my salvation, ... Read More

Gospel, John 6:1-15
1 After this, Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee -- or ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 17th, 2015 Image

St. Anicetus
April 17: Anicetus was a Syrian from Emesa. He became pope about 155 and ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter