In today’s accelerated pace of the hectic day-to-day routine of a typical American, it is difficult to focus on the hundreds of obligations that people seem to engulf themselves with. The inability to prioritize has become a huge epidemic in this innovative epoch where technology is utilized for the main purpose to simplify the lives of the American people. The obliged activities that may include, work, education, family, finances, and many more, have been pushed to the top of the ‘priority list’ of items that need the most attention. Each day we wake up having the ability to rise, greet the sun from our windows, grasp the mugs of our coffee with our hands and feel the ground beneath our feet. These, to name a few, are only gifts, the mere miracles that we all take for granted.
Can you recall the last time you thanked God for something? This is not implying the thanks we should give on Sundays at church, but some moment during your hectic schedule. Giving Him thanks, perhaps during the work week? What was the last thing you thanked God for? Do you recollect whether you simply thanked Him or went on with your day avoiding God?
It is fair to say that most of the individuals in America are busy with their everyday routines. This is a substantiated fathomable claim of existence and it is not underscored as a mere reality of life. However, these chaos-induced moments in life should not be the sole excuse to hide ourselves from our Heavenly Father. It should not only be during Lent or important holidays that we stop to thank Jesus for His sacrifice of life that He did for all of us.
There is this misconstrued notion that being baptized in our Lord and Savior’s Name is enough to suffice faith and our chance to enter the Kingdom of God. The unscripted truth is that the Sacrament of Baptism is not enough. In fact, even going to church on Sundays is not enough either. Life is truly a gift from God with an implied path we must travel, with the effort to remain on the path of His Right Hand. This means we must physically do things to prove our love for God. We must endure problematic situations and undergo sorrows and pain all for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We know nothing of such pain or sorrow, since we never went through the extreme suffering and brutality that Jesus went through. Although, we can still do our best to continue our faith and make efforts to better ourselves as people. No one person is good enough to enter Heaven. Nonetheless, as sinners we can repent and pray often. Show God that we love Him and are willing to do anything for Him. We must pick up our Cross and follow Jesus. This does not imply turn our back son our children and loved ones, but rather spread the love for Jesus with others. Include others in prayer with you, while also having personal praying time alone as well. Let us allow Jesus into our hearts and talk to Him as much as we can.
The more we pray, the closer we can get to Him. We should want to better ourselves. We should do what we can to do so. Even the smallest bit of effort can go a long way. Try putting God first before everything else. Humble yourself instead of exalting yourself. Do good to others as you would do to our Lord and Savior. Do not reject Jesus to others but rejoice in His name. By doing these things, God will help you through the difficult times. It will amaze you how far one little simple prayer will go. You should do so and see for yourself. May God have mercy on all His children.