Image via WikipediaGOOGLE
"Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters. This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
1749-1832, Poet, Dramatist and Novelist
This is a quote by Goethe but it could just of easily been from "Think and Grow Rich." Napoleon Hill believed the same thing, perform faithful service,necessary service.
"First do what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible." Some people blame themselves for things they cannot do, or the disappointment of others, or their own failings; but in their distress they forget that God does not expect us to be successful...only faithful. We must remember this when the necessary seems impossible. From the sorrow some strength will come." This is an excerpt from a movie with Cheech Marin in it as a Mexican Priest, as i mentioned yesterday. (and in the movie, pigs fly)
We are the likeness of God...God-like and as such, we must act like God. We should be "going about our father's business." I was fortunate enough to catch "The Loretta Young Show" on EWTN through my Comcast Service, and I remembered how much I used to love watching her when I was a child. What I didn't remember was that every show had a lesson and her favorite phrase was, "I must be about my father's business." She played a Nurse in a Catholic hospital where many of the nurses were Nuns. Every time she ran across a needy patient, she would go to the chapel to pray for guidance and while there, they would call her over the loud speaker to attend to an emergency or a patient. She always managed to accomplish what was needed. In one of the shows she was handed a $5.00 bill as a Christmas gift from a young girl that volunteered at the hospital because her only sister and family had moved and she was all alone for the holidays. The Nun put the $5.00 into the pocket of her habit and "went about her father's business," she was paged over the loud speaker to attend to a very disturbed patient who had been burned severely, and lost his sight. She managed to help calm him down and give him a morphine shot to ease the pain. A short time goes by and it is time to begin to ween him off the morphine, and he is screaming so they page her and she tries to convince him that he is going to have to go much longer without the medication or it will just be more difficult to get off it later, as she begs him to hang on a little longer. He gets really angry and she decides that he is not going to listen to her and as she is leaving, to get the shot for him, even after telling him it is only going to be worse the next day, he stops her when she reaches the door. When she goes back to his bedside he says "just five more minutes right, Butch?" He doesn't realize that she is a Nun because he has his eyes bandaged from the burns. When he agrees to wait, she reaches into the pocket of her habit and finds the $5.00 bill, she calls one of the nurses and hands her the money and tells her to go across the street and buy some magazines for men about sports, fishing, etc..She begins to read to him and they manage to stretch it our for an hour, without the medication. The story goes on to where he is about to get his sight back and he tells her he can't wait to see her (like he is coming on to her) and she apologizes, and tells him that she is a Nun, which makes him very angry (again). The day that they take off the bandages, she asks the young girl that gave her the money to be at his bedside with her as they take off his bandages. Well naturally, the first thing he sees is the pretty young girl and the rest is history, so to speak.
The point to why I just rambled on about these shows is this, (I am addicted to television, just kidding)if we are made in the image of God, then we treat others as we would have them treat us, even with the smallest of tasks. What takes place then is God responds with the tools we need to help with this small task, answer the question,or the prayer so we can "go about our father's business." We can offer faithful service. Faithful service is believing that our prayers will be answered, and it doesn't matter who or what we are praying for, he will answer. (It just
might not always be "YES") So be sure to take the time to listen. I like to do my listening through meditation. Have you listened for the answers from God?" )or if you prefer the term "The Universe?) Take the time to listen and the answers will come.
This is actually a pep talk for me, I just thought it might be of benefit to others...I hope it does.