Tuesday, February 5, 2013

One Plus God

We look around the world today and think how crazy the world seems. It can be overwhelming to  realize what we are up against these days:

 "What's the point? What difference can just one person make anyway?"

Have you ever heard these words spoken to you? Or spoken them yourself perhaps?

I have heard them too many times to count over the years and I've even heard them come out of my own mouth now and then.

The problem with this type of mindset is that it sets us up to lose before we've even begun. Imagine if the saints thought like this? All we need to do is look at what Mother Teresa did during the span of her lifetime and we can see that she did not allow herself to fall prey to this kind of thinking. One person can make a huge difference if God is in the equation. Think of what each of these people accomplished during their lifetimes:

Moses + God = the liberation of an enslaved people

Mother Mary + God = the salvation of the entire human race

 Peter + God = the birth of the Church

We cannot say, "Yeah, but they were saints!" Moses was not a saint - he killed a man. St. Peter
was simply a fisherman - a fisherman who denied Christ three times.

I love this example:  Therese + God = Doctor of the Church...with millions following her "little way" and she accomplished all this without ever leaving the convent or its grounds. (How's that for amazing?)

So never ask yourself what you can do.

Ask yourself what you + God can do.


  1. I smiled all through reading this - it's so true and yet so little believed, really. But with God, nothing is impossible - even mountains move, right?

  2. Hi LuAnne,
    Nicely put! Yes, with God all things are possible!

  3. This is just what I needed tonight. It is really making me think. Thank you, Mary, for such anointed words.

  4. Beautiful post, Mary. It's hard to know this all the time, and this reminder is needed. You used great examples to show us how true it is.

  5. A much needed reflection for me right now. Thank you.

    God bless.

  6. Mary,

    What can God and I do? I feel excited thinking about it!

    Thank you for your post. God bless!

  7. Thank you for this uplifting post. Like the others, I really needed it too!

  8. Well done, Mary. Who said "All things are possible with God?" The weaker we are the more we should rejoice because He seems to do so much more with us.

  9. Well done, Mary. Who said "All things are possible with God?" The weaker we are the more we should rejoice because He seems to do so much more with us.

  10. very similar to my posts this week- interesting. God was telling us the same thing!

  11. You are so right, Mary. We can't be defeated before we even begin. We are where we need to be and whether it is one person or many, we can make a difference. Great role models you mentioned!

  12. Love this post Mary. It feels very daunting to think of what I can do to change the world but, + God, does feel encouraging.

  13. Thank you: very subtly and gently empowering, which works best with someone like me! x

  14. This was brilliant! Thank you for sharing!

    God Bless.