Trust in GOD

”But he said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. The life is a greater thing than the food, and the body than the clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storeroom nor barn; yet God feeds them. Of how much value are you than they! But which of you being anxious about it can add to his stature a single cubit? Therefore if you are not able to do even a very little thing, why are you anxious concerning the rest?’

‘Consider how the lilies grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass which flourishes in the field today but tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more of you, O you of little faith!’

‘And as for you, do not seek what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; and do not exalt yourselves (for after all these things the nations of the world seek): but you Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be given to you besides.’

Do not be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased you Father to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms. Make for yourselves purses that do not grow old, a treasure unfailing in heaven, where neither thief draws near nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.’”

-Luke 12:22-34

This is the word of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this passage, He insisted what is our priority in this world. Our primary goal in this life is to be the servant of the Lord and to love our God with all our heart. Material things do not matter in our goal in perfecting ourselves to be Christ-like.

In the materialistic world that we are in today, it is hard not to worry about the food that we will eat, the clothes that we will wear, the education of our children, and the future of our families and ourselves. As the cost of living rises day-by-day, it is very hard not to anxious about such things.

I, for instance, worry about my career; of what will happen to me during my board exam; the state of my relationship with my girlfriend; and how I can help my parents in our daily expenses. I keep on worrying that I forgot about the state of my soul.

Through this passage, our Lord teaches us not to worry about such things. All we need to do is to put all our trust in Him and everything will be fine. He cares for the raven and the lilies, what more of us, His beloved creatures made in "His image". Jesus tells us that God will not let hinder such material need to hinder the growth of our faith.

Our God is good. It is all about faith and through His Grace everything will be fine. Trusting God makes us see His blessings as gifts, every single day as a chance to be a better servant of the Lord, every problem as a chance to strengthen our faith and every relationships as a way to bring other people closer to God.

Workplace Tip

Observe Everything, Absorb and Reject
Three weeks had passed since I started working in a bank. I stayed long enough to see many things and techniques that my fellow older workmates do regarding their job. I also heard grievances and conflicting opinions regarding the job, the workplace and the company.

For a newbie like me, the safest course is to keep my mouth shut while listening and observing. Many things that I observed run contrary to what I believe is right. Thus, I had to learn how to discriminate between what is right and what is wrong. I must not accept all the things that are being taught to me.

Remember that whatever you do today will reflect to the course of your career in the future. It is up to you if you will choose to use the erroneous technique or not. Whatever you choose, you must prepare yourself for the consequences of your decision.

Remember, your decision is yours alone. You can not blame the employee whom you copy the wrong technique. It will be you who will feel the full brunt of punishment if your wrongdoing were uncovered (and mind you, all of evil deeds are always uncovered).