Lent 2019 – Day 8

By on 13/03/2019

Start Small

Wednesday 13th March

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. (Luke 16:10)

My Dad always hated having “change” in his pockets. Every night after work he would empty these coins into a jar. Slowly over time, that jar would be filled up. Then Dad would go down to the bank and deposit the coins into a saving account. We looked forward to knowing how much was in the savings account each time, because this was our holiday money.

This did not mean we went away on Holidays every year. Often we stayed at home. But the money was used by my parents for treats and special outings that they would arrange during one of the school holidays. I was always surprised by how much was in that money jar and little by little that bank account would grow.

Reflecting upon this Lenten season, I could list things that I know need to change in my life- for the better for my life and for those I live with! The enormity of deciding to change in these areas can be so overwhelming that I’m paralysed. Where do I start?

But then I remember the “change” that my Dad collected and the effect of little by little came into my thoughts.

Was the Holy Spirit trying to say something? Guiding me?

Why don’t I try, with the help of God, to start to change some little areas in my life?

Helping out more around the house, cleaning my room, offering to do the dishes, not complaining about what’s for dinner, being more patient, watching my language, saying thank you, … the list goes on…

These little changes will end up being BIG changes. Little by little they will grow and produce little changes at first but then Big changes in my Life in my interaction with others’ lives and all for the better.

Jesus praised those who had faith as small “as a mustard seed”. That faith the size of a mustard seed would move mountains. Have you seen the size of a mustard seed? It’s a speck in the palm of your hand. Just a dot. But this smallness, this size could do wonders – even move mountains.

The saying goes” don’t despise small beginnings”.

I’d like to encourage you, “don’t stop there where you are – continue to grow and develop.”

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. Help me in changing the little things in my life that need changing. May I trust you in the little things to help me then move onto harder, bigger areas in my life. Amen

Written by
Rosemary Downes: Co-founder of The Catholic Guy Ministry and founder of the Heart Ministry for Women.

20 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 8

  1. Thank you for today’s words. Nothing has ever spoken to me like it. please continue to help me to pray for God’s forgiveness for all my sins. As well as my prayers to be answered in finding a job. If I do not find a job soon I am in danger of losing my home. I am a sinner who needs gods forgiveness for all my sins. For the abortions, lying so as to get out of situations. Mis using my sons money while he was on the battle field in Iraq, and lying to him when he got back. I am just a horrible person. Not being nice to my parents and grandmother. for these things I strongly believe that God has turned his back on me. No matter how I pray I feel that God has not forgiven me. Now that my parents and my son are all deceased I have no way of making it up to them.
    I hope that one day I will receive forgiveness for all that the wrong things I have done and bless me in a way that I will begin to be happy one day.

    1. Patricia, my heart is breaking for you, but you recognize your wrong doings and you regret them deeply. Keep praying and I hope you’ll find forgiveness and Gods grace.

      1. Hi Patricia, we are all sinners. We have all done wrong. No one is perfect. I’ve done bad things since my youth. I use regularly the Sacrament of Confession, each time you go confession and give a good act of contrition, the lord will strengthen you and pour down many graces upon you, the guilt will slowly disappear. Jesus is always waiting for you.
        Trust in his mercy.
        When you get reminded about your past after a good confession, most likely it’s the evil one. May the Holy Spirit guide you to the path of Holiness.
        P.S Saint Paul the Apostle the persecuter of the church after he repented he did so much for the faith.
        Many saints after repentance there lives turned so Holy. Look at Mary of Magdala she had seven devils in her. After she repented ………. wow!!!

    2. I’ll pray for you Patricia. I know that God will always forgive when we sincerely ask – the hard part for us is accepting we deserve it. I have struggled with this, and still do at times, but believe me you do deserve it, as Jesus sacrifice makes it all possible. He will free you. You can then help others. God Bless you.

    3. Dear Patricia, my heart really goes out to you. God forgives our every sin, big or small. But we, as humans cannot understand it or accept it. God does not give up on us. Patricia, you are not ‘horrible’. You are a precious , repentant child of God and God does not make rubbish. You have taken the first step of repenting and calling out to our good Lord to help you and He will. He loves you and has forgiven you. Accepting that will help you to move on. I will pray for you too.

  2. I liked your letter today. It brought back memories of 70 years ago when as a teenager I decided instead of giving up something for Lent I would do something. Teenagers can be so critical , and I found I was following the trend. However I noticed one boy in the group never criticized anybody. I decided to do the same. By the end of Lent it became a habit. I still think of the man, well in his 80s now although I lost contact about 70 years ago. He has no idea that his example changed my life.
    “ We are our neighbors bible. They read us every day. In what we do and what we say.”.

    1. I love the last part of this.
      “We are our neighbors bible. They read us every day. In what we do and say “
      Words that will serve as a daily reminder for sure. Thank you for sharing them.

  3. Bruce, On Sunday, my adult son said he tried to watch the leaving Neverland Michael Jackson special and equated it to the Catholic Church and how they have covered up the child sex scandals. I was dumbfounded trying to defend my church. Some happened right in my parish I found out later, what could I have said back to him

  4. It is in the small changes, we see change…… Sometimes, the strength of ‘moving out of our comfort zone’…. is enough to trust ourselves, in making the next move. It is easier to become complacent, in the way we live our daily lives, and following the same paths, knowing we can choose another direction…. It is easier, to go to the known, rather than the unknown. I believe, God is asking us to trust, in him,and with his grace,… in ourselves, to make better choices.

  5. Thank you Father God for always being with me and never forsaking me.Thank you now and always.In Jesus name.Amen

  6. Very true. Thanks for this reminder! I trust as we accumulate the littles they become bigger! God help us to increase our faith from the seed of the mustard to much bigger faith. Amen

  7. Patricia, the bigger the sinner you have been… the bigger the Saint you will become! I truly believe this. Because God has forgiven you much, you will give him back so much more! It won’t happen overnight, but you have already started on the path to Sainthood by feeling so much remorse for your sins. God bless you and your family.

  8. Thanks for sharing with us Rosemary. We certainly can change our lives, and the world we live in one step at a time. Praise be to Jesus for thecatholicguy.com and his team. May our !ord and Saviour continue to bless us all

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