From a Creighton Student's Perspective
March 16, 2012
Sound difficult? Well it surely is not easy, but it is definitely possible. Think through your day. When you are studying for a big test or even doing an everyday task like washing dishes, are you doing it with your entire mind or is your mind wandering elsewhere? When you are exercising are you doing it with all your strength? When you are praying are you doing it with all your soul? When you are expressing love are you doing it with all your heart? When I ask myself these questions, unfortunately the answer is no. To completely focus our minds, hearts, souls, and strength on one task is especially difficult when many other tasks are running through our heads. Even as I write this reflection my mind is wandering to other homework and things I have yet to do.
How then, you might ask, are we to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength when we have difficult staying focused on one thing? It is easier than one might think and reminds me of a song by Steven Curtis Chapman, “Do Everything.” The chorus of the song says, “Do everything you do to the glory of the one who made you.” We do not have to trap ourselves in the Church all day and force our minds to do nothing but pray and be holy in order to fulfill God’s command. In fact this is not what many of us are called to do. We are called to give our lives to God and to in everything we do give glory and praise to God. Even the smallest tasks can be given to God. Love God through your daily tasks and it will become evident to those around you; it will spread. If we first follow this command, the second commandment of “Love your neighbor as yourself,” will come easily.
When we are studying for a big exam, let us do it for God. When we are at exercising, let's do it for God. When we are driving down the road, let's do it for God. Let us dedicate every task in our entire day to God and we “shall blossom like the lily,” (Hosea 14:6) filled with God’s radiance and love.
Lord, give us strength to live out our days doing everything for you so that we may share your love.
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