Doing the Will of God – Increasing the %?

How often do you think we do God’s will?

Our Associate Pastor said yesterday that he once asked this of his spiritual director who estimated that, in our lives, we probably do the will of God about 15% of the time.

That’s pretty low, and yet I honestly wonder if most of us are actually doing that well?

So I got to thinking: how do we increase that number?  What things can we do on a regular basis that we KNOW are the will of God?

Here are just a few thoughts that came to mind:

  1. Every time you hug your child, you do the will of God.
  2. Every time you pray, you do the will of God.
  3. Every time you say “thank you,” you do the will of God.
  4. Every time you give a compliment, you do the will of God.
  5. Every time you prayerfully read scripture, you do the will of God.
  6. Every moment spent in adoration, you do the will of God.
  7. Every time you live out your calling as wife and mother with a joyful heart, you do the will of God.  (Yes, that means wiping bottoms, cleaning dishes, and mopping floors.)

OK, OK, so it’s not always so easy.  There are little choices in life that we make without even thinking that aren’t the will of God.  And, let’s face it, there are little choices we make with thinking that aren’t the will of God. There are also big choices we make in life, and its really hard to know just what his will is.  But here’s the thing:

Every time you try to do the will of God,

even if you aren’t doing the will of God,

you are pleasing to Him because you are

 – at least –

 trying to do the will of God.

And thus, in some small way, you are doing the will of God.

I find it encouraging that there are so very many ways I can…

do the will of God.

My list is only a partial one.  What are some other things that we can do, and trust that it is the will of God?  And what’s your thought on that percentage?  Please add your thoughts in the comments!

I’ll part withThomas Merton’s Prayer:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.  I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Amen.