Catholic author Matthew Kelly points out that God speaks to us in three ways:
Many times, God places a *wish* in our hearts in order to prompt us to action.
What kinds of desires/dreams come from God? All sorts!
- A better relationship with a friend or family member
- Our children's education
- A holy family
- An animal shelter
- A food pantry
- A home for the dying
- To write a book
- A stronger marriage
- To build a school
- To serve the poor
- Volunteering to improve an organization
What kind of goals/dreams/desires is God placing in your heart?Sometimes the task is large and we are nervous and doubtful to begin. Sometimes the task is so small that we brush it off as being too simple. This is why it is so important to simply be aware of those nagging thoughts. Being Christ's hands in the world is sometimes a large task and sometimes a simply one, but it is always a necessary one. For, if we don't do his work, who will?
How can you begin to build it?
St. Teresa of Avila penned a famous poem that sums this idea up well:
This all reminds me of the fictitional anecdote of a man that prayed to win the lottery. He was sure to repeatedly pray to win a large jackpot of money. Everyday he prayed and everyday he didn't win. When he finally died and went to heaven, he asked God, "Why wouldn't you grant my prayer to win the lottery?" God replied, "My son, you never bought a ticket."
Sometimes, to allow God's actions to flow through us, we need to act.
So remember to listen to those nagging thoughts and then act. After all, no matter what God is asking, you must build it, for he has no hands on earth but yours.