How many things have annoyed you today? Maybe you got stuck in traffic on your way to school or work, maybe your lecturer gave you way too many assignments to complete for the whole week or maybe your neighbour makes too much noise at the most inappropriate times of day. There always seems to be something that gets to us and changes our mood, even if we would have tried to think positive throughout the day. It seems as if the more we make it a point to start the day with prayer or mass, or just promise to God that we’ll lift up whatever happens to Him, the faster we get angry, aggressive, short-tempered or just start snapping at whoever happens to be talking to us at that moment.
Satan has a way of using these annoying situations to get to us, to make it more likely for us to fall into temptation and act upon the feelings that bring about negativity and despair. Feeling angry about a situation isn’t what’s bad – it’s the way we act because of the anger that leads us to sinning, to falling to what Satan wants for our life – complete and ultimate destruction. The earthly things that frustrate us so much have no place in our Heavenly home, where we all want to be after this earth!
“Will you gain anything if you win the whole world but are yourself lost or defeated? Of course not!” Luke 9:25
This time last year, my family and I went through a time that looking back to it, has opened my eyes a little more about not paying too much attention to this world, to the extent that it takes up our complete viewpoint of life. Coming home from school, we opened the front door of our house, only to discover that there was black soot everywhere. All the house was covered in smoke and all our possessions were filthy. The dehumidifier had caught fire but somehow went off all by itself by the time we had come home, leaving a looming black atmosphere. Had it continued to burn, wooden furniture nearby would have spread the fire even further.
Our room was the closest to the incident so practically everything we owned was covered in black soot. We couldn’t use anything until they were cleaned because soot lingered on our hands every time we tried to pick something up. We could only live somewhere else until the house was cleaned, painted and possessions were washed and put back into place. For a whole month we had to live on a few belongings that we could carry around in the meantime.
I know that it may not seem like the worst thing that could happen but for me it was an experience that among other things, taught me to leave everything up to God and not give too much importance to material things because at any given moment, they could all be useless. Giving too much importance to material desires creates a barrier to complete faith in God because we cannot really let go of our life into His hands so our relationship with Him would be limited.
“And the world and its desires are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.” 1 John 2:17
Even situations here don’t need to get between us and God. Every person around you is a child of God. God loves them as much as He loves you whether they’re aware of it or accept it or not. Seeing them the way God sees them opens our eyes to a new perspective and instead of frustrating us, we can learn to love them as God does.
The next time you get off the bus, even if: you’re late, the ride there was horrible and there were way too many people to be comfortable, say ‘thank you’ to the bus driver and watch his reaction. The next time a lecture seems to be super boring and you’re about to question why you woke up so early for this or stayed there so late for it, think positive – at least you’re getting an education and right now, that’s where God wants you to be, so you (and I) may as well give it to Him to use for our good. That way, we’ll be IN the world taking up our mission as Christians to love as opposed to being OF the world, letting earthly things get in the way of our focus on God.
“I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.” John 17:14-16
Are you ready to see the world through God’s eyes?
Warning! This journey will lead you to God’s own heart. 😉
Stay rad and God bless you!