When Jesus came along and asked some fishermen to drop their nets and follow him, they did just that. Wow! In some ways, they experienced true freedom. That is what Jesus offers all of us. Yet, true freedom looks quite different than my dream scenario.
We cannot get baptized again in the Jordan or Sea of Galilee because of romantic notions, or come into the Catholic Church by a second baptism so we can start all over. Our baptism, whether we can remember it or not, is a one-time deal.
One December, my oldest son informed us that he would be getting up early on Christmas to serve breakfast to homeless people at a nearby shelter. We’re a good Christian family, but we never before had that tradition. My son had thrown a wrench into our plans.
When we try to tackle life alone, we can find ourselves in a very lonely position. Just like Jesus’ parents, we need God to assist us and provide us with the strength for what lies ahead. Every parent needs God to become more than they can be on their own.
Reminders of our mortality find their way into life. A car accident or a health scare can cause us to reflect on where we are in our relationship with God. Without those moments, we find ourselves living daily without a mindfulness of where God is.
If you approach these December days simply as a way to prepare for Christmas, you may find yourself just doing the same old thing as last year. But remember, Jesus is coming again. When people of all ages understand that, it can be a cause for large, wide-open eyes.
The King of kings could have had all that, but instead, he chose quite a different path. He gave up having servants so he could be the servant of all his subjects himself. Yes, he was the King of kings, but he was nothing like a typical king.
Gratitude is a key characteristic of a good Everyday Steward, but it does not develop in us without effort. The point is that too often we take so many gifts for granted, and unless we pause and purposely reflect, we miss the chance to give thanks.