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Devoted to the Work of the Lord

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1 Corinthians 15:58…

Today is the 2nd anniversary of Waking Up Catholic, and I wanted to take time to reflect on the work of the Lord:

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. -1 Corinthians 15:58, NAB

Devoted to the Work of the Lord

Two years ago, I felt God leading me to create this website.  My long-term plan was to pubilsh a book (it still is – stay tuned!), but I felt that it would help to begin connecting with people online first, building an audience, honing my writing skills, and sharing my faith with others.

At the time, I did not know what to expect.  Would anyone ever care to read what I wrote?  Could I even find a way to bring visitors to the site?  Was I just wasting my time – time that could be spent with family and friends or furthering my career instead?

Being devoted to the work of the Lord has it challenges, but the rewards greatly outweigh the costs.  God has taken this website farther than I had ever imagined.  He has proven to me, time and time again, that the work you do for Him will never be in vain.

In the past two years, over 125,000 people have visited the site, I have made over 3,000 friends on Facebook alone, and the site has been seen in over 200 countries.  While these are great statistics, my true goal was to bring others closer to Christ and change lives.  Well, I can tell you that it has changed at least one life: mine.

Through the work I do for Waking Up Catholic, I feel closer to God.  It gives me a chance to study Scripture on a daily basis and spend a great deal of time learning the faith.  My relationship with God has been strengthened through this work, and if this site never had another visitor, it would still all be worth it.  Doing work for the Lord, regardless of the size of the audience, will never be in vain.

I encourage you to find ways to use your God-given talents to work for the Lord.  God can do some amazing things through us; we just have to give him the opportunity.

A Word of Thanks

My purpose of this post, though, is not to promote my work, but to thank God for the work He has done through me.  None of this could be possible without the Holy Spirit.  Each and every day, I want to thank God for the opportunity to share my faith with others, and I hope to continue this work for years to come.  The work I do for this site pales in comparison to the awesome gift of faith God has given me, and I will work tirelessly to spread that faith in gratitude for the love He has shown me.

There are other people to thank, as well.  First and foremost, I want to thank my wife, who has been my biggest fan since the beginning.  She has helped with the website in many ways, from editing posts to critiquing my writing.  As Waking Up Catholic continues to grow, I am positive that her role will grow, but the greatest gifts she has given me go beyond using her talents for this ministry; it has been the unending love and support that she gives me each passing day.  Thank you, sweetie, for always believing in me.

Finally, I want to thank you, the reader, whether you found this site through Google, or you are a friend through Facebook and Twitter.  Your positive comments and feedback continue to motivate me, and the love you have shown me, a stranger, inspires me.  In a world that can seem dark at times, you have truly shown me the light of Christ over the past two years.  I will continue to do my best with this work, as long as you are willing to continue reading it.  My sincerest thanks.

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