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Vision

Posted on March 23, 2020 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I am taking a break from my run through the Seven Deadly Sins to talk about the pandemic faced by Minnesotans and everyone across the globe. I am sure you are all aware that the coronavirus has the world turned on its head right now. So many things have been cancelled like concerts and church services, restaurants and stores have closed, and most people are only venturing out to get essentials. My husband and I, too, are staying home except for the necessary errand runs and getting some take-out to help local businesses.

 

Thank God for the hospital workers, grocery store clerks, restaurant employees, truck drivers, delivery persons and many others who are still attending to their necessary business. May God bless them for continuing their work. I spoke to one friend who is a hospital nurse, and although she has not come in contact with someone having the virus, there is one case at her hospital. It’s close and scary.

 

A sense of isolation right now is felt by many. Fortunately, I was able to attend mass on-line yesterday. It was hard, though. I am so used to being with my friends in church and singing together to celebrate the greatest feast we have, but since all in-person masses have been cancelled I had no other choice. At least I was able to connect by email with some of our church friends to confirm they were okay.

 

I also connected via video chat yesterday with my cousins in Sweden, who are faced with sorting out my Aunt’s possessions after her death. I had planned to go over to assist, but that became impossible when flights out of the country were cancelled. As I am now unable to be there, the task now rests solely on them. I feel so sad that I cannot help, but there is nothing I can do about it. I am sure that most of you too are unable to do something that you had planned. But it is a good thing that we are maintaining “social distancing” to help reduce the spread of the virus.

 

It’s easy to become distraught or in a panic when we cannot see the outcome of this situation. We may start to have a very narrow vision - becoming blind to others’ situations, focusing instead on our own needs. Sadly, many people see a need to hoard supplies and attempt to turn politicians and other leaders into scapegoats for the crisis facing our world.

 

This Sunday’s Gospel reading actually addresses this. The story of the blind man who was healed by Jesus on the Sabbath showed how Jesus restored this man’s physical vision, giving the man a new outlook on his life. What a blessing for him! He not only was able to see physically, but he also gained a new sight – a vision of faith. He became a believer that Jesus was truly God.

 

While any story of healing is a good one, I think this was an especially appropriate one for me this week. I have often heard the words that “God is in control,” but like many of you, I can look at our world and feel that God is NOT in control. It seems like chaos out there! But God sees the whole picture and I do not. My vision is so limited that I can only see a tiny piece of what lies in front of me. I do not know what plans God has for me or others, but now more than ever I must trust that GOD is the one who has the complete vision for my life and for our world, and He will lead us through.

 

And so today I pray: God, please help me steer away from my poor vision of what the coronavirus’ impact might be. Lead me forward on the path You have chosen for me. Help me trust that You will guide all of us through this challenging time. Please, God, give us better vision to help us to see the things that are truly important and ignore the rest.

 

I encourage you to join me in this prayer this week. May God restore in us a better vision of our world and each other.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

© 2020 www.reflectionsonthejourney.net

Lust

Posted on March 16, 2020 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Today’s reflection continues my review of the Seven Deadly Sins. Today I look at the sin of Lust. The Bible speaks of lust and greed in very similar ways. It does so because lust is a particular manifestation of greed – one directed towards the desire to possess and use another person or thing. So, in the Ten Commandments, God warns Israel not to “covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant” (Exodus 20:17).

 

Jesus had no patience for lust. He didn’t mince words about how one should deal with it: in Matt. 5:29-30 Jesus says “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you…if your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you.” Jesus takes lust seriously, more seriously I’d say than most of us. It’s not that Jesus is in favor of self-mutilation: after all, one-eyed and one-handed people can still lust, yet his words do direct us towards drastic action against sin in our own hearts and lives.

 

Our bodies are designed by God to recognize beauty, to be attracted, and even to be aroused. They do this by a natural impulse which is apart from any lustful intent. But when we go beyond simple admiration for something and there becomes a flaming desire within us to have the item, that’s when we need to be very careful.

 

I believe lust is essentially selfishness and is related to last week’s sin of Greed. Lust wants to take, keep, and use whatever it finds most desirable. It’s a desire to possess, to have for yourself what does not rightly belong to you. Yes, it can be sexual, but it can be much more than that. I could look at my neighbor’s Tesla and lust after it.

