It is amazing to me, the great lengths people will go to for success in this world and yet will dare to call me crazy for the lengths I intend to go to for mine. What people have done in the name of money or fame are unspeakable and probably, for most, unfathomable. ‘It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.’

Even the other side of the coin speaks of hard work in the dignified sense. How many have left family and friends, even wives or husbands in the name of higher education or an opportunity at success? How many have worked tirelessly, going many thousands into debt, for the ability just to learn? (Something that could easily be done with just the internet and your local library.)

“If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.” FZ

The whole world knows that hard work and perseverance are what lead to success – in everything. So why, oh why, should they curse and spite God when he expects the same for achieving salvation? Do you really expect to just waltz into heaven, sins and all? Or is not this life on Earth given to us as an opportunity to learn and be cleansed of our impurities? ‘Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.’

‘This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.” I feel I am of this third and this planet Earth is the firestorm. This personal hell I am undergoing is only to humble and perfect me for my greater good.

‘Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.’ And what a spectacle it has been. God must have been very angry with me, but he has also given me gifts that I feel unworthy of – out of his Great Love. ‘Let your adorning be the inner self of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.’ I am very precious to him, terrible sins notwithstanding.

So, I will work hard and persevere for the only reason I find worthy – Love. Love of my neighbors and Love of God. Should success and fame come because of this work, then they will be his gifts; not my will. My will is only to do His. No. Matter. What.

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