Psalm 66 pulls me in. Not just because it’s a great number (for all of you who are Lemieux fans like me – just a little hockey joke to lighten the mood) but because there is one particular line that makes me feel excited. It makes me really think. That line inspires me to try to do what I do, to do it better, and to do it for the right reasons.
“Come and hear, all who fear God; I will tell what God has done for my soul”.
This little line, for me, is a realization of what ‘works’ for me in the ministry of catechizing, evangelizing, and inspiring. Sometimes we have to just look inward and contemplate exactly what God has done for us in our lives. This ‘me’ era that we are trapped in, a time of entitlement and selfishness, can quickly smother us in a sense of feeling that we don’t have enough, aren’t loved enough, are not treated well enough, or respected enough, or even that no one else understands that we deserve more! But think about it. Really sit back and think; “I will tell what God has done for my soul”. If we are honest, that list is quite long. It may take us some time to come around to that realization and we might have to dig deep — painfully deep! But He has done many great and wonderful things for us, our families and loved ones, and for our neighbors.
When we can see and appreciate all that he has done, suddenly, we want to tell others about it. We want to share our struggles and triumphs and the ways that we believe that God has rewarded us, gifted us, blessed us, and yes, loved us. And that is a good thing. No, that is a GREAT thing. Because coming from that place of feeling blessed and loved, we offer a great witness to the world. We have only to share it so that others may see it, be inspired by it, and learn from it. And that is truly what I feel called to do.