Life: How much do we value it? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 13:13

COLOURS OF LIFE

BY GRACE C. ESPIRITUSANTO

“Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of the little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the Heart and secure comfort.” — Sir Humprey Davy

As a gardener, my only mission is to see to it that my plants are alive, healthy and growing. Whenever a new seedling is planted and it survives, I feel so good because as God’s steward I know I have done my task well. As a teacher, I have to encourage students to stay in school, to inspire them, to develop their potentials, to care for their well-being and see to it that they have learned and become skilled and to practice what they know in their everyday life. As a mother, my job is never ending for as long as I am alive; I have to see to it that everything is well with them no matter what the circumstances are.

Life, our mere existence, does not really mean much to us until we come to a point where we almost lost it then we remember that it is something very important to us hence, we start to value it. We forgot that it is something that God has just lent us and His most important gift all these times. Whenever a baby cries, we feel annoyed for making such irritating noise instead of thanking God for His blessing. When a dirty old man or woman comes to us for alms, we wave them away for smelling bad or for their dirty looks instead of showing mercy and compassion for their pitiful state. When stray animals come our way, we throw stones at them and shoo them away. Worst is when street children approaches and begs us for food or money, we scold them instead of looking at them as neglected souls needing our help. We forget that it is our mission to take care of them being God’s creatures.

Not having our own children or not taking care of animals at home does not mean we are exempted from serving them. “Whatsoever you do to the least of your brother, you do it unto me” were His solemn words. Animals or insects may not be humans but still they are God’s creatures and when He created them He said that they were good. So what reason do we have to hurt or maltreat them? Can we not show mercy and compassion as His father has shown us?

Our maternal grandfather used to tell us that we have no right to kill even the small insects for their lives belong to God, being His creatures. He said when it bites us; it is just hungry or is protecting itself. Many of us are guilty of these little things that we do to strangers, beggars, animals and street children. When in fact our mission is to do good, be kind, show generosity, empathize and above all give unconditional love to all.

Can we now start to be humane and be more concerned about the people and things around us? It is never too late to act. Our life is too short to waste. Let us be reborn, for Jesus said; “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is reborn again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” And I believe, it is what we all want.

Until we recognize that life is not just something to be enjoyed but rather is a task each one of us is assigned, we’ll never find meaning in our lives and we’ll never be truly happy.” — Charles R. Swindoll