What Is Mine To Do?
Over recent years, one way that God has spoken to me is when I hear similar messages from a number of different sources. Sometimes this comes from Biblical texts, sermons I hear, books that I am reading and or words spoken from those that I encounter. Over the last few weeks, I have heard, through a variety of different sources, the question for me to ponder….”What is mine to do?”
As an adult, I have never understood how one could be “bored”, as I claimed on many occasions as a teenager. There are so many opportunities and activities and so little time! I love my work and each day there are countless e-mails, texts and calls to respond to and there are meetings to attend and relationships to nurture. At home there are meals to prepare and laundry to do and a home that needs to be cleaned and bills to pay.
Beyond these necessary tasks, there is a calling to be a part of Kingdom work! There are social concerns to be addressed and people that may not experience the love of Jesus if I do not offer it to them. There are people in jail and in prison to visit and homeless people who need someone to talk to and feeding ministries to engage in, and Bible and book discussions to participate in. There are people in conflict with one another who can benefit from mediation and churches who need to be led to look in the mirror to see what God is calling them to do next. There are people who have lost their jobs, or who are struggling with addiction, or who are suffering an illness, or who are simply lonely and could benefit from a listening ear.
And there are relationships with my husband and children and parents and sisters and in-laws and nieces and nephews and cousins that are important to me. There are friends who make my life more full. Most importantly, there is my relationship with God that must be given attention if I am to know how to prioritize all of the other stuff.
The only way that I know to cope with all the opportunities that are available is to keep asking questions as Henri Nouwen describes as universal of the spiritual life: “Who am I? Where have I been and where am I going? Who is God for me? Where do I belong? How can I be of service?” And as my Spiritual Director has encouraged me to ponder “What is mine to do?”
“Lord, I give you thanks that with each new day there is a fresh start to be obedient to you. I give thanks for the work that you have given me to do and for the relationships that you have entrusted in me to nurture. Help me to know what is mine to do today. Amen.”
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