June 25, 2013

It's Not What's In My Heart. It's What I Give to God


"It's not what's in my heart.
It's what I give to God.

That's what one of our priests said on Sunday when he said farewell to the church.  He has been at our parish for over 15 years, and while it is evident that this next placement is a "promotion" of sorts, he is definitely sad to be leaving.  

He talked about how it's not about what he wants, but about giving his time and energy with this new opportunity as a gift to God.  

What a positive and selfless attitude to have.  How often do we think about what we will get out of a certain situation or a life change?  I know I always want to do something that is personally satisfying and meaningful to me.  I feel good when I'm doing something I want to be doing. 

It is inspiring to think about the fact that just because we don't want to do something doesn't mean that we can't make something out of it.  And I'm not just talking about big changes in life, but even just the mundane things.   Waking up and going to work every morning.  Cooking dinner for your spouse or your family.   Grocery shopping.  And the list goes on and on.  

"So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, 
do everything for the glory to God.
- 1 Corinthians 10:31 

Offer it up as a gift to God, and your time will not be wasted! 


5 comments:

  1. So beautiful and so true. And very timely for me this day. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Beautiful post. That is definitely one of my favorite verses. Thanks for this!

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  3. My little sister (who is 23 years old) began realizing she had a difficult time making herself brush her teeth before bed every night...so she made a decision to tell herself she would do it for Jesus! She hasn't forgotten or skipped brushing her teeth ever since and now it is a mundane task that she uses to offer up to Jesus. It sounds silly but if it draws you closer to God it's definitely not time wasted. :)

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  4. Caitlin,
    Thank you so much for this post. I have been struggling with this big change of moving to Nashville, even though I wanted to do it to be closer to my family. I can now begin to change my attitude and outlook because of your inspirational words.
    I love how God brings me to your blog at just the right time.
    Kristen

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