Dust Yourself Off

My work is holy, in fact, all of our work is holy. Saint Therese of Avila reminds us: “Know that even when you are in the kitchen, our Lord moves amidst the pots and pans.” I hate washing the dishes, so this keeps me present to God’s presence. My field is in medicine, the complex meeting place between spiritual and corporal works of mercy. God also moves amidst the patients, the overtime, the filing, the emails, the commutes, the meetings, and the business trips.  He calls us to do our work with love, humility and charity—to bring Him back into the workplace through our actions and intentions.

Even on days when I slept through my alarm, missed the bus, left my wallet behind, missed a deadline, spilled, my coffee, lost my cool, forgot a birthday, hit my funny bone, got stuck at all the red lights, and I was ready to throw in the towel, He still calls me to do my work with love.

In today’s first reading Saint Paul gives us a perfect example of determination and perseverance during what can definitely be called a pretty bad day at work. Ousted from the city by an angry mob and left for dead, he does not throw in the towel. In the immortal words of Frank Sinatra, he picks himself up, dusts himself off, and tries all over again. While I doubt Fields and Kern had Saint Paul in mind when they wrote their crooner’s classic, a particular line of the song stands out:

You gotta work like a soul inspired until the battle of the day is won.

Today, Lord, remind me that the work you’ve set before me—in my home, in my field, in my education—is a battlefield and that every hardship, every bad day I have is part of Your plan for me to bring glory to You.  Help me infuse all the work of my day with love and dedication. Help me pick myself up, dust myself off, and find You in the mission You have given me.

Let’s pray that prayer together.

Molly Walter is a Catholic convert, wife and mother to one crazy five year old, a new baby girl and four saints in heaven. She uses her degree in Theatre more as mother than she did while in the business. She enjoys reading, knitting, and rescuing third class relics from Goodwill. Find out more about her here


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    May 16, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Wow, thank you so much. This is exactly what I needed to hear this morning. God bless <3

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    Kathy Schlossmacher fitzgerald
    May 16, 2017 at 7:53 am

    You have no idea how much I needed this. I often feel like a fail when it comes to seeing my work as the work of God. (I care for my six month old grandson, so my single mom daughter can work). Some days his fussiness makes me feel like I just suck at everything. It helps to know that I show him gods love in every bottle, cuddle and diaper change. Thank you.

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    May 16, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Yesterday was a bad day at the office. I own my own business and had the thoughts of how to throw in the towel. All the little things add up with immense deadlines. Reading this today was truly the voice of God to me. I pray for us all that we can remember it is all in His name that we carry out our day with the understanding that He has this. No need to be worried. Thank you for this great devotion!

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    May 16, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Just getting over knee surgery and physical therapy is tough, so the words to Sinatra’s song of Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again…..in the mission the Lord has given each of us. Thanks for your inspiring message.

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    May 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    I needed to hear this today. Thank you for your inspirational meditation on today’s readings.

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    May 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you for reminding us that God’s love is in everything we do and carry out. Loved this reflection!

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