The Are-nots and the Have-nots

1Corinthians 1:28-29
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

This world measures itself through pride and one of its indicators is knowledge. This world lifts up those who are in the know, admires or even idolizes those who proclaim themselves as gurus, teachers, masters, submitting itself to them. It also hails those who are in power, though power does not equate to knowledge-it does not mean that if one is in power, one knows.

It also measures itself through riches or wealth. They install into power those who have the gold, those who have the capacity to spend, really spend.

But God, as the verse says, chooses the lowly, the have-nots, the utterly stupid or the poor. These He uses and turns them into those who will topple those who are at the top. For He upholds the meek and humble, and brings down the proud and mighty.

Remain humble even in the face of humiliation or oppression, for it is God who chooses and it is He who uses, therefore He knows what to use and what not to use. Remember, His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not ours.

So that no one can boast.

I’ve never been to me

Men go abroad
to wander at the height of mountains,
the huge waves of the sea,
the long course of rivers,
the vast 
compass of the ocean,
the circular motion of the stars,
but they pass by themselves
and they dont even notice.

   – Augustine

It’s amazing how these words come to life.

We conquer the moon and the stars, die reaching the highest peak of the Everest, drown in the magnificent beauty and awesome power of nature. But have we conquered our own selves? Have we even tried giving our best? Have we ever wondered how awesome yet humbling it is to be a child of God?

Not everyone will have the opportunity or ability or capability to do things as Augustine mentioned, but all of us have the chance to be our best, to conquer ourselves and to be a child of the Almighty God, Maker of Heaven and Earth.

Maybe then we won’t have to aim for the stars, heights, depths and lengths, but only set ourselves on obedience.

Godbless everyone.