Post by Micah Kaiser, Staff Member at St. Anne’s Guest Home
Hello St. Anne’s Scoop Readers…It’s great to be alive, and here’s my approach to this life.
I was once told as a child that “your eyes are windows to your soul.” To take advantage of this window, I had to look deep into this thinking and put my own thoughts aside and wait for the moment, His moment. I still try to continue to do this daily. I do it on a one-on-one level. Also, a fact I’ve experienced in life is that God is in the detail not just the fine print.
Here, at St. Anne’s Guest Home, my job title is “universal worker.” I love my title because I feel it in my heart and I earned it with putting forth the effort. This is who He wants me to be, a caregiver. For most people, this job doesn’t come easy or natural, but for me, it’s second nature. Just like mothering four little boys: I get down to their level because they can’t come up to mine.
All I have to do is just simply go upstairs and knock on a resident’s door and get to their personal level, and that opens up windows. God takes over; it’s in those tiny moments that the soul is vulnerable. We help give, and also receive grace all day; I especially see this in working with those who are vulnerable, like my children and the residents here.
It’s so easy to just pause and say hello, to ask how they are and mean it. These are “God-shot” moments you will miss if you are “too busy.”
Life is, in fact, so busy that we don’t ever have time to slow down and get a break…So busy we don’t ever have inner peace and stillness and feel real humility. We just go on and think we need to gain more, earn more, love more. More, more, more! More is not enough and when is it too much?
I think daily about Philippines 4:13 ” I can do all thing’s through Christ whom strengthens me”.
Now, with an open mind as an adult, it is easier to look for my windows of opportunity to see the soul. Do you often find yourself in a judgemental state of mind or just bitter to others because of your own problems? Do you often judge people due to their race, sexuality, religion and or LACK of religion? Or by their house, car, bank account or even how they dress? If so, try to picture only souls and not bodies or their past just as Christ see’s them! I enjoy seeing Christ here on all the walls (pictures, crucifixes, etc.) and in the words of our residents and minds of the staff.
For me, this is all part of one spiritual journey and how I see through the windows to the soul.