Learn To Just Be
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~St. Francis of Assisi~
We may sometimes dream of doing great exploits, (sponsoring many men, being a leader in 12 Step programs, being in charge, being super godly) and performing mighty feats, yet forget that it is the faithfulness in doing the little things (attending meetings and being of service) to the best of our ability each and every day, and being thankful for that which we have been given to do in the moment, that leads to greater things. How about just being a good dad? How about learning to be a good husband? How about being a good and loyal employee? Whereas being even those basic things seemed like such a pipe dream months ago some of us are making great strides in our redemption one day at a time.
Never despise the days of humble beginnings. As The Promises guarantee us we who are blessed to be in recovery have all had days of true peace and true serenity. Can we continue to have them? Yes,……..but only if we continue to listen to and abide by the promptings, no matter how insignificant they may seem at the time, of The Holy Spirit in us. What is it that God is showing us to do today? Perhaps we should reach out and share intimately with another in need. Perhaps we should just be content with working on our spiritual growth through our Step work or checking in with our sponsors or doing some minor service work like making coffee at a meeting or just simply being lovingly still today enjoying the graces of a family still together.
Thought for the day
Let’s simply stay in the now. Let’s apply our best efforts to the things that are necessary, the tasks at hand, and whatever is possible for us to do just might be revealed. Before we know it, a door will be opened for us to accomplish greater things. But first let’s all learn to just be! Then we might just learn to be thankful for all our opportunities……large or small! We are all miracles in the making, but we must stick around to actually become one.
Near the shore he saw two boats left there by some fishermen who had gone to wash their nets. Jesus got into the boat that belonged to Simon and asked him to row it out a little way from the shore. Then Jesus sat down in the boat to teach the crowd. When Jesus had finished speaking, he told Simon, “Row the boat out into the deep water and let your nets down to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon answered, “we have worked hard all night long and have not caught a thing. But if you tell me to, I will let the nets down.” They did it and caught so many fish that their nets began ripping apart. Then they signaled for their partners in the other boat to come and help them. The men came, and together they filled the two boats so full that they both began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this happen, he knelt down in front of Jesus and said, “Lord, don’t come near me! I am a sinner.” Peter and everyone with him were completely surprised at all the fish they had caught. His partners James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were surprised too. Jesus told Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you will bring in people instead of fish.” The men pulled their boats up on the shore. Then they left everything and went with Jesus.
~Luke 5:2-11 (CEV)~
And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people… ~Acts 5:12~