What is the most important thing in your life? What’s at the center of your life – that which gives meaning, purpose, and perspective to everything else that you do? The Lord invites us today to focus on him, so that everything we think, say, and do is touched by the grace of Jesus Christ. With God first, our lives become balanced and empowered – allowing us to use resources, relate with others, and engage our lives with conviction and joy!
Monthly Archives: October 2015
This 45 minute retreat was given to the Northern Waters Parish Nurse Group on October 9, 2015. The presentation explores a four step process of personal healing and renewal:
- Follow through
By examining four quadrants of human life (physical, intellectual, relational, spiritual) this presentation guides the listener toward personal growth in practical ways .
Study: Reflect on a moment when you put your entire heart into a project. What did you experience?
Pray: Ask God for grace to remove obstacles that are you keeping you from the Lord and others.
Serve: How can you help others follow Jesus Christ? How can your life strengthen them to focus on the Lord?
I confess that I have a real respect for people who show their dedication and conviction to a task. When I see others put their heart and soul into something:
- a job or task
- a sport or hobby
- music, art, cooking, language
- relationships, especially with family or friends
I see a passion and joy emerge. They work hard, often long and grueling hours, yet they love it and they glow with an inner light. Their dedication gives them meaning, purpose, and a zest for life.
This sense of dedication comes into focus in the Gospel reading today. The encounter with Jesus and the rich young man reveals both an enthusiasm and a hesitancy to follow God. The man wants to do what is right, he wants to be holy, but he is not yet ready to offer his entire life.
Where do we see ourselves in the Gospel today? What might be keeping us back from dedicating our lives to the Lord? Some obvious obstacles:
- fear, worry, doubt, anxiety
- the needs of our family – to put food on the table and keep a roof over our heads
- distractions and temptations from the world
- the speed of life is keeping us too busy, and thus we lose our focus and sense of balance
But what happens if we pause, reflect, and dedicate our lives to Jesus Christ? What happens the minute we reorganize our lives around the Lord, allowing his grace to flow through all our thoughts, words, and actions? Simply put, we become fully alive – we find in Christ both our strength and peace. Our lives take on a whole new level of meaning and purpose as we engage one another with renewed sense of faith, hope, and love.
The invitation today is simple: Put Jesus Christ first in your life. Let him be your Lord. Allow him to touch every aspect of your life, and watch as his light shines through your heart!
We face a dilemma in our world today: we want to say something positive and beautiful about the blessing of marriage, yet we also know first hand the pain and awkwardness of divorce. Two words from the example of Jesus can guide us – Connect & Help.