Something I know deeply to be true is that we always need to keep growing. We need to keep learning, exploring, and challenging what we know.
When I started my business, I knew that I was comfortable in WordPress, but I was curious about other platforms. There are many that you can choose to create a website in, of course! My first website was my test of another platform. While I found it mostly user friendly, it did not offer all of the options that I wanted and I knew my clients would want as well. I let that original business website run for the year I paid for, but then I knew that I needed my website to be on the platform that I used for all of my clients. It was a great learning opportunity and allows me to better sell the value of the platform that I do use.
As I worked on transferring all of the content to my new site, this Scripture passage showed up in my inbox:
Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
This really resonated with me. I took this leap to start my own business because I felt the Lord guiding me to it through one particularly powerful experience in Adoration. Today, as I read, “What we shall be has not yet been revealed…” I know that God is still revealing His plan for me. Being open to growing and learning means I also must be open to God speaking to me EVERY DAY. I may not be listening or willing to hear what He has to say to me EVERY DAY, but I know that he is present and active EVERY DAY. A goal I set for myself is to do my best to listen for Him every day. I get busy; I get bogged down; I run around from activity to activity, meeting to meeting. But, God is present and active with me every step of the way. I know that He is not only speaking to me but guiding me through actions.
I am a little embarrassed to share this story, but I know it is an example of God being present and active in my life. I am a cantor for my parish. Which, if you don’t know, means that I sing solo to lead the congregation in song. When I first started I was so nervous before every mass. I would literally be shaking until I got to the second song or so. Now, that I have been singing for many years, maybe 10+, I don’t get nervous anymore.
The most recent time I sang, I started the opening hymn and thought to myself, “Wow, I sound pretty good tonight!” Well, God was there you know. Shortly after that, I completely messed up part of the verse that I knew well. Oops! Glory to God, not me. By the time I came around to that part of the verse the second time, I was really focusing. I messed up again. Yep, I got the message. The beauty of the song was not mine to claim, it was for God’s glory. He gave me this talent and it is my job to use it for His glory, not mine.
I tell this story to remind myself that God is working on me every day. He is pushing me. He is guiding me. He is preparing me to be a co-heir to eternal life. I need to follow His lead, not my own. And so, I carry on. I release this new website to hopefully encounter more pilgrims on this journey. To help more people listen to God’s call. And, to help spread the Good News!