Gentleness, Humility, and Simplicity
"Make me a channel of your peace..." St Francis of Assisi
Invitations...invitations...invitations...what to do, how to discern, how to be in this very face- paced Western culture. We seem to be valued for what we do rather than who we are. What does value mean? Does your value come from outside or within? What happens inside of us when there is a loud and clear invitation from the Lord to decrease and become humble?
For me, quite frankly, sometimes I can resist it hard! Fear of missing out, a competitive pride seeps in, and questioning whether I am using the talents God gave to the fullest. This narrative can leave my head spinning and confusion sets in. Is this my voice or God's?
St Francis of Assisi seems to have followed me all the days of my life. When I was young, his song..."Make Me a Channel of Your Peace" comforted me. In adulthood, His statue would often "show up" when I was drawn to being more simple. A Capuchin Frair or a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal would "appear" and remind me of how much he lived his life simply and joyfully. These are God moments, his reminder that while we struggle and discern, He is with us. He is patient, he is gentle, he is lowly, He shows us how our value and worth doesn't depend on what we do. When we connect with Him first and sit with him for a little while, he will show us our worth, our dignity, and the affirmation we so desperately need. He will show us the way.
Will you join me in the coming weeks to reflect on these words in Scripture?
He leads the humble in what is right and teaches the humble his way. Psalm 25:9
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29
May God bless you and sustain you by His witness in your life
In Jesus' name,