All three humans in the McGiverin household are sick at the moment, each with a different bug of the respiratory variety. I had envisioned a very different week for myself than sick at home with a sick kindergartener! But it has been a wonderful time, in many ways. As I was snuggling my daughter on the sofa, watching Dinosaur Train while collaborating with a friend in England via text message on his plans for that evening’s Advent study, I was filled with gratitude that I was doing what I was made to do. I texted my husband later in the day, “I love my job!”
How many of my hours each day are spent “doing what I was made to do?” And how many are spent in willful or inadvertent turning away from doing what I was made to do?
To clarify, as per the Westminster Shorter Catechism, where is the balance of my money, time and effort found, in relation to the goal of glorifying and enjoying God?
When we remember that we are, each and every one of us, God’s own beloved children, then we are empowered to be who we were made to be, and do what we were made to do. We are empowered to love and serve the Lord – and all creation.
For the flip side – for my thoughts on what happens when we forget we are loved, and fear that we are unlovable – see my most recent Advent reflection at the Art of Living Your Faith blog of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Durham, NC.