Sometimes it seems like the best thing I have going for me is a stubborn persistence. I echo Jacob's words over and over: "I will not let you go unless you bless me.... I will not let you go unless you bless me... I will not let you go..."
Then I go and read St. Francis, and his words seem like they were written only for me.
The biggest mistake that most of us make about God,
the one that most consistently undermines the peace of our soul,
is the idea that God demands a lot of us,
more than a fragile being like ourselves could ever give.
Such a God is frightening.
But God in reality is content with the little we can give,
because God knows -- and accepts -- the little that we have.
We need to do just three things:
Do the best we can to find and honor God in everything we do.
Do whatever-- however little-- we can to live this way.
Let God do the rest.
If we follow these simple rules, we will possess God.
And possessing God we will not be disturbed,
we will not be anxious,
for we will have no need to fear a God who never asks of us
more than we can give.
St. Francis de Sales