Daily Step – To toil

Along the journey towards the greater, there are many small, daily steps to better understand oneself, God, and others. This is one of my “daily steps”.

“To toil and not seek for rest…”⠀

What words for some #MondayMotivation! Somewhat of a scary thought as well…⠀

These words come from the #PrayerForGenerosity that is often attributed to #StIgnatiusofLoyola (he didn’t write it). The prayer itself can be seen as kind of harsh as it demands you “give and not count the cost” or “fight and not heed the wounds…” but when taken line by line… incredible richness can be found. @loyolapress #dotmagis blog invited their regular bloggers to reflect on a line from this prayer. I was given “to toil and not seek for rest.” My first thought was “this one is gonna be challenging.” Then, however, I remembered the climb – 8.5 years ago. ⠀

Read today about my engagement story and the climb that proceeded it over at Ignatian Spirituality’s dotmagis blog.

Here’s the essence of what I gleaned from that one line in this Ignatian prayer.

“To toil and not seek for rest… It means to keep putting one foot in front of the other until you can’t anymore—and then crawling on your hands and knees until you reach the beauty that God intended for your life.”⠀

How will you put one foot in front of the other today and move towards the beauty God intended for your life?⠀

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