Being Marist in "The Real World" - Chapter 6

Chapter 6: The God in Me

Dear Reader,

Have you ever saw God in someone else?

That is kind of a heavy question, but just think to yourself. God has always been taught to us that he is "everywhere" though it may look pretty impossible. It goes without saying that believers believe in God the way children believe in Santa Claus. But what if God was literally everywhere? What if God was over my shoulder telling me what to type right now for this blog? Better question: what if God was in all of us? Like, "for real" for real.

This sounds corny when you read this and it sounds corny when I type this. Bear with me.

I still remember one of the first times this happened to me. I had the opportunity to volunteer as a young adult leader on the Marist Encounter (Nov2017). There, I met a guy named Raul. I didn't know him at the time, but by first impression, I thought he wasn't going to like me. I thought we weren't going to be friends. However, near the end of the weekend, he gave a talk about God & how he talks with him. He started to go off on a tangent & looked around the room saying "I see God in all of you" until his eyes met mine. While looking at me, he said "I see God in you." I don't know if he even meant to do that or if he even realized he was staring at me at that time. I don't know when I "played God" for him in that weekend that urged him to say this while looking at me, but for the first time ever, I felt so used by God. He used me to prove something beautiful. He is alive. He is present. He is here. I teared up not soon after not only because of the words Raul spoke, but also because God is so unorthodox and dope with his blessings & reassurances that he loves me. Like, he ain't even have to do all that. (Shoutout to Raul. You're a beautiful human & I can't wait to see you in person again. I love you man! #WeOnAnUltralightBeam)

I've been some other instances where people have told me that they "saw God" in me. After each time, I would be "gassed up" (in a good mood) for the rest of the day, but then take moments to ponder on the fact that at that moment, I was heaven-sent to someone. At that moment, I was their proof that God was alive and well. Each time, it would shock me so much because I know that I am in NO WAY a big deal. I am not special in any facet. In fact, I am so flawed and I have done wrong to so many people. I am not perfect. However, I would be sent somewhere at the correct time to simply "play God". I would be used as a living manifestation of God's existence and someone would walk up to me just to tell me that I'm "what they needed".

I don't say this to brag. In NO WAY am I talking myself up to make it seem like I'm "holier than thou" or I'm GOD. God is God & I am not. BUT, this does not take away from the advice I want to give to you this chapter. If you want to be Marist in "the real world" or simply be a good person, I encourage you to "play God" for someone. Try to live like how he wants us to. It may seem like a lot, but it really isn't. Try to be and do good. It's fun. If you're a good person to people, they will see that and appreciate that. This chapter was literally inspired by this woman that I met at the groomers. My dog, Fluffy, got her haircut & the lady who groomed her (this is our first time meeting by the way) looked me in the eyes and told me how much God loves me, how much she loves me though she doesn't know me, and how she needed to tell me this because, somehow, she saw God in me. It can be as simple as smiling at someone who needs their day brightened or as "out there" as telling a random person that God and you love and care for them. For me, just please be a good person today and everyday. I will be sending blessings to all those who read my chapters. Thank you in advance.

Sincerely Yours Sometimes,


PS: SONG OF THE WEEK: Kanye West - Ultralight Beam

(Every time I post, I will include a song that may or may not correlate with the topic I write about. This is me thanking you for reading my posts by gifting you with good music.)

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