A very well known proverb says: “The world belongs to God and He leases it to the courageous ones” Every normal person wishes to triumph in life. Either rich or poor, wise or ignorant, the student and the road sweeper. It is an innate wish of our nature. But, why is it that many people do not triumph? One of the reasons is that they do not use the means to fulfill this wish. It might be laziness or not enough encouragement, or perhaps they discourage themselves
ahead of time, they start but stop at the middle of the road without reaching a goal. And this is because, technically, to dream of ideals and wonderful intentions is relatively easy. Anybody can accomplish them. But to fulfill those wishes is no longer that easy. Because all task implies a constant effort, non-stop sacrifice, and to most of people all of this does not measure-up. “All that is worthy is difficult. Only dead fish go down stream; live fish swim against the stream.”
Trying to win without a struggle is like trying to harvest without sowing. Men’s greatest conquers have been possible with a mix of sacrifice and pain. It is hard to climb to the peak of the mountain; but when we get there, the satisfaction we feel is enormous, in such way that triumph compensates all the effort.
Mahatma Gandhi, was president of India, he wrote about the Christians – which religion he almost embraced – but finally he did not make the last step to get this: “The authentic Christian has three characteristics: Fears nothing no matter how difficult it is; always faces trials and obstacles; in spite he/she is always happy.” These three characteristics, which I see as challenges, should not be only for Christians but for all mankind. If you accept these challenges, you will succeed in life sooner or later, even if you had to swim against the stream, like the live fish.
Life is a mix of joy and sadness, of success and failure, of mornings filled with light and dark nights. There are so many failures and blackouts in the life of men, even in the life of some heroes! Even in the life of saints! Although, we should not be surprised, that we also carry some of them, even if we are no heroes or saints. But these persons became heroes and saints because they knew how to balance those moments; they did not allow confusion in their lives, and did not lose focus by the bright light of success. This you can also achieve – and you can – you must do it. You should always walk with your feet on the floor; but should place your heart on heaven. At the end of your path, like a guiding star, focus on your ideal, get closer to your path by imitating God. Your life has to be well organized it is part of God’s plan. Being well organized should start from your hair to your feelings; from your attire to your ideas; from your actions to your relationship with others. Be at all times, a reflection of the order God placed in His creation.
We often hear, before any circumstance: “I did it because everybody else does it, by custom…” You should never be influenced by anybody, but only follow your own conscience. If you allow yourself to be influenced by others, you will be like a fallen leaf from a tree, dry and barren. Do not try to excuse yourself by putting the blame on others, when it was you who allowed to be “dragged by the stream;” actually you were dragged by your lack of will power and character. If you allow yourself to be influenced by others, you become an object. Be a person, not an object. Ask the Holy Spirit to grant you the gift of moderation for your spirit, mind and body.
Every action in your life is of great importance, for you and everybody else. If a situation arises and you do the right thing, the world will feel less evil; and it will be because of you. If you act with honestly and integrity, the world will be a better world; and this will be because of you. IT IS UP TO YOU THAT CALAMITY EITHER INCREASES IN THE WORLD OR ON THE CONTRARY, TO MAKE GOOD WILL GROW, THAT THE WORLD REMAINS ILL OR THAT IT WILL HEAL. It all depends on you. Do not talk too much, do not pass judgment on people; do better things and your actions will be positive. Do not sow thistle from pessimism; but scatter seeds of goodness.
I asked a student what he wished the most in life, and he replied: “books, health and calmness.” I asked the same question to a usurer moneylender and told me: “Money, money and more money.” To a poor person, I asked this question and without hesitating he said: “Bread, bread, bread.” To a drunkard, I also asked the same question, and told me: “a little bit of any liquor.” Addressing the question to a group of people, they all answered: “Riches, fame and pleasure.” A bit discouraged, since none of the answers satisfied me, I asked an elderly man who was know for being a good person, what was it that he wanted most in life, for what he kindly answered: “First of all I would like to find Christ; secondly, I would like to look like Christ; and third, I would like to be like Christ.” Ask yourself this question: What is it that I want the most in life? When we are certain what is it that we want to accomplish in life and in what direction we are going, the tranquility of the Spirit feels all your being and the horizon will glow, and you will see the path is not impossible nor as difficult as we thought.