Keep the Faith

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I’m told often “We’re so busy!” and indeed we are. In fact, at times I think we’re so busy that it is sometimes tough to keep the faith. Tough to keep the faith in humanity, and tough to keep the faith that God is all around us all the time!

When it comes to matters of faith I think many of us feel overwhelmed that there is so much to “do” in the Kingdom of God. While that too is correct, I don’t think God expects us to be God. Friends, let God be God and let us be us.

I recently came across a prayer called “The Archbishop Oscar Romero Prayer: A Step Along the Way”. (The prayer was written by Bishop Ken Untener, but used in a homily honoring departed priests, including Romero, an El Salvadoran Roman Catholic priest. Since then, the prayer is often attributed to Romero.)  Part of the prayer includes these words, “We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.  We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.  It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning … an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.”

What, my friends, is the “tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise” of God’s work  we are inspired to do with our lives? Advocate for the poor in some manner? Feed the hungry? Listen to a relative or friend … for the ten thousandth time? For the sake of your relationship with your son, to love your daughter-in-law even though she dances on your last nerve?

What is it God has asked you to do? Visit a neighbor? Walk with a friend? Cook a meal for someone grieving? Write an email to someone you think might need some contact? Visit the sick?

You’re right, there is much to do, and at times we can feel overwhelmed trying to do it all and do it all perfectly.  God isn’t looking for perfection, He’s looking for desire.  A desire to saddle up alongside Him so that together we can accomplish whatever little thing it is God has invited us to do alongside Him today – this day.  Not everything; just something.

And isn’t there blessed liberation in realizing that we’re not called to be God, we’re just called to be us. Me.You. Dave. Jane. Jonathan. Cheryl. Betty. Tom. Amy. You be you. I’ll be me. God will be God.

Together let’s all do that one thing God has called us to do this day.

Peace friends,

Chuck

P.S.
I’ve made some additions to the “Prayer” pages of the blog …. the Oscar Romero prayer is added to My Favorite Prayers, and I’ve added a page for More Thoughts of Prayer.  Peace friends!

 

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