It can be challenging to live as God wants me to live on a daily basis. How do I know how God wants me to live each day? How do I know if I am following Him as I should, living my life in the way He wants for me to live it?
I have asked myself these questions many times! Sometimes I ask them every day when I am going through a time in my life where I am unsure of where I am going or I feel like I have diverted from the path I started out on. I want to be sure I am living my life as God wants for me to be living it.
I want to live as God wants me to live.
When I am feeling unsure about how I am living my life day to day, wondering if I am following God as faithfully as I should be following Him, I take a step back and look at what I do know: I am a beloved child of God. I am made in His image. I have answered His call to the vocation of marriage with my husband. Together we have answered His call to be parents. My husband and I have been called to homeschool our children and to be a part of the life of our church by being involved with Marriage Encounter and adult RCIA and Confirmation classes. I have been called to write.
When I start my evaluation with what I do know, I can see how I have been called to follow God. Then I am ready to ask the next question:
How can I, on a daily basis, faithfully and lovingly fulfill all God has called me to do?
God does not just call us and then leave us to figure it all out on our own. He walks beside us every step of the way. He gave us the gifts of the Sacraments to help and strengthen us as we strive to live the lives that He has called for us to live.
For me, I like a clear plan. I would love to hear God say to me, “Mary, this is what I want for you to do” and then give me the details. (I don’t think I’m the only one who ever wishes for this from time to time!) Although I have not heard His audible voice telling me what to do, I do hear His voice. He speaks to all of us through the Sacraments and through His Word. It is up to me to listen and then to apply what I understand.
I read a passage from the Bible recently that was very helpful to me. It showed me how God wants for the faithful to live. It gave me a clearer understanding of my role as a follower of Christ.
The passage is from Ephesians 4: 1-7, written by St. Paul:
I plead with you, then, as a prisoner for the Lord,
to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace:
one Body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.
But grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
“Live in a manner worthy of the call you have received.”
How can I live in the manner of the call I have received?
Trust in God to help.
Live in hope.
We can choose to live in hope and confidence that we will follow God in our lives as He wants for us to do. In God, we can confidently place our hope. God created each of us out of love. He made each of us unique. He gave each of us our vocation and the talents and abilities we need to fulfill the duties of our vocation well. God has called each of us to serve Him and is with us as we do what He has called us to do. He gave us instructions in the Bible on how to live our lives. He gives us Himself in the Sacraments to help and strengthen us. God gives us the grace to do all these things for Him. God loves us.
Now, reread the paragraph above (out loud would be the most effective), but say “me,” “I,” or “my” where the text uses “us,” “we,” and “our”:
I can choose to live in hope and confidence that I will follow God in my life as He wants for me to do. In God, I can confidently place my hope. God created me out of love. He made me unique. He gave me my vocation and the talents and abilities I need to fulfill the duties of my vocation well. God has called me to serve Him and is with me as I do what He has called me to do. He gave me instructions in the Bible on how to live my life. He gives me Himself in the Sacraments to help and strengthen me. God gives me the grace to do all these things for Him. God loves me.
May I serve God as He has called me to serve Him, using the gifts and talents He has given to me.