We should develop the proper sense of responsibility and abandonment. Given our human condition that is marked both by power and weakness, talents and limitations, we should feel responsible for everything in our life as much as possible, as well as learn to live the proper sense of abandonment when faced with our weaknesses, limitations and mistakes.
Let us remember that we are stewards of God’s vineyard here on earth. As such, we have been given enough powers to undertake our work. We have intelligence and will, very powerful faculties that would enable us to do a great variety of things.
Just like the servants in the parable of the talents (cfr. Mt 25,14-30), we have been given by God, our master, enough talents and gifts for us to make use of. Let us try our best to be like those servants, who managed to trade with those talents and gained also as much. Let us remember that with what God has given us, we are quite powerful!
But we should neither forget that no matter how much we try to be productive and fruitful, we also have our limitations and weaknesses, not to mention our mistakes and failures in spite of the powerful gifts that God has given us.
In this case, we should just leave things with the proper sense of abandonment in the hands of God who, in the end, will take care of everything. Let us remember Christ’s words: “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” (Mt 6, 26-27)
The important thing to remember is that, whether we are able or not to do something in this life, we should just refer ourselves to God. If we are able, if we succeed in something, let us thank God and strengthen our will to do things always in accordance to God’s will. This way, we avoid getting spoiled by pride and vanity due to our accomplishments.
And if we are not able, or when we fail, which is something that can happen in spite of our efforts, we should just go to God, asking for forgiveness and more strength, etc. Let us remember that there simply are things that are beyond our powers, or are impossible for us to resolve. We should just imitate Christ who in his “failure and defeat” when he suffered and died on the cross, simply left everything in the hands of his Father.
It might be good to echo in our own words and in the mode adapted to the concrete situation we are in, those final words of Christ on the cross: “Father, into your hands, I commit my spirit.” (Lk 23,46) Those words express the proper sense of abandonment that we ought to have.
In this way, we avoid getting unnecessarily sad, depressed, or discouraged. We would just move on, like a good sportsman, willing to bear whatever adverse consequences our limitations, failures and mistakes can occasion.
God will take care of everything. In this regard, it might be useful to remind ourselves of what St. Paul said in his Letter to the Philippians: “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (1,6) It’s God who will finish, complete and perfect everything for us!*