Or from an earlier perspective, being the best in your class in first grade with more gold stars than anybody. I’m not saying that trying your hardest is a bad thing, but what are we trying our hardest at ..building up the kingdom of God or Our kingdom? So ever since we are little kids we are ingrained to look out for ourselves. The world tells us that it’s normal to be sexually active in high school, do drugs, have addictions because that’s what you do and your decisions do not affect anybody else. All I have to say is “Liar, Liar pants on fire!” (Well that’s at least what my 6 yr old self would say.)
So this drastic change of living that we are called to live is radical. The gospels teach us to live humbly, and love radically; to pick up our cross daily for the Lord’s glory. So if we have bought into any lies that the world had taught us there is bound to be resistance on our journey to holiness.
Last summer, when I was on summer staff, a verse from Ezekiel affected me all summer. “I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts.” At that point I was ready to lay it all on the line; to live a life of virtue and in freedom with our Lord. Now that I have struggled over the past months with the authority that the rule has in my life, I begin to understand that everything is done out of sacrifice for Love. Just as a mother guides her child whom she loves, the church guides us out of love. In the conversion that I had, in that powerful moment when I realized the Lord had more for my life than I had planned, I understood that freedom. As I have been praying about the lifestyle we live, I understand now in this season that we are called to a daily conversion of heart. A conversion gives us the conviction of the freedom of a life that Christ has to offer us.
As I am beginning to understand the freedom of the missionary lifestyle, I praise God for calling me to this formation year. I have been recommitting myself to this “ Rule of Life “ because the Lord has called me to be an “Oak of Justice”; to bloom where I am planted and love those around me, to strive for holiness above all else by seeking the face of God. The Lord had more for me then and I know he has more for me now. Most often people tell me that it’s great that I am giving up a year of my life to serve our church. We are not giving up just one year. This lifestyle prepares us to give up our lives.
Please pray for me as I dive deeper into the spirit of the “Rule of Life”. I also have started an Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for my discernment for the fall. I am doing it as a nine day novena, please do it with me & be sure to lift me up!
Please let me know how I could be praying for you. You are Loved!
All for heaven,