Sunday, August 30, 2009

Grace Is All I Need

A friend teased me one day, how all the favours he did for me will add up in the big account book of good and bad deeds. When the list of good tides over the list of bad, St. Peter would turn the key to the doors of heaven for him. The joke was at my expense of course! Clearly, he did think that was how I determined the way I lived my life. There was an element of truth to what he thought of me too. That is probably how I tried to subsist. All my efforts focused on trying to add on to my list of good deeds, working hard at trying to do the right thing for all the right reasons. The effort was sometimes humungous and almost always ended up tired and sometimes even convinced being good is hard work indeed.

But some days ago, I realised I may have missed a basic point. Maybe I should start living life with gratitude and awe of being a part of creation. Thankful everyday to be alive. Maybe I should open my eyes and look around and drink in the beauty of the bounty. Maybe I should live my life realising I exist because of love. The kind of love that says you love the other not because you’re loved by them, but because God loves you.

And as for being good and actually all about looking at the bigger picture. The ariel view of things. Looking at things the way God sees it perhaps. The view from heaven is the best. Because from up there you see more than from what you see from the eye level of one’s perspective.
Goodness is all about loving. The way the Almighty loves. Unconditionally and without reserve. Loving when not loved back. Loving when the self protests in fatigue. Loving when there are more reasons to hate. Loving when impatience tells you to give it up and move on with ‘your’ life.

Being good just takes me one third the journey to Him. What really takes me there is His love. And the grace that comes with it. I can’t even move my finger or even think a single good thought if not for the grace that comes from Love.
Therefore I learnt today, Grace is all I need!


Paresh Palicha said...

Shalu, please keep your thoughts flowing like this. Sometimes, we just beat around the bush without getting to the crux of the matter. Your writing shows that you're very close to (crux)it. :)

Shalini George said...


What can i say. I am humbled by your generosity..
Thanks for the kind words dear.

neelima said...

I have to agree with Paresh yes... you are very close:)

How true we try to do things in the right way and forget to"live " and get fatigued!

No point in living like that is what i realized some time back :P

Love, good deeds or the right way of life is just comparative . Let us live a life which is guided right from our heart,mind or soul and let us not hurt others ...

Shalu i love this sincere post from you...

Me waiting for the big one though :)))

Keep writing my gal... angels are waiting :)

Amrita said...

Hello Shalini,
Paresh directed me to your blog and I am glad i visited.

You are a very acomplished writer. I am very impressed

josh said...

'Diary of a country priest', the film, ends with this line: "All is grace". Nothing is truer than that.

Shalini George said...

@Neelima...thankyou dear
@Amrita Thankyou. Nice to meet you.

@Josh...yeah i got to see the movie. Thanks for visiting...

deeps said...

life is a sum total of a gift we have recieved... a graceful one! alle?

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