February 23rd

Day 9

2nd Friday in Lent

How does Good Shepherd help you serve others?

There is a line in a book I’ve read that states: “If your job is no more than a means to an end, a paycheck, then you are truly missing out on some incredible rewards.”

I have been caught in that trap in my past life. Waking each morning was almost painful. The moment my mind roused from sleep, it would begin the dread of facing the reality of having to go back “there”! Work! Job! Career! All these words had one meaning to me, purgatory. I was stuck in the world, working a job I really didn’t like much, for the day I could afford to no longer need to, Retirement! That beautiful word that meant I could sleep until noon, play cards all night, get merry and never need to listen to the whining of another boss!

This way of thinking was with me every day, even weekends because my mind always projected to Monday. Monday! That miserable day of the week that put it all in motion again! How I hated Monday!

Then God opened my eyes. He came to me in a way He has been coming to many throughout time, suddenly and with great impact. For the first time ever, I saw beyond the material world and was face to face with a world I never knew existed, the realm of the Spirit. In this world, things had meanings I couldn’t see or understand before. My life changed, and soon it brought me to Good Shepherd. 

From my very first day at Good Shepherd, I found people, every day, normal people that could use my help. I never knew I had anything to offer others, but suddenly I knew this was not true.

I found that people of every social class, of every economic tax bracket, could use a hand from time to time. And I saw that God had put me in a position to be of service to anyone who needed my help. Soon Monday became just another day of the week. Another opportunity to lend a hand where a hand could be helpful.

In no time at all, I belonged. I fit in in a way I had never experienced. I felt love for these people, and I felt loved by them. The paycheck became what it was always meant to be, just a bonus for doing the right thing to the best of my ability.

Today my life is quite simple. I suit up, I show up, and I let God guide me to anyone who may need my help. I wouldn’t change it for anything, and I couldn’t sleep until noon even if I tried.

Dear God, your love opened my eyes to see that it is not about me, but rather You. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to see where I need to be and how I need to serve others in Your name. Amen.

Steve Brevik

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