In his First Epistle to the Corinthians (or I Clement), Church Father Clement of Rome addresses envy and desire, i.e., desiring something that I do not have and being envious of someone who does. “I wish I had this or I wish I had that.” However, the more I wish for what I do not have the more suffering I cause myself.
God told Abraham, “Look at the numerous grains of sand. Look at the abundance of stars in the sky. Your descendants will outnumber these.” But Abraham did not question. He did not mumble nor mutter, “How is this possible? I do not have any children, and I am way too old.” No, Abraham believed, and soon Isaac was born.
I have been upset that a denomination questioned whether I was called. I have been frustrated with a congregation who said they did not have room on their agenda for anything I might offer. After speaking with a cherished mentor, I realized that I was not called by a congregation nor a denomination to serve them. God called me to serve God’s people. The world is my parish as John Wesley would say.
No person called me to serve. No group of persons called me to serve. I have been called by God to serve God’s people … those who hurt … are lonely … need someone to listen … thirst for Water and need for spiritual sustenance. “For when you have done this to the least of these, then you have done this to me.” I am called. Like Abraham, I will not doubt but only serve God, who called me.