What Happens Next?

I am waiting in the airport in Atlanta for a flight to Indy.  I have a talk tonight at a parish in Jasper, IN.  When I am headed somewhere to speak or give a workshop, I never really know who will show up and how many people will even be present.  The parish sometimes has an expectation, but for me, it really doesn’t matter.  If all of this is about planting seeds, then whose to say a few seeds can’t grow into something more than one can even imagine.

The reality is this: it wasn’t the parish who really invited me.  It is at God’s invitation that I am there. It wasn’t the parish that invited those listening to me either.  It is at God’s invitation that they are there.  God does not give out invitations without merit or need.

When you place everything in God’s hands, you don’t always wonder what happens next.  What happens next is part of the miraculous journey of life. If it is a blessing, to God give the thanks.  If it is a challenge, accept it head-on and with the fortitude God gives you.  If it is a burden, let God help you carry it.

So what will happen tonight? God will be glorified and His will be done.  What happens tomorrow? God will be there as well, so no need to worry.  It isn’t always easy to look at life this way. I only hope God helps me follow my own advice.

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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