“Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” -Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero
After graduating from college, I had plans to work for a big company and climb the corporate ladder. I always saw myself as leader and felt my leadership skills could be used in the business world. I wanted everything the world could offer and I wasn’t going to wait for it to fall in my lap, I was running 100 mph chasing after it all.
I ended up on a retreat after my first summer out of school and felt God call me to serve the Church in youth ministry which was a surprise to me because I didn’t even really know what a youth minister did. I opened my heart and the Holy Spirit called me to a tiny town in Ohio and I was only going to give to 10 months to appease God and now I’m going into my fifth year at the same parish.
Although life hasn’t been remotely close to what I thought it would be, serving God in the Church as a youth minister in the tiniest town in Ohio has giving me so much fulfillment, joy, and purpose that no amount of money, fame, or success could ever do. The Church needs everyone’s gifts and talents and you just have to remain open to the Holy Spirit in your life and listen to His invitation.
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