To achieve extraordinary things in life, one needs more than just skill or talent. One also requires deep faith – both in oneself and in a higher purpose. The greatest artists, scientists, and leaders throughout history have married exceptional skill with an unshakable belief that they were destined for something greater.
Skill alone cannot withstand the inevitable hardships and setbacks on the path to extraordinary achievement. Faith provides the resilience and sense of meaning needed to persevere. With it, obstacles are seen as challenges to overcome rather than failures. Faith also provides a moral compass to keep one’s talents directed toward virtuous and uplifting purposes. Without it, even the most skilled individual risks misusing their gifts or squandering them on unworthy goals. In the end, the alchemy of skill and faith enables individuals to reach heights they could never attain with talent alone.
Matthew 17:14-20. Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith.”
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 2023-224: AUGUST 12, 2023]