Listenings: Variety!

The actions which mark our advancement in the spiritual life are many and varied.  Evelyn Underhill puts it this way….

The action may be almost anything; from the ceaseless self-offering of the enclosed nun, to the creation of beauty, to the clearance of slums.  ‘Here am I, send me!’ means going anyhow, anywhere, at any time.  Not where the prospects are good, but where the need is great; not to the obviously suitable job which I am sure that I can do with distinction, but to the difficult thing…(pp. 95-96).

I don’t go back and check previous posts, but I’m sure I’ve mentioned the principle of variety before now.  If not, it’s time to do so.

The God who has made innumerable species and mind-boggling diversity in the whole of creation finds great joy in the “many ways” we can show our love through our service.

The holiness of an action is not defined by its size or magnificence.  It is defined by the love which motivates and directs it.  So, in that respect, “almost anything” can be a living sacrifice to God—an act of kindness which delights Him and benefits others.

When looked at from this angle, every person is an agent of grace.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Listenings: Variety!

  1. Ed says:

    Good stuff…
    It is easy to fall in the trap of thinking that only “big” tasks/accomplishments please the Lord…but you have correctly reminded us otherwise

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