INSPIRATIONAL FAITH

 

Simon AthosisI would like to share with you the words of a wise man of faith which inspire me. He is not a Salvationist, he is an Orthodox Monk. His name is Simon Athosis. Not many things are known about him, it is known that he is Russian, lived in the Caucasian Mountains and now lives in a hidden place alone on a “holy mount” in Macedonia, Greece, and the Mount is called Athos. He wrote some spiritual books in Russian.  

You may ask, why I write about an Orthodox Monk in a Salvation Army newsletter. Because, I am sure that God gives wisdom without borders and frames of religions and denominations. Also because the issues he discusses are so important for the Army’s ministry.  Please, meditate on Simon’s vision from the questions below. Would the answers to his questions be your answers too?

Who is the best winner? The one who wins by the truth

Who is the worst winner? The one who wins by power (force)

What kind of person is the weakest? The one who tries to win others

What kind of person is the strongest?  The one who won himself

What kind of fight is the most dangerous? The fanatical one

Who is the best teacher? Suffering

What teacher is the worst?  Pleasure

How to become more kind? By sharing with a neighbor his troubles

How to become more modest? By sharing with a neighbor your glory

How to become more humble?  By sharing with a neighbor his weakness

How to become more honest? Never forget about your debts

What kind of skill is the rarest? The skill of giving

What kind of skill is the best? The skill of forgiveness

What is the most difficult skill? Ability to remain silent

What is the most important skill? The skill of asking

What is the skill most needed? Ability to listen

What is the most annoying habit? The habit of arguing

What is the most harmful habit?  The habit of garrulity

What kind of man comes to God quicker? The merciful one

What kind of person is the strongest? The one who can comprehend the Truth

What kind of person is the weakest? The one who counts on his own strength

Who is the wisest person? The one who takes care of his own heart

What kind of affection is the most dangerous? The affection to own body

What kind of person is the poorest? The one who loves money more than anything

How to confront trouble? By humility

How to confront sufferings? By patience

What is the sign of a healthy heart? Faith

What is the sign of a sick soul? Hopelessness

What is the sign of wrong actions? Irritation

What is the sign of right actions? Peace in your soul

What kind of person being alive is dead? Indifferent

What kind of person will never die? The one who loves God and people

So simple. So easy to say and so hard to apply to life. So important to remember and focus on. We are the Army of service. We are the Army of hope. We are the Army of love in action. Let us pray and ask God the right questions and receive His answers for our actions.

 

 

Yana Miheeva
Moldova, Eastern Europe Territory

 

Yana is a young Salvationist, who works at Divisional Headquarters in Chisinau, Moldova

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