You know, I often wonder what to do with my life. How do I balance family, work, spirituality, social, and religious mandates? How do I spend more time in prayer and good works without neglecting my family, the yard, and the other thousands of little things that demand my attention?
Somehow Nicholas figured out a way to do it and have his family's blessing.
Nicholas intercede for me to Christ that I may understand my vocation and how to live it out!
But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.
Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal. For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven. For in this tent we groan, longing to be further clothed with our heavenly habitation....
Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh; even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no longer. So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
-- 2 Corinthians 4:7, 16-5:2, 16-20