Something Money Which Can’t Buy PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:44

TODAY’S MANNA

BY Berlie G. Yap

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (JS. 1:27, ESV)

Did you remember about that certain news, of a Chinese businessman who lost $14B in one day? Wow, it was a lot of money! In our simple way, even to lose a hundred peso is already a real pain, let alone $14B and in one day! It just confirms two immutable truths in this world—first nothing is permanent on earth; second, something is more valuable than money.

In the ancient time, currency was in the form of coinage. Thus, they’d golden and silver coins. Yet, in the process of time, when paper was discovered, then the legal tender evolved to also become paper notes. In fact, in the corporate world today, businesses and trade are even done in a cashless way. Transactions and exchanges happen in the convenience of electronic form, and not anymore in cash.

Money is a gift from God which He gave that we can use to live a decent life, in this world. Money also speaks for civility and convenience. It is designed for our personal comfort, thus we HAVE them. What is wrong somehow is when this same gift will HAVE us, in other words, when it becomes the controlling force in our lives.

Besides, there are real stuffs in this world that cannot be bought with money—like love, joy and peace. We ought to work, and work hard, for our future and for our families, but not so much to the extent of depriving ourselves to value the more essential things in life.“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36, KJV)

I heard once that love is spelled as capital letters T.I.M.E. If you love a person—who is important to you, you ought to give him/her time! Parents mustn’t forget this value for their kids, or spouses to each other, and most of all us to our God. This is the reason why we go to our churches, at least once a week, to pray and read the Bible.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33, ESV) When there is love, there is also that sense of importance. Isn’t it when we acquired our first cellphone or iPad, beside of the extra ordinary joy we felt on that moment, we also did carefully handle them everyday, so that we could not allow even a little scratch to its skin!

Honestly, we often miss to judge the essentiality of the eternal from the temporary things. Such is a usual human tendency.Man is always a short-sighted being, who cannot see ahead his actual trail in the journey,in this side of eternity—the earth. Thus, he is regularly reminded by the Creator—in different ways, so that he can return to the old and right path.

The story of the lost sheep, in Bible, is very popular and a usual bedtime story to countless of children. That lost sheep was a lovely one. It was just that the wide and huge grazing territory disoriented him; at the same time, the valley floor did probably also allure him to separate from the rest of the 99. Thus, off he went to follow his own way, until he realized that he was already in the dark desolation, alone and lost.

The real hero in the story was the Good Shepherd, who was willing to leave the comfort of his fence and to scourer the unfamiliar terrain ahead of him, just to seek or save his lost and beloved sheep. In the story, the Good Shepherd didn’t stop until he found the scared lost sheep. Then, he placed him on his shoulder.

Admittedly, all of us go astray!And often, we do them willfully! We ought to thank God though that despite, He always sends circumstances and situations to bring us back to him. This humble article can also be a reminder which God can use to lead you back to the right track again. Disorientation, most of the time, happens when our priorities in life go wrong.

First things should be first and not to be placed down to the last list. This particular sequence can help, by following our fingers as the order of our life’s priorities: the thumb for God as the first, the point finger for our families—remember family comes next after God, the middle finger can be our jobs and studies, the ring finger is ourselves, while the index finger for other things.

Never mixed-up the order because once you do, problems will start to haunt and definitely topple you down. Focus is a result to knowing your priorities and direction. Very nice to live in this world when you understand the reason of your very existence.Well if you do, life will be such a sane and a beautiful one. That’s a guarantee.

Please tune in and listen to my program in 105.9 FM at 12NN-2PM on Sundays, like today. I handle a program of inspirational song, interesting sharing and in-depth counseling/advices in Barangay eMedia. God bless you.