As an active Boy Scout during my school days, I’ve been trained to be ready at all times. This readiness requires us to have enough preparation in order to be able to tide over when unpredictable events happen. These earthly proactiveness also requires us to think well so that our preparations are sufficient. The downside to this though is that I observe many people tend to overthink. This tendency progresses into worries and anxieties, such that it becomes counterproductive. You lose time otherwise spent on doing more productive activities.
To a certain extent being proactive is good, though this isn’t complete; something is missing. Doing this without mindfulness will unconsciously make you so dependent on your own strength and talents. This isn’t what the Lord wants to happen. You start forgetting God and pride gets in the way. You become ineffective and there will come a point that you surrender to fatigue and weariness.
In the Gospel (Mk. 6: 7-13), we learn that when He sent out the Twelve, Jesus instructed them “to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick— no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic.”
Our calling differs from one person to another as we are gifted distinctly. Some of us are great teachers, skilled engineers and technicians, expert sales persons, etc. and because of these we are sent by the Lord to different missions. While diverse, these aren’t strange environments as these are our families, officemates, and anyone we meet. Our homes, offices and shop floors are the marketplaces in this mission. This isn’t all about speaking or talking, it’s also more about our actions day in and day out. We have to work diligently and with humility, aiming to please God more than people.
If you do these with more consciousness of the Lord working in your life, you become more effective and efficient. When confronted with challenges, you don’t get affected easily as you become more confident trusting that God is in full control. Jesus tells us to have complete faith in Him and not rely on our strength and capability in order to be successful in what we do. With humility and gratitude, we accept His will, trusting that He provides for all our needs.
Today, let us pray for discernment and wisdom; that we may realize that while we extend effort and energy in our work, ultimately it is God who takes care of us and looks at our every need.
“May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.” Eph.1:17-18