by Maria DiStefano-Post
“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”
– Sir Winston Churchill
This very powerful quote has been my mantra for many years. Is it not our very calling in life to continue to grow and, like the phoenix, ever morph into improved beings throughout our lives? If we take it a step further, what does it mean to improve? Is it innate to be kind and generous or is it taught?
These questions speak to the underlying principles that guide us. If we dive deeply into our lives and examine what is currently moving us and making us so busy, perhaps we will discover some distractions that are taking us away from finding our journey. Distractions limit us from growing, improving, and identifying the path or journey we are supposed to take.
Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that my experience on Vestry these last three years would have taken me where I am today. It has been a slow and sneaky internal transformation that has taken me by pleasant surprise. I first noticed the transformation about one year in to my term, when the Vestry was faced with some very difficult decisions. I am confident that the Holy Spirit was there in that moment, reassuring me that God was with us, and I felt a sense of peace and solace. From that moment on, I let the Spirit guide me, I relinquished control, and I had faith that I could trust in the path that was slowly being paved for us.
If I am being honest, this journey began long before Vestry. I did not know it at the time, but God was already paving my spiritual journey. A beautiful, strong, and innately kind woman, Maxcie Latimer, encouraged me to participate at Grace in any way that I could by asking me to help out in the kitchen, at a funeral, or you name it. At first, I was hesitant, not sure HOW to help, but she was gracious, welcoming, and from the beginning showed me what to do. Her legacy will live on through all of our efforts to reach out to those unsure about how to contribute and to assist them in finding their own paths.
It has been one of my greatest joys to know that I have taken a leap of faith into the unknown and have come out of it stronger and more faithful. We all have a spiritual journey to take. As for my journey, I no longer care if I get to the top of the mountain, because the path there is one of trust, bewilderment, and surprise – with God as my companion.