Monday, February 6, 2012
Hello guys, I know its long time since I have written on my blog, but today I so want to share with ul the amazing retreat that I went to last weekend.
Ok first I wasn’t going to go for this “theology of the body” retreat, I was like ok, “I-don’t-think-this-is-going-to-make-a-difference-in-my-life”, or “I-don’t-need-this-in-my-life”, or “I-know-everything-that-is-important-to-me”. But alas I was proven wrong, right left and center.
I decided to go on Thursday. And I am so glad I went. I can’t thank God and all my friends enough who have acted as instruments to bring me to this retreat and closer to God, to know that yes I am a precious child of God, I was created by Him, in His own image, He has a perfect plan for me, if I trust him completely he will work his plan in my life.
There were various questions in life that keep bothering us:
Is there a real purpose to life and if so, what is it?
Yes we were created in God’s image, and God is love, so we were created to love, to give ourselves for the greater glory of God. Through our actions, words and deeds, we ultimately show love. Like the Blessed Mother Teresa said, we can’t do great things, but small things with great love.
What is love?
True love is when you want the good of other’s over your ownself.
True love is Free, Total, Faithful and Fruitful. If none of these conditions are satisfied then you know it is not true love…
Then one of the speakers gave a very good example of how we view ourselves, of sometimes how we judge ourselves, how we so many times fail to forgive ourselves and move on…
She took a brand new 100R note in her hand and showed it to the participants. Asked them if anyone needed it, obviously everyone wanted the money J then, she crumpled it, stamped on it and asked them the same question, but yes everyone still wanted it J because it was still worth 100R, then she asked them even if I put it under my armpit would ul still want it? And everyone was like yes, we still want it.
She even made it wet, and asked them do ul still want it? And alas everyone still wanted it, because whatever she did with the note, the “value” of the note wasn’t reduced, it was still a 100R.
The same is with us, when God created us, we were new, but as time passed and we knew the ways of the world and the pleasures of the world, we sinned, we were crumpled, sometimes by others and sometimes by our own spirits, we chose to walk on the darker paths in life, we felt miserable about taking the wrong decisions in life. We all go through the difficult times in life, And at those particular moments, we make decisions based on a lot of factors. Some of us wonder why me God, and some of us wonder, How could I not see it that time? How come I was so foolish? You probably wouldn't react the same way now and that's a good thing. It shows that you've grown. You've learned something from it. But you had to go through it to get the lesson.
Our lives are about the decisions we make, about the choices we make in life, so if we have gone through a difficult time, we can decide now about the choice we are going to make today about it. What are we going to do about our lives? Are we going to learn from our mistakes and begin a new day? Or are we going to go back to where we were? The choice is ours.