The Price of God’s Gift

There are many ways to consider the question, any question, in terms of the relationship between God and ourselves.

The answer is always so much simpler when we forego the necessity to impose our will on a situation and allow ourselves to consider a more God driven purpose.

Unfortunately, as with most things in this life, these answers come at a cost.

That cost can be measured in 3 ways;

we have to ask. Asking can be fraught with danger. Asking can be as simple or complex as we wish to make it.

But at the heart of the matter it requires us to make a decision when we know that we will be unlikely to receive the answers that we really want.

Are we prepared to accept those answers that directly go across the grain of our own existence. We, each and every one of us, has a set of desires and perceived necessities that we simply cannot live without.

What price are we prepared to pay?

The second great cost is that we have to listen. Only through listening can we understand and develop that understanding into a coherent position or even philosophy.

What price are we prepared to pay?

The third and greatest price is the one of action.

We can think about , talk about, ruminate, cogitate, go over it all, even find studies that (dis)agree with what we (do not) want to hear. But at the end of it all is an unmistakable grief that comes with the requirement to let go of what we want and to do what that small quiet voice asks of us.

Action is what separates us from most other animals. We can act through reason. We can understand the consequences of our actions and that of others.

Our actions speak volumes compared to the incessant shouting of our words that fall on such deaf ears.

Here in Australia we have just endured an election campaign. It is all over . The victors have won, the vanquished vow to fight on to remedy the tragedy that unfolded.

The unceasing rhetoric of the campaign will now lead to insufferable talk of what a wonderful victory it was while the other side carry on about how they will hold them to account and change things the next election.

Words, nothing more, have been studied, analysed and discussed in seeming perpetuity.

What has been missing is any consideration to what has been done or will be done following all this talk.

God does not care what you think, that is an absolutely necessary part of arriving at a conclusion.

God does not care what you say, again it is a necessary part of arriving at that conclusion.

God does care what you do. That is a statement of the conclusion you came to.

It is that action that He cares about.

That is the price we all need to pay if this world is to ever have any hope of coming to terms with the difficulties we have created for ourselves.

Blessings to you all

Aoife