How to be interesting

Living meaningfully makes life even more interesting.

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The people I follow online are those whom I find interesting: Seth Godin, Austin Kleon, Chris Guillebeau, John Gruber, Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jeff Cavins, and Bro. Bo Sanchez.

I also follow people who are no longer living like Vincent Van Gogh and Dr. Seuss.

What makes them interesting, at least for me, is how interested or passionate they are about one thing.

But more than being interested in something, they are also invested in it. They add value to it through the work that they do. They are consistent. They work hard.

I guess if we wish to be interesting as well, we have to:

  1. be interested ourselves (and keep learning),

  2. work hard (and add value), and

  3. be brave enough to share our work.

By being interested, we can live interesting lives.

But more than living interesting lives so that people will follow us, let us also live meaningful lives so that we can affect other people’s lives for the better. So that God will be glorified.

You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.

Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. — Matthew 5:13-16

Living meaningfully makes life even more interesting.

P.S. Then, there is someone else I am striving to follow. He’s the most interesting of all. But, following him requires faith, commitment, and dying to oneself. That’s Jesus.

The unsteady rock

Like with St. Peter, the important thing is not how many times we fall down, but how many times we stand back up.

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In today’s first reading, we read about another one of the blunders of St. Peter:

And when Cephas (Peter) came to Antioch, I (Paul) opposed him to his face because he clearly was wrong.

For, until some people came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to draw back and separated himself, because he was afraid of the circumcised.

And the rest of the Jews [also] acted hypocritically along with him, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. — Galatians 2:11-13

Yes, that’s the same Peter to whom Jesus handed the keys to the kingdom. The same rock upon which Jesus built His Church.

That’s also the same rash Peter who walked on water but then sank because of doubt. The same Peter who, through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, said that Jesus was the Messiah, but then called satan afterwards for not thinking as God does.

And yes, the same Peter who denied the Lord three times, but who was then shown divine mercy and told the Lord that he loved Him three times.

God, with all His wisdom, power, love, and mercy, still chose someone as unsteady, impulsive, and inconsistent as Peter to be His follower and to lead His Church after His ascension.

Maybe God should have chosen someone more qualified and blameless than Peter.

But, maybe it’s also God’s way of telling us that He chooses us despite our sins, our shortcomings, and our imperfections. He calls us to love Him and His people despite our failures.

He calls not only those who are already perfect in faith, but especially those who are sinners.

And like with St. Peter, the important thing is not how many times we fall down, but how many times we stand back up.

Despite his shortcomings, St. Peter was one of the first followers who continued the mission started by Jesus. Even to his death, St. Peter followed Jesus.

Have you failed? Have you fallen down or fallen short? I have… again.

But, let us stand up once again.

St. Peter, pray for us.