I would like to share a story shared by a friend in Viber. This is a story of Arthur Ashe, one of the all-time tennis greats, who was then was dying of AIDS due to infected blood he received during heart surgery in 1983.
He received many letters of support from fans. One of them asked, “Why did God have to select you for a bad disease?” To this Arthur Ashe replied:
50 million children started playing tennis;
5 million learned to play tennis;
500,000 learned professional tennis;
50,000 came to the circuit;
5,000 reached the grand slam;
50 reached Wimbledon;
4 reached the semifinals;
2 reached the finals;
And when I was the single champion holding the cup in my hands, I never asked God, “why me?”
So now that I am in pain how can I ask God, “Why me?”
My dear friends, life is uncertain, but God is faithful. Jesus in the Gospel said that I came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it.
Pope Francis once came out with a homily for those who seem to have so much burden in their lives. He said three things we can do:
- Pray – God is just a prayer away. Further, the wisdom and the peace of mind we get from prayer is priceless.
- Patience – Since God’s time is different, we have to wait for the Lord. While waiting, continue to do good works and fast. Someone once said that from our greatest troubles will come our best rewards.
- Hope – God knows what is best. Hence, the challenge to always look at the bright side. Everything happens for a reason and purpose.
In closing, let me share with you this anonymous quote:
Happiness keeps you sweet
Trials keep you strong
Sorrows keep you human
Failure keeps you humble
Success keeps you glowing
But only faith keeps you going…..
Live simply, walk humbly and love genuinely