No Shortcuts

– St Aloysius Gonzaga –

 “Enter through the narrow gate, for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” [Matthew 7:12-14]

I love a shortcut.

I value my time and I always wish I had more of it, so if there is a way to save time, I’ll try it. I’ll avoid the highways and take the backroads in peak hour, I use keyboard shortcuts to switch between my open tabs or computer programs, and I listen to audiobooks and podcasts at 1.5x the speed. However, shortcuts don’t always pay off; if you had your choice between two-minute noodles and authentic homemade pasta, what would you go for?

When it comes to drawing closer to God and living out our faith, don’t look for shortcuts. Don’t look for ways to do ‘just enough’ and ‘rush it’ to get what you want from God. What he wants is a relationship with you; he wants you to know him as intimately as he knows you.

In relationships, we don’t look for shortcuts; we don’t give the minimum and expect great things. Instead, in the most precious relationships, we fall deeply in love and pour our hearts and souls into it. This is the relationship God wants with you, and this is how God loves you.



by Nattasha Mierendorf

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