Steady as She Goes!

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

One of the recurring themes in Scripture is the call to be “steadfast” and “immovable.”  This is very counter-cultural.  We tend to praise people these days for being flexible, progressive and willing to change.  A call to be “immovable” sounds like a call to be “neanderthal.”  But immovability is essential if you are in the right place. If your place is faith and you move from it, you are moving toward betrayal. If your place is hope and you move from it, you are moving toward despair or presumption. If your place is love and you move from it, you are moving toward hate.  That is why Paul tells us to stay put.  If you stick with God, you make real progress without wasting time.  If you move away from God, you waste time without making any real progress.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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