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By Ansel Augustine, MPS
Just as it has been in the past, this Mardi Gras season was a blur of parades, parties, and coronation balls. This year I was helping my sister paint coconuts, load beads, drive her and her boyfriend around as they prepared to ride in Zulu.
Monday night, when I finally got some down time, I ended up catching one of my favorite movies from my childhood, Rocky III, on TV. For those who don’t know the background of the story, the Rocky movies are about a boxer. One thing I noticed during the boxing scenes was how the two boxers were getting cues from their trainer at the ringside. It was when they were listening to their trainers’ advice that they were able to succeed during the round.
It’s the same thing in life, God is our trainer. Can you hear him? Do you hear him speaking to you when life is “beating you up?” Do you hear him challenging you when your family and friends may be asking you to live a lifestyle that is opposite of your faith walk? Do you hear him nudging you out of your comfort zone to go serve those most need of his love and those who need to hear his word most? Do you hear him challenging you to be more active in your church/community? Do you hear him asking you to include him more in your family life?
God is speaking to us daily. He continues to ask us to focus more on him despite the distractions in our lives. Can you hear him speaking? Just as the trainers in Rocky put their boxers through various tests and trials to make them stronger, but never left their side; so too God answers our prayers in various ways to make us stronger and more effective followers and doers of his word, and he never leaves our side not matter our situation. He is always there! So during this Lenten season, I suggest you, and/or your family figure out how you can hear God better in your lives by connecting more with the Lenten activities offered by your church or the Archdiocese. Either way, he’s still speaking so you can K.O. the drama in your life.
Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries. He has also served as the Associate Director/Coordinator of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the CYO Office of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is also on the Faculty of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. Read more about this blogger here.