April 2018- All Thee And No Me
Why won't we make this commitment to Almighty God? Why won't we give our self completely into His hands? Why do we hold things back from Almighty God? Don't we realize that He could take everything we have in a moment? “For in one hour are so great riches come to nought; and every shipmaster, and all that sail into the lake, and mariners, and as many as work in the sea, stood afar off.” (Apocalypse 18:17) We could go from living in luxury with our family to being abandoned, homeless and mocked by our friends. It happened to Job.
In our pride we think on things as mine, not as coming from God. Didn't I work hard to amass these possessions, to gain these honors? Doesn't the Church teach that we have a right to our private property?
In fact, we are so bold as to take credit for our talents and abilities. But let us consider that God created us, our talents and our abilities. True, we may have done something to perfect our talents and abilities, but without God we would not have had them to build on in the first place. A strong man can be reduced to a weakling in the blink of an eye in a car crash or more slowly by a disease.
Let us seriously consider that all that we have, and all that we are, comes from Almighty God. Without His help we would have nothin and we would be nothing. This should help us surrender our self completely to Almighty God and conform our self completely to His holy will.
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) Like Saint John the Baptist, we must decrease to nothingness so that Jesus may be all. Indeed, this is the center and key to the spiritual life. Jesus said: “Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) Saint Therese of Lisieux had her little way, where she looked for an elevator to get to Heaven. We should follow her example and become as a little child before Almighty God. Indeed, we are merely a tool, which God may use or not as He wills. Let us be ready to be used and ready to be forgotten and left in the tool box.
And so let us come to God and tell Him we want our life to be All Thee and no me. May Thy holy will be done in me, Almighty God. Amen.