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Sunday, 15 February 2015

It isn't the money

I recently renewed my faith in Jesus. I felt that many of the things which we do, are in excess of what is required. Honestly, I have been feeling lost. I am now more conscious about those things that I had taken for granted. Now that I have my own family, and expenses are ever burgeoning, I find that I need faith more than anything else (except, maybe coffee) to go through each and every day and make it. I am currently the sole breadwinner of my family. Life isn't easy, but we are blessed to have a family. Our son, 2 and a half years old, is a bundle of joy that I wouldn't trade any fortune for.

Here, a message popped out of the text that I'm reading. "Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare." Isa 55:2.

We don't really need to buy all the stuff that people think are important. We really only need to buy food -- "bread" -- to survive. Sometimes, we've got to cut back on the unnecessary expenses.

We don't really need to spend our hours and efforts in "chasing after the wind" like the author of Ecclesiastes said. But we should spend our efforts on what satisfies.

Just then, the text rearranges itself to a question that says, what is bread? What is satisfying labor? That's an important question. If I may say so myself. And why indeed spend money on that which isn't bread (maybe a piece of plastic) and efforts on what doesn't satisfy (maybe kicking pieces of plastic around)?

Well, what we know is the next part of the phrase. "Eat what is good." And what is good? I don't really know. Probably some fat-free organic food, that my wife is currently having an inexplicable fascination for. Not only that, it's food, and she buys organic vegetables whenever possible to cook meals for our son. I'm not against organic vegetables, but I do wonder how long it will go on. Organic vegetables cost a lot.

Oh well. It's not the money. No amount of money will ever be enough if you keep buying stuff that isn't bread. No amount of time and effort will ever be enough if you keep putting it into things that do not satisfy. So I'll try my best to eat more bread and do some stuff that satisfies. I only hope, the satisfaction that is being discussed, is mine.