I think anyone who is involved in pastoral ministry or ministries of service – inside or outside the home – knows that there days that are less rewarding than others – and days when you wondered why you got out of bed. There are those days when we tried to bring to bear some of the talents, gifts and abilities that we were given to be instruments of God’s compassion – and the days is unrewarding or even filled with some form of suffering, persecution or disappointment. If we are truly wise, then we will recognize that our role is to live as Christ lived. Nothing more, nothing less.
Admonition 5: Let No One Be Proud, But Boast in the Cross of the Lord
1 Consider, O human being, in what great excellence the Lord God has placed you, for He created and formed you to the image of His beloved Son according to the body and to His likeness according to the Spirit.
2 And all creatures under heaven serve, know and obey their Creator, each according to its nature, better than you. 3 And even the demons did not crucify Him, but you, together with them, have crucified Him and are still crucifying Him by delighting in vices and sins.
4 In what, then, can you boast? 5 Even if you were so skillful and wise that you possessed all knowledge, knew how to interpret every kind of language, and to scrutinize heavenly matters with skill: you could not boast in these things. 6 For, even though someone may have received from the Lord a special knowledge of the highest wisdom, one demon knew more about heavenly matters and now knows more about those of earth than all human beings.
7 In the same way, even if you were more handsome and richer than everyone else, and even if you worked miracles so that you put demons to flight; all these things are contrary to you; nothing belongs to you; you can boast in none of these things.
8 But we can boast in our weaknesses and in carrying each day the holy cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.