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Are You Important?

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Let me ask you a question. How important are you? Before you answer, though, I want you to think about your parents, your children, your neighbors, your co-workers, and your fellow students. Think about the people who you don’t like, and the people who don’t like you. Who are you? What are you to them? Do these people depend on you? Do they expect you to be there for them, when it counts? Do they need you? Do you need them? Do you know them? Any one of these questions you can and should think about. They will help you shape your outlook on yourself.

Now for the next and bigger question … How important are you to your God? We might gloss over all of the people that we see on a daily basis. But, God? Did we even think about our being important to Him? God is infinite. God is omnipotent. What could He possibly need me for? If we think along those lines, we are missing some very key pieces of evidence. Like a jig saw puzzle, these pieces all fit together. The Will of God. God’s Goodness and Love. Mankind’s Free Will. Peace and Serenity. Let’s see how these four pieces, when brought together define our importance.

First, let’s focus on God’s Goodness and Love. God must be a God of Goodness and Love. Why do I say that? How can I say that? For God to be God, He must be perfect. He must be everything He can possibly be and to the nth degree. Evil is the lack of good and therefore no vestige of it can exist within God. So we can truly say that He is complete with goodness and love.

Next, we look at God’s Will, His plan for the world. That plan flowing from this God, (Who is total Goodness), it also must be something positive, something very good, very special. If it were otherwise, it could not come from this all-good God. So these two pieces fit very nicely together. They seem to almost flow into one another. It is very difficult to see where one ends and the other begins.

When this God of Love, created the universe and mankind, His love, out of necessity, flowed into them as well. Do we think that God would create or would allow to be created, an evil that would go counter to all the Goodness that He places in the world? He loves mankind, so much, that He gives every person in the world, their own free will. No one in this world would be forced to love God, forced to do anything that they didn’t want to do. Mankind is totally free. This freedom is a good thing…but, as we know, and have seen, it can be abused!!

However, when each of us uses our free will and endeavors to flow in sync, with God’s Plan for the world, then mankind and God are in harmony. That harmony is the last piece of the puzzle, called Peace and Serenity. The plan is complete. The accord that exists is all of nature being in harmony.

But, unfortunately, we don’t have to make our free will and the Will of God blend together. We can do as we wish. But, in so doing, that is when disharmony results. God’s plan is harmonious. People seeking their OWN will, moving towards their OWN needs, forgetting their purpose in life results not in harmony, but chaos. We then don’t have the perfect world envisioned by our God. We have a world fashioned by man catering to the wants of man. We have a polluted world, a warring world, a hateful world, a dis-functional world.

So I ask you, how important are you? Is everyone? Each one of us has an important role to play in God’s plan. Our actions, our cravings, and our deeds are they flowing from our own needs, our own wants? Or are they striving to follow God’s plan? Each of us has something, just over the horizon, waiting for our response. Sometimes, we don’t even have a clue that that something is depending on us. We don’t know the future. But we do know right from wrong. We do know how goodness should act. We know how the Christ wants us to act with respect to others. No, we don’t know the future, but we don’t have to. All we need to know is that our God loves us, and is waiting for us to love Him back. If we do that, the future will take care of itself. And, we will take care of loving our God and ALL of His creation. Especially, the people I asked you to think about at the beginning of this writing.

The 5 Posts directly below, blend with this theme. They are listed to help complete this theme:

1) Are We Free Or Not
2) I Believe In God
3) Embrace Life: Embrace God
4) The Tree
5) A Meal With Friends

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A Meal With Friends

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We are sitting at a table, enjoying a meal with friends. Every now and then a chuckle is heard within the room. We don’t even have to look, because we know who the person is that is laughing. There is always a smile on his face, and this evening is no exception. He pushes his chair back and stands up. Looking at each of us, he raises a glass of wine. He indicates that we should all do the same, and so we do, as we, too, stand up. He smiles, makes a toast and after putting his glass down, he looks at each of us, as if searching our very soul. His look tells us that what follows next will be very serious.

The room is suddenly very quiet. We listen, waiting in anticipation, for what he is about to say. And then, he quietly speaks, “I will die tonight. Nothing can stop this from happening. But there is no cause for you to be alarmed, this must happen, so that you can believe in me. I will come back to you after a few days.” We are shocked. We cannot comprehend these words. We don’t understand why he would say such a thing. To a person, we all think we have misunderstood the words he just spoke. If we really heard correctly, then we have to re-assess what has been happening over these last three years of our friendship with him.

