Act and God will Act

"Consider this unique and imposing distinction. Since the writing of human history be- gan, Joan of Arc is the only person, of either sex, who has ever held supreme com- mand of the military forces of a nation at the age of seventeen.” -Mark Twain

Joan of Arc is my Confirmation Saint, and I remember thinking when I first learned her whole story that it seemed more amazing than fiction. The drama can't help but stir the soul to want to do great things....somebody get me my chain mail.

A superficial view of the story of Joan of Arc might lead people to believe it was some kind of feminist fairy tale with Joan charging onto the battlefields, single-handedly slay- ing the lions of injustice. In reality we know she had to take many little steps, deal with many difficult people, and overcome many obstacles - and even then God finished the mission she started after her death!

Joan’s work for God was fruitful because she had the mantra: ”Act, and God will act.” By this statement, she held herself accountable to act as she knew she should, and trusted that God would follow through to help her.

Even though Joan was “under-qualified” by the world’s standard, she didn’t let that deter her. Think of all the things God tasks us with that we may at times feel underqualified for. And sometimes it’s just doing the laundry! Our daily work may not be as dramatic in scope as saving an entire country’s fate - but it is just as valuable to God.

God has so many things he wants you to do in this life that only you can. You’re irreplaceable!

REFLECTION Is there something I’m feeling “under-qualified” for today?

How can I give it to God and make small steps to accomplish it by following the mantra, “Act and God will act”?

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