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Rock and Refuge
with Fr. Roy Cimagala

Count the blessing, not the cost

Rock & Refuge

Happy Easter! Christ is risen, alleluia, alleluia. We now have the possibility of being a new creation in Christ, patterned after him and empowered by him!

If we are truly good men and women, let alone good Christians, we should just count the many blessings we receive from God, and be most thankful for them, thinking of how we can best use them, rather than count the cost and then grumble for the effort and the deficiencies that may be involved in raising it.

The basic reality is that we have received a lot more from God than what we can account for. We should try our best to acknowledge these many blessings as best as we could. This basic reality dominates much more than what we think are our deficiencies, misfortunes and miseries we can have in life.

And if we sincerely feel that we lack something that we consider to be necessary in our life,then we can always ask God for it, with faith, humility and patience, knowing that God is always in control of things. We should not feel bad, much less, angry or sad or desperate because of this lack.

The important thing to do is to discern what God has in mind for us at any given moment, because that would give us a good picture of why we have what we have and why we don’t have what we think we should have.

In any event, it is always possible that what we have andwhat we don’t have are God’s ways of relating us to him. They are not meant to make us live our life independently of God.

We can always presume that God always provides us with everything that we need to live our life and vocation as well as carry out our mission properly. So we can validly presume that what we have and what we don’t have are just right for us at the moment.

Just the same, since our life is like a pilgrimage, we can also presume that God may want us to discard certain things that we have at the moment, and look for those that we still do not have.

Given these two possibilities, what is important is, as said earlier, to relate ourselves to God always. Without relating ourselves and our current condition to God, it is possible that the many blessings we have received from God can harm us rather than do us good or help us do the things we are supposed to do.

Again, without relating ourselves and our current condition to God, it is very likely that we can fall into all sorts of frustration, anger and even desperation. We can fail to realize that perhaps it is God’s way of making us go to him, to beg him for this favor, and in the process, strengthen our relationship with him.

What we can gather from all these considerations so far is that we should try to be calm always, so that we can see and judge things properly. This way we can act with greater prudence, as we can get to see things more objectively and ultimately to see God’s willand ways.

It’s very important that we are always humble. In fact, our humility should always grow deeper, because this is the only way for us to see things and judge things properly. It allows faith to act on us fully as testified by Christ himself who said:

“I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” (Mt 11,25)

St. James echoes the same idea in his letter: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” (4,6)*


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