The Will of a River
by Alfredo Q. Gonzales
The “Will of a River” by Alfredo Q. Gonzales, talks about the life of man on earth. The river islikened to a person’s life. Firstly, it shows that it is an undeniable fact that there are many trials, problems and difficulties that one encounters in life. Sometimes these circumstances areconsidered to be negative. There are many hindrances and obstacles that one faces in life. Howare they dealt with? The person must have patience and endurance to hurdle testings and evenadversaries in life. There are those who easily get dismayed and discouraged. They surrender or even retreat, but there are those who persevere and do not easily lose hope, like the river.Secondly, it also speaks of determination to reach the goals of life. If we cannotovercome the obstacles, we can undercome them as aptly expressed by the author. Have theoptimism to reach your goal and possess an outlook in life not in pessimism but in hope. Youhave that optimism to reach your goal and your outlook in life must not be one in pessimism butof hope. When we experience hardships in life or when things get rough, we must not quit. Juststick to the fight.One has to live his life faithfully and be a blessing to others. This is why the river exists.Without doubt this is the noble reason for our existence on earth. You are not just living for your self but you live firstly for God and for other people, as well. The popular saying, “No man is anisland” suggests that you cannot live alone but you need other people and they need you, too.Whatever you possess (talents, abilities, or it could even be riches) you have to share them toother people. Be generous and not selfish. You may comfort others, help those who are in needand even be able to sacrifice for the sake of other people. This could be the meaning of life. If nature, like the river, which we consider devoid of feelings or emotions, fulfills its dutyrightfully, how much more for man who was created by God in His own image with emotions,will, and intellect? One must consider his responsibility to others and must solemnly see the needto care and have compassion for others.With reverence, man must recognize the fact that the things he possesses in life comesfrom God. His life comes from the creator. He draws his strength from God. The things that heshares with others are gifts or blessings from the Lord. He lives by the grace of the AlmightyGod. And the same grace he must show to others. He can do nothing without God in his life. Allhis achievements, his victories, his possessions are attained or obtained because of God. What heis and what he has is all because of Him.Like a mountain, where the river draws its power from to be able to carry on, man hasGod. Like a mountain, big and high, God, the Omnipotent is the source of all, the source of strength, hope, and the courage of man to go on with and stick to his fight. Only that man has totrust and believe that God will enable him to move on and will help him, never to desert nor toforsake.
Therefore, a man should be faithful to his calling, believing that God will be able to keephim from falling. And in His promise he will trust for He will be faithful to finish the work Hehas begun to each and everyone’s life.
Footnote to Youth
by Jose Garcia Villa