THIS morning, I woke up feeling lazy. I just had a late night and I wanted to sleep in. But it was a Sunday morning and I had mass to go to. I was tempted to just ignore the call to go to mass and just sleep some more. But I didn’t succumb to the temptation. Instead, I got up, showered and went to mass.
Everyday, God is testing my faith. He gives me tests to check if I’m still true to Him. I’d experience a lot of stuff that would bring me grief, pain and loneliness. Traffic would start to pile up when I’m already late. Despite previous successful ventures, there would still be that one rejection letter that would devastate me. A fight between two sisters would erupt just when things seemed to go peachy. And sometimes, it’s so easy to blame it all on Him.
But I don’t. Not anymore.
In a world where it’s considered normal to give an eye for an eye, it’s so easy to just give in and opt for the easy way out. It’s so easy to say, “No. I’m not going to mass today because I don’t feel like it and I want to sleep some more.”
But I won’t. Not anymore.
In the movie, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Samwise Gamgee said to Frodo Baggins, “There’s still some good left in this world…And it’s worth fighting for.” When I look at the world around me, I am still surprised and saddened by how ruthless people have become. When I was still in college, my professors, after giving us a particularly time-consuming paper or project, would tell my class that this was in preparation for the “real world”. They’d go on and say that it’s a “dog-eat-dog world” out there and we should be prepared because it’s a nasty place. They’d continue and tell us that it doesn’t matter what you did but who your are, where you came from and whether you can actually hack it, despite all the backbiting, gnawing, stepping and some more negative qualities. Because of my naivety, I fell for it, hook, line and sinker.
But I refuse to believe that anymore.
I believe that man is and can be good. And, in an attempt to fit in, he forgets that he can be good. He starts to believe that in order to move forward and succeed, he has to step on other people. He begins to believe that good men never finish first.
Well maybe it’s time we let go of that belief. Maybe it’s time we start to believe for ourselves that there is still some good in this world. If Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee and the rest of the Fellowship of the Ring stopped believing that there is still some good in this world and they gave in to Sauron, then the world they once knew would be destroyed and no longer exist. They would start to live in fear, fear of the evil taking the life out of them.
Do we want to wait when that time happens? When we are already living in fear? I know I don’t. That is why, in my own way, I continue fighting for the good, who is God. I continue to say down with evil, down with the “dog-eat-dog world”, down with stepping on other people, down with all these. I won’t let it destroy what good there is left in this world.
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01 Sep 2003
Jaclyn, keep thinking that you can do some good! More people should look at the seven virtues of a Christian and to remember that we should strive to be more like Jesus Christ. I remember a priest telling me that as long as five percent of the people are striving for what is good, they will carry the other 95. Good thoughts. Ray
Jaclyn, Welcome to FaithWriters and God bless you for your willingness to keep pressing in. There is nothing more precious or delightful than a new believer! I do agree with your attitude of not allowing the darkness in the world to overwhelm the good. That is so important for all Christians to really understand. The only thing thing in your article that I'd question, from a Scriptural point of view, is the belief that man is naturally good. That's actually the problem the Gospel addresses - not one of us is good. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Even the Apostle Paul, who I consider to be such a mighty man of faith, said when speaking of the natural bent he had toward sin, "What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?" (Romans 7:24) Naturally, we aren't really good at all. Which is why we need salvation through Jesus Christ, so that we might become good in God's eyes and through the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Anyway Jaclyn, I don't normally go into a big theological discussion in the feedback, but because I taught new Christians for many years, I have a real desire to make sure that they're always getting the right information. But other than that, I must say that you are a good writer and I think it's wonderful that you're using your gift to share your faith. I hope you'll wander over to the Message Boards here at FaithWriters some time in the future and get to know some of the other writers. With love, Deb