The Almighty God vs the Devil
As a Christian, I believe that God exists as it is told in the Bible. And if I weren't a Christian, I would still believe in the existence of God because of all the wonders of nature that I observe. The fact that I live also sufficiently convinces me that there is a Creator because I didn't create myself or choose to live in this age; I just found myself living.
I also believe that the Devil exists as it is told in the Bible. The evil that I witness in this world makes me believe that the Devil does exist for real; evils such as rape, theft and murder that I read all too frequently in the media.
Personally, I have seen the Devil at work in my life because there is that internal force (which I believe is the Devil) that is always trying to steal my joy by making me hate others, causing me to worry about trivial matters and inflicting me with guilt by reminding me of my past mistakes. Does that sound familiar to you as well? I guess it does.
Yes, I believe in the existence of God and of the Devil. And I have come to realize that God is as different from the Devil as the Sun is different from the Moon. Okay, let me amplify my point.
To our earthly human eyes, the Sun and the Moon appear to be of equal size. But how severely misguided our perceptions are! The Sun and the Moon are vastly different in their size and nature.
The Sun, on the one hand, is massive and very massive indeed. It possesses 99.9% of the mass in the solar system, which is why nine planets revolve around it, including our own Earth. The Sun also consistently produces enormous amounts of energy without which life on Earth would be impossible. And so intense is the energy it produces that gazing at the midday Sun with naked eyes can cause eyesight complications as it once happened to Sir Isaac Newton.
On the other hand, the Moon is, celestially-speaking, just a tiny piece of rock. It is so tiny that it has to depend on the Earth in its revolution around the Sun. And the Moon never produces its own light; it just reflects the portion it receives from the Sun.
While the Sun always appears to us as spherical, the Moon keeps on changing shapes and it is sometimes not even visible at night. And while the Sun religiously rises in the East every morning, the Moon just appears anywhere when the Sun goes down. It is interesting to note that when the Sun shines, the Moon is overwhelmed out of sight. That's why the Moon is unnoticeable during the day.
When I reflected on those differences between the Sun and the Moon, I discovered in them many parallels between the nature of Sun vs the Moon and the nature of God vs the Devil.
Like the Sun, God is a mighty supernatural being who remains the same in every age and is always with us every passing day. It is due to His power that we exist. He is the source of light without which we lead miserable lives. He is faithful, dependable, capable and reliable. When we allow Him into our lives, the Devil is overwhelmed out of action.
And like the Moon, the Devil is a small weak being who derives his power from God. He is unfaithful, undependable, unreliable and incapable. And he depends on us human beings to satisfy his feelings of happiness. The Devil - how weak he is!
So if God is like the Sun and the Devil like the Moon, that tells us that we have to turn to God every moment if we are to experience His love and peace. You see, the hemispheres of the Earth have darkness when they face away from the Sun. And in the same way the Moon is visible when the Earth faces away from the Sun, the Devil is encouraged in his actions when we turn away from God.
Let us therefore always be dependent on God and resist the Devil. By being dependent on God, I mean thanking Him, seeking Him, praising Him and communing with Him daily through prayers. And by resisting the Devil, I mean refraining from such evils as lying, stealing and gossiping. I believe that it's only when we depend on God and resist the Devil that we can experience the peace and the never-fading bliss we all crave for in our souls. That's all I am saying.
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Daring to be Different
I doubt whether there is any cow that enviously stares at lizards and wishes it also had the ability to crawl on walls. I doubt whether there is any eagle that enviously stares at cows and wishes it also had the ability to produce delicious white milk. And I doubt whether there is any fish that enviously stares at eagles and wishes it had the ability to fly high in the clouds.
I doubt whether there is any lion that enviously stares at fishes and wishes it also had the ability to swim in water. I doubt whether there is any bee that enviously stares at lions and wishes it also had the ability to roar and conquer the jungle. And I doubt whether there is any butterfly that enviously stares at bees and wishes it also had the ability to produce sweet honey.
Why am I doubting all that? Because I believe each of the animals I have mentioned is content with the abilities God gave it. And it was wise of God to bestow each animal with different abilities so that they could provide us with a variety of products and services. What some animals lack in beauty, they make up for in usefulness. Or think about it this way: where would we get honey from if all animals were like eagles? And where would we get milk from if all animals were like fishes?
We humans are also unique from one another and are gifted with different abilities by God. Some people are good at maths, others at singing, others at drawing - and so on and so forth. And it was wise of God to endow us with different abilities so that we could serve one another effectively.
That we all have unique fingerprints is sufficient proof that God intended us to be different from one another. Therefore, our mission in life ought to be cultivating that uniqueness by identifying our talents and then developing them to their fullest potential. By doing so, we will find lasting happiness that will save us from feeling envious of what others are achieving.
When I talk of God intending us to be different from one another, I am reminded of a rendezvous I had sometime in 2011 with two lady-friends of mine called Ruth and Susan. I told them during the rendezvous of how I admired great leaders like Bill Clinton, Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy. And I must have talked much about those heroes of mine because I recall Ruth interrupting me to say there was so much of the likes of Thomas Jefferson in me and so little of me in me.
A few weeks later after that rendezvous with Ruth and Susan, I also happened to meet a friend of mine called Paul Byatta who was then an undergraduate student at Harvard College. Like Ruth, Byatta brought to my attention that I was talking too much about great leaders like Thomas Jefferson and revealing too little about me.
It has been long since I had thoughtful conversations with such insightful friends of mine as Ruth and Byatta. But I want to believe that there is now more of me in me because I have been working hard to develop my own voice. Or to put it in other words, I have been daring to be different.
My dear reader, I also beseech you to also dare to be different. Cultivate that rare thing you possess. Try not to suppress what seems different in yourself. As I have already said, we are all unique. Geneticists say that the odds of our parents having another child like us are one in 102,000,000,000.
If you make a commitment of daring to be different by cultivating that rare thing you possess, you will make mistakes and face opposition from those who equate newness with wrongness. You may also be occasionally plagued by guilt of being different.
Let me encourage you to not wallow in guilt over the mistakes you will make as you attempt to be different. And when you face opposition from those who equate newness with wrongness, soldier on. Remember if you are flattened by an opponent, you can get up again; but if you are flattened by conformity, you stay down for good.
Again my dear reader, I beseech you to dare to be different. Be a lot less them and a lot more you. You are unique, so why blend in when you were created to stand out? Let's take comfort from this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." Adieu!
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