“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.” -Matthew 28-29
Meek is not a word that we use often anymore, and many times we misunderstand it’s true meaning. When we think of the word “Meek” what’s the first thing that pops into our head? Probably someone who seems very shy, always to themselves, quiet and not feeling confident. If we truly think about it, why would Christ refer to Himself as meek if that were to be the case? It’s because our society has created a completely twisted image of what being meek ACTUALLY means.
Meek comes from the Greek word “praus” which can also be translated into “gentle”. Another way of describing the unique characteristic of this word is like “taming a wild horse”. When we think of a wild horse it is full of energy and strength, but it is stuck in such chaos because that energy is being released everywhere. It has no direction or way to channel that energy so the horse acts intensely on impulse. A tame horse isn’t scared or shy, it is still strong and energetic but now that energy has been directed properly. It is calm, but it is still powerful at the same time.
We were all given certain traits, strengths and passions, but if we let them run wild and they are not directed we end up with this internal chaos. God gave them to us for a reason, but He doesn’t want us to waste our energy on pointless things. He wants to direct them in the proper direction so we can truly do His work and become our true selves. Three examples that come to mind are St. Peter, St. Augustine and St. Paul. St. Peter was super quick to jump to speak and quick to anger (like when he cut off the servants ear). St. Augustine was an incredibly talented orator against the Church and was caught up in a very sexual party lifestyle. St. Paul found passion and pride in murdering Christians. All three of them were so lost in their own internal chaos that they were not able to truly find themselves and do God’s work. However, if we take a look at these same three saints after God transforms them, they are still strong powerhouses with incredible talents and passions. Those characteristics about them never changed, if anything they grew even stronger because now they allowed God to direct their strengths in order to do His will.
What are your strengths, talents or passions? How are you directing them? Are your wasting your time and energy on pointless things or are you directing it towards God and allowing Him to direct you?
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