Monday, August 27, 2012

Living the W Challenge

Women of Faith:
Old lessons die hard and this one goes back to my journalism days.

Just as I was challenged then to let the five W’s guide my writing, now I am challenged to let the five W’s guide my LIFE!

Who do I live for? The obvious answer is God. But as a Christian do I make the “obvious” visible to those around me?
Do I remember that without God I would not even have life? God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female* he created them. God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Gen 1: 27-28

What do I live for? Again the “obvious” answer for a Christian: eternal life in heaven. But again do I live the rest of the W’s with this purpose leading me?
 Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him.
And he said, "For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father." As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jn 6:60-69

When will I live? There is never a better time than NOW! And this answer is every day, always and forever.
Where do I live? Am I remembering to ask God into every corner of life? EVERYWHERE!!

Why do I live for God? Because I am a member of his body. Eph 5:30 And to who else would I turn?
Jesus then said to the Twelve, "Do you also want to leave?" Simon Peter answered him, "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God." Jn 6: 60-69

And just as each journalism story is completed by a substantive question, so does that same substantive question complete my life story—HOW!  
HOW do I live my life? It is my choice as to how I complete my own story.

So be imitators of God* as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us. Eph 5: 1-2 (See all of Eph 4,5,6 for more practical answers.)
Joshua addressed all the people:"If it does not please you to serve the LORD, decide today whom you will serve…. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." Jos 24: 1-2a

Do I believe in my purpose? And do I live as I believe?
Is my Christian role to “imitate in service” being guided by the WHO and WHAT and lived by the HOW, WHEN and WHERE and WHY? Or have I returned to my “former life” because I have lost sight of the W’s?

Heavenly Father, You are love and Your Love is what gives us life. Please guide each of us to eternal life, with Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition thru your Spirit. Help me to serve You by serving Your people—the true gifts of life—everyone, everywhere, now! Thank you for giving me hope by Your death on the cross which promised eternal life for all who seek You. Today I especially ask your prayers on Andy’s new journey in discernment and study at Loras Seminary, so that he will come to know your call—the who, what, when, where, why and how of his life. Amen.
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW will I live this week. It is my choice if my answers will be Through Him, In Him and For Him,


No comments:

Post a Comment