Let me tell you a story about a lady. She was beautiful, young, and smart. She faced each day with a smile, despite witnessing the death of her mother and sister at a very young age. At the age of 19, she was married to a wealthy man, and they were blessed with 5 children. Fast forward 11 years. Husband's business fails. He gets sick, and dies, and his widow is left penniless, with five small children to care for. Now is the time that an average human being would ask, why me. She, of course, as you probably can guess, was not normal. No, instead, she went to Baltimore, founded a school for girls, and supported her family. She is known to have said, "Can you expect to go to Heaven for nothing? Did not our Savior track the whole way to it with His tears and blood? And yet you stop at every little pain." This lady, was named Elizabeth Ann Seton.
St. Elizabeth went on to found a sisterhood, and become the first American born canonized saint. The thing is, I look around at my every day life and think, there is no way I could ever be like that. True, maybe God isn't calling me to open a school, or raise five kids on my own. But He IS calling us all to be saints. That goal is not reserved for people specially called by God. That is a call for every single human being, and the choice is ours. Saints aren't made in the big moments where everyone is watching, they're made in the small decisions, that make up your everyday life. So today, I'm challenging myself to be a saint in the small things. Because when the reward is Heaven, isn't it worth the effort?