Don’t give up if you can’t give your all

Lessons learned from the “failure” of a rich young man

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“Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

“Master, all these have I observed from my youth.”

“One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”

The rich young man occupies all of five verses in the Gospel of Mark (plus six in Luke and seven in Matthew). His exchange with Jesus abruptly concludes in seeming defeat, sorrow, and regret.

Does that sound like anyone else you know?

Every day brings with it tens of thousands of thoughts, words, and deeds.

For the rich young man, it was impossible to sell all he had at the moment.

“The work of devils and of darkness is never more certain to be defeated than when men and women, not finding it easy or pleasant but still determined to do the Father’s will, look out upon their lives from which it may seem every trace of God has vanished, and asking why they have been so forsaken, still bow their heads and obey.”

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