devozine

Spiritual Practice

For the Love of God

Sally Kamerling

You are busy with church, school, homework, after-school sports and clubs, chores at home. In the hustle and bustle of every day, it’s hard to feel the presence of God. Through the ages, countless people have struggled with this problem. Many have been helped by reading about Brother Lawrence, a seventeenth-century monk.

rbww_12Brother Lawrence was a simple, uneducated man who described himself as a “great awkward fellow who broke everything.” He joined a monastery and offered his life to God. Expecting to suffer there for his faults, he found instead acceptance and joy.

Brother Lawrence was assigned to work in the kitchen, which he disliked. But he said that while working there, “in the noise and clutter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the Blessed Sacrament.”

How did Brother Lawrence achieve this sense of the presence of God while doing a job he disliked? He determined to do everything for the love of God, to seek God in all things, and to offer all his actions to God.

Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31b (NRSV)

To experience the presence of God in your life, remember Brother Lawrence and his practice of doing everything, no matter how small, for the love of God. Remember it at soccer practice and while you’re doing your homework and or your daily chores. You may find the advice of this humble monk as practical today as it was in the 1600s.

 

TAKE THE BROTHER LAWRENCE CHALLENGE: Spend one day doing everything—even brushing your teeth—for the love of God. Seek no reward for your actions: seek only the presence of God. See what happens!

—from devozine (March/April 2003). Copyright © 2003 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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