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Many people want to know what God’s will is for them. I remember I spent years (really almost a decade) trying to figure out what God’s will was for me. Little did I know it was right in front of me. It was in the struggles of my life and in the words of JRR Tolkien.

Frodo tells Gandalf: “I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.”

Gandalf then tries to encourage the young hobbit: “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

The key phrase in that line is “given to us.” People sometimes rob much of the depth from this line by thinking “Alright! I need to be responsible for my life.” And that is a key point. But it misses the fact that our lives and our bodies are given to us by a loving Father. In fact, the next lines of this quote are often forgotten too. Gandalf continues. “There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides that of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, in which case you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.”

Many of us are keenly aware of the evils of our world. We don’t need to be told that evil is at work. But we do need to be reminded that good is at work. We focus so much upon our present burden, but we forget that this burden was given to us by a God who loves us and trusts us to help Him transform the world in his love. We forget that our bodies are a gift from God.

For instance, I struggled for the longest time wondering what I should do with my life. Should I be a priest? Should I be married? Should I be an electrical engineer? A missionary? A youth minister? A teacher? A machinist? A civil engineer? I have wrestled with God as Jacob did in a hope to know what God is calling me to.

In some ways, the wrestling is inevitable. It is part of the journey that we must all take. But I never realized that the answer is in my body.

Every time I read Lord of the Rings and John Paul II with my eyes, each time I write stories and blogs with my fingers, and whenever I listened to stories with my ears, I am discovering who I am. My body is given to me by God. And with my body, so also my time, which as Gandalf say is “given to us.” Time is given with my body. I must listen for the “forces at work” inside my very body as I give glory to God with my body. This listening to my body is the Holy Spirit at work within me.

I now know that God has called me to be a writer and a speaker. God has made my heart and my body to love words. I love writing amazing stories with my hands. Speaking the truth with my lips. And listening lovingly to the struggles of others with my ears.

So, tell me: how has God made your body? Did He make your hands to heal those with physical wounds? Or did He make your hands to make works of art? Did He make your arms to carry little ones with gentleness? Or did He make your arms to carry the burden of dirt and wood and metal in a field? Did He make your eyes to see how things could be organized? Or did He make your eyes to see and console the brokenhearted? Listen to Him in your body. You might be surprised by His answer.

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Gabriel Milano has his Master’s degree in Theology in Marriage and Family at the John Paul II Institute and is a content creator and speaker for TOBET. He also writes fantasy novels for children and young adults, under the pen name G. M. Dantes.

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