I am a member of “Ang Lingkod ng Panginoon- Ormoc“, a religious community, since 2004. My brothers and sisters in Christ become witnesses of who I am as a son of God. As a leader of the “Ang Lingkod” community, I agree that it is very difficult to become “holy“. However, I keep on striving to become one in the eyes of the Lord as well as to others.
Every day, I could witness that indeed God is faithful to us. During my prayer time, I talk to Him like a friend. I also worship and praise Him every day. Building relationship with the Lord through prayer time makes my life fruitful. I gain true friends and become productive even beyond my capacity. God is really true!
I was teaching while I was very active in the religious community. But, I resigned for the sake of studying law. For me, studying law is a more challenging task to do than teaching. Becoming a full time law student, my relationship with the Lord was tested.
I have many sleepless nights preparing for next day’s oral recitations and tests. But my efforts while studying law ended up into a life full of mess.
Totally, the experience of becoming a law student was a tragedy. I failed many subjects in law school. I started to be drunk. I experienced having street fights.
A religious one became a person drowning into evil vices. I was transfigured into a different person. Not the improved version. I was changed by bad companions who were very extravagant in terms of spending money. Actually my purpose of being with these companions was to change their lives into good. But, it ended up differently. My life during law school became a trash!
One Sunday evening, I attended a mass. The gospel reading was about Jesus Christ’s transfiguration. I was hit by the homily of the priest. He was preaching by instructing the people to go back the past. He said that our past teaches us to be ready.
When we face situation that is similar from the past, we could instantly apply the lessons we learned before. Our past will always come back. Although, in different time of events but in the same situation.
If we look back, we become confident facing the situation that you encounter today. For instance, if you are a student and you experienced getting failing grades from the past because you did not study. You will already know the consequences of not studying. When you look back, you already provided with an instant solution for you to be able to pass a subject and avoid getting a failing grade.
That having been said, the priest further illustrated the relation of the gospel about our past experiences. He said that little by little, we can be transfigured. He used the experience of his friend to elaborate the message of the gospel.
His friend has a deeper relationship with the Lord and every time he reads the gospel and prays every day, his meditation will be written on a notebook. Let us just call his friend Mandy. Mandy has a very strong faith with the Lord but when he got married, his life becomes so sad that he could not enjoy because of the fights he experienced with his wife since the start of his marriage.
Mandy consulted priest friend. The priest simply said that everything happens because of a purpose. He told Mandy to look at the past. Mandy replied that he was so faithful with the Lord and he loves the Lord very much.
Then, the priest honestly explained to Mandy. The priest said that the Lord is telling him that it was the very purpose why Mandy was too close to God in the past.
He was close to God in the past because He is only preparing him for a difficult life. That he should not be worried about what is happening in his life because God did not promise a life in a bed of roses. As we live, the evil is continually pulling us from GOD. The Lord assures that He will always with us whatever happen. We just need to be faithful to Him because he is always faithful to us.
Truly, our pasts prepare us for the future. Whatever changes we experience, God will continually grasps his hands to arrest us with a tight embrace so that we could not escape from Him.
However, if we stop trusting Him and we believe that man other than God will help us, then you allow yourself to gnash your teeth in the hell. God said in Phillipians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
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