Why do we think our lives are meant to be smooth sailing each and every day? The most perfect to ever walk this earth did not have a smooth sailing life, so why should we?
Though our lives will entail ups and downs, by following the examples and teachings of Jesus, we develop the tools to traverse the ways of life. Our hope in Jesus allows us to bear our trials and persecutions with patience and perseverance. When we hope in Jesus we look forward to the glory of God and the glorious coming of Jesus Christ. We will be prepared for the judgment, our judgment and the judgment of the world and our crossing to the next.
Faith, hope and love, known as the theological virtues are essential in how we live our daily lives. Faith and hope, however, are useless and/or meaningless with the third virtue, love. We have to love our God who is our root.
No matter how many people we say we love, if we do not love God, then all else is loveless ad meaningless. God is love and from Him flow all the love we need. From Him we will be able to manifest our love for our immediate community and then expand to all people. Loving God gives us the strength to bear all trials and persecutions.
Loving God and being in love with God helps us on our journey of Holiness. God is Holy and He wants us to be Holy as well. To be Holy means to reject all evil and step out of the darkness. To be Holy is to live in the light of Christ, to be the light of world. Jesus Christ says, “I am the light of the world,” and as his disciples we are to follow him, imitate him. Our souls are restless until they rest in God as Saint Augustine reminds us. So why don’t we rest in God. He wants us to rest in Him. Jesus wants us to unload our burdens on him for he care that much and more for us. This will allow us to be free for the more important things in life. Things such as merging our spirit with the Spirit of God. Living in Holiness means experiencing the full measure of God and it is only when we live as God wants us to live, we will truly come to the full realization of who we are and what we are capable of.
Let us turn to our beloved God for help in being less gloomy so He can transform us by His love. Let us listen to Him when He says to us “you are my beloved one.”.
In today’s world there are so many preachers, so many churches, so many denominations, and so many religions. In my country, Jamaica, it is said that we hold the Guinness World Record for having the most churches per square mile.
A human being is part of the nature and like every other part of it, his existence is also intricately interwoven with the rest of the cosmos, with things closer home having a larger impact than those far away. Each one of us tries to determine his destiny, but is able to do so only to the extent the forces around permit.