An abridged excerpt—
♫ "...you are the master of your destiny;" continuing: "a man's not all good nor all bad | Call them as you see them; you'll stand alone | You're the best friend that you ever had, oh yeah, you're the best friend that you ever had." ♪With these words forever in the back of his mind, the observer eagerly accepted an offer of introduction to a man who, as a school child, had just turned away as Hiroshima was devestated by the world's first Hydrogen Bomb, which knocked him forward and burned his back.
Barely alive but responding to treatment, the boy found that the bomb's mighty concussion had 'knocked the Japanese' out of him, meaning that whatever spirit made him one of the people of that island, of their myriad complex fate, was gone. Free to be a regular person, he then lived his life on his own terms, outside of theirs, and moved to California.
Unfortunately having passed prior to the meeting, the observer always wondered why that man in particular had been freed from his island's forced societal and religious enslavement. He later witnessed a dog revive from illness to an angelic state, and saw where a lightning bolt cured a trucker's diabetes. Plus he's seen where some awaken from comas speaking other languages or in strange accents—his own cousin with Irish brogue—that's only explainable on a spiritual level.
While a majority of us let church and governments run our lives, we must understand that our lives are primarily all about our going back to heaven or not -- that we are here to live by the conscience of God and never kiss anyone's ass.
Meaning that we can't make the-decision-of-destiny for anyone else (as Job tried for his children) but only for ourselves, which is something even Mother Theresa never figured out.
Witness her plaintive letters about feeling unsatisfied in all the things she did to get God to like her. It's good to be charitable, yes, but one must be free of one's own nightmarish ego in order to do well for others, hence Mother Teresa's hopelessness.
This is best described in the bible’s book of James, who was the younger brother of Joshua the Son-of-God. James wrote in the gospel attributed to him, that good works are evidence of a returnee's trust in God, rather than the reverse.
Yet with many only engaging in charitable works not because God had placed them there, but to suspend pangs of loneliness, boss others around, or score points on some nebulous God-o-meter, the observer has seen very few whose charitable work wasn't all about them.
So to what should we adhere; to those expecting us to serve and defend them and their ways? Or should we to just allow another's need brought to our attention in God’s subtle and uneventful manner, and by attending to it, store up treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:20)?
You ARE the master of THAT destiny.