Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

March 8, 2011
by

Jake Kruse

Freshman, Business Major, Pre-Healthcare

Tb 2:9-14
Ps 112:1-2, 7-8, 9
Mk 12:13-17

“Where are your charitable deeds now?  Where are your virtuous acts?  See!  Your true character is finally showing itself!” -Tobit 2:14

Even in times of despair and uncertainty, God calls us to trust in him always.  Tobit’s worsening case of cataracts, increasing to the point of complete blindness, is terrible and would be hard for anyone to cope with.  It is not an excuse, however, to go through life in pity of oneself.   The way one handles terrible situations defines who one is as a person.  Anyone could go through life asking, 'why me, God?'  Tobit was not only blinded by his cataracts in his literal vision; he also no longer saw how blessed he was to have people in his life who cared so much about his health and well-being.  Tobit’s wife, Anna, worked hard to take care of him, and he should have been thankful for all he still had going for him in his life.

Everything happens for a reason.  God is with us in all of our achievements, and God is with us in all of our failures.  In high school, I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in my knee twice while playing football.  This was a life-changing experience for me.  To go through six months of recovery not only once, but twice, was really staggering for me.  I did not understand why God had done this to me.  I believe I grew in my faith even more through this life-changing experience.  I had learned what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  I saw how my physical therapist served people and helped them along the road of recovery, and I knew that God did all of this for me so I could see and understand what I should do with my life.

For me, it was crucial to stay motivated and goal-oriented: to keep the faith.  I saw all my friends and family supporting me, and I understood how blessed I was to have so many wonderful people around me.  I did not want to let them down; I could not let them down.  I was blessed with the strength to make a full recovery and now have a fully functional knee.

I have so many things going for me in my life right now. If I have learned anything, I have learned to ALWAYS TRUST in God.



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