Thursday, September 15, 2016

“For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God's will, to be what God wants us to be.” ― Thomas Merton

     Do what you can, where you are, with what you have to serve others, and your life will be blessed as well those you serve.  God does not call you to a life of sainthood, or to win Nobel prizes for peace, or to be honored with titles and acclamation in the news.  God calls you to do little things, every day, where you are, with what you already have in His service to help those in need.  He does not call you to head committees or to call attention to yourself with your church work.  He does not call you to go to meetings.  He calls you to purify your heart—He will clean it if you but ask.  He calls you to love your neighbors and He defines neighbor.  He calls you to touch the dirty and unclean.  He calls you to put food in the mouths of the hungry.  He calls you to calm and comfort the children who are in pain and who need the reassurance of a caring adult.  He calls you to live His truth, His love, and to be filled with His spirit.  And just how do you do this?  How do you respond to His call?  You bow your head, fall to your knees, and tell Him that you are His and will do His will.  You ask for His guidance and strength and you will receive it and feel it immediately.  I can do nothing on my own and neither can you.  We have to have the power of the Holy Spirit to make our engines run and our souls to soar.  There can be no greater reward in heaven than that waiting for the tiniest bit of service to one in need in the name of Christ.  The reward is there because your heart must be His before you can do one small thing.  Do one small thing every day, and, in just a few years, that one small thing a day will have become a lifetime legacy of service that will inspire others, but it begins with a simple act of Holy kindness springing from a heart overflowing with the desire to help, to heal, to feed, to clothe, to comfort, to bring peace and the love of Christ to those who need it.  Amen.
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