Teaching faith is a hefty task to pull off. God is bigger than we can conceive so naturally teens (and adults) wonder how God and our faith tradition and practices all fit together. How do you illustrate faith to anyone, much less a teenager on the edge of adulthood?
As Everyday Stewards, we are always looking for the small actions that make big differences. God takes what we offer in a simple action and performs miracles. The words of Jesus to Jarius should be in our minds everyday as we go forth into a chaotic world where things are unsure: “Do not be afraid, just have faith.”
God has not promised us any set number of days to spend with our loved ones. In fact, we never know when the day we are experiencing will be our last day. Nine people in South Carolina didn’t see the end of their days coming.
Whether the sun is shining or dark clouds hover above us, we must never fade. In the face of love or the face of hatred, we must never shrink.
The world needs to change, but we who remain in Him must never change.
The reality of the world is right. I can’t control my lust for things, and yes, many times if given the chance I will choose incorrectly. But this is without Jesus. With Jesus, I have been transformed and given the power to resist temptation and follow a narrow, but better, way.
Since Father’s Day is this weekend, I wanted to remember my father by posting here an Everyday Stewardship reflection I wrote for All Souls Day this past year. He was larger than life when he was with us, but I am thinking he is still quite a character in the after-life as well.
Some decisions we make are “gut decisions” using blind intuition informed neither by logic or emotion. Other decisions are based on facts, emotions, or conscience. What kind of decisions should we make?
Giving one’s self the chance to discover something new and wonderful sometimes requires us to step outside our comfort zone. We can choose to continue ordering chicken nuggets and mac & cheese just like a child all our lives, or we can risk it and try something from a place outside of our everyday environment.
Cities and countries may differ, but God is God wherever you are in the world. Last weekend we celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi – and I need to be conscious that the Body of Christ comes in all shapes and sizes, across all nations and ‘encounter’ is close if I but dare to see it. Dunkin’ Donuts and the golden arches of McDonald’s may be the same, but each person has unique gifts to offer.
Clutter can be a sign of our squandered gifts of treasure, a result of poor stewardship of those possessions we have received, and an over attachment to material things. Our hearts and minds cannot rest in God when they are constantly busy thinking about and interacting with all the stuff we have in our lives.