 

Here is my self-examination this week: I will admit that at a certain point in my younger life, I fought sexual lust. I was young, and I didn’t even realize at first that it was lust – I just thought I wanted to be desirable to the opposite sex. This desire caused me to make some poor relationship choices, and I will not share the details here. But I knew that some of the actions that resulted from my desires were sinful, and that’s where my problem was. It was only later that I learned I needed to value myself for who I was, NOT for the opinions of others. The best step I took to alleviate this sin was to make a good confession.

 

Today I am still tempted by lust - the devil seems to know exactly what tempts me! But I have learned how to remain vigilant so I am able to recognize when a want could turn into lust, and to let the temptation go before I act on it.  And then to get to confession!

 

How about you? Have you had a problem with lust in your life? Perhaps this week you can examine your life to see if lust is lurking. If you find a problem, I suggest confession, and then see what you might be able to do to curb the lust in your life.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

© 2020 www.reflectionsonthejourney.net

Greed

Posted on March 9, 2020 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Today’s meditation deals with the sin of Greed, another of the Seven Deadly Sins. We all face this sin our lives. We are bombarded daily with ads touting the greatest new product… and we are encouraged to always “keep up with the Joneses.” For centuries, men have given in to greed, especially those with the ability to control. They were constantly fighting battles to gain more land and continually taxing the people to acquire more wealth.

 

Greed for money can also lead someone to commit sin just to get more money or possessions – people may steal or cheat to get what they want.

 

Money in itself it not necessarily evil. You need money to survive and to help others. But when people think that money will make things better or that it will make them happier, that’s when greed can creep in. It’s the love of money (i.e. Greed for money) is evil. That is why we have heard Jesus telling us that it is so difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven - not because they are rich, but because they often love their money too much.

 

We can read in Luke 12:14-15 that we must “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

 

So how have I been doing with Greed in my life? You can bet I am tempted by things! Mostly I think I do pretty well. For example, when I replaced my car in 2018 I purchased a used model. I still wear clothes that I bought years ago, and I shop at Savers or Goodwill often, although I must admit I do have too many items. My next task had better be to “Marie-Kondo” my closet and drawers.

 

I recently got a new smartphone. I truly did need a new, reliable phone to replace my older one that was slowing down and in constant need of charging. But I admit that I was lured in by the top-of-the-line models when I could have settled for something less. A little greed here, I think.

 

As a result of my review, I can clearly see that God is reminding me to not focus on material things. At any time, God could take me or take away the “wealth” I have worked hard for. I need to remember that “things” are not the most important items of life. In my travels I have met people in foreign lands who have MUCH less than me, but are still happy. Why? Because they have their family and their faith and they understand that these are the “things” that matter.

 

The questions I must keep asking myself, and I suggest you ask yourself as well are: What is my attitude towards money and things? Am I detached to them, only using them for what their were intended to be used for, or do I work so hard to get a lot of things? Do I realize that genuine blessings can only come to me if I share what I have to others? Do I continually compare myself with others and end up envying them and wanting more money or things? What prevents me from letting go of my blessings so they can bless others? I will ponder these questions this week in addition to getting to confession as soon as I can!

 

May you be blessed as you look at the sin of Greed this week.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

© 2020 www.reflectionsonthejourney.net

Sloth

Posted on March 2, 2020 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Continuing on my journey this Lent through the Seven Deadly sins, I chose this week to talk about Sloth. Although it may seem to be a sin to be slow (especially those drivers ahead of you!), I’m not referring to that really slow creature that hangs around in trees.

 

Sloth (also known as acedia) is the potentially the most difficult sin to define and credit as sin, since it refers to a jumble of notions dating from antiquity and includes mental, spiritual, pathological, and physical states. The definition I like is a habitual disinclination to exertion, or in other words, laziness. Perhaps you could say that sloth is the sin that requires no effort!

 

Unlike the other deadly sins in which the sinner commits immoral acts, sloth is a sin of omission of desire and/or performance. Being indifferent to or neglecting one’s duties can result in a person becoming sluggish and then less charitable towards their fellow man. And procrastination can lead to sloth, too.

