First of all, she brought up the point that many times in our lives we are going to have to clean up messes that aren’t necessarily ours. She urged us to think about how we’re responding to those messes inevitably placed in our lives. It immediately made me think of my students; I have no part in their family situations, histories, or choices…but I ultimately see the repurcussions, downfalls, and hardships daily. And many times I find myself frustrated, irritated, and overwhelmed by the task at-hand. I try hard not to take any of these out on the students, but know I sometimes fail. It’s not particularly their fault that the SWAT team kept them up all night, that their neighbor jumped them, or that their parents leave them home alone all night….they’re also paying the price and trying to deal with the mess that someone else left; once again, not placing blame anywhere….just trying to shift perspectives. So, I’m trying to keep this in mind and just continue to do the best that I know how. And to do so joyfully.
Secondly, she brought up the fact that God does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called. Whew! That takes off some of the pressure we put on ourselves…maybe I’m making myself feel better with the pronoun game; I put on myself!
Thirdly, a good question she left with us was, As Christians, we are the living expression of the mind of Christ–what is on the mind of Jesus that I am supposed to be doing for others? Ezekiel 36:26 is a good verse to consult.
Lastly, a verse that struck home the other day and has been resonating in my mind since: “…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” Eph. 4:1