Now, go back some 2,000 years. Put yourself in that room with Jesus, as they celebrated the feast of Passover. The events that led up to that evening were kind of similar to what was narrated above. Jesus veiled His words by speaking of destroying the temple and that He would re-build it in three days. But these were just words…weren’t they? He speaks of the bread and wine being His Body and Blood. What is He trying to tell us? Confused, you leave the room with Him and follow Him to Gethsemane. He is snatched from you and the others. Tried in a kangaroo court, He is condemned to death and dies on a cross. What do you do, now? Go back to that room, and hide. “If they did that to Him what will they do to me?” This is on everyone’s mind.

It was only after Jesus came back to them, and shows them His wounds, could they begin to understand. They reflected on His life, His words, and His actions and began piecing them together as they would a puzzle. Slowly, they realized the purpose of this Man’s life, and thus their own purpose, as well. But still they were afraid. It is only when the Holy Spirit comes to them do they fully believe and understand.

Like the Apostles, we are no different. In order for us to understand our purpose, our reason for existence, why God created our unique personality we must look to the Christ. Who is He? Do I believe He truly walked this earth? Why do I think He came? What is my relationship with Him? Does He want something from me? What? It is only by posing these questions to our self and honestly seeking out their answers can we begin to understand ourselves. Just like the Apostles, we must try to put the life of Jesus in proper perspective.

His words are meant for us to ponder: “For this was I born, and for this I came into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.” (John 18:37). We cannot kid ourselves any longer. Do we want to know the truth? Do we really want to know who we are? We are the only ones that can make this decision.

Here are some other Posts that blend with this one. Continue the thread:

1) Why Are You,,, You
2) Our Purpose In Life
3) Belief in Jesus
4) Are You Loved? Do You Love?

The Tree

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Think about it. A tree that grew to be very large, or at least large enough to make wooden beams, was created by God. As it grew, through its stages of sapling to tree, it was probably hardly ever noticed. There seemed to be nothing special about it. People might have sat and chatted under it. Children may have even swung on it. Birds probably perched in its branches. No, nothing special, it was just an ordinary tree. But God, the tree’s creator, had given it a very singular purpose. This was to be the tree that would bring salvation into the world. God chose this tree to let His Son die on.

Today, Good Friday, we celebrate and kiss this tree. The Christ permitted Himself to be crucified on it. He took on Himself, all of the guilt, the sins, the spit, the madness that this world created, and allowed Himself to be put to death on this tree. He was not crazy. He was not deranged. His love for mankind, for us, for you and me was such that He gave His life up so that we might see, and might understand. He came to show us what was important in this life. It was not life itself, but in what that life consisted.

He spoke to throngs of people, to individuals, to groups, to His Apostles, to anyone that wanted to learn. He told them the value of loving others. He explained why they should forgive others. He explained the importance of treating people kindly, lovingly, and fairly. “Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.” (Matt: 25, 40). By dying on the cross, Jesus shows us how deeply He loves us. He shows us to what extremes His love will go for mankind, for us, for you and me. He did THAT for you and me. Tell me, “To you, how important is the loving of others”? This is a question each of us must ask ourselves. It is from this question we can begin to see our own strengths and weaknesses.

We get so bogged down with our hurts, our feelings, our sadness, our pain, or our sickness that we prevent ourselves from seeing the same things in others. We are not alone in this world. We are not the only ones that hurt, or are sick, or have pain. We are just like everyone else that has hopes which have been crushed, who has mental anguish, who feels alone. No, we are not alone. Everyone is suffering. The world is suffering and crying.

As Jesus struggles along the way of the cross, the sorrowful way, He is still teaching us. He is still showing us to what extent that love, true love, will go. We cannot measure how much we have given. If the need of the other person is still there, then we must do whatever we can to help them. Love does not measure the extent we have gone. Love does not measure what the cost is to us. Your hurt is my hurt. Your happiness is my happiness. And so, Jesus presses on and carries the cross.

Each of us, like the tree created by God, has a purpose. Just as there was a plan for that tree, we also have a plan laid out for us by God. This plan does not involve our seeking our own happiness, at least not directly. The purpose for our existence is as unique as we are. Each of us, reading this right now, typing these key strokes right now, each of us has a purpose laid out by God. We cannot fulfill, nor find, nor understand that purpose until we completely give up our searching for our own pleasures, our own peace of mind, and our own self-interest. Did He not say, “He that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it?” (Haydock’s Bible Commentary describes it as: “whoever makes the sacrifice of his life, or the comforts and conveniences of life for conscience sake, shall be rewarded with life eternal”.

I believe it is correct to say that: We cannot even do acts of kindness to others for the express purpose of gaining eternal life. If our sole interest is gaining eternal life then we are not doing the action of kindness for the sake of Christ, for the goodness and well-being of the other person. No, we are simply seeking eternal life as a goal for ourselves. It has nothing at all to do with our conscience. I know these lines have been very heavy, but we must totally give up our own self-interests and replace them with our love of Jesus. In seeing others, we see Jesus. And loving Him, taking care of Him, praising Him everything else will fall into place.

