Yes, I know today is Tuesday and YESTERDAY was day 1…(actually, I just remembered that…I wrote it down so I wouldn’t forget).
Are you still on that mountaintop, reveling in all you’ve learned, all you’ve absorbed, all you’ve observed…and all the love you’ve received? GOOD! Try to keep that in your heart.
So today is a new day. And you may have been bombarded by your inbox, or phone calls or STUFF that wasn’t around during your time at St. Christopher…all day yesterday…only to continue today. Let’s pause and remember some awesome stuff.
1. You have a HUGE new family that loves you and is praying for you. You have lifelong friends you met last week. And will see again. Soon!
2. The tools you need for rising above the world are out there for you! Prayer. Study. Small Group (Accountability Groups). Eucharist. Ultreya. Take advantage of them all.
3. God will equip you. I will witness to that! While I enjoy public speaking, I am a disorganized procrastinator. This past weekend proved over and over to me that I am unable to do ANY of this alone…with God, all things are possible. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13).
4. Read his love letter to us. Open the bible and read. It’s good to have a plan, so strive to find a study group. But, until you are entrenched in a study…just grab the book, open it up and read what you see in front of you. Then, take the Book, Chapter, & verse(s) to another resource – maybe bible.com, or my favorite: Bible Gateway. Read a different version of the selection. Look for similar themes and read on them. If you remain confused (Fr. Hank…haha), seek guidance – at your church, or in your reunion group…maybe a bible study leader.
Don’t forget that we are all disciples. We are all called by God to shine the light of Christ to the world. I saw a light shine in each one of you this past weekend…team and participants alike. God is GOOD and he is counting on us to bring that news to the WORLD!
A dear friend sent me this on Saturday and I wanted to share it with you:
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
– Bishop Ken Untener, 1979