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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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November 5th, 2013
Christina Laubenthal

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“I busy not myself with great things,
nor with things too sublime [beautiful] for me” (Psalm 131:1).

“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
let us exercise them” (Romans 12:6).

My day goes like this: Wake up, eat breakfast, work out, go to work, go to class, study, go to meetings, study more, try to squeeze in time with friends, study even more, then crash into bed late at night.  Like most men and women my age, I am active in campus activities, swamped with school work, and then spend an hour or two at my job.  In today’s world, it is hard not to lead a very busy life.

Yet, God warns about being busy (Psalm 131:1).  Are we to do nothing, then? To give up the activities and people we love? To sit in our rooms all day?  To detach completely from the world?

I think God calls us (and gives us the ability) to decide what should really occupy our time. “Busy” is to act without purpose or direction, to do something for the mere deed of doing it.  When we invest nothing – that is “busy.” 

God instead asks us to “exercise” (Romans 12:6).  This higher standard encourages us to act with meaning, to advance an end goal.  He wants us to stretch and work our nonphysical muscles “in ministry, […] in teaching, [… and] in generosity” (Romans 12:7-8).  All that we do, then, will “contribute” (Romans 13) to furthering His mission on Earth. Acting with this divine purpose, our homework, our pick-up basketball games, our nights at the movies, and our jobs flipping hamburgers, can and will bring souls to Christ.

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