Earlier, I spoke of the purpose of that tree, and our purpose. We cannot sit at home, or at work, or idly muse and think about, “What is my purpose in life?” It doesn’t happen that way. A light bulb doesn’t go on and we then say, “ah hah, now I understand”. We are not suddenly enlightened as to what our purpose is. Think of your past. Think of all the events that have brought you to where you are right now, at this moment. Some of those events may have been happy, some sad, some good, some sinful. But whatever they are or were, they are NOW a part of you. They influence you in such a way, as to affect even some of the good that you now do. Good can be affected and shaped by faults from our past. Life happens. It comes at us and we react. Those reactions can be thoughtless knee-jerk reactions, or we can let our desire for good, to love Jesus affect what we choose to do

Live your life now, not with conscious decisions of: “I will help this person.” “I will shun that person.” “I will do this.” “I will not do that.” No, we cannot dictate goodness. We must try to cultivate it. We try to grow in goodness, by loving Jesus. He showed us by word, action, and example what true love is. He also showed us what love requires. If you truly don’t know what to do, then ask yourself, “What would Jesus do”? If you understand why Jesus came into this world, you then already know what you should do, how you should act, how to love.

Here are some other Posts that blend with this one. Continue the thread:

1) Who Or What Is God
2) Our Purpose In Life
3) Good Friday
4) The Flame Of Love

Pro Abortion is Really Pro Self

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Three days ago I had the good fortune to attend a Pro Life Mass at my church. The homily really opened my eyes. I always knew that abortion was wrong, and couldn’t understand why those favoring it were so adamant about their stance. Didn’t they see it was murder? Couldn’t they understand that a life was being destroyed?

What I didn’t see, what I didn’t understand was that people in that position were not looking at the fetus. Their thoughts were not directed inward towards the womb, towards the life they were shutting down. They did not care about the potential that this baby’s life had. Who might this person become? What bright future does this child have for the world? What, dare I say, is God’s plan for THIS child? No, their focus is directed elsewhere. Their sole concern is the affect that this baby will have on their situation, their life, their freedom. How do we become so self-centered, so self-absorbed that another life counts for nothing?

It takes a lifetime to arrive at this totally negative condition. It begins when we are small and insist on getting our way. We want things done so that they please us. Our parents, out of a misdirected love, grant us our wishes. And so, our desires, our needs, our wants become the sole satisfying driving force. Day after day, year after year we want and get our way. Our God becomes unimportant. Our lifestyle is totally predicated on our needs. “God”, you say?? What God?? I am God!! I call the shots. I do what I want. I satisfy my own expectations. I don’t need God. Life is too short to worry about anyone, or anything else.

And so, we become an island unto ourselves. The lives, the needs, the pains and worries of others do not matter to us. These “things” only matter when they collide with our island. We become so alone, so self-absorbed that we do not even know how to look at our own motives, anymore. Well, that’s not really true. We do look at our motives, but those motives have become singular in nature. Our motive for living, for doing things, for acting the way we do is based on one need…self-satisfaction. That self-satisfaction has become so important, so demanding that we find it very difficult to even question our own motives. “It is too difficult, it is too tiring. I just get to a blank wall and then I stop”. And so, the isolation of self continues.

There is really only one way to break this free fall, this spiral downwards. God has given to each and every one of us a purpose. Our life is totally different from any others. We are not meant to be focused inward on ourselves, but rather to be concerned about other people. Love goes outward, not inward, not back at self. God really and truly is LOVE and has given us Himself. We are not rocks, nor trees, nor irrational animals, but living breathing thoughtful human beings. We have emotions, and thoughts and most important of all free will. All of these are to be used to find and follow our purpose in life. And, we do have a purpose with our life. God has given us this purpose to find our way back to Him.

How do we do that? How do we find our way BACK to Him? We follow our life, the life that God has intended for us, the good that we do for, and to, others. This is our life’s purpose. To bring goodness and love to others, this is what our life is meant to be. This is God’s Divine plan! A world that is concerned about other, a world that loves other, this is what God has intended from the beginning of time.

Oh, yes, that baby, that unwanted baby, he/she is also part of God’s plan. God has a purpose for that baby, as well. We may not know it, nor see it, nor ever know it, but there is a plan; there is a purpose. It is not our right to say this baby is not needed. God needs it to fulfill His purpose. Fulfill your purpose, by loving one another, even the unborn.

Here are some other Posts that blend with this one. Continue the thread:

1) Our Purpose in Life
2) Who Do You Trust
3) Why Are you…YOU?
4) God Walks With Us
5) What is God to Me?