A co-worker once had a sign in her office that said, “Don’t get too busy doing the Lord’s work that you forget about the Lord.” It always struck me as important when I considered what my week looked like as a youth minister. Was I focused on MY to-do list, MY will, and MY plans? Or was I embracing where the Lord had me to do His work? How do we know His work? We ask Him, we read His word, and we follow His will. Take some time at the beginning of this year to reflect on how the Lord is calling us to be generous!
Oh TITHING – an 7 letter word that is not only hard to explain and talk about, it’s hard to do. The worth tithe is derived from 1/10th, so 10% of my time (144 minutes or 2 hours, 24 minutes a day), 10% of my talent (how do you even quantify that), and 10% of my treasure (gross or net pay? Assets too?). Is it enough? Am I keeping anything for myself? What if there isn’t enough left over? Are these questions disciples ask?
Let’s go for ‘radical’ over ordinary. Do something outrageous, crazy, and out of the ordinary. Don’t just ‘do things the way we’ve always done them because we’ve always done them that way.’ And don’t look at the way some other Church is doing it and say “well, at least we’re better than them.” Be radical. Do something new. Be different. Be out of the ordinary!
Some people are saying that the Church is dying … I think those people are wrong. There’s so much good happening in the Church, we just need to focus on it! Check out these 4 Dioceses (plus a bonus in the Carolinas) that are defying the statistics!
I can’t remember when I learned that the bread and wine actually became the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. I don’t know if there’s been a time when I haven’t believed that, to be honest. That could be because I grew up in a parish school that focused on teaching us the importance of the Mass and provided regular Eucharistic Adoration. It was a teaching that “stuck” for me.
It wasn’t flashy, it didn’t take hours to do, but it did help someone who needed some dinner and a little love today. For me cooking is an act of love – and I’m not the only one. What if you helped your parishioners by creating a ministry of acts of love through meals?
Most people would consider themselves excellent listeners. In my experience that’s not always the case. I find myself saying “I’m not sure you heard what I meant, let me try again” pretty frequently. I also find myself saying, “Did you mean ….?” a lot. It’s not just about intention, it’s about connection. How are we connecting to one another in the midst of our conversation?