Tuesday, March 15, 2005

      Day 5 - Seeing Life from God's View

The way we perceive our life in its entirety has far-reaching effects on our values, priorities, perception and feelings.

If life is a test, then many of the difficulties that we face in life can be more easily overcome; well, at least mentally or emotionally, its easier. It'll be easier to bear the pain of passing of loved ones, getting retrenching even when you have done your very best, the tragedy of tsunami that happened for no apparent reason. Well, if there is indeed a reason for everything, then maybe a test can be a good reason as well. For history has shown that characters of steel are forged through tough tests.

If there's something that you desired, something that you'd worked hard for and you're not getting it; maybe the reason is that its a test of character, of faith; to perservere against all odds.

Conversely, tests do not always manifest in bad forms. Even striking the lottery or great success in career can be a test. Sudden wealth tests our ability to handle great wealth. Of course, failing this test will result in falling back to poverty. Great career success tests our humbleness; if we will be so overwhelmed with success that we turned prideful and conceited, then we may just lose the love and respect of people around us.

If life is about trust, it is of responsibilities. Then we will want to live with integrity. We will take responsibilities for things that have been put under our charge. And that encompasses our gifts and talents such as leadership, creativity, musical inclination, systematic thinking, love, empathy etc. We must be responsible to put such gifts and talents to good use; uses that will benefit others who are less gifted. For if you show that you are capable of been responsible of something, more will be given and put under your charge in return.

For it is said, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."

and "with great power, comes great responsibilities".
- Spiderman

The truth of life is that the greatest power are never given to those who cannot wield them with integrity and sense of responsibilities.


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