Well, in evaluating my life, I realized I I had had a successful academic career and, professionally, had done well since graduating. I was married to a wonderful (and lovely) woman and had two great boys (still pretty young - since I was a bit of a late bloomer!) I owned my home, had money in the bank and had great relationships with family, friends, co-workers - everyone. I was healthy, physically fit and still full of vim and vigor. Also, I had known and walked with the Lord for decades and knew a bit about scripture, the spiritual life, etc. I was minister of our local fraternity of Secular Franciscans, was well-respected and people seemed to both appreciate and admire me.
I've tried but . . . accomplished so little. I can't help but feel discouraged at times. I'm getting older, my vitality and abilities seem to be declining, so when and how will I be able to fully serve, really please, the Lord?!