« For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice».
How many times have you heard someone asking you “Have you done the right thing?” Surely, you have lost count of the many times you have heard “You have done wrong.” It is even worst when you believe you have done right and instead you heard them saying to you “You have done wrong.” At the end of the day, we should not be influenced in any way by this, because everybody knows that what is right for us, often it is wrong for other people.
Sometimes, the expression “You have done wrong”, when accompanied by a spirit of love, can help our growth. Otherwise, it is a destructive and arid critic, which brings discouragement and often humiliates. In our own journey of growth, each of us should have the same humble awareness of the apostle Paul. He was conscious that although the efforts and the commitment, it is not possible to always succeed in what we do. Nonetheless, this fact should not produce in us a barren stillness nor a useless and pitiable attitude. Man’s natural instinct is to put himself before God and to make his personal interests prevail. This is the reason why we need God’s grace in us.
Benjamin Carson is the first neurosurgeon who managed to separate two Siamese baby twin girls. His journey began when he was a teenager. Due to his father’s absence, he faced severe struggles. One morning, he was in church with his older brother, and while listening to the preaching he understood crucial things for his future. The speaker was telling about a couple of missionary doctors in Africa. Through that story, the teenager realized that he wanted to do the same thing. Today, Benjamin is a famous neurosurgeon and manages missionary camps in the whole world, where he gives assistance to needy sick people. The apostle Paul reminds us that if we are hungry for God and we let him guide us beyond our abilities, the Lord will show up his power in our weaknesses, so that when we feel week and we surrender to God, we will discover his power.