Does Our Love For God Show?

How many people do you know are willing to wait hours and hours on line in the cold for a Black Friday sale? What about those who do the same for a concert? Often people travel hundreds of miles to get to a weekend music festival. I remember students talking about someone who camped out to get tickets for the opening of the 4th Star Wars movie.
When we really want something we’re willing to go to extremes to get it. I know men who went golfing almost every day trying to improve their golf game. Then there are the kids who spend hours and hours working on their football, basketball or tennis skills.
All of us have worked long and hard to get what we wanted but what about God? Do we pursue God with the same passion?
The First Commandment commands us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and soul. Do we? Do we work as hard at getting to know God as we worked at sports or some skill? Is He really that important? We are willing to sacrifice hours and hours of effort, sometimes even years of effort to get something we want. Are we willing to sacrifice as much to grow closer to God? Are we willing to go beyond the minimum Sunday mass obligation? Are we willing to give up sleep in order to attend a week day mass or pray? Are we willing to give up a TV show to attend a mission, talk or prayer group?
David once said that He would not offer God anything that cost him nothing. He was talking about sacrifice. Do we think of offering a sacrifice to God of our time? Do we seek God with all our heart? We may think we do or say so but what is the evidence? What does God see? Does He see us taking advantage of the opportunities to grow closer to Him, the prayer groups, and small groups each Advent and Lent, various talks and missions? Does He see us spending time with Him before the Tabernacle before or after mass or at Adoration? Do we come to church early or leave late, reluctant to leave? Do we spend time reading the Bible or other spiritual reading; say the rosary or other prayers? Are we spending time with God?
Does He see us taking advantage of the opportunities to serve Him, perhaps as a lector, usher or Eucharistic minister? Do we take part in CCD or in the outreach ministries?
Or are we making excuses. It’s too late, too far; gas is too expensive or it’s too inconvenient. There’s no time. I’m too busy.
Do we really love God more than we love golf, football, music or shopping?
Actions speak louder than words. Prove it!

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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