Because of my job with campus ministry, I had to go back to school early. This week, is our training week and as part of our training we have a Holy Hour each day. On Monday, during the Holy Hour we were read a passage from the beginning of Jeremiah.
God calls Jeremiah to be a prophet but Jeremiah does not feel worthy. He does not think he has the knowledge or the gifts to preach to the people.
Ah Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth. (Jeremiah 1:6)
But the Lord says:
They will fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you. –Jeremiah 1:19
God has a calling for each one of us. But we are not set out upon this task by ourselves. He is with us every step of the way. He will give us strength. We just need the courage to trust that He is there with us. One of my roommates reminded me that our vocation is not a puzzle to figure out. It is a gift that is given to us by Christ.
I like to choose a word to center my week around. This week, my intention or word is courage. How can I courageously live out my vocation in this moment? What are some small ways that I can courageously follow Christ even though I feel I may be inadequate?
I want to have the courage to worry less about things that don’t matter. Does it really matter if my mascara isn’t perfect or I have a pimple on my forehead?
I want to have the courage to get to know new people and invite them to do things with me. I want to choose to be courageous and ignore my fear of rejection.
I want to have the courage to affirm others and show them that I care for them instead of being timid.
I want to have the courage to be crazy, be silly, and not be afraid to let others see me for who I am.
Have courage, friends. God is always with you.