Getting It Right, Eventually - Scott Kinnaird

“Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."  ~ Matthew 26:36-39

I struggle with procrastination and reticence. I usually get the job done and do the right thing, eventually. But, my first response to a task isn’t always positive or immediate.

That’s why the narrative of the Garden of Gethsemane, as well as the Wedding at Cana (John 2:4), mean so much to me.

When Jesus asked God to be relieved of his impending crucifixion and even when he rejected his Mother’s initial call to help the wedding host, he presented very human traits we all struggle with, daily.

Jesus wasn’t a pre-programmed robot and neither are we. We all say no when we know we should say yes, and vice versa.

During this Lenten season, as we attempt to give up old habits, deliver alms and pray prayers, let’s try to remember how Jesus struggled, too.

Hopefully, his divinely human example will relieve us of unnecessary shame and guilt as we offer our best to others.

Dear God, help us get it right the first time. But, if we can’t, please help us keep trying to eventually get it right in due time. Amen.

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