"Don't forget the challenge God has given us" is the headline of the column on spirituality in the Korean Times. The columnist reminds us that wars are far from being a challenge in maintaining national sovereignty but are contemptible killings in a brutal fight for victory. In no way is this how we should be living up to God's goodness.
The word 'challenge,' in a Korean
dictionary, means: to face head-on in combat, also used as a figure of
speech when facing any difficulty, or to better some record. We use the
word often when referring to adventures like climbing mount Everest,
but most importantly, the columnist says, the word 'challenge' should be
part of our searching for the meaning of life.
In our daily
lives, we are continually being challenged. Many find the challenge
beyond their strength and choose to avoid it. Challenges usually contain
both danger and adventure and should be faced squarely. Challenges are
part of life and are given to us by God.
However, we tend to
forget this reality and think that challenges originate from our earthly
circumstances; we do not see them as lifting us up to a higher and
superior way of living. We should be sensitive to this reality, and not
see challenges only as a way of bettering our material life.
the end of life everything can become a challenge to us, and a
responsibility. Challenges, whether coming early or late in life, have
formed or are forming who we are. A boxer strives to be the best he can
be: a champion. We are striving for the virtuous life, a life of freedom
and responsibility. Without this freedom and sense of responsibility,
we are not living the beautiful life, the life of virtue.
beauty of life can be experienced daily by accepting and overcoming the
challenges that come to us daily. If we look back and only see the
zealousness of our life, our successes in avoiding the challenges of
life, considering them our consolation, then we will not be able to say
it was a life well-lived. A life without challenges amounts to a life
that is lived too shallowly. What are the challenges that we face
today? What efforts do we make to live the life of a free person? Are
we pridefully fooling ourselves into thinking we are champions? The
challenges that allow us to transcend the concerns of our ordinary life
and to live the life of faith are only given to humans. We should face
these challenges courageously until the day we die.