You are a small little fish swimming in the ocean. You have it easy going with current, and taking it easy... Just like everyone else. Then you see one fish going against the current. Then you decided to go along with that fish. But then you see that it's harder to go against the current since all odds are pushing against you. But you remain. You don't turn back and continue swimming. Over time it becomes easier to swim against the current because you have built up strength and got use to it...
This is what we must do with our Faith. We must go against what society tells us and go against the current. We must live without fear, and be able to go against the current and swim freely the other way. We, however, cannot go the other way, by ourselves. We need God. We shouldn't ask God to make the pain go away, but rather, ask God to give us strength to be able to swim the other way.
I have been reading a book lately called, "When God Prays" by Skip Heitzig It's all about Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. It's quite interesting to read, even though I have started the Third chapter. I liked how the author had worded the kind of society we live in. " Everywhere we look we see billboards and media campaigns telling us to live for ourselves, think about ourselves and worship ourselves."
Living a life of going against the current is a life dedicated to God a spreading his word. We are not called to go with the current but to go against it. We are not to conform to the societal ways, but to keep the ways of God in heaven. When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane he had said, “I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. ” [John 17:14-15] for we are not of this world, and we are to resist the temptation of the world.
I love how (then) Pope Benedict XVI had stated,"The Christian should not be afraid to go "against the grain" to live his or her faith, resisting the temptation to "conform" " We as Christian have a special mission... The Mission to preach to all ends of the earth about the Lord Jesus. We are called to live without fear to live our faith.
So instead conforming, or swimming with the current, we should go against the current; go against the grain and not focus on me me me, but focus on God, God, God. We live in the age of where we don't care about others it's all about me. But with our Catholic/ Christian duty on hand, we must turn around and God God God.
You are fish, not turning back. Growing in strength from the help of God to go against the water. We must not be afraid to turn from the me to God. Our faith is dependent on the help and strength of God. We will grow in strength and not turning back to the me me me.
You are the little fish swimming in the Ocean.