Let’s surrender to
Roy Cimagala, email@example.com
March 26, 2014
MANY people today, sad to
say, are having difficulty sleeping, eating and, worse, achieving a
certain balance and stability in their life because of the many new
things that lead them to long bouts of distraction, self-seeking and
eventually utter self-exhaustion.
They are losing the proper
focus in life, and their sense of priority has practically become a
big mess, since they are slowly realizing that they are getting
enslaved by gadgets and held hostage by the strong, almost
irresistible impulses of the flesh and the varied allurements of the
Many of them know these
impulses and allurements go against reason and their common sense, let
alone, their Christian faith. They know they are showing symptoms of
Depending on the degree of
severity, some can handle this predicament and can manage to come out
of it. But there are others who find it hard, if not impossible. They
seem to be under the total control of these errant impulses and
It’s time to remind
ourselves of the truth that we need to surrender ourselves to God if
we want to live our life properly. We cannot serve two masters, we are
told, and God is the only Master we have.
Christ precisely told us:
“He who is not with me is against me. And he who gathers not with me
scatters.” (Lk 11,23) In short, we need to be with Christ if we want
to avoid dispersion and dissipation, and to achieve unity, coherence
and effectiveness in life.
A case in point are the many
young people hooked to games in the computer and in their mobile
phones. Many times they lose sleep, they eat at odd times, fail to
study, pray and live normal family life. They fail to carry out even
their basic duties, like keeping good hygiene.
Older people are not
exempted from this predicament. Many have fallen into activism,
‘professionalitis’ and similar discrepancies, and all kinds of vices,
difficult to extricate from. There is now a clear surge of inordinate,
immoderate attachment to technology that fascinates people externally
but impoverishes them internally.
We have to be wary of these
developments and learn to take up the appropriate antidote. This is
none other than learning the art of surrendering ourselves to God from
whom, we are told, “all good things come.”
We should not be afraid to
be “servants” of God, yielding ourselves to him rather than to our
flesh, world and the devil. We have to be convinced that it is in
surrendering to God that we would have our true joy and peace. He is
the true source and keeper of life, power, wisdom, rest, etc.
This art of surrendering to
God echoes what Christ himself constantly taught: that we need to die
to ourselves or to lose our life to allow the life of God to take root
and blossom in our life.
As intelligent and free
beings, we always have to make a choice between God and ourselves,
between good and evil, etc. This choice is done every step of our
May we always make the right
choice and know how to detect the subtle tricks of our wounded flesh,
the fugitive world and the clever devil. We have to be clear as to
whom we ought to be beholden. We need to feel indebted, because
obviously we were not the ones who gave what we have.
Is it God, or is it
ourselves, the world, or worse, the devil? Our problem is that we tend
to feel self-sufficient, to make ourselves our own god, the standard
and measure of things. We tend to think that our freedom begins and
ends with ourselves, otherwise it would not be freedom.
That’s why there is a great
need for us to surrender ourselves. The most difficult enemy that we
have is our own selves, and specifically our will that often refuses
to be subjected to God’s will, its creator and lawgiver. We prefer to
make our will absolutely our own.
This is obviously a
distortion of reality. Our will is a creature. It is not
self-generated. It cannot simply be by itself. It has to submit itself
to its Creator who gives it its proper law and direction.
Many people, especially the
saints among them, have testified that it is when they surrender their
will to God’s will they enjoy true joy and peace in spite of the
unavoidable sacrifices involved.
Those sacrifices serve as
purifying and expiating agents that would put our will in its proper
orbit with God at the center.