Wednesday, March 11, 2009

FAITHFULNESS TO THE SMALL TASKS


"So many terrible things happen every day that we start wondering whether the few things we do ourselves make any sense. When people are starving only a few thousand miles away, when wars are raging close to our borders, when countless people in our own cities have no homes to live in, our own activities look futile. Such considerations, however, can paralyse us and depress us.

Here the word call becomes important. We are not called to save the world, solve all problems, and help all people. But we each have our own unique call, in our families, in our work, in our world. We have to keep asking God to help us see clearly what our call is and to give us the strength to live out that call with trust. Then we will discover that our faithfulness to a small task is the most healing response to the illnesses of our time. " -Henri Nouwen, from Bread for the Journey
*Photo from AIM World Racer Traci VanSumeren's blog: http://tracivansumeren.theworldrace.org/

3 comments:

Leslie said...

Love this! Very encouraging when facing overwhelming burdens on your heart and wanting to make a difference!

AllisonRhodes said...

Elysa, I liked this post, and I think you would enjoy Max Lucado's "The Cure for the Common Life" if you haven't read it. It's about figuring out what our spiritual gifts are so we can discern our calling with God's help.

Elysa said...

Thank you, Leslie and Allison.