Mere slaves

         “We are merely slaves;
         we have done only what we ought to have done!’”

                  —Luke 17.10

Admire the heroes.
Let their focus and perseverance fill you.
But don’t bother trying to emulate them:
you’ll only feel inadequate.

Listen for what you yourself are called to do,
the gyroscope in you that leans you,
the magnet that pulls you toward something.
Merely do what is in you to do.

Don’t try to be the hero who dashes out of the ranks.
Be a mere slave to the passions you’re given,
the lowly servant of goodness and beauty and justice,
quietly obedient to the voice within.

Light is generated not by success,
but by obedience to your given gifts.
Tie a rope around your waist and your vision.
Follow humbly. That’s all your heroes have done.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

October 2, 2019

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