Thank God you were called in the first place.
Today I want you to simply think back across the last week to a time where you were answering God’s call. Maybe you didn’t even know you were doing it at the time.
Here’s a few hints as to when that occurred:
1. You choose grace over anger – You know those times where it would be really easy to get upset, (like when they mess up your order at a restaurant, or your child spills their milk across the dinner table) and instead you smiled and extended grace. That feeling of peace and joy? That’s the result of you saying “yes” to God’s call to grace.
That inner experience of peace, joy and energy is Hint #1.
2. You received a sacrament – Perhaps last week was a rough one and all you were able to eek out was Sunday Mass. That’s a great place to start. You were in the physical Presence of Jesus Christ – Body, Blood Soul and Divinity! How awesome is that?!
3. You were an example – It’s starting to warm up here, and preparing my garden for plants (which won’t be ready to go in the ground for another 6 weeks) is a large, looming task. This weekend I did a lot of hard work without complaint because I want my daughters to see the joy gardening can bring. No amount of talking or handing over a book to read can replace the examples I set for them.
What examples have you laid out for those around you (including strangers) that “show off” the beauty of your faith? Even something as small as picking up a piece of litter in the parking lot counts.
Sometimes we hear God’s call and don’t respond, sometimes we act on His call without even knowing we’ve been spoken to. Take just a minute to recognize where you have answered His call this last week, and offer a prayer of gratitude for being called in the first place.
Love to all,