Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
but the LORD weighs the hearts.
-Proverbs 21:2, WEBBE
I have come to understand today that even if I did not accomplish any of the things the Lord is demanding of me, I know that I shall be rewarded as if I had fulfilled everything, because He sees the intention with which I begin, and even if He called me to Himself today, the work would not suffer at all by that, because He Himself is the Lord of both the work and the worker. – St. Faustina
People can often set up standards we could never meet. Even if we do our very best, and even if we have the best of intentions, everything would still be inadequate for them and all the work we do would be unappreciated and unrecognized.
Not so with God. It is our intention that is important to Him. Whether we fail or succeed in doing what we ought, we can find confidence in God’s pleasure if we have done everything we could to do His will.
God knows what we can and cannot do. He does not expect us to do something beyond what we are capable of. If ever He intends to use us to accomplish things beyond our power, He will give us all the power we need and fill whatever is lacking in us.
Praise be the Lord of compassion! Praise Him who knows us well and recognizes all our efforts to please Him. Blessed indeed are those who serve Him because He understands our weaknesses and supplies all the strength we need to accomplish His will.
God does not command impossibilities, but by commanding admonishes you do what you can and to pray for what you cannot, and aids you that you may be able. – Saint Augustine
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