We just checked in at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri. It feels great.
It was a long road to this vacation - metaphorically and literally. I just finished a semester teaching ten different classes every day to four different levels of students. On the side, I tutored a fourth grader in Spanish. Oh, and I write for diocesan newspapers.
And I am a penpal via email to a number of potential converts.
And I am a mother and grandmother.
But I will let you in on a secret. I used to be very lazy.
I watched soap operas almost daily. Yes, it's true. (I gave this up about three years ago.)
I considered my day a busy one if I had one event on the calendar. Grocery shopping was an event - in my old life.
So, how did I go from being lazy to being crazy-busy and happy with that?
I have never felt more certain that I am in the center of God's plan than I do right now. And there's more than enough energy to go around when one can say that. I love what I do because I have the sense that this is what God has called me to do.
Miraculously, there is enough energy for all of it
Here's what I did (in case you are lazy and you want to lose that vice during the new year):
1. Be converted. Completely. Totally. Radically. (Try daily Mass attendance and reading the Liturgy of the Hours).
4. Pray some more.
5. Wait on the Lord. (What are you waiting for? Peace. Our Mother's gentle nudge. Our Lord's voice.)
6. Be ready to say yes.
7. And pray some more.
Then, the doors will open. You will feel the nudge. You will say yes to the invitations. And you will find that there is more energy. His grace is really, truly, actually, incredibly, mysteriously, miraculously sufficient for every good work.
Go ahead. Say the words. Goodbye Laziness. Hello Divine Plan. You have my full and complete yes.