 

My personal review this week was to see if sloth has encroached in my own life. At first it didn’t seem like I had a problem. I often take short breaks from my tasks, to work a crossword puzzle, or scroll through a few Facebook posts, and that’s not a bad thing - everyone needs breaks from their work. I am rejuvenated after my breaks and I am able to return refreshed to tackle my pile of “to-dos.”

 

But unfortunately I found that a pattern of sloth HAS crept in. There is an amazing amount of interesting things on Facebook – helpful hints videos, cute dog and cat photos and ads for new products. It’s easy for me to get sucked into mindless scrolling, and this just happened to me a few days ago – I wasted about 45 minutes of time when I should have been doing something else. When I realized my mistake I had to scramble to complete my REAL task.

 

Then there are books. A well-written mystery novel really draws me in, and it is very easy for me to become so engrossed in the story line that I lose complete track of time. I realized that this, too, happened a few times in the past couple of weeks! One day I forgot to get groceries, I blew off making dinner (twice!), and I failed to honor a promise I made to someone because I forgot about it. Yes, I think that was sloth.

 

I knew I needed to do something to prevent me from continuing (even accidentally) to neglect my responsibilities. I don’t want to give up Facebook - I post things there myself and I love keeping up with what my friends are doing - and working crosswords and pleasurable reading are nice diversions that also keep my mind sharp. So I prayed about it, and, not surprisingly, a solution popped up. I now set a timer when I read or do a little scrolling! When the timer rings, I allow myself just a few more minutes to finish the page, but then I must put away the crossword or exit out of Facebook. I also am using reading as a “reward.” When I finish that important project (like writing this week’s blog!) THEN I can do a little reading, with my timer set, of course!

 

It’s hard to break bad habits, especially when they are enjoyable and not necessarily a “bad” thing. And God does command us to rest periodically. But the danger comes when we take too long a break, and especially if it interferes with our prayer or spiritual life. In this Lenten period it may actually be good for me to fast from some of my breaks, to allow me more time for prayer and to take care of my responsibilities. I must make the effort to curb my tendency to be a bit lazy.

 

Would you be willing to look at your life this week as I have done and see if maybe you have been a bit slothful? Are there some responsibilities you may have neglected – whether by doing something mindless for too long, or procrastinating? If you find maybe you need to make a correction in your life, I encourage you to pray about it and see if there is some step you can take to help you overcome your problem. God may bless you in an unexpected way.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

© 2020 www.reflectionsonthejourney.net

Pride

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

What? It’s almost Lent? I’d better get moving!

 

Each year during Lent I try to do something related to my spiritual life. Often, this means I may give up something that I enjoy or do something extra, above and beyond what I normally do.

 

This year I am going to do something different. I have decided to focus on something that will force me to look closely at my own life to see if I am failing in some area that perhaps I have been ignoring. So for the next few weeks I will review the Seven Deadly Sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins. This is a grouping and classification of vices within Christian teachings. The list itself does not appear explicitly in the Bible, but many biblical passages refer to these sins and their effects.

 

The Seven Deadly Sins are pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. For this first week I’m going to review pride.

 

On just about every list I’ve seen, pride is considered the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins: the perversion of the faculties that make humans seem to be more like God. It is also thought to be the source of the other capital sins. It is identified as dangerously corrupt selfishness, the putting of one's own desires, urges, wants, and whims before the welfare of other people.

 

In more destructive cases, it is irrationally believing that one is essentially and necessarily superior or more important than others, failing to acknowledge the accomplishments of others, and excessive admiration of the personal image or self (especially forgetting one's own lack of divinity, and refusing to acknowledge one's own limits, faults, or wrongs as a human being). Pride is generally associated with an absence of humility.

 

Many authors speak about pride – you can find references all over the internet. Benjamin Franklin said "In reality there is, perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history."

 

Pride is referenced in a few places in the Bible. Sirach 10:12-13a (NAB) says “The beginning of pride is man’s stubbornness in withdrawing his heart from his Maker; for pride is the reservoir of sin, a source which runs over with vice.” Proverbs 16:18 (NAB) also references pride with the famous quote "pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall," which is often shorted to “pride goeth before the fall.”

 

While it’s okay to be proud of our own accomplishments or that of others, we sin when that pride becomes consuming and we over-inflate our value. It also may result in vanity, self-idolatry, ignoring others or only seeking our own status.

