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Saint of the Day: St. Ignatius of Laconi

‘Am I doing God’s work or God’s job?’

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 01/03/17

A friend posted this on Facebook, something to ponder at the start of a new year, from an AA forum “Wisdom of the Rooms”:

When I was new to the program, I had a slight control problem. OK, a Big Problem. I was pretty convinced I could manage, manipulate, plan and control people, places and things so I could achieve the outcome that would be best for myself and others. Needless to say, it was an exhausting and frustrating job. As I began working my program, I began relying more and more on a God of my understanding to help me deal with and cope with feelings, events and situations in my life. The more I did this the more I learned that God’s will for me was always better than anything I could have wanted for myself, and the less I tried to control and the more I let go, the better my life got. My life improved even more when I began applying these principles to other people, places and things. I learned that other people had their own Higher Power, and it wasn’t me. I learned that my job was to pray for knowledge of God’s will and then to be of service. It was and is God’s job to handle the rest. Today whenever I am uncomfortable or stressed I ask myself a simple question, “Am I doing God’s work or Gods job?” That usually sets me straight pretty quick.

Remember this new year to pray for those in recovery—and to pray that all of us never forget we are here to do God’s work, not God’s job!

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