It's been a little while! Which makes it all the more reason for this to be an important post..
So we all want to leave our mark on the world. We all want to change it in some way for the better. We want to be remembered for something, even if it's just in our small corner. We want to glorify God in it. We want to die knowing we made a difference.
I found the answer to how this is possible:
"If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. " (C.S. Lewis)
This leaves us with the burning question, are our minds occupied with Heaven?
Isn't our faith so interesting? To live, we have to die. To receive mercy, we have to give mercy. To be strong, we have to be weak. To be forgiven, we have to forgive. To be a leader, we have to be a servant. To grow in holiness, we have to grow in littleness. And now this: To make a difference in today's world, we have to live for the next world. It's puzzling, really!
The good news is that we have the Good News. (Too corny, I know.) We have Jesus Christ. "He saved us and called us to a holy life, not according to our works but according to his own design and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began." (2 Timothy 1:9)
This is such a grace-filled time. While it may be Ordinary time in the Church, there are extraordinary graces being poured out. We are being invited to renew our faith life. To decide for Heaven again. Our present world needs more of us occupied with the next!
Each day, we have the opportunity to be more occupied with Heaven. The graces are available. We just need to seek them. We just need to listen to His voice.
"Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear." (Isaiah 50:4).