A few weeks ago, I started off on the adventure of trying to break into the freelance writing world and evangelize online, all for the glory of God! I entrusted my work to God, tried to make Him the focus, and did not have lofty dreams of personal glory. God really blessed my work, and although I haven't made any money from my writing, I have the epic opportunity to volunteer for a couple of different websites occasionally.
Well, within a few weeks, I began to notice a change in myself. I found myself checking the websites I volunteer with multiple times a day, every day, to see if my articles were accepted and published. When I met people at church, I started focusing in a bit too much on myself and my personal accomplishments. I continually asked God to help me become humble, but I kept noticing myself slip into pride. What's wrong with me? I would ask myself. Why can't I learn some humility?
And then, I realized what one of my problems was: God's glory had become secondary, because I was seeking my personal glory first.
I have a sneaking suspicion that I've blogged about this sometime in the past. Even if I have not, I know that this is an occasional realization that I have. It's like my Guardian Angel is saying, "Hey, AnneMarie, you need to get back on track," to keep my behavior in check. And so, as the lightbulbs started going off in the chapel the other day, a fantastic quotation by St. Josemaria Escriva popped into my head. I love this quotation, and when I lived in Kansas, I kept it on my bedroom wall, just so I could continually be reminded of this wisdom.
|Because everyone needs some St. Josemaria in his or her life. Let's be real.|
I will keep writing.
I will keep blogging.
But my personal glory and gain will not be primary.
I will make myself available for God to work. He can use me however He wants to (and He always knows what's best, so I'll trust Him on that one).
Ad majorem Dei gloriam!