In the place where I live when I was a child, there is a narrow alley serving as a short cut to get to the next street. Back in grade school, we used to pass by it so we can immediately get to my parent’s home.
I must say that although it is a great help for us, more often than not, we find ourselves in trouble whenever we pass by it as the alley is full of neighbors doing their constant thing: gossiping, gambling, drinking which more often than not lead into brawling. Not to mention that there are stray dogs who would always love to chase those simple passersby.
As I grow older, that street became a favorite hang out for pick pockets and street dwellers whom you would sometimes get caught sniffing solvents.
In our life, there are times, when the going gets tough and we want to speed up things, we are forced to do “short cuts”. We find ourselves compromising our beliefs, our integrity. And more often than not, the ending is not good. We get ourselves into trouble for not sticking to the plan and persevering.
As they say, regret is always at the end. If we find ourselves in that situation, may we both learn to turn back and ask GOD for guidance so we would not be diverted again from the right path.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14 NIV
Do you find yourself planning to do things & actually wanting to put it into action only to end up accomplishing another which was totally out of your plans?
Have you experience making a ‘to do list’, reminding yourself always about it only to end up setting it aside because something came up and you forgot about the priorities you have for that day?
Do you felt having the rush to do a project only to proscrastinate about it later?
I do for all of the above. When I was younger, I was full of energy. I was so agressive. I cannot stay in a corner, if I do, I might get sick. A few people close to me would sometimes remind me to slow down and not rush into things.
As I grow older, I learned to relax, it do me good but as they say, too much of everything is not good. I relaxed too much and now I find myself being lazy to attend to the things requiring my immediate attention.
During the start of this pandemic, it only got worse as the people around me and myself are having unstable emotions. My daily dose of GOD’s words by reading the Bible, praying, reading & listening online devotionals, watching online mass and ecumenical shows helped me a lot to get the motivation I badly needed to keep going.
I am still a work in progress that’s why I always need GOD’s mercy each day.
Galatians 5:16-17 ESV
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.”
When I was younger, the motto “What you see is what you get” applies to me. I was so transparent that it was easy for people with hidden motives to abuse me. Of course, I often get hurt whenever I learned that I was only good as long as I have a use for them.
They say that a true friend is someone who stabs you at the front. I met a lot of them – who accepted me unconditionally and who really cares enough to be blunt to share their opinions whenever they see something that concerns me.
But sometimes, we tend to take for granted those genuinely caring people and in our desire to be accepted in different communities, we do silly things – including pretending to be someone we definitely are not.
This I did and like a doormat, I allowed myself to be trampled again to the point that I no longer recognize myself and I no longer know what I want in life.
As I grow older and became a wiser version of myself, I realized that if people really wanted you to be in their life, they will not only value you but will also placed you in the list of their priorities.
GOD values us so much. Shouldn’t we do the same to ourselves and to those people who’ve shown their respect to us?
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”