About Sue Provost
Sue Provost is an active spiritual director and religious education teacher for both children and adults, and the author of Where Is God in Your Life? Three Retreats in Christian Spirituality. Her vocation in the practice of spiritual direction supports laymen and women, as well as clergy and those in ministry formation, in discernment of God’s gifting and God’s calling.
Sue has a master’s degree in spiritual formation from Regis University, in Denver, Colorado. She is on the board of directors for the national headquarters of Small Christian Communities Connect (SCCC), as well as being the chairperson for SCCC in her local parish. She is a teacher of religious education to both children and adults. She writes a daily blog about the message of Jesus on her site, Let Your Life Sing. Sue’s goal in writing this daily blog is to bring awareness of God walking with us on this earthly journey.
Her desire is to share her understanding of God’s love with others, so they can experience what she found in her own relationship with God. She feels that communication with God through prayer is the essential element needed to be able to see God’s movement in their lives.
You can visit Sue’s Web site at sueprovost.com.
What Do You Think God Wants You to Do with Your Life?
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (Matthew 4:18–22)
It is not likely that Jesus is going to call us as directly and dramatically as he called Peter and Andrew, James, and John, saying face-to-face, “Come, follow me.” But God does call us. God knows us best. He created us, and gifted us with a unique soul and unique personality. There never was and never will be anyone quite like you or me. Just as we have unique fingerprints, we have also a unique soul. What does God want you to do with your life?
Each baptized Christian has two vocations: one general and one specific. Our general vocation consists in having Christ live in us and through us. We are called Christian. Even if a complete stranger meets us, that person should be able to identify us by our dress, manners, words, and deeds as a Christian. When a stranger enters your home, are there things that indicate that this is a Christian home? Is there a Bible on a table? Is there a picture of Jesus?
By appearance, are you a Christian by wearing a cross? By your words, are you Christian by praising God, not using God’s name in vain? By your deeds, are you Christian by doing good and avoiding evil, by making sacrifices to do good things for other people, in imitation of Jesus?
When you do good things and help people, do you feel so good deep down that you can do this every day of your life? All people young and old ask the question, “God, what do you want me to do with my life?
After you ask the question, pray quietly, and frequently. Watch and listen. What do other people say to you? Do they complement you on sharing, on helping, on sacrificing, on your level of responsibility? If they do, excellent, give thanks to God. If people do not say these things to you, why not? If someone likes you, that is excellent; that is how God made us. More importantly, why do they like you? Is it because you have lots of money; or because you treat people well, you listen, you help, you are mature in loving God and other people.
Most importantly, ask God quietly and frequently, “God, what do you want me to do with my life?” God knows you best. He created you, uniquely. It is not likely that Jesus is going to walk up to you like the four apostles and say directly, “Come, follow me.” Instead, God will guide you through prayer and experiences. Pray quietly, pray often, “God, what do you want me to do with my life?”
What do you think God wants you to do?
About Where Is God in Your Life
As Christians, our spiritual journey constantly brings us back to Jerusalem, to the death and resurrection of Jesus, which gives meaning to all that we do. Strengthened by God’s spirit we join on the walk to wherever, we share meals, and we tell our stories. We remember. God, as we go along our life’s way, will help us to be aware of his presence with us. He will open our eyes, makes us expectant, eager to be met by him. We will never complete our spiritual journey.
Quite often people do not know how to develop a relationship with God, in order to be able to feel God’s love for them and to be able to share that love with others. They need to be given the tools necessary to develop a relationship with God and to understand how that relationship is celebrated in community.
Through the development of three two-day workshops, I have presented a program that will show readers and participants how to recognize God in their lives and to feel His love. I have designed these workshops to help people to continue their spiritual journey to greater connection with God. Finally, I have created these workshops to help others to see the importance of the Christian faith as a spiritual road map to be used on the path to God