Is This the Most Important Hour of Your Life?
“None of us knows when the loveliest hour of our life is striking. It may be when we take Christ for the first time to that grey office in the city where we work, to the wretched lodging of that poor man who is an outcast, to the nursery of that pampered child, to that battleship, airfield or camp…
Sometimes it may seem to us that there is no purpose in our lives, that going day after day for years to this office or that school or factory is nothing else but waste and weariness. But it may be that God has sent us there because but for us Christ would not be there. If our being there means that Christ is there, that alone makes it worthwhile.”
– The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander
I’m devouring The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander right now, and the above excerpt stopped me in my tracks. I often have people ask me if it’s hard to live my faith as a student or professional, and I’ve never seen the way I feel so beautifully stated as how Ms. Houselander puts it above. We might be the only Gospel a person ever reads, the only Christian they ever meet, the brightest sign pointing to God in someone’s life. Therefore, we have to be out in the world.
Your work might feel monotonous right now. You might feel underemployed or unfulfilled. But know that God has a purpose for you, right where you are, and that when it’s time for something new He will make it known and He will open the right doors. But until then, let’s pray for the grace to be “little Christs” to the people we encounter, to do our work with excellence, and to trust that God uses everything, even the littlest of our efforts, for His good.
Praying for you as you walk into this week!
What I’m loving right now:
I spent this weekend in Florida for a dear friend’s bachelorette party, and one of the maids of honor brought supplies to make bracelets! I don’t even know how many bracelets we made (I’m sitting in the airport right now with six on my wrist), but it was the perfect activity to just sit and chat and make something beautiful. If you’re planning a girl’s trip or looking for a fun creative outlet, I highly recommend! I think she got the beads and other supplies on Amazon 🙂
Pray for your friends
Just a friendly reminder to pray for your friends. So many people close to me are going through a lot right now, and there’s a lot of heaviness (but also joy) to be found. Whenever someone comes up in my prayer, I’ll shoot them a text, and I’ve been pretty floored by the specific prayers and requests they have when I do reach out. I’ve also been able to catch up with some old friends and that’s been such a gift too! When the Holy Spirit prompts, it’s a good idea to take action!
Thank God I Do by Lauren Daigle
This song… everything by Lauren is so good but this one has hit at such a perfect time. About a week ago, I was praying and had a moment of thinking, “Wow, Jesus is so steady, He is my steadiness.” I have no idea where that word came from because I’ve never had it before. The next day I heard this song for the first time, and there’s a line where she sings, “You’re my steadiness.” The whole song is so beautiful but that sealed the deal for me.
- For those traveling this week
- For a friend walking through a breakup
- For an increase in hope for everyone in this community!
If you or a loved one need prayers, just reply to this email or reach out and I’ll include them in next week‘s newsletter!
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Jane was born in Australia, raised in California, and is overjoyed to now call NYC home. She graduated from UCSB with degrees in Political Science and Communication and spent the past two years working in criminal justice reform. She is currently an MBA student at NYU Stern, focusing on entrepreneurship and strategy.