I Know a Guy....
Over the past year, I have been working on my house, as well as my mom's and my son's. Finishing the basement, hanging curtains, landscaping, fencing, putting a lawn in, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc., etc. I've been able to do much of the work myself, but there are things that I simply cannot do, no matter how careful I am. Take plumbing, for example. I've never done a pressure pipe weld that didn't fail. I've never fixed a leak that didn't end up worse than it was before I started. Whenever I run into one of these jobs, the words I long to hear from friends or acquaintances, as I relate my woes, are: "I KNOW A GUY...".
Then there is financial investing. I often tell people if they want to make a fortune investing, just look at what I'm doing...and do the opposite! (Seriously, I'm the worst). But when a friend told me "I KNOW A GUY..." I was eager to let him handle my finances. It hasn't been great, but it's certainly better than what I would have done.
Every day we make decisions which will impact us for the rest of our lives. Some small; some big; some life changing. We try to figure out what God wants us to do in certain situations which are neither "right" nor "wrong", but are very important. We long for clear direction, but too often God is silent for reasons only He understands. What's a person to do? Well, I have good news for you: "I KNOW A GUY!".
Saint Guy was born in Anderlecht, a village near Brussels, in the tenth century. As a child he had two loves, the Church and the poor, and dedicated his life at an early age to helping those in need. While he was still a child, he visited and cared for the sick and needy, and many villagers regarded him even then to be a saint. One day, as he was praying in church, he demonstrated such holiness, that the local priest invited him to serve the parish full-time. This was his greatest joy, and he did whatever he could to serve both the people and the needs of the parish. His lifelong passions had been realized!
As he grew older however, a merchant of Brussels, upon hearing of the generosity of this humble sacristan, was "prompted by a demon" to offer him a share of his business, reasoning with the holy man that there was much money to be made, and he would have the means thereby to give even more to the poor. Guy had no desire to leave the church, but the offer seemed too good to refuse, and so he accepted.
What happened next was a disaster. The first ship bearing a cargo in which Guy had a large financial interest, was lost at sea, and Guy realized that he had made a terrible mistake. Broke and destitute, he abandoned his new job and headed home, but upon returning to the village, Guy found that his place at the church had already been filled by another. Sadly, he had lost both his ability to serve the poor AND the Church and the rest of his life was one long penance for his inconstancy. For seven years he made many pilgrimages of penance, visiting Rome and the Holy Land and other famous shrines. About the year 1012 he returned to Anderlecht in his native land. When he died in that same year, a light shone round about him, and a voice was heard by all, proclaiming his eternal reward. He was buried in the cemetery of the canons of Anderlecht.
Fast forward 1,000 years. Over the last few months, I have been prompted to make several major decisions in my life. I've often been filled with angst over indecision, and my tendency to sometimes be rash or overly spontaneous. Saint Guy, has been added to my list of prayer partners in those times, and I cannot stress enough how much he has helped me, in my search for peace and direction. I'm guessing there are few saints who understand better the importance of making good, wise, and prayerful decisions, than Saint Guy of Anderlecht.
Now perhaps you know someone who is in the midst of a decision-making crisis right now; or perhaps YOU are in that situation yourself. If that's the case, then I have good news...... "I KNOW A GUY".
Saint Guy, pray for us.