Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 9-15 August 2015
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'”
“There was once a farmer named Juan, he has two wives: one is younger than the other. He has a schedule for both of them. However, as years passed, the younger wife noticed that Juan is growing white hairs. To avoid appearing “too old” for her, she removed the white hairs. However, the older wife also noticed that the younger wife is pulling the white hairs. To make him look more suitable for her age, she removed his black hairs. This continued on for many months and Juan ended up being bald because both wives removed his black and white hairs, leaving nothing.”
Is the story familiar? This story is one of the urban legends in the Philippines which aim to teach men of the pitfalls of having affairs. The story has a lesson: Be content of what you have.
Most of us have desires in our lives be it material or spiritual. There is nothing wrong with desiring things, as long as they are both reasonable and harmless to others. But there are times wherein as humans, we either ask for more than we need (in which we become greedy) or we ask for something that is unreasonable or simply impossible.
We can become happy when we satisfy these needs, but we can only attain joy through things that are not material. We can see it in several situations in life: Passing the licensure examinations, seeing a relative after several years or even seeing someone special recover from illness or problems. Those are the real joys in life which can only be attained not thru material things but thru God and welfare to others.
As we start another week, we pray to God that may we not only be content but also invest in things that give joy and growth.
We receive more by keeping less.