People measure being successful in different ways. For some it’s a job, money, their dream house, or a car. For me I try and keep it simple. I see success and being successful as every little victory you have in life. When you clean your house, fix something, or have a good day at work. These are all successes to me.
This past weekend I was enjoying a Sunday afternoon stroll in Crown Center with a friend. We were taking in the new restaurants and shops when we decided to walk into the little corner store by the hotel. To my amazement I looked up at the counter and saw one of our regular guests from Morning Glory working. We had just talked at breakfast a few weeks ago about his job search and how it was going. He mentioned the steps he was taking to get out of the mission and get his life back on track. I was overcome with joy and emotion to see that he was taking the steps and seeing success.
Through my many years of working with the homeless I often wonder what happens with many of the people I have been blessed with the opportunity to help. They may been a part of my life for a while and then I may never see them again. I’m nobody special. God instilled in me the passion to serve and love the homeless and I accepted his calling for my life. Every once in a while God reveals or shows me a little blessing of encouragement to keep fueling my passion and desire. Seeing one of the guests from Morning Glory Ministries obtain employment and being one step closer to having his life back was one of those moments.
God calls us to serve and help those around us. When you believe in God and that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins you enter a life of ministry and servanthood. You don’t have to be a pastor, deacon, or priest to commit your life to ministry. You just have to be have the heart to serve, love, and show grace to those around you. Set an example for your peers. Treat everyone around you with the love and grace that God has given us.
Pray this week that God will show you opportunities to serve him and where your ministry is in your life. Every action and conversation you are a part of can be ministry if you just have the right mindset. Pray for your co-workers and friends. Pray for the staff of your church. Let God truly guide you and reveal what your passions and talents are and how you can use them to serve your fellow mankind. Ask God for the desires of your heart to be shaped around the compassion and grace of Christ. It’s not easy and at times we fail but the beauty of God and Grace is that after we confess and repent every day is a new day. Every opportunity is a chance to put God first in our life and others before ourselves.
“Even if this world expects that you strive for success, give yourselves the means and the time to follow paths of fraternity, to build bridges between people rather than walls” and to take part in the building of a more just and humane world…” – Pope Francis
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21