But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Do you believe the Holy Spirit is calling you?
A few years ago, I was the youth director at a small church in Minneapolis, MN. I absolutely loved that community, but the job was a bit of a stretch for me in many ways. I did not grow up with gang violence, drug abuse, or poverty, but many of the kids I worked with dealt with these problems every day. Personally, I felt called by the Spirit to reach out. I wanted to be a savior. I wanted to break the cycle of oppression these kids lived in. I had my plans, but the Spirit always seemed to be blowing the other way! I remember driving to crisis situations and getting laughed at. There were times I tried to break up fights, but everyone got mad at me. I tried to help people run errands, but I often wound up picking up strangers and telling them they could not smoke weed in my car. I spent hours on the road, but I’m not sure I ever really helped anyone get to their destination… J
Life was pretty chaotic, but I know God’s Spirit was working! In spite of all my naiveté, I built some incredible relationships during my time there. I never became a savior… I couldn’t stop the violence, illness, or foreclosures, but I had plenty of time to talk, laugh, share meals, and love some people who needed love. In the end, the Spirit didn’t have to use my plans to do some truly amazing things.
Today, I hope you can think about what the Spirit is up to in your life. Remember, God does amazing things, but God may be calling you in small ways too. Even the smallest acts of love can bless the world in powerful ways!