She didn’t want it!

10 Mar

I’m from Southwest Louisiana, real Cajun country. Our farm was in the southern part of Vermilion Parish (County), in a place called Prairie Gregg (Coffee Pot Prairie). If you went much farther South, you’d end up in marshes which bordered Vermilion Bay. 

Part of Prairie Gregg were the communities of Henry (after a family by that name) and Boston (a rather grandiose name for a crossroads, three houses and a country store). 

Just west of the store, heading toward Bayou Tigue was a house built by a loving husband for his wife. It was a grand house for that time and place, with French doors, beveled glass and spacious rooms. 

The problem was, the wife didn’t want the house and she never moved into it. Nor did he. The structure was completed – except for painting. It stood there for decades as a testament to a mistaken notion and chronic stubbornness. 

Finally, it rotted away. I suppose someone ultimately tore it down or burned it down. It is no longer there – hasn’t been for about 20 years. 

The moral of the story is this: If you want to do something for someone, be sure they want it done – which brings me to the point of this story. 

An old Pentecostal preacher once said, “There is a big difference in working for God and doing God’s work.” 

I have a dear friend whose entire life is dedicated to pleasing God. His decisions are based on this one question: “Will this please God or not?” 

What is the fundamental response to God’s call to do his work, to please him? 

What did Jesus say? “If you love me, you will obey what I command you” (Jn 14:15). And this is what he commands: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. … You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (See Mt 23:34-40). 

If you want to do God’s work, consider your strengths, skills and visions. Check them against what Jesus has held up for us as the pattern for a full and happy life – the Beatitudes (Mt 5:3-12). See your present commitments in the light of your gifts and the will of God.  Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and enlighten you. You will help change the world if you love God and do what he wants you to do. 

We have to be sure the “house” we are building for the Lord is the one he really wants.


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