The Call of Jesus on Your Life

 In a very real way we are called, by Jesus, to witness.  Of course, what makes our existence truly our own is the unique way in which we are called.  Whether at home, at work, in the grocery store, or on the road we are always able to bring glory to God.  Knowing this, it is imperative that we operate under the assumption that there are no acts so small as to be meaningless.  In His eyes every kind gesture, all the words of praise, and each meager effort to help one another is noticed.  Indeed, it is more likely that our lives will be filled with a multitude of small acts than a grand show of one or two tremendous feats. 

As parents, we find that witnessing isn't limited to what we do for others or how we treat others.  As parents, witnessing happens as our children and their friends notice that our deeds mirror our words.  We make the most difference when our actions speak loud and clear.  We set the tone for our children to live lives full of witness when we ourselves embrace every day as a chance to live for His glory. 

As friends, we find that Christ gives us a multitude of ways in which we are able to witness to His glory.  Jesus calls us to help our friends by providing loving comfort and support and often offering an encouraging word.  Sometimes the most difficult aspect of being a friend is summoning the strength to share an honest opinion in a loving way.  A good friend has a way of shedding light on a situation or a problem that makes it clear that Christ is the answer.  He is always the answer.

And while we are always able to witness as parents, as friends, as neighbors, and as co-workers, witnessing as a spouse is the most gracious act of all.  Gracious because without God's graces most of us would be mired in the day-to-day struggles that can often overwhelm and permeate our marriages with resentment.  It is the small acts of kindness and love towards our spouse that make us "little Christs" because that is often where our most trying circumstances are found.

So often we wonder how we can serve His kingdom, overlooking that it can be done today, in our own homes, within our own families, and within our own hearts.  Let us ask Christ to fill this Easter season with innumerable ways in which all our small acts give glory to Him.

Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.  Matthew 10:32

Cheryl Dickow

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Cheryl Dickow is a Catholic wife, mother, author and speaker. Cheryl’s newest book is Wrapped Up: God’s Ten Gifts for Womenwhich is co-authored with Teresa Tomeo and is published by Servant (a division of Franciscan Media); there is also a companion journal that accompanies the book and an audio version intended for women’s studies or for individual reflection. Cheryl’s titles also include the woman’s inspirational fiction book Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage. Elizabeth is available in paperback or Kindle format. Her company is Bezalel Books where her goal is to publish great Catholic books for families and classrooms that entertain while uplifting the Catholic faith and is located at www.BezalelBooks.com. To invite Cheryl to speak at your event, write her at Cheryl@BezalelBooks.com.

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