Saturday, December 06, 2008

Daily Digest #192

All is vanity and grasping for the wind. —Ecclesiastes 1:14

Just a while ago, I was talking to a Thai mom. She confessed that she was neither pro nor anti-government, and was happy that the protests have ended and flights resumed. We talked about the country's economic downfall for the past week, and I was amazed by what she said when I told her the Thailand lost hundreds of millions of dollars in a span of 1 week. She said she felt more happy and thankful for no bloodshed, than sad for the country's damaged reputation and economy. They can be earned again, she said, but lost lives can never be replaced.

From that statement, I was reminded once again how temporary our material world is, and that it can be taken away from us in just one snap, even our lives. We may attain success in our careers, or a certain project in our lives, but what comes next? We often forget that our time, skills and knowledge are limited. We tend to find contentment and completeness in temporary things and forget the things that really matter -- our relationship with God, and our relationship with others.

For this, let us pray. May we focus our lives on the eternal. May we not attach ourselves to material things, and remember that they are only temporary. May we take time to assess our lives, our goals and our priorities. May we find completeness in God alone, for He will surely give us the courage to face this troubled world, armored with strength to seek peace, and to hope, and to love. Pray always.

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