At this juncture of my life, I do feel sometimes life is meaningless. Everything does somewhat feel meaningless, especially when we’re chasing after self gratification and self glorification.
Don’t get me wrong- I’m grateful that I have everything I need: friends, loved ones, family, a house, a car, food, bed, electricity, and what not.
Yet, on the other hand, I can’t help but to wonder- why do I put so much value in gratifying and glorifying myself through the choice foods I eat, the luxurious brands I buy, or the lavish lifestyle I pamper myself with?
To top it all off, all the self glorification and self gratification I receive from these purchases are temporal. The initial sense of joy and pleasure we receive from these purchases will eventually ebb away.
And, that, to me, feels futile.
To clarify: I do need to pamper and love myself occasionally- to celebrate wins, milestones, and accomplishments in life. I do strongly believe that, but, I too believe, the money and the resources I am blessed with can be used to bless others who are in dire need.
In this current phase of my life, I’m trying to learn how to love and care for the marginalized, the outcasted, the homeless, the shunned, and the despised.
Through the monetary resources I am blessed with, I want to use my resources wisely to bless these groups of people. It can be as simple as buying them food and water.
I want to learn how to show them love, care, and kindness.
I want my life, and my work to be meaningful- not in a self fulfilling manner, but in a way where it can leave an impact behind, and support others (aside from me), in more than one way.
Instead of keeping up with the Joneses, and getting into the habit of materialism, I should find contentment with whatever I am blessed with, regardless of the amount, and yet, bless others with whatever much I have.
And in this phase of my life, my prayer is this:
To learn how to bless others freely- without doubts, fear, hindrances, or even worries.
To help these group of people without wanting repayment or anything in return.
To give my resources out of a joyful heart.
To love them with the same fiery passionate love God has for them.
To care for them like how others have cared for me, and blessed me throughout my life.
To break them out of this cycle of poverty and destruction.
I will be honest- it is a challenge for me to constantly donate a large portion of my money to the poor, the needy, the marginalized, and the uneducated.
But, that’s the challenge I would want to take on, and to bless others who are in dire situations, compared to me.
As an overcomer, let me be of assistance to others in overcoming their situations as well.
Through God, let the blessings be a source of hope and encouragement to these groups of people.
Let the hard work and toiling at work be an avenue of blessing to my bosses, my company, my clients, and to the marginalized, the poor, and the needy.
Let the blood, sweat, and tears have a distinct purpose to it- to be used as a blessing for others.
“do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
“They only asked us to remember the poor–the very thing I also was eager to do.”
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;”