~by Susi Pittman
September 30, 2015: ONE THING
It is perhaps the most evasive and baffling question that every human being has ever asked of themselves…what am I here for?
We are given a journey that begins far from the wombs of our mothers. It begins in the mind of God the Creator, who knew us intimately and loved us first.
We are transitioned into this world by He who is the Greatest Love and gifted with a presence into a new and marvelous state of being among a diverse and spectacular creation!
We are here first because we are loved and wanted by God.
But, there is a two-fold answer to the question…and this is the part that is not readily answered, because it can only be answered by each of us individually in response to God. By virtue of our Baptism into the holy fold as children of God, we are given a mission to accomplish for the Lord while we exist here in this world.
Here is where the question, what am I here for? becomes very personal. MISSION!
Some don’t want to look at life beyond the facet of seeking self-satisfactions and pleasures to make life easier for ourselves, it shelters us from having to deal with the distasteful and uncomfortable aspects present beyond ourselves. Some live life in busyness to assure themselves of their importance. Some do nothing but live for the moment, doing what they will. Some are living a life that embraces surviving day-to-day by the grace of God. Some are consumed in intellect and cranial abilities that wrap themselves in an arrogant sphere of self-importance. Some stand aloof in ivory towers of power that foster their need to control and manipulate.
Why would I even waste the time in thinking about the what when thinking about the me is all encompassing?
Each and every soul upon the planet was given their mission by God. Truly.
The first step comes in acknowledging the truth that you realize that and that you now accept that.
The second step is the one that will take time. It requires your desire to reach up to God in prayer and work, making each day an offering to Him and His Will, and trusting that He will open your heart and mind to the mission that only YOU can fulfill.
Some are made aware early in life and some, like myself, are made aware later in life. (Too many times in my life, I operated in a very concentric way.)
When you are made aware of your mission…there is no denying it. It arrives on the breath of the Holy Spirit and it rests upon your soul in such a way that denial is impossible. If you could tangibly attach wild horses to it to pull it from you, it would not budge.
And it intensifies especially through denial!
The secret…accept it! Go to God in submission and ask Him to lead you…every day.
Then, and finally then will the world open anew to you, filling you with new desires to fulfill God’s calling and an inflamed fervor to go the course.
It is NEVER too late.
Some missions are accomplished in the last moments of life, yet they are some of the most important threads in Gods tapestry of this universe.
As Catholic Christians we called by Holy Mother Church to share Jesus Christ in word, action, and spirit with the world. This is the cornerstone of the general mission given to all of us.
Pope Francis stated in his visit to Philadelphia:
One of the great challenges facing the Church in this generation, is to foster in all the faithful a sense of personal responsibility for the Church’s mission, and to enable them to fulfill that responsibility as missionary disciples, as a leaven of the Gospel in our world.
Found yourself in your faith.
Live each day as an offering to the Will of God.
Know that every small act counts.
Take your mission, whatever it is you receive in revelation, and embrace it. God has given it to you and you only.
Know that it is perfect for you as nothing that God asks of you would be otherwise.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.
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