Catholic Things

Giving God Permission to Work


I first came across this thought when I went to a conference down in Dallas, Texas, two or three years ago. And it’s still something that I struggle to understand or always remember.

Okay? What is this thought?

I was down in Dallas with a group from the Newman House for a conference. I was in the chapel where Jesus was in the monstrance and I was praying. And while I was in prayer, a thought came to mind:

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Let that sink in for a minute…..

Now let me say it again, but in a different way:

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How cool is that?!?!?!

Let’s delve into this a bit further.

I heard (and continue to think) that God does not enter our hearts without obtaining our permission first. He will wait for us to personally invite Him in.

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We have to be the ones to open the door and let Him in. He won’t do it for us.

But there’s something else that stuck out to me about this.

God letting us decide if we’re going to let Him in or not is a pretty big deal, but there was something else that I was thinking about.

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God can do anything and everything, has infinite knowledge, and can do whatever He wants to do or sees fit. But yet He waits for the permission of a frail, weak, and incredibly finite human before He enters their heart.

With all of that being said, I have a challenge for you guys.

Where in your life can you let God in? You can be anywhere in your relationship with God: at the very beginning where you don’t know much about Him or who He is, or you could’ve known Him on an intimate level for years.

If you’re just starting off with God, I’d suggest asking Him to help you get to know Him. And I’d even recommend doing this if you’ve had an intimate relationship with God for a while. If you’ve had a relationship with Him for a while, I’d recommend asking Him what are things that you need to work on or where do you need to give Him permission to enter?

Until next time, I hope you have a wonderful day!


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