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CHAPLAIN’S CORNER - Will you get or give all you can out of life?

By Chap. (Maj.) Anthony Kazarnowicz | USAG CATHOLIC CHAPLAIN | July 01, 2014

What is your philosophy of life? How do you view the world you live in?

One philosophy is expressed by this question, “What do I want to get out of life?” It has been said, “You only go around once in life. Get all the gusto you can out of it.”

The Gospels tell the story of a farmer, who filled up his grain bins, but still had more grain to harvest. He asked himself, “What shall I do?” Based on his philosophy of life, he said, “This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ Luke 12:17-19.

TV shows also reflect this philosophy. Remember “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” or “Million Dollar Pyramid” or “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”? Advertisements in newspapers, magazines, store windows and the Internet all entice us to “get all we can out of life.”

There is, however, another philosophy of life. It is expressed by the question, “What do I want to give life?” This question may be answered in the following way, “I will use my mind, my talents, my gifts, my resources, my energies and my training to help make life a little bit better for those less fortunate than myself, to help alleviate suffering and to defend the lives of those who are unable to protect themselves.”

At the end of their lives, looking back, all human beings will say one of two things to themselves: “I lived life to the fullest; I got all I could out of life,” or “I lived life to the fullest; I gave all I could to life.” Which would you like to say to yourself?

May you choose wisely while you are still young. The Army values will help you decide which philosophy to live. Keep this in mind, too, whatever philosophy you choose, that philosophy also will be passed on to your children.

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