By Norma Cross of Independence, Missouri, USA
Do not be discouraged. You have not been promised an easy path, but you have been assured that the Spirit that calls you will also accompany you. That Spirit is even now touching alive the souls of those who feel the passion of discipleship burning deeply within. Many others will respond if you are persistent in your witness and diligent in your mission to the world. Doctrine and Covenants 162:3a–b
I will never forget the anxiety that came over me when I felt a strong call to serve God. I prayed deeply, because I knew I always wanted to serve in that way. I listened, but I said, “Oh, no, I’m not ready to represent you.”
With guilt I remembered God calls because of who we are and how we can serve God’s people, not for our own comfort.
God called Saul, who had a dedication to what he thought was God’s message, but not necessarily to Christ’s mission. At first this call was not agreeable to him. Then God saw him change to Paul, a fervent and dedicated disciple.
Peter, as a fisherman, understood the strain of daily toil with heavy nets to earn his bread. He became a devotedly strong fisher of men. John, the beloved, the humble—could it be that Jesus called him because he needed comfort and to feel loved, when it was usually Jesus giving the love.
When we worry about not being ready we must remember God sees each of us as having great worth.
We ask God to lead and direct us to what ministry God has for us to do this day. Be persistent in your witness to the world.
Prayer for Peace:
Broken-hearted God, we confess our need for forgiveness. We often have failed in our discipleship, and yet you love us.
Spiritual Practice for the Week: Making Responsible Choices
Each day this week prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and for creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.
Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the spirit of Christ.
God, having been forgiven, I covenant anew with you to continue in your service and humbly share the peace of Christ.