If you knew, absolutely knew, that God was going to be in a particular place, at a particular time, and would have a special message just for you, would you go?
One of my favorite spiritual writer/speakers is Matthew Kelly. He says that when you go to church, listen for the “one thing” that God is saying to you. Because He’s there. He’s really present, right there in that room, week after week after week, and He really does have a special message for everyone there. Mine may not be the same as yours.
Kelly suggests that you keep a journal of the messages you get each week, and by the end of the year you will have quite a book of spiritual wisdom.
I started keeping a list in 2012, when I first started this blog (you can find the original list below). Sadly, I went a year without keeping a formal list during 2014, and I think it made a not-so-positive difference. This morning as I got ready for church, I decided that maybe it would be a good idea to start listening and sharing, for accountability’s sake.
January 4, 2015: “Going forth” is the mission.
February 22, 2015: Throw out the leaven of malice.
January 7, 2012: Nothing worthwhile is easy.
January 15, 2012: 1) Our names are significant. 2) “Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name? Will you care for cruel and kind, and never be the same?”
January 22, 2012: God gives us many chances to do the right thing.
January 29, 2012: There are three types of healing: physical, emotional and spiritual.
February 5, 2012: All those people in the Gospel that Jesus healed? Yeah, they eventually died. Just because we experience healing doesn’t mean we don’t experience death in any of its forms. We just no longer face it alone.
February 12, 2012: Happy is she whose heart is innocent, in whom no guile can be found.
February 19, 2012: Our God has a one-track mind.
February 26, 2012: Temptation is contagious.
March 4, 2012: Listening is the fullness of prayer.
March 11, 2012: God loves us so much that He wants an exclusive relationship with each one of us.
March 18, 2012: We are not called to mark time by marching in place, but to put one foot in front if the other and move forward.
March 25, 2012: Something Fr. Jim said, and now I can’t remember it! That’s what I get for procrastinating.
April 1, 2012: God does not condemn us. It is Sin that condemns us, not God. God loves us, in spite of our sin.
April 7, 2012: Faith is not a list of beliefs, but a relationship and a journey that never ends.
April 21, 2012: Realize = Real Eyes
July 1, 2012: Death is an experience, not reality.
July 22, 2012: Do we believe we need what Jesus has to give us?
August 19, 2012: The way to fill my emptiness with Jesus is to practice gratitude.
August 26, 2012: “Blame” is not the only definition of “fault.” Defect. Shortcoming.
September 2, 2012: God is what makes us beautiful.
September 3, 2012: Any actions I take alone are in vain. The only fruitful actions are the ones that God takes in me.
September 16, 2012: If I wake up every morning expecting to see a miracle, I won’t be disappointed.
September 24, 2912: Where there is no want, there is no need.
September 30, 2012: the Lord (emphasis mine) will complete what He has done for me.
October 14, 2012: Just one thing more. What one thing am I being asked to let go of to be completely in God’s kingdom?
October 21, 2012: The definition of sin: anything that makes me hide from God.
October 28, 2012: Go your way, your faith has saved you.
November 4, 2012: Just because you’ve memorized scripture doesn’t mean you know the scripture.
November 18, 2012: It is our DUTY and our SALVATION always and everywhere to give thanks.
December 2, 2012: Gratitude and forgiveness is the best remedy for resentment. Pray for the ones we resent.
December 24, 2012: We can’t know what saying “yes” will lead to.
January 1, 2013: like Mary, I am called to reflect on things in my heart, not my head.