[quote=Della]If you are where you should be in life (that is where God wants you to be) and you have food on the table, employment, a roof over your heads, and clothes on your backs, what is there to be jealous of in a neighbor who has more things but no peace of heart and mind?
It sounds to me like you have all you need and then some. But, if you want to get more involved then get into a worthy apostolate/ministry at/through your parish. Join a good organization like the Knights of Columbus and join with other men of faith in giving service to your parish and community.
I don’t think it’s your job, but your feeling a lack of fulfillment–and as Prodigal_Son pointed out, there’s nothing like giving a bit of your time and talent to something worthwhile to know the grace of being where and what God wants you to be. As he also advised so rightly, be jealous for God and for God to be the center of your family’s life, and let all the rest come and go as the things of this world are bound to do.
Actually we are fairly involved. As for KofC, we have been honored as Family of the Year for our State. Completely unexpected and gratiously received
As for employment I went from education to banking and banking is not where my heart is. I am working on changing this but it is taking more time than I expected and obviously God’s time and plan are much different than my own. My daily prayer is patience and wisdom stressing patience.
It is a true paradox that Jesus spent his time teaching and hanging out with his companions never having owned anything or ever knowing where the next meal was coming from and had peace.
Confession for being ungrateful would useful I am sure.