 

We can probably easily name people who have lived in the past century who likely had a problem with pride - Adolf Hitler comes to mind - and you may be able to spot people in your own life. But beware - it’s very easy to point our fingers at others who may have this deadly sin, but not so easy to see it in ourselves.

 

Therefore, what about ME? As part of my preparation for Lent I examined my own life this week specifically around the issue of pride. And I’m sad to say I found several instances of wrongful pride. For example, it was fine when I felt a sense of accomplishment when I hit the “Publish” button for last week's blog post, but NOT when I read that other blog and thought that my blog was better.

 

I have been doing a daily examen for some months now. But on the last few nights when I have done this, I initially thought either that I hadn’t sinned or my sins were so small that I needn’t worry about them. In reality, though, I realized that pride had snuck in and said “Nope, I got this. I don’t need any help; I’m God.”  I actually HAD sinned but had glossed over it. Oops.

 

Then there was the day last week when I was following a driver who made several unlawful moves. What was my reaction? I patted myself on the back, congratulating myself that I was a MUCH better driver. Yep, some pride in that one, too. And then ten minutes later I erroneously turned on a red light. Oh boy.

 

What was my takeaway from this review? Realizing that there were several times (more than the ones I mentioned above!) when pride had snuck in during the past several weeks, the first thing I did was to schedule an appointment for confession!

 

But I also had to think about what will happen when I get into those situations again. If I do not take actions to stop this, pride could become even more of a problem in my life. In order to be better prepared, I prayed for the graces I will need to respond appropriately in those situations when they happen again. I may even want to think about other situations where pride could rear its ugly head. Hopefully with this preparation I will gain more awareness and be able to shut down pride sooner.

 

Have you had some trouble with pride lately? Perhaps you could take a little time this week to look at this first deadly sin to see if it has surreptitiously crept into your life. Take action to shut down your pride, if needed. A blessing may be waiting for you....

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

© 2020 www.reflectionsonthejourney.net

Second Chances

Posted on February 17, 2020 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Have you ever been given a second chance? We probably all have had second chances in our lives, and we likely remember some but not others. Some of these second chances may have been for small things and others for more important things, and perhaps we have taken some of the chances and not others.

 

Sometimes we do not get second chances. I recall a time years ago when I brushed off a boy who asked me to go out, and he never asked me out again. I did not get a second chance.

 

But I have had many other, more important, second chances. When I was sixteen, I failed my driving test because I could not parallel park my mother’s huge Cadillac which I had to use for the test. On my second chance, the tester was more lenient – instead of failing me he only marked me down since I had aced the rest of the test, and I was able to get my driver’s license.

 

Here’s another example - in high school I had done a little acting but never got a second chance to pursue it further until I discovered a nearby community theater several years ago. I have since been enjoying “trotting the boards” and discovering a new side of me I didn’t know was there!

 

Then there was my failed first marriage. It was a devastating time in my life, and God required me to work to get through it. But God granted me a second chance when He brought a new man into my life. And this “second chance” turned out very well!

 

Life is often hard, and we make mistakes. When something big in your life fails, it’s easy to give up or believe that you won’t get another chance. But God may have a second chance for you up His sleeve! It may not come for quite a while, but when it does come it is probably just what we need. If we have learned from our mistakes, we can be ready to accept this second chance.

 

When I think about the many times that I have sinned, I feel like a failure. Yet God always give me a second chance! He always takes me back, welcoming me with wide open arms and enveloping me with unimaginable love. God gives me a second chance, and a third, and a fourth…. All I need to do is to ask.

 

Do you need a second chance in your life? Have you made a mistake but would like to correct it? Bring your situation to God, repent, and ask Him for a second chance. He will bless you with that second chance, and you too can feel His boundless love.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

© 2020 www.reflectionsonthejourney.net

More Than a Feeling

Posted on February 10, 2020 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Love.

 

Love is a word that means so many things, in so many ways. For example, I can love a delicious piece of chocolate, a captivating book or a soothing massage. This love is a feeling I get when I enjoy something - a fondness or satisfaction. But this kind of love can be fleeting - if the chocolate runs out, the book’s plot twists in a poor direction or the masseuse rubs me the wrong way, I may no longer feel love for it.

