The Unbroken Reverie

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

At the End of the Day

Written by Mike Gallego

In the world, many people are slaves for the many things that they ardently desire, but they do not really need. Some of us may not admit, but many of us have been guilty, too, of having so many material wants in life. Yes, we, too, belong to those people who think that life’s treasures can be found in the luxury and comfort of things. We cannot blame ourselves, though.

Since childhood, our parents and teachers have set our minds to always do our best in our studies, so that someday we can have good jobs, and in the future we can buy all the material things we want in life. However, we cannot blame our parents too. It is because, in our society, success conforms mainly about quantity – quantity of properties, money, education, etc. We live in a society where the rich people are the successful, the more important, the more believable; where what is glamorous is noble, what is sensational is true, and what is appealing is good. Our culture has taught us to seek more; to want more.

Did God really plan this world to be this complicated, or is it just us who make the world difficult? Is this our life? No. What is our real life? When will we start our real life?

Things are very easy, very simple. At the end of the day, it is not our possessions, position, power, nor prestige that will matter. At the end of the day, it is not about the mansion where we live, the money we have in the bank, the car that we ride in, nor the brand of clothing we wear. No. A man’s wealth is not determined by these things. Jesus said in the Gospel, “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possession.”

At the end of day, our family, our neighbors, our relationships with others, and what we do with them are what really count. Things change drastically in a matter of seconds, that is why all that we may consider wealth is actually determined by the number of times we laughed with our friends, we shared moments with our family, we spent with our loved ones, and by the number of people we have helped and made happy throughout the day.

God has shown us the real meaning of life. For God so loved the world He gave us Christ, His only Son. And Jesus came to bring peace that comes from loving and doing good to others. He said, “My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.”

A person does not live and die for himself or herself alone. Life is too short and fleeting to let it simply slip away in things that are not truly worth our lives. At the end of the day, the one we should follow is God, who is love. At the end of the day, love is all about giving. At the end of the day, life is all about giving. Don’t you think our life is too short to do anything else away from that?

May we all experience the beauty and joy of renewal by being more generous this Holy Week.

3 Comment(s) -:

Aaron Teng said...

Happy Good Friday to you!

Sendzki said...

great read! i'm glad about this post!

Mike Gallego said...

thanks, aaron and sendo. :)