For your inspiration and encouragement on the journey towards holiness…
Say Yes to Holiness Newsletter #21
Greetings, my Fellow Pilgrims on the Way!
Food for the Head
How well are you serving as a “watchful guide” leading the young people in your life? Are you actively engaging and conversing with them BY NAME as you accompany them on the path of salvation? Do you know what their current struggles are? Is it with faith, or addiction, or purpose?
This week, make a commitment to reach out and contact one of the young people that God has entrusted to you and come to know what their particular struggles are at this moment.
Food for the Heart
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” And now we begin to understand the laws, commands, and demands of the Church. All are designed to make us more adept at giving ourselves away. Don’t steal; don’t kill; don’t covet your neighbor’s goods or wife; honor your mother and father; worship God. All of these commands—positive and negative—are meant to awaken and make possible love.”—Bishop Robert Barron
This week, instead of complaining, rather, resolve to grow in patience by choosing to endure whatever pain or suffering you may encounter–mental, physical or emotional–with joy knowing that you are being given an opportunity to grow in love.
The day that you realize that anything is possible for God is the day you realize just how unstoppable you are.”—Justin Fatica
My recent time at the Voice and Vision Summit reemphasized to me how IMPORTANT one person is in the life of another. I have shared about this idea previously in talking about Cura Personalis–the care of the one–and how when we care for an individual we are actually caring for everyone. This is SO counterintuitive in our world today that is all about the metrics of how many people you are engaging with–the number of likes, # of followers on Facebook, Instagram or any other media platform, or how to go about building and increasing your “tribe” or “presence,” but if we truly understand how interconnected we are as the Body of Christ, then it’s almost a DUH realization that of course caring for one person is really caring for everybody.
Because the fact is that God didn’t design us to talk to millions, He designed us to talk to ONE.
Himself first, and then one-on-one with others.
And as we care for each person that crosses our path, we are actually helping to care for EVERYONE that crosses our path.
Jesus’ own methodology for sharing the Good News of God’s love for us demonstrates this. He encountered people one by one, called them into discipleship, and then transformed them as He accompanied them in love so that eventually, they were able to do the same for others.
In the end, Jesus has changed the world by changing the lives of individuals. And those individuals changed the lives of all those who encountered them, and it’s being going on like that for the last two millennia.
So do whatever it takes to encounter and engage and accompany the one person before you. Because then you can tell the Master of Death, NOT TODAY.
God bless each one of you, and I look forward to seeing you on the Way soon!
All the best,
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