Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Call

So many terrible things happen every day that we start wondering whether the few things we do ourselves make any sense. When people are starving only a few thousand miles away, when wars are raging close to our borders, when countless people in our own cities have no homes to live in, our own activities look futile. Such considerations, however, can paralyse us and depress us.

Here the word call becomes important. We are not called to save the world, solve all problems, and help all people. But we each have our own unique call, in our families, in our work, in our world. We have to keep asking God to help us see clearly what our call is and to give us the strength to live out that call with trust. Then we will discover that our faithfulness to a small task is the most healing response to the illnesses of our time.
~Henri Nouwen

Just a couple of comments ... This seems to have a lot to do with this sense of prayer and the Cross that I've been groping around after for the last couple of days. I have spent far too much of my life feeling guilty about not doing more practically, not having the resources to give more, not having much in the way of the gifts of an evangelist, that kind of thing, instead of getting on with what I have been called to do which is to be me.

Have a most blessed evening everyone!



Daily Spiritual Tools said...

I think being you is a profound occupation. Many things do happen in the world and at times we feel called to do more, but if we can all focus more on the human"being" rather than the human"doing" the world will be a better place. I enjoyed visiting and will visit again. I just wrote a post called "Healing the World" and would love your feedback. Blessings, Sherry

gentlethunder said...

We are who we are. We are what God intended us to be. Trying to change that because of what we hear or see leads to personal destruction. We all engage in wrong actions for the sake of gaining acceptance. But it never works. Reading your blog is a good reminder. I cannot fix the world. That is God's job.
Enjoying your blog. I know I'll be back.