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Saturday, 06 May 2017 12:03

TODAY’S MANNA

BY Berlie G. Yap

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” (Ps. 8:3-5, ESV)

Do you notice that when one goes through a depression, he cannot anymore feel, let alone appreciate, the beauty of God’s creation around him? The obvious reason is because he is already overwhelmed or literally drowned to despondency. Thus, his actual focus is derailed then to his negative feeling. Now, here’s another bombshell: many people do not have to go through a literal depression, as to fail to appreciate God’s graces around him; it’s the callousness of his heart!

Roses are red, the sky is blue, honey is sweet; the alluring smiles of the people you meet are all blessings from heaven which ought to inspire us every day. Generally, man’s immediate tendency is to notice soon the wrong things around him, than the beautiful circumstances which encompass him. Bible scholars call it as the obvious manifestation of our fallen nature.

Remember, we only have one life in this world. It will be a total waste if we do not enjoy or relish God’s blessings, which He endowed to us all. Ants are only small bugs. Who cares of their presence; but do you know that often they are better than any average human being, in some ways? Each time any crumbs to fall from our tables, they do not waste time to take them.

King Solomon, in the book of Proverbs, explained that ants always see ahead, or rather prepare, for the rainy days. Thus, they gather inasmuch during the summer months. Indeed, they have a way to appreciate something, even to God’s little blessings. “But in the summer, ants gather all of their food and save it. So when winter comes, there is plenty to eat.” (Prov. 6:8-10, ESV)

Make the most of what little or much that you have. Take for example, our youths. We don’t stay young forever, such is an undeniable fact! Ain’t it? Are there how many good looking guys you know in the past, but are now bald or even without teeth already? Ladies used to be with flawless legs and body figures, but are also bent now because of osteoporosis? Whew! The list is endless folks.

Take care of your youth. Use and enjoy them righteously. Never destroy them because it ain’t yours. Such is only a trust, which God almighty—as the GIVER, will make a definite an accounting, on the Judgment Day. I’ve a friend who was just diagnosed with a 4th stage lung cancer. His family was totally devastated.

The friend has reduced to skin and bone, just in a matter of weeks. It feels to see him suffer of the pains, in a daily basis. The people around are totally helpless. We just pray every day that God may comfort him or that he can make peace then with God, so that he may be ready to face his ultimate. The naked reality is anytime soon, he can leave this world already.

Regrets are very obvious in his facial expressions. The friend has a single beautiful daughter. Maybe, on his moments of pain, he also feels for his young daughter. The man was a chain smoker. The reason of his terminal ailment was his earlier abuse to his body. The natural law is unalterable: what we sow is what we shall reap.

Love what the gifts God gave you. Cherish them, or even increase them. It will be great when such, which you can leave to your children as your exceptional legacy. Remember, we build our own names. “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.” (Prov. 22:1, ESV)

Our names may not become like to great heroes in our country or in the world, but if we can be circumspect to our own lives, we too can be exemplary to our own children. More than that, we also can be an inspiration, whom others may emulate. The worst a man can do in his entire life is to become a stumbling-block to the people around him.

Even the Lord Jesus remarked that it would be better to any offending man to tie a mill stone to his neck and jump to the waters. “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.” (Lk. 17:2, ESV)

 

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