We all have those kind of moments which are sometimes overwhelming. By this I mean, perhaps we are asked to do something and the very thought of the task daunts us. That is common in a lot of people; very few can easily go into a hard task and not be daunted by it, especially if it is their first time.
I was walking about a shop and I had my own shopping trolley with me at the time. Around the corner a mother and son come with their trolley. It wasn’t exactly a full trolley but one could say there were enough items in there to make it somewhat difficult to push. The son was doing the pushing whilst the mother picked up some items. The mother then ushered her son along. He tried, failed, tried again and failed again. From my position at the other end of the aisle, I heard a loud cry and exclamation.
I can’t do this; I’m just a kid.
This, I originally ducked into another aisle to laugh at, I won’t lie there. However, on reflection, I saw a great wonder and meaning behind those words. How often do we say: I cannot do this because … ?
Very recently, I accompanied Clifton Diocese with the Living Your Faith Summer Camps on a five day long camp. During this week, we did lots of different activities, such as biking, raft building and caving. I want to share an experience that occurred during the caving. We all had these helmets with torches on them (I am 100% sure there is a real name for that but I definitely do not know it). Half way through the caves we were asked to take a plunge into the darkness. I mean that most literally, we were asked to turn our lights off. There was quite a lot of hesitation. Eventually they all did it and we could not see a thing, we had to listen to the voice of the instructor. But many of the youth originally were saying that they did not think they could do it.
Another occurrence was when we were just coming out of the caves, there was a rather long and very thin part to get through. I had the pleasure of going first, but the honour of seeing what happened next. I sat on top of the final rock which was quite the way up, to help anyone if needed. I encouraged some of the youth through and then they took over. As soon as one said they couldn’t go any further, a chorus of encouragement came from those waiting. It was beautiful to see.
How often do we go, I can’t do this; I’m just a teenager. I’m small, I’m one person, I can’t possibly make a difference. I only have these qualifications, this training. There are so many better people than I am who can do this. I cannot do this; I don’t have the experience.
Step out in faith. God would not call us into action if we were not ready, if he had not equipped us. It is better to try and to know where to improve next time, than to think that we ourselves are not good enough because of doubt. The very mission of the Church is no easy one. We are called, through our Baptism, to be ‘Priest, Prophet, and King’. To ‘Go out to all nations’ and spread the Good News of the Gospel. To live a Christ-Like life. This is no easy task. We can often think ‘I can’t, I’m just’. Let us have faith and know that God has equipped us for the life He has called us to live.
Lord our Father, I pray that, by the power of your body and blood, you wash away the doubt within us and allow us to see the beauty and the wonder that you see in us daily. Give us the courage to step out in faith and draw ever closer to you.