MONDAY MESSAGE OF HOPE 26
One of the most difficult things in life, many do not know is sustaining your hope, when all hope is lost. This means when “nothing again can be done”. This is when It has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that everything has been done, until nothing can be done. Some times when we encounter difficult situations, we begin to ask God series of questions ” why me?” “Why would that happen to me?” We begin to die in worry, because there is no hope again. This has led many to go to the extent of taking away their lives. Many today are living in depression because of what happened to them. There is a situation you may find yourself, the only thing one may consider is to take away his life. At this point there is no more hope again. Many at this period lock themselves inside the room for days. Many battle with negative thoughts, many suffer sleepless nights because of one problem or the other. My message today coming to you says it is not yet over. All hope is not lost until it’s lost. Sometimes when these challenges come, take them as battle to be won.
Beloved, Hope is only lost at death, Though we still believe in the hope of the resurrection. For the fact you are still alive, there is still a way to live. There is still hope hanging somewhere, find it and hang on it. I chose this topic after watching Barcelona defeat Liverpool with three goals at Camp Nou. All hope was lost, until the God of hope proved otherwise. After the match at Camp Nou, negative comments flooded the media; from the players to the commentators to the observers. Defeating the Almighty Barcelona with one of the greatest player in the world seemed to be a fairy tale. One the players boasted that if Liverpool ever climbs such a hill, he would donate his testicles. But only God has the final say.
At the agony and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, many insulted him and cajoled him. At His death, the soldiers and His accusers were happy thinking all hope is lost. Everyone lost hope, both the apostles. But God did otherwise.
Man is man, God is God. Man will say anything and believe all is within his power, but at last man discovers he is still limited and cannot do whatever He wishes. God is God and He can do whatever He wishes. Man can say whatever but cannot achieve whatever. But God can say whatever and do whatever. Nothing is limitless for God. What is beyond man can never be beyond Divine intervention. In the realm of man, there was nothing Liverpool could do; there was nothing the apostles could do. But man is not God. At last Jesus rose from the dead. Beloved it is time for you to rise. Are you still lying still, please wake up. At last, Liverpool crippled the powers of the Spanish giants. Beloved I do not know what you are into now that has led you to think bad of your life, think bad of those around you, think bad of where you are and what you do. I do not know what the medical doctor has said about your health, and how people now think about your future. All I know is that miracles still happen. All I know is that tomorrow is still pregnant. Whatever man says or think about you, remember He can say whatever but God can do whatever. They can think whatever; they can use your name as their evening entertainment gong. Beloved, do not be worried they are doing what they are supposed to do. Your future is not in anybody’s hands. Your future belongs to God. Only God can do whatever, so do not lose hope yet.
Sometimes these problems come back to back, and it looks as if one is cursed. It looks if one is suffering from the consequences of the pasts, or that somebody or something is after him; he is attacking my success, he is attacking my destiny etc. Beloved, notwithstanding, that situation is not there for you to die in it. There are great lessons to be learned from them. The question then is, are you willing to go through these problems or do you want to lose your faith because it seems all hope is lost? Even when it looks impossible, remember that impossibility is still a thing of the mind. If you believe something is impossible it becomes impossible. Possibility belongs to those minds that always believe that something can be done. Secondly impossibility can only survive in the presence of man. In God’s presence, impossibility turns into I’m possible. All hope is not lost until it is lost. And this can only be in the grave yard. Once you are alive, your Hope is alive.
When bad things happen, we are left in the middle of the sea, without a single hope. Many go home thinking there life is now ite missa est. Beloved, what do you do in horrible situations? Are you going to fall over, fall down and fall apart? Will you allow the situation dictate how you feel? Or are you going to look at that difficulty and challenge it with courage? Are you going to continue to worry and cry for decades, sitting down somewhere without doing anything? Or are you going to sit down and plan your way out? There is still hope out there. Never give up yet. Giving up belongs to the dead. There is no sickness God cannot heal. There is no business He cannot resurrect. There is no situation beyond the Almighty to control.
Never live your life by people’s evaluation of who you are. Never lives your life by whether they accept you or not. Never live your life by what they think about you. Simple, know what is good and do that. No one is your God. Take your case to God. If everyone rejects you, God still accepts you. When Jesus fed the 5000 and 4000 Jews, there were left overs; an indication that in a situation of lack and challenges, all you need is God’s blessing. There are always left overs in His presence.
Beloved this is the time to step up the challenge, no matter what you face now, stand up and walk. You may not know the distance of the journey, all you need to do is to continue to walk, one day you will reach your destination. No matter what you are facing, take the step everyday out of that lion’s den. Get up now and start walking. Beloved, you are the child of God, never surrender to any challenge. Never bow to any difficulty, never stop walking, and always remember that even in the most wretched times, no matter the darkness, no matter how bad things are, remember not to surrender. Continue to put one foot in front of the other, by this you walk, by walking you move towards your victory. Do not remain stagnant. In fact take it as a fight. In walking, you move, and in fighting you win. Hold your head high even in the face of impossibility, even in the face of chronic diseases, even in the face of rejection, even in the face of problems and failure, even when you are totally defeated. Continue to rise and fall, continue to move and fall, and continue to try, even if it means 1000 times. Do not remain stagnant.
Do not switch your button yet. I know there is always a way out. Some may say “Fr. Sanctus, but i have spent all I had, there is nothing I can do again”. What I always believe is that no matter how dark the situation may be, there is always a way out. That way only comes by thinking and trying. Continue to think out new ideas. Use a pen even and try them. Do not look at what you are spending, when you reach where you are going, you will definitely forget what you went through. Have strong faith in God that it shall be well and try all you can for it to be well. Never stay stagnant and look hopeless when you still have life.
Put God first in your life and everything you do. Everything that happens is by the grace of God. Always try new things and do not be afraid to fail. May God bless you dearest and give you the grace to fight all your challenges Amen.
Fr. Sanctus Mario