A Job Description Of A Christian
Believe it or not, once we lived without
cars! We walked or else we used the horse
and the buggy. The story goes that this couple
was riding home when a sudden storm struck
them. It was dark and the tempest was intense.
The horse was scared, the dirt road was filling
with water, the wheels started getting stuck
in the mud. However the husband was a skilled
horseman and knew what needed to be done.
At a certain point however, the wife
the open narrow bridge they had to
panicked. She managed to get hold of
of the reins. The husband resisted
but when he saw he could not control
terror, handed over both reins. "Only
one of us can lead or else we both
She quickly returned the reins and
it home safely.
Christian life is something like this.
is the driver and the other is the
As long as we let Him be the driver,
we are safe. If because of panic or
situations, we grab one or both reins
try to reassume control, even partially,
then we are heading towards disaster.
When asked how she could handle stress
her only daughter, a teenager of 15
of a terminal sickness, the response
mother was candid. "I need to
more graciously. This is where the
needs to come into play. I know that
my daughter's treatment the level of
was always at an all time high. It's
as if drowning everyday. But I kept
myself, 'God, this is too much to bear,
teach me to swim'."
Their daughter was born Down's syndrome.
Many thought this was unfair. They,
in mission here in Guam, just remarked,
Pius, truly this is a joy that does
from this world. When we saw our daughter
we immediately realized she was Down's
and our hearts was filled with joy,
and tenderness. Everything is in the
of God and as you well repeat many
He is so creative and exhilarating.
not know how it is possible to rejoice
a child with Down's syndrome however
is what came to pass. We are happy
peace and we know that she is the real
in our home. Our assignment was to
her into this world, here. She, small,
useless for the world is the perfect
that reminds us why we are here and
a sign of the love that God has for
family. A marvel that we do not merit.
pray for us…"
This is what discipleship is all about.
Him wherever He leads us, knowing that
will never disappoint us. If He leads
to sickness, to a financial ruin, to
marriage… He is the driver, He knows
we need to go, He does not make mistakes.
He knows best.
One good thing about Jesus, is that
not reveal his long term plans to us.
just shows us the next step ahead.
always precarious. "Foxes have
birds have nests, but the Son of Man
Discipleship implies trust in Him who
marking the way.
It means also removing all obstacles
the way. How many because of family
fail to do God's will. This is why
so adamant and when someone asks him
him do the holy duty of burying his
Jesus just answers, "Let the dead
care of the dead while you go and tell
the kingdom of God."
It is all a question of keeping our
focused on him. You cannot look back.
who starts plowing and keeps looking
isn't worth a thing in God's kingdom."
The opposite of looking back is to
In my catechetical ministry, I have
it quite difficult to have Christians
ahead". They seem more content
at just where they are or where they
to be, 'the good old days', rather
they might be, namely a daring adventure
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the most
theologians of the 20th century, said
is a cost to discipleship. It is the
of love. Love is drastic or else it
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