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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Overcoming sloth and the need to be rich

Today I got the feeling again very strongly that I need to make a difference in the world. I've had the sensation before but yet, I'm still not really doing more than the average SAHM. What is it that holds us back from putting the tenets of our faith first? You know, praying, spending time in worship, feeding the poor, etc. How do we decide on our priorities? Somehow, for most of us, a well paying job became the goal early on, and now we struggle under the weight it places on us. We can't leave it and pay all the bills on our house(s), car(s), convenience food, professional attire and daycare. And so, we spend our time making money to pay for things we need for our jobs or to help us escape the drudgery of our lives at work. In the midst of this cycle we lose sight of what we are truly to be working towards-heaven. If your daily life is not putting you on the path to holiness than you need to reexamine your priorities. A commenter mentioned our tendency towards complacency-of becoming fat, lazy and comfortable in our current situation rather than make a dramatic change for the better. How true. How many of us live a rerun life? Reruns suck on TV and they certainly can't do much better for our eternal formation.
"...there is no one who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God who will not receive back an overabundant return in this present age and eternal life in the age to come." (Luke 18:29-30)
So, according to Jesus, we can gain huge returns in this age and the next by serving God. But yet, volunteers aren't beating the door down at Worker Houses. Why? It boils down to a lack of trust in the Lord to provide these returns. We can go to work and every week and there's our paycheck to cover the mortgage and the groceries. So what if our work is demeaning, demanding and devalued? It's easy, it's comfortable, it's safe. Serving the Lord full time is scary at best. The unseen riches of the next life are a hard sell to someone living in the lap of luxury. We don't want to struggle or sacrifice when the real world offers us an easy way out. How hard it is for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! The real world says it is easier to be rich, to take comfort in money, but the Church teaches the value of poverty. Can you resist the temptation to be rich?
I am trying to learn to sacrifice, to let go and let God take over; to find the balance between work and the Worker. Through prayer and in God's time, I'm making progress.