Monday, April 30, 2012

Getting Ahead of Life's Adversities


"Life is full of challenges, and we need to face them 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 confront several adversities that are nuisances or blockages that prevent us from moving forward. Some would have rationalized this event as undeserving despite being good.

Adversities come differently. It could be a loss of loved ones, failed relationships, financial problems, even natural and Man-made disasters, and many others. The way we interpret these things to have 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 occurrences.

A BLESSING IN DISGUISE

Whether we like it or not, we will be facing adversities that teach us valuable lessons, and challenges continue to happen until it's learned. Sometimes, we have to experience bad things to show up the best in ourselves. 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 after. Some would tend to resist, but it is wiser to accept it with absolute faith and believing that blessings will come at any moment in the future.

If sacrifice is one of the keys to a good living, 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 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 good results by highlighting our 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, they will subside in due time; and we collect these pieces of painful memory and learn to move forward from grief and pain.

Life indeed presents tough challenges as a lesson, but not to be viewed as a hindrance. However, it depends on how we view adversity that can be either negative or positive. Repeated adversity would mean an unlearned life lesson, and so it keeps on coming back until learned.

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

© 2012 Del Cusay

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Holy Week 2012 : Leading us To Jesus



"We have our battle in life, and like Jesus, we carry our cross every day. 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 is one of the most significant events among Christians all over the world. The last week of the season before Easter Sunday is the celebration of the Holy Week which is the commemoration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


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

Holy week is the time of repentance. It does not only mean we are sorry for our sins. It's the time where we have to change our thinking, actions, and visions. It's the best time to reflect on our lives and to change them for the better. 

It's good to repent as it gives a feeling of being a renewed person. Someone 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 gives us the courage to stand up and face the world with selfless love and compassion for others. We extend our service wholeheartedly to those who need it but cannot pay us back. Such an act makes us become 'Christ-like which is the message of the lent.

We may be living in today's world that's full of material aspirations and worldly ambitions. But it is good to ponder on what are the necessary things in life and what is our true life purpose. It's 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. It's also the season of sacrifice. Like Jesus, He suffered the consequence of being upright and moral, and in the end, was sentenced to death. We can also sacrifice condemnation for being righteous. We can persevere in humiliation. We can endure persecution. However, in the end, what matters is the sense of righteousness 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 righteousness even though he knew his life lead Him to persecution. He never got scared of the people in authority. 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 sacrifice for the common good. We have our battle in life, and like Jesus, we carry our cross every day. It is for us to take it or to give up. To move forward or surrender. To follow or redirect.

© 2012 Del Cusay