Monday, April 30, 2012

Getting Way Ahead of Life's Adversities




"Life is full of challenges, and we need to face it with courage and acceptance. Every day is a learning experience; and we become the person that we can be through the test of timegetting way ahead of adversities."


How do we deal with difficulties in life? In today's world, we are being confronted with several adversities that can be viewed as nuisance or blockages that prevents us from moving forward. Some would have rationalized this event as undeserving despite of being good.

Adversities come in different way; it could be a loss of loved ones, failed relationships, financial problems, even natural and man-made disasters and many others. How we interpret these things has something to do with our personal beliefs and values; and acknowledging it helps us to prepare ourselves better in taking the best actions in anticipation of future unexpected occurrence.

A BLESSING IN DISGUISE

Whether we like it or not, we will be facing adversities that teaches us valuable lessons, and challenges continue to arise until it is learned. Sometimes, we have to experience bad things to show up the best in us, and to teach us better ways to live and become more responsible with our lives.

It is through recognition of these blessings shall we experience the benefits thereafter. Some would tend to resist, but it is wiser to accept it with absolute faith and believing that blessings will come any moment in the future.

If sacrifice is one of the keys towards greater living; then, great things come when we endure and persevere through life's challenges. I believe that it is in hardship that we learn to grow up and become wiser. It only takes courage to rise up and face life with gratitude.

A VALUABLE LESSON

Adversity teaches us the value of humility, that life is not all about prosperity. Sometimes, we need to change ourselves for the better. It brings greater results by highlighting our personal responsibility and integrity.

If we observe closely every time we face adversity, it makes us stronger and more resilient. The moment we encounter the same problem, we already know how to deal with it; this time, we become wiser and emotionally intelligent.

We experience painful emotions, but eventually it will subside in due time; and we collect these pieces of painful circumstance, and learn to move forward from the emotions of grief and pain.

It is true that life presents tough challenges as lessons, and not to be viewed as hindrance. However, it depends on how we view adversitycan be either negative or positive. Repeated adversity would mean unlearned life lesson, and so it keeps on coming back until learned.

Life is full of challenges, and we need to face it with courage and acceptance. Every day is a learning experience and we become the person that we can be through the test of timegetting way ahead of adversities.


© 2012 Del Cusay

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Holy Week 2012 : Leading us To Jesus



"We have our own battle in life and like Jesus, we carry our own cross everyday. It is for us to take it or to give up; to move forward or surrender; to follow or redirect."


The 40-day Lenten season has been observed by Christians all over the world. The last week of the season before the Easter Sunday  is the celebration of the "Holy Week" which is the commemoration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During the Holy Week, we celebrate the most important events such as Maundy Thursday, the Good Friday, and the Black Saturday. These are all celebrated by devout Christians who reflects on the life and death of Jesus. 

Holy week is the time of repentance. It does not only mean we are being sorry for our sins. This is the time where we have to change our thinking, actions and visions. This is the good time to reflect about our life and to change it for the better. 

It is good to repent as it gives a feeling of being a renewed person; someone who is complete and whole. What I have learned about repentance is the act of humility to acknowledge that I have sinned and to ask for forgiveness. 

Being renewed person gives us the courage to stand up and face the world with selfless love and compassion to others. We give our service wholeheartedly especially to those who needs it but cannot pay us back. Such act makes us to become 'Christ-like' which is the message of the lent.

We may be living in today's world that is full of material aspirations and worldly ambitions, but it is good to ponder on what is the necessary things in life and what is our true life purpose. What on earth are we living for? It is not only material possessions, it is not just the daily survival, but it is through following the right path and what God has commanded us to do. 

St. Peter's Church, Bandra (West), Mumbai
The season of Lent is not just about repentance, praying and fasting. This is also the season of sacrifice. Like Jesus, He suffered the consequence of being upright and moral, and at the end He was sentenced to death. We too can sacrifice condemnation for being righteous. We can persevere in humiliation. We can endure in persecution. However, in the end what matters is the sense of righteousness that we have chosen that leads to fulfillment in life.

We can compare the struggle of Jesus in today's modern world by becoming more courageous to speak for ourselves. Jesus did righteously even though he knew he will be persecuted. He never got scared of the people in authority; people in higher rank and power. Just like us, we can stand up for what we believe is right. We can be ourselves as long as we live a good life and have the sacrifice for the common good. We have our own battle in life and like Jesus, we carry our own cross everyday. It is for us to take it or to give up; to move forward or surrender; to follow or redirect.


© 2012 Del Cusay

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