“You say that you would be glad to bring others to God but that you don’t know how to preach and teach. Sometimes the devil gives us grand desires to keep us from getting busy with simple tasks we can perform easily. We overlook a simple task nearby because we think about a great task far away. Instead of doing what is possible, we are pleased to dream about the impossible. Rather than trying to benefit the entire world, concentrate on the needs of your own neighborhood."
When I was a young mother I was speaking to my priest about how I felt I was letting God down. The community was going on mission trips and working with the homeless and other great things, but I was so busy with raising a child, taking care of a home and working I had little time to do any ‘real ministry’. Fr. John closed his eyes and let out a deep sigh and said softly, “When you do the dishes and the laundry, think of the love you have for your family and give thanks to God, when you are working, do your best and look for opportunities to be kind – recognize that God is all around you and live with joy – this is your ministry now Julie.” I will never forget his words to me; they have blessed me and given me perspective all these years. How easy it is to overlook the seemingly insignificant, small opportunities we have to serve and love.
St. Teresa also wrote:
“Don’t build castles in the air. The Lord does not look at the greatness of our works, but at the love with which we perform them.”
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)