As one determines their proper path forward in life, the world tells you to ask yourself: “Who do I want to be? What do I want to do with my life?” These are valid and important questions. However the journey in faith refocuses such questioning and presents the believer with potentially disquieting replacements.
“Who is God inviting me to become? What is God asking me to do with my life?”
Again and again scripture brings us to see God redirecting men and women of faith; asking them to take risks and be uncomfortable for the sake of the kingdom. Who is God inviting you to become? How is God asking you to use the wonderful gifts and talents God has given you?
Things to Consider
Are you willing to enter into a very different Christian way of life which will demand that you partially change your present way of doing things?
Can you take directions, corrections, criticisms, and directives from others in authority, such as an abbot, novice director, or the person in charge of your work?
Can you work or learn to work at whatever task is assigned, and even find satisfaction in it?
Do you value human relationships and are you willing to cultivate them?
Can you respond positively to the inevitable confrontations and conflicts that are part of all human relationships, and which call us to personal conversion?
Can you spend time in solitude so that it is creative and conducive to growth?
Are you drawn to a life of prayer? Are you inclined to more than just “saying prayers” or devoting only moments of the day to prayer? Are you interested in a whole life of continual prayer that permeates every dimension of life?
Can you make a donation to Mepkin?
Because we closed our front gate and stopped all visitors to the monastery, no one at Mepkin has caught the virus. However, also because of this shutdown, which was necessary to keep us safe, we lost all of our income producing activities, including our mushroom production, the Retreat Center, and the Abbey Store. We have no idea when we will be able to resume these activities.
If you, too, are suffering economic hardships, please know that you are in our prayers. If you are in a safe financial position, perhaps you would consider making a donation to Mepkin to help us sustain our life of prayer, so we can be ready to welcome visitors, guests and retreatants back into our midst when all is safe.
The present time can underestimate the beauty of faith and the richness of discipleship. One can only discover the beauty of faith by daring to believe. One can only discover the richness of discipleship by becoming a follower.