Choices… ‘The Greatest Miracle in the World’

Has anyone among you read this book? I was in senior high school at the time, with a girlfriend mind you. She’s beautiful, smart, and like me – very spiritual. Someone lent her a book entitled, ‘The Greatest Miracle in the World’. She was deeply moved by it and wanted to share it with me. I took the book home and in that one night, I finished it from cover-to-cover (only 108 pages). The opening chapter mentioned St. Francis – and since he is my favorite saint, I was easily hooked. That was the catch. After the opening, I just turned the page continuously and before I knew it, I was done. Since then, Og Mandino has become one of my favorite authors.

If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to do so. It will definitely change your life for the better. One part of the book rings very true to me and I would like to share it with you all. Here’s an excerpt from the book, a section called ‘The God Memorandum’ – a memo from God to you:

‘How could one improve on a miracle? You were a marvel to behold and I was pleased. I gave you this world and dominion over it. Then, to enable you to reach your full potential I placed my hand upon you, once more, and endowed you with powers unknown to any other creature in the universe, even unto this day.

I gave you the power to think.

I gave you the power to love.

I gave you the power to will.

I gave you the power to laugh.

I gave you the power to imagine.

I gave you the power to create.

I gave you the power to plan.

I gave you the power to speak.

I gave you the power to pray….

Thus we come to the fourth law of success and happiness…for I gave you one more power, a power so great that not even my angels possess it.

With this gift I placed you even above my angels…for angels are not free to choose sin. I gave you complete control over your destiny. I told you to determine, for yourself, your own nature in accordance with your own free will. Neither heavenly nor earthly in nature, you were free to fashion yourself in whatever form you preferred. You had the power to choose to degenerate into the lowest forms of life, but you also had the power, out of your soul’s judgment, to be reborn into the higher forms, which are divine.

I have never withdrawn that great power, the power to CHOOSE.’ – GOD

That was one of my favorite parts in the book. As I age, I try to take a peek behind me and ask, ‘What have I done in the past?’ There were many times along the path where I saw myself making the wrong choices. Choices that if given me today, I may choose to go the other way. But that is not the point. The point is to look at the choices I’ve made and its outcome. Was the outcome to my benefit? To my demise? I then take the lesson learned from that ‘choice’ and base my future decisions from it.


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