It was sunny with a high of 55 degrees at Covecrest today and I was in a happy place playing football with about twenty 8th Graders who were nearing the end of their school retreat. I was reading the eyes of the other quarterback anticipating an epic interception and run back for a touchdown when all of a sudden… BAM! I hit the floor.
Still conscious, I stayed laying on the ground with a pretty large pain on the back left side of my head. As I reached to touch the spot where the pain was coming from I was thankful to find no blood but still a large lump the size of a golfball visible through my hair (according to other people.) I sat up pretty quickly to make sure that the teen I had collided with was okay. He was alive but ended up with a nice bruise above his right eye and sat out the rest of the game.
It’s funny that this collision happened today because I feel like I collided with God in my faith today as well. This morning I was feeling very weary, both physically and spiritually. I felt defenseless to all spiritual attacks and too tired to take on a whole day of retreating. Responding to this tiredness and desolation I grabbed one of my missionary brothers and asked him to chat in the chapel. I simply told him what was going on.
After talking and praying together I felt much better. I realized that I have begun to settle for complacency in my faith. Sure, I am praying a holy hour every morning with my community. Yes, I am helping out with retreats and doing youth ministry. I am doing all the things that make it seem to myself and the outside world that I am a strong and faithful Christian but it’s time to move past doing. I need to challenge myself. I need to truly listen to God and then act on the Spirit’s promptings in my heart. God is calling me to greatness.
Have you ever had a meeting or some plans fairly early in the morning that were really important for you to be on time? When I need to be up early for something important I usually ask someone to make sure I’m awake by that certain time. The wake up call ensures that I’m not just relying on myself to listen to my alarm. It’s time for me to run to my missionary brothers and sisters and ensure that I don’t just hit snooze on this wake up call from Christ to come out of complacency. I invite you to join me. Let’s wake up and strive for the greatness that God is calling us to.
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity… Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.” Ephesians 5:14-17