If you have ever visited the Oldenburg Franciscan Center, you have probably passed by the door of our office. I would guess that you did not see the magnet on the doorjamb as you passed by. I only notice it once or twice a year, and I am in and out a dozen times a week. Check it out down below.
Even so, I am struck by its message each time I see it. Perhaps it is because I have such an attitude of ME FIRST. I am not concerned about things others have that I do not, but ideas, MY ideas, always are the best in my eyes.
A tender nerve pops up when something I have done or said or written is negated by others. HOW COULD THEY??? Never mind that what is proffered instead is much better, gets the job done more effectively, or says in different words what I tried to say. Why do I put myself in a position of grandeur? Have I decided that what I want is more important than what God has in mind? Foolish Sharonlu! Follow the advice on the office magnet. Not every message from God is in the Scriptures. Sometimes it is a simple statement from an unknown writer, or a remark from a co-worker, or perhaps an insight from something in nature, like the beaver or the ant who go about their work no matter what.
You have heard the saying, “God takes care of children and fools.” I do not qualify for the children category any more, but as for being a fool, I qualify very often. Thank you Lord for my rescue by means of a simple office magnet.
Watch yourself! Let the work of God take precedence over anything you want to do. It is the only way to Joy! May God grant you insights, and may your eyes be wide open to catch them.
Oldenburg Franciscan Center
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg