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The Pencil in God’s Hand

                                                                              February 7, 2018
Dear Friends,

Have you ever heard someone say something that just stopped you in
your tracks? I'm not talking about an insult. I'm speaking of words that
are so profound that they make you think about your life in a completely
different light?  That's exactly how I felt the other day.

We were watching the movie "The Letters" at church. It's a drama that
portrays the life of Mother Theresa as revealed through a series of letters
that she wrote to her longtime friend and spiritual advisor, Father Celeste
van Exem.  It was powerful and reflected her deep faith.

You might think that a person who was so devoted to the Lord would have
a hard time being humble.  After all, she had given up everything to serve the
poorest of the poor in Calcutta, India. She started and made a name for the
Missionaries of Charity.  Yet, we know better.

When asked for an interview, she put off the reporter. He tried to sweet talk
her. She came out with the response I referenced earlier.  She said, "It's not
about me. I am just a pencil in God's hand."  I loved it.  In other words, it's
God's story.  God is just using me to share it.

Mother Theresa revealed what the heart of a disciple looks like.  As a result
it's easy to conclude that the only way to serve God is to go on mission.  We
look at her life and say, "That's what we are supposed to do.  We need to deny
ourselves and do something heroic."  

Yet time after time, when asked what we should do, Mother Theresa
encouraged people to serve in their own back yard.  "Be faithful in the small
things," she would say.  "For it is in them that your strength lies."  She
called us to love the people that God put in our paths.

"I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor," she said.  
"Love begins at home, and it's not how much we do... but how much love
we put in that action."  Sounds a bit like Jesus who said we are to love our
neighbors and to love God.  That's our calling.

Valentine's Day is here.  Why not take Mother Theresa's advice and do
something special?  She said, "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one
ever come to you without leaving happier."  So be a pencil.  Let God use
you to write a love letter in the hearts of all you meet.

God bless!  See you in church.  

Cal
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