But, yap, that isn't reality...
Thus says the Lord:
Observe what is right, do what is just,
for my salvation is about to come,
my justice, about to be revealed.
ISAIAH 56: 1
When I decided to embark on a life of obeying God's Will, by living a single life, observing prayers and observing God's Call for me...I made that decision with a deep Love, convinced that God who had inspired me to do good, will never ever abandon me. The decision to dedicate my life to God in the evangelical counsels was inspired at an early age of around 12; special mention of the late Bro Ulric Currie who prayed with me and thought me the Catholic Faith.
In all honesty, it is people who will abandon you in your decision to do what is right; people who through their gossips, judgemental attitude will have a lot of hurtful things to say. My decision to follow God more deeply was met with many hardships. God can understand me, but humans lack that ability to see the ultimate good; people are blinded by the sin of pride and self-centred attitudes. I faced criticisms from my family, from my friends, from ordinary teachers, from church members. People could never understand why was I different, why was I unique and why I was just myself? Honestly, I also cannot explain to others the reason I made that decision of following God, no human words can describe the depth and breath of God's Beauty.
Is it any easier today to do good? It is not easy, I get tired mentally, emotionally, spiritually and sometimes physically because in believing in the beauty and dignity of each student I have allowed myself to work extra hard. Maybe time to take things easy and allow myself to be significant? Lol...No way! Do I still get gossips, judgments thrown at me, lies created about me? Yes! But I am willing to suffer for the sake of the Gospel, for the Ultimate Truth.
The message to you, is to remember that to "observe what is right and to do what is just" will never be easy. To live a life that you believe in, the concept of life that you know should be, is never easy; you will be torn into bits and pieces by others, like what they did to Jesus. But you have to persevere in facing persecutions, have humility to be insignificant, the joy of Christ Jesus...Like Mahatma Ghandi, Buddha, Jesus they never give up on the ultimate truth. Keep believing in the life that you want. If you know life is a joyful one...then live joyfully. If you know life must be a simple one...then live a simple life even when others tell you to earn more money.
Mary, Mother of God, pray for me and for everyone who strive, by their daily living, to "observe what is right, and do what is just". AMEN.