Daily Meditation: January 17, 2014


Be Yourself

Often we want to be somewhere other than where we are, or even to be someone other than who we are. We tend to compare ourselves constantly with others and wonder why we are not as rich, as intelligent, as simple, as generous, or as saintly as they are. Such comparisons make us feel guilty, ashamed, or jealous. It is very important to realize that our vocation is hidden in where we are and who we are. We are unique human beings, each with a call to realize in life what nobody else can, and to realize it in the concrete context of the here and now.

We will never find our vocations by trying to figure out whether we are better or worse than others. We are good enough to do what we are called to do. Be yourself!

Henri J. M. Nouwen

Text excerpts taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen , © 1997 HarperSanFrancisco. All Scripture from The Jerusalem Bible ©1966, 1967, and 1968 Darton, Longman & Todd and Doubleday & Co. Inc. Photo by V. Dobson.

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4 Responses to Daily Meditation: January 17, 2014

  1. michele uhrich says:

    Thank you for this meditation! It speaks clearly to my poor sense of self worth. I am going to print it out and hang it some place in plain sight where I can refer to it often!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this! I’ve been pretty down this past week, comparing myself to others and wondering why I’m not as successful and purposeful as they are, but it helps to be reminded that those comparisons aren’t necessary or true.

  3. Edward Bush says:

    There. Is an older man where we go to church in West Virginia, out in the hills , who says repeatedly , loud and long, and I think it works well here, aayyyeeee mmaannnn!

  4. Elaine Valade says:

    Thank you! It seems everything on your website confirms all the Lord has been saying to me these last few weeks. I have been sick since Christmas and on a stay at home retreat . Thanka again Elaine

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