Success & Despair

by Subomi Plumptre

1. Don’t despair. The fact that you exist means there are other people like you out there. But you may need to look beyond your immediate environment to find them. Move.

2. There’s an unfortunate attitude to success that I have noticed – you do not contribute to a person’s success, yet you dictate to them how to spend their money. I see this a lot on social media – an ugly cacophony of envious busybodies.

3. Learn to enjoy your life. It will never be free of troubles. Stop waiting for the time when everything will settle down. Find your rest in God in the midst of trouble.

4. I read something today in a Bible App plan. It’s an excerpt of a letter written by Thomas Merton to a man who was struggling with his unworthiness before God:

“God is the Seer and the Seeing and the Seen. God seeks Himself in us, and the aridity and sorrow of our heart is the sorrow of God who is not known in us, who cannot yet find Himself in us. This is because we do not dare to believe or to trust the incredible truth that He could live in us, and live there out of choice, out of preference. We exist solely for this, to be the place He has chosen for His presence, His manifestation in the world, His epiphany. But we make all this dark and inglorious because we fail to believe it, we refuse to believe it.”

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