Over the next five posts, I will reflect on Fr. Dan Lackie’s (OFM) perspective on the topic of discernment. Full disclosure, I make no promises that it will resonate with you as it’s a little wacky and anything but ordinary, but if you’re like me, it might be what you’ve been waiting for.
God, who do You want me to be? What is Your will?
These simple questions pack a deep punch. They circle around topics of purpose, discernment, vocation, surrender, and curiosity. We are pining to discern our calling.
Lackie’s first step will come as no surprise, but don’t let the predictable beginning fool you.
PRAY TODAY and every day.
As a competitive athlete with a rambunctious father on the sidelines, every time I started to lose my mojo he would start to yell, “Fundamentals…go back to the basics.” Little did I know that his consistent, yet often times irritating, slogan rang true for the spiritual life.
What is the first thing a parent teaches their child about the faith?
I can still remember lying in bed listing off every family member under the sun to avoid the inevitable amen, which meant time to go to sleep. How much joy does it bring our Heavenly Father watching His children do whatever it takes to lengthen their conversation with Him?
And now? I struggle to pinch out ten or fifteen minutes of uninterrupted prayer time a day.
It’s time to go back to basics and focus on the fundamentals. Before we jump to the beloved buzz words of discernment, vocation, and calling – let’s stop and pray today.
Praise God for who He is and what He has done.
Repent for the moments you’ve forgotten who He is and whose you are.
Ask Him for the desires of your heart.
Yield to His will by trusting in His time and His way.
Seek God, He’s always listening, and don’t forget to listen to Him too.
“Pray without ceasing”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:17 –