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October 21, 2020 Wednesday 07:39:25 PM IST

What Really Matters

Reflections

Eugenia Price (1916-1996) is the author of dozens of inspirational books and many bestselling historical romances. Forty million copies of her books have been sold in 18 languages worldwide. Born in Charleston, West Virginia in the US, Eugenia wanted to be a writer ever since she was ten. However, she studied dentistry in college for two years before she decided to return to her first love, writing. 

Hired by National Broadcasting Company (NBC) she wrote and produced several successful radio shows. After a conversion experience at the age of 33, she started producing inspirational radio shows which later led her to a career as an inspirational author and a historical novelist. While she was enormously successful as an inspirational author she also made a name for herself by writing many beautiful historical novels. Eugenia who had declared herself an atheist at the time of her high school graduation became not only a strong believer in God through her conversion but also a passionate promoter of God’s love for us.

It was in this context she asked herself the question, ‘What really matters in life?’ Her quest for an answer made her write a book under the title What Really Matters? But before we look at her answer let us look at some possible answers. Is wealth the most important thing in life as many people believe? Or, is it power, prestige, and recognition as many seem to think? For many others, it could be having higher education and a high-paying job. For others, it could be having a peaceful family life. There could be others who regard art and literature as the most important thing in life. If we are fervent adherents of religion our faith may be the most important thing in our life. Eugenia understands the importance of faith in our life. However, she also understands the importance of prayer which always connects us with God. She also sees the importance of the worship of God in our life. While looking at what really matters in our life Eugenia is not willing to underestimate the importance of love and service especially because they are the hallmarks of any true religion.

However, according to Eugenia, what truly matters in our life is God’s love for us which is everlasting. This is because we owe our existence to his love; he continues to love us and bless us even when we don’t love him; he never stops loving us even when we reject him deliberately with our misdeeds; moreover, he loves us dearly even when we don’t love ourselves because of self-hatred. Eugenia finds meaning to our existence primarily because we are the objects of God’s eternal love. The fact that God loves us even when nobody loves us should make us convinced that what really matters in our life is God’s love for us, says Eugenia. There are times people complain that God has abandoned them. But according to Eugenia, the contrary is true because God never stops loving us. What happens is that we stop loving him when things go wrong and move away from the friendship he offers us.


If God continues to love us even when we stop loving him wholeheartedly, shouldn’t we see God’s love for us as the most important thing in our life as Eugenia argues? It is because of his great love for us that God said through Prophet Isaiah, “Can a woman forget her nursing child or lack compassion for the son of her womb? Even if she could forget, I will not forget you! Behold, I have inscribed you on the palm of my hands” (Isaiah 49:15-16).

God loves us so much that he has inscribed our names on the palm of his hands. Moreover, as we read in the Gospel of St. John, “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). Yes, God’s love for us is what really matters in our life especially because it brings us everlasting life with him.


Jose Panthaplamthottiyil

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