Is It Possible to Let God Down?

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“I called out: Lord, you are my Father, my champion, my savior!” –Sirach 51:10a

When I first read this scripture passage, it jumped out at me. Specifically, the champion part. “Wow! God is my champion,” I thought to myself. If God is truly my champion, it should give me great confidence in what I do in my ministry and life. However, I’m not always that confident.

Do I always believe that God is my champion? And what does that actually mean?

Well, the first question is easy to answer. No, I don’t always believe it. As a sinner and one that make a lot of mistakes, I can easily feel that I let God down. But as I heard one time, I can’t let God down because I was never holding God up. God holds me up…always. That’s what it means to believe that God is my champion.

As I journey through this life serving my family, my church, my ministry, and my friends, I need to remember that I am not the champion. I don’t have it all together. I mess up. And God holds me up through it all. I must try my best to accept that.

I can’t lead in ministry unless I recognize this and believe it.

My prayer as I finish this post is this: God, continue to be my champion and allow me to believe it every day. Continue to hold me up.

Question: How would your attitude change if you truly believed that God was your champion?

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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