I found the cure to selfishness

I am nearsighted and although it bothered me for the longest time, I never did anything about it. But recently, due to a pre-employment medical exam I needed to have my eyes checked and buy eyeglasses.

These eyeglasses gave me such clear vision! Far-off objects that used to appear blurry to me, now looked crystal clear. I don’t always have to be near objects for me to recognize or read them.

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This experience also made me realize how “myopic” or nearsighted I have been in my spiritual life. All this time that I was “depressed”, I was selfish and I only focused on myself. I failed to connect with and see God who seemed distant at first glance, but who actually wants to deepen my relationship with Him.

I read somewhere that sadness is the end product of selfishness. And the enemy is cunning because it knows that if it can not tempt you with worldly pleasures, it will break your spirit and will to fight with depression. I know all of these things because I have suffered from depression for a couple of years now until I learned to fight back.

According to Pope Francis: “A Christian is never bored or sad. Rather, the one who loves Christ is full of joy and radiates joy”.  And I realized that the best way to make myself happy and for life to have a purpose is to reach out and serve other people lovingly instead of wallowing in self-pity. Through the help of God’s grace, I stopped being “nearsighted” in my spiritual life and finally discovered what St Therese of the Child Jesus meant when she said, “Everything is grace”. Every trial and suffering can be seen as grace and a way to come closer to Jesus on the Cross. According to the saints, no one can take away our joy because suffering has also been transformed into a way to love and joy.

So everyday, I wear these wonderful “spiritual eyeglasses” which I call “God’s grace” to cure my “spiritual myopia” which I call “depression and selfishness”. Instead of being bothered with trivial non-sense such as worldly pleasures and the emptiness it brings, God’s grace has taught me to always ask first: “quid hoc ad aeternitatem” or “What is this to eternity?”  So my focus is on the finish line and my Creator whom I hope will say to me: “Well done, my faithful one”.

Have you thought about acquiring these “spiritual eyeglasses” called “God’s grace” also? It’s for free. Just ask the Divine Healer for them.

 

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2 thoughts on “I found the cure to selfishness

  1. “And I realized that the best way to make myself happy and for life to have a purpose is to reach out and serve other people lovingly instead of wallowing in self-pity.” -This is exactly what a friend of mine said when I asked her about how I can overcome my depression. It has worked for me and my regular volunteering keeps my feet on the ground. It’s the best way to rediscover one’s self and one’s faith. Thank you for this reminder though! :)

  2. Thank you for these words,
    “quid hoc ad aeternitatem” or “What is this to eternity?” So my focus is on the finish line and my Creator whom I hope will say to me: “Well done, my faithful one” … I was moved :)

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