Inspired by St. Paul’s words, in the book of Philippians chapter 3 verse 8: “More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ” – (The New American Bible), I embrace the challenge of subtraction.
So often, we seek constant additions, as much as a number of us hate mathematics. WE seek to add to our finances, using the expression of “the more the merrier.” Many seek to add to their family through procreation as is commanded by God’s words, and certainly there is nothing wrong with that once it is done in the proper relationship or sacrament of marriage.
Today, our generation constantly seeks to increase the many contact lists on facebook and other social media, almost seeking a sense of popularity. As if numbers, additions and multiplications are supposed to be the strength of our existence – one might think we are saying that, without having a lot, we have nothing.
Yet, whoever said that more is always more? More is sometimes worst. The more people, the more chaos, the more mouths to feed, the more resources necessary, the more money the more worry, the more people in our lives, the more demanded, and or expected of us. And the list can go on and on…
In truth, we all need people in our lives, but sometimes we lose people through falter, through broken relationships, stupidity, a lack of humility to apologize for hurts caused, through migration, or others just walk away without any solid reasoning. Whatever the case, there is a loss.
There is no doubt, that loss in and of itself is hurtful, it is painful, and it is often heartbreaking. Yet, it is loss that causes us to search our deepest recesses to find that which is within us for survival. It is loss, which breeds creation and creativity. For failure to create new things is to die. Thus, today, I seek to embrace the losses of my life. The loss of seasonal people, loss of loved ones through the thief called death, the loss of money, the loss of good grades, friendship opportunities, and just the loss of even time which can never be gotten again.
This loss, I embrace, for while I hold the emptiness they created through the newly formed vacuum, I hang on tightly to God’s unchanging hands. I embrace the loss because, it enables me to give it all, in a form of surrender to the ultimate authority of my life, – God himself. The loss allows me to forget about myself, and concentrate on the healer of the hurts, the provider of the need, the fulfillment of the emptiness and the completion of the incomplete me.
Today, I count it all as loss, for the Glory of God. For the less time with that which I no longer have, the more time to discover and spend with HIM who is my ALL. Today, one must remind themselves that no human person can fulfill us – but God who is our completion. Psalm 63 says it best: “Oh God, My soul longs for you, like a dry and desert land where there’s no water….”
Even deeper, the Lenten Season creates the perfect opportunity for me to Embrace the nothing, the empty, the loss and the void, while letting go of consumerism, and all its allies. God is great and His Grace is Sufficient. – All I need to do is Believe, Hold On to HIM and Trust!
By the way, the following link struck me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IkR3c0uuYIQ#!