 

I have a different kind of love for my close friends – those people who have been there for me during both the easy and the challenging times. There is a special connection between us, and we can sit in each other’s presence and not say a thing. This love is deeper, and for me it is more than just a feeling. It’s a real love, one that lasts. Something pretty awful would have to happen to cause this love to disappear.

 

My love for my spouse is even deeper. Yes, when we first met and dated there were certain romantic feelings of love that surfaced, and those of you who have been “in love” probably know exactly what I’m talking about. There is a sense that you are not complete without the other, and you would do anything for them. But in order for a marriage to survive, that love must grow much deeper. Challenging times will come, and those giddy feelings can come and go. Spouses must decide to love each other, to make a lasting commitment to each other. That’s one reason why we say “in sickness and in health” in our vows! We may even need to love our spouse for a while in a way that may contradict our feelings. At, least this is what it has been like for me. I have chosen to love my husband even during those times when the “feelings” are not as strong as they once were.

 

My love for my children is similar. Since the moment I discovered I was pregnant with each one of my sons, I knew a love for them that was unlike the friendships I have forged. I have had challenges with the children, but despite that my love runs so deep that I would fiercely protect them if I could from hardships. And I also had to love them by letting them go - to learn and make mistakes on their own in order to grow. My love for my children was a decision that I made and am still making today. And I will do my best to love them no matter what happens to them or to me.

 

The last love I will talk about today is love for and with God. God loves us so perfectly that I can scarcely grasp this kind of love. It is somewhat like a love for friends, spouses and children. But it is so much more than that. It is a true commitment God has made toward each of us as His children. He loves us fiercely yet allows us to make our mistakes. God in fact IS love.

 

I love God, but not anywhere as completely as He loves me. My love for God is more than a feeling, more that just a satisfaction or even the closeness of a friend. It is more than the love I have for my children or for my spouse. And yet like those loves it is a decision and commitment I must make over and over again, to consciously love God freely, above all else.

 

This isn’t easy for me. I am imperfect, and I imperfectly love God. But I still will try to love Him as fully as I can. I know I will make mistakes and turn from Him, but His Love is always there. And God always enfolds me into His love as soon as I decide to return to Him.

 

What do you love? Whom do you love? Is your love real? Or is it only a feeling? Perhaps this week you could take a little time to look at the loves in your life. If one of your loves needs a little work or reorientation, I hope you can spend some time this week to sort things out. You might find a lovely blessing hiding amid your loves!

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

© 2020 www.reflectionsonthejourney.net

Face Your Giants

Posted on February 2, 2020 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)


One of my daily bible readings a few weeks ago was the story of David and Goliath. I imagine most of you remember the story – how the young lad David bravely slung a stone and felled the giant Goliath. David was able to accomplish this because of two things – he had prepared, and he had faith in God.

 

David’s preparation was his training and practice as a shepherd. He had to protect his flock, and so became skilled in the use of the sling to take out a deadly animal who was hunting his flock. Then David had faith in God. He was raised to know scripture and religious teachings and he practiced his faith regularly. When the time came to face Goliath, David was able to draw upon that faith.

 

We may not have physical giants to face like David, but we do have our own “giants.” Every one of us has at least one heavy burden or obstacle that gets in our way during our lives. These are our giants. Many of these giants may seem quite unconquerable – like a diagnosis of stage 4 cancer or the death of a family member. These giants can cause immense sorrow and require hard work to overcome.

 

So what can we do to fight these giants? I think we need to prepare and have faith, just like David.

 

The preparation part may be difficult. We usually don’t have a clue about what kind of giants will pop up in our lives or when they will surface. There is no way a normal human being can know everything - therefore, often the “preparation” can only occur after the giant appears. For example, you probably only will research facts and treatment about a physical ailment AFTER you receive the diagnosis. However, it’s helpful to have general knowledge about a number of things so you have some idea of where to go to get information and help.

 

Faith, however, is something that we CAN have ready in our hip pocket. Yes, we can call on God at any time – even an atheist might do that in a weak moment. But how much better is it for Christians! When we have spent time with God and the Scriptures on a regular basis, we have built up a basis of faith. And the more we do this, the stronger we become. For example, I find that memorizing a few verses of Psalms comes in handy – I can recall and recite a sentence or two when something difficult comes my way. And it is easier for me to pray when I have already built a solid relationship with God.

