If There’s a Will, There’s a Way

If There’s a Will, There’s a Way
by Danny Tariman

“If you wish, you can make me clean.” – Luke 5:12

Meet Gioni (not his real name). He is an on-the-job trainee, about to graduate from college, easy-going, extrovert and young.

He seems to be able to get on his own terms. He reports to work at his own time, sometimes not following instructions.

I required all my staff to report at exactly 8 a.m. at the project site. But he reported almost 9 a.m. His excuse? He was not feeling well.

The next day, he came in at about 10 a.m. Again, more excuses. “Sir, there was heavy traffic. I live very far.” He lives only 10 kilometers away.

I countered, “You live ‘very far,’ but one manager lives farther and another even farther. They arrive on time.”

We sometimes tend to go on the easy path, not knowing that it is a way to failure. The Bible says: “The gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many” (Matthew 7:13).

After confronting him, he began to come on time.

Yes, if you are willing, you can!

Pope Francis Says: “Love is expressed more clearly in actions than in words.”

Father, grant me the grace to accept my shortcomings and the strength to do Your will.

[This reflection was first published in Didache Jan 8, 2016]


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