In the past, I would read the parable of the fig tree that we hear this year on the third Sunday in Lent, and feel shame.
What have I accomplished with my life? When I measure with the values of our culture, not much.
As a child, I was told that I would accomplish big things in the world. I could do or be anything I wanted. I thought I would be a chemist and devote my life to science. I took in the high expectations people had for me, and excelled in school in high school and college. But then, as faith became more important to me, I found myself making choices that led more to experiences of vulnerability, and sometimes insecurity rather than accomplishment as I saw it. Parenting, taking in foster teenagers, working as a spiritual director or therapist, took me to the edges of what I…
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