 

I hope that you have done some preparation and have a strong faith in your life, so that you can be prepared when the giants step in. But if perhaps you are unsure whether you are ready to face your giants, I encourage you to take some time this week to work on this. Spend a few more minutes each day in prayer or read some scripture. If you already have a giant lurking somewhere in your life, take a little time to research your issue and learn some strategies for handling it.

 

May you be successful in facing your giants!

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

© 2020 www.reflectionsonthejourney.net

Unplug

Posted on February 2, 2020 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

When was the last time you unplugged your electronics and got away from it all? It seems too many people are tied to their devices and spend much of their free time plugged in. I too appreciate that technology has given me immediate access to information, but I also find that unplugged time is very important too. I need time away from the hustle and bustle – time to recharge and relax.

 

I unplug in a few different ways. When I only have a free hour or two I will just set my phone to silent and turn off my PC. If Steve is home, I will head to the basement and enjoy the silence there, or I will pop over to the chapel at church for a while. Sometimes I read or pray, and sometimes I just sit.

 

If I am blessed with the opportunity to do so, I’ll take a whole morning or afternoon and go unplugged. This can be critical when I need to tackle a daunting project - I find it easier to concentrate without interruptions. Sometimes if I am working on a project on my pc it takes effort to keep myself from checking emails, but I CAN do it if I try. Occasionally I will leave my phone at home while I go out to run errands. This helps me avoid the temptation to check in every half hour!

 

Periodically my husband and I take vacations out of the country. Now I know you can get internet and phone data plans while travelling, and I have the ability to do so, but I only do this in an emergency. Otherwise, I use wifi (when available) to connect back with the world. In many cases this is only in the evenings at our hotels or at wi-fi cafes. When we are cruising, we may purchase a wi-fi data package, but these can be pricey and the number of minutes is limited. It forces me to be frugal with my internet time – I don’t want to waste those precious minutes absorbed in funny cat videos or mindless scrolling through Facebook posts!

 

The good thing about this unplugged time is it allows me time to do other things. I can spend time writing, reading or participating in other fun things. I can actually have a face-to-face conversation with my husband or friends! Unplugged time can be a real blessing for me, and I now try to take several times during the week to unplug.

 

When was the last time you unplugged and took some time for something else? If it has been a while, maybe this week you could take one hour to unplug. Do something a little different! But during this time, don’t check your emails, don’t watch TV, and don’t even listen to a CD or a radio. You may find a special blessing during your unplugged time!

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

© 2020 www.reflectionsonthejourney.net

Hands and Feet

Posted on January 20, 2020 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Most of us are blessed with two feet and two hands that allow us to do so many things. Using our feet, we can walk, trot or run to get from one place to the next. We can traverse long distances or short ones. We can even use our feet to help move things from one place to another.

 

Our hands are even more useful than our feet! We can use our hands to get dressed, to eat or to write. Our hands can be used to touch and hold things.

 

My hands and feet are great blessings to me, and I am very grateful to God that I have them. So it is important to me to take good care of my hands and feet – I keep them warm during the cold months, I wash them frequently, and I even treat myself to a pedicure or manicure every once in a while!

 

But it is also important that I use my feet and hands for good things. I want to use them to bless others – to go to visit family and friends, to hug them when they are feeling down, to write useful words for people to read, and to give things to those in need.

 

You’ve probably heard it said that we are Christ’s hands and feet. I agree! After Jesus’ resurrection, He was no longer physically present on earth, therefore it was up to the disciples (and all of us who follow them) to continue Christ’s work here on earth. We must be His hands and feet.

 

Even if we cannot do miraculous healings like Jesus did, we can still comfort those who are ill, put an arm around the shoulder of one who is grieving or send a note to a lonely relative living in a city far away. Although we may not be able to multiply loaves and fishes, we can take bags of food to the food shelf to help feed those who are hungry or invite others to join us for a meal.

 

There are so many things we can do to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I am striving to do at least one thing every day that Jesus might do if He were still here on earth, because I can bless others through my hands and feet.

 

Will you be Christ’s hands and feet today? This week, I encourage you, too, to think of things you can do as if you were Christ’s hands and feet. Then do them – and bless others. Who knows, you might find a blessing or two that comes right back to you!

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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