A Congregation of Conservative Evangelical Christians

Dat’s Reflections for April 15th, 2020

Worries sometimes can take us so far ahead into the unknown future that we forget all about today. It might be healthy that we start each day with thankfulness. Be thankful that today actually happens. The more often we can do that, the more we can treat each day of our life as a gift. No one would know for sure that waking up everyday is a certainty. So today happens because God allows it to happen and for that alone, I am thankful.

When we are thankful, it is easier to be positive about life. It is the kind of positivity that centers itself on enlarging our life’s meaning and its influence. It is actually pointless to be alive when our life doesn’t have any meaningful impact on anyone.

We are then called to empty ourselves in the act of caring for others. Positivity is not just motivational. It is devotional toward our greater purpose of life.

But it is a challenge to commit ourselves to a life of service because we might discover that we are in some ways ill equipped and bankrupted. We might have to dig deeper into the make up of our foundation so that we can be more well grounded. To be grounded is to start the our day once again with thankfulness, to know that God is with us and for us, to believe that what we give to others doesn’t come from us alone and to enjoy every single moment we have with one another as a holy moment.

Having proper priorities also helps us to create a sharp focus for our life. It helps us to discover how we employ our talents, manage our time and deploy our finances. They together set our internal compass to guide us through different periods in life. It also tells us whether we are grounded on something or someone that is greater than ourselves. To prioritize does not mean to have a plan for our personal successes alone. It is about having a life that plays an important role in others’ successes.

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

(Matthew 6: 31-34)