Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord. They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit. The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse— who can understand it? I the Lord test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Jeremiah is stating how often we put more faith and trust in people than we do in God, keeping us from growing to our full potential. God said that man will fail us. So why do we put more faith and hope in people?
People begin to turn away from what God wants them to do and focus instead on what others want them to do. We remain of this world when we do that. But, when we put our faith in God, our lives begin to turn. We no longer worry about satisfying others because God is our main focus…which will in turn provide love and care for others. God will never let us down: we might not always recognize God, but God is always there. By recognizing God and relying on God we grow as a whole person! We learn that God should be the center of our lives.
What is one concrete way you can rely & focus on God today?
—Niesha Johnson ’15, a student at Saint Martin de Porres High School, Cleveland, OH
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
—Mother Teresa of Calcutta