Do We Deserve the World and our Life?
By Apolinario Villalobos
In times of our lowest moments, sometimes we cannot help but blame the Almighty for the life He gave us…the life that gives us the hurt, despite its good intention. And, there’s the legend that says the first couple, Adam and Eve, let the opportunity for a blissful life in paradise pass, when they gave in to the first temptation.
Man never seemed satisfied. God gave us the world with vast bodies of water, endless stretches of green forests, valleys that resonate with wild life, sky that shields us from the searing sun, and air that gives us the breathe of life. But in gay abandon, we converted the oceans, lakes and rivers into vast septic tanks of human waste, green forests are practically shorn by unscrupulous loggers, we tear the sky and pollute the air with belches of factories.
Human lives are wasted senselessly with the pockets of war that pockmark the face of the earth. Unwanted infants are dumped in garbage bins or flushed in toilets, and those who struggled to grow, suffer from deprivation. People kill each other because of drugs and money. Governments that should have been the protector of lives are themselves, the machineries of destruction with their incessant exploitation of the weak and trusting constituents, all in the name of greed!
And, for all the tragedies and our sufferings we sometimes, unfairly blame God!
To Be a Conduit or Instrument
In sharing Relief among the Needy
By Apolinario Villalobos
If only, the objective of being a conduit or instrument of sharing relief is substantially put to practice with all honesty, there could be no Napoles cases today. Some people made use of poverty as the base of their flourishing businesses in the form of NGOs and Foundations. Some of these even invoke God and religious affinity in their effort to put up a credible image.
Big time groups operate with professional precision, thereby, affording them to work with the government and even international charitable private institutions. The small groups on the other hand, make do with personal approach to unsuspecting kindhearted fellowmen who readily shell out bills to be stuffed into envelops on which is printed the unscrupulous name of the formers’ organizations. The small groups ply their trade as Christmas season is approaching and after a major calamity has struck the country, the better for them to solicit.
In contrast to the aforementioned mode of operations, are the random sharers and instruments of blessings who act in all honesty and sincerity. Some of these people work individually, while the rest organize themselves into small groups and pool resources from their own pockets or discreet donations of close friends and relatives. When they do their acts, they become incognitos, as what is foremost in their minds is their purpose of sharing the blessings.
All it needs for one to become a sincere instrument or conduit of blessings are the selfless determination, heartfelt concern for others, and of course, time. Shared blessings are not only material commodities but the spiritually enriching messages from the Bible, as man is not just of flesh, but of spirit as well. Along this line, I admire the evangelists who risk their lives in going to depressed areas some of which are said to be nesting ground of hoodlums.
Anybody can be an instrument or conduit of goodness without leaving the home and community. By just being nice to your family and neighbors, you become what God wants you to be…. a creation in His own image.