“Arise and Do the Next Right Thing”
What are we to do about the common and very human experience of despair? Often, despair befalls us when we have made a serious mistake. Despair also assails us through circumstances over which we have no control. Being, so many of us, perfectionists and control-freaks, we become paralyzed.
The disciples of Jesus, in Matthew 26:46, have, at the most critical moment, broken their promise to their Lord and escaped into sleep. All Jesus needed from them at that time was their presence, companionship. How often do we all need someone to just hang in their with us?
February 18—“Whenever we realize that we have not done that which we had a magnificent opportunity of doing, then we are apt to sink into despair; and Jesus Christ comes and says, “Sleep on now, that opportunity is lost forever, you cannot alter it, but arise and go to the next thing. Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ, and go out into the irresistible future with Him. Never let the sense of failure corrupt your new action.”
The future is already and always rapidly approaching. We can always awake and do the next right thing. There is always a way, until eternity beckons, to be Just Love. And in eternity, that is what we will be. Not fear. Not failure. Just Love.