Another school day

For me… In one week I will begin my Master’s program in Social Work. I am excited, scared, nervous, but most of all hope and pray I can continue to be the kind of mother and caregiver God has so blessedly let me.

Following in a path to care for people is one of the greatest peaces I have experienced thus far in my life.

We’re all called to a purpose and that purpose is giving a glory and name to a Savior who is so loving, so full of grace, that I could never be worthy. But still, we live and strive because we love Him. I hope that I am doing that, and today I hope you do the same.

More later…

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Mother Teresa Says (Mondays)…

Like Jesus we belong to the world living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the Lord is our strength.

Like Jesus we belong to others, not ourselves. A few years ago there was a very popular book that reminded Christians “It’s not about me.” I remember at the time posting a piece of paper by my bed to remind me. I was quitting everything at once- drinking, smoking, dating, even the college I was attending. Perhaps it would have helped to see the whole picture- perhaps if I had focused a little bit on what Jesus would have me do for others. Instead, I used it’s not about me to focus all the attention on myself, trying to fix whatever I thought God would see as the problem.

It never worked. Well, it would work for a moment, perhaps even months, always leading back to a shift that brought me further into whatever I had been desperate to be free of before. I guess what I am trying to say is, belonging to others is heavy and freeing at the same time. It is a calling, what some like to call a “burden,” but I like to think of it as a reason, a common purpose. Yet it frees us to not focus so much on what Jesus would not have us do, but rather what he would have us do. And that helps- like children we always seem to want to do whatever we are told not to do, however adult consequences seem to be different than the scolding for sticking our hands in the cookie jar…. So like Jesus, let us remember we belong to others, and let our joy in Him be the strength that gets us through, not relying on our own (I am pretty sure it doesn’t exist)….

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