spiritual bankruptcy

“And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life.”  Matthew 19:29

last week, we were bombarded with headlines about Wall Street, Lehman Brothers, AIG, stockmarkets, bankruptcy, bailouts and much more financial news that an ordinary person might find kinda hard to comprehend.  i guess it would take years of being an “insider” to paint in one’s mind an accurate picture of last week’s historic events and how it directly affected the economies of the world and indirectly, the lives of the ordinary people like us.

a dictionary definition of bankruptcy as a noun, is a state of being legally insolvent. as an adjective, going bankrupt means to be financially ruined, impoverished, destitute, depleted of resources.  in simpler terms, this is just a situation when one’s debts or needs far more outweighs the cash or properties that he has on hand; if there are still some remaining.  this is one situation a person would dread to be in.  it brings about despair, hopelessness, frustration, self-pity, fear, sadness, anger, embarrassment, humiliation and more.  it causes those feelings of drowning, of being smothered, of being thrown out from a roller coaster ride.  sometimes the bankruptcy is so great, it drives a person to go crazy, or commit suicide even.  most are able to bounce back though.  but with much help and support. most of those who did, at some point of their helplessness, had someone to bail them out and upon their own resolve, rise up and work harder to regain whatever they lost: money, self-worth, respect and dignity.  i should know, because we have been there.  we hit rock bottom.  and we were forced by circumstances to do things that we are not proud of.  now we are trying to rise up and start over again.

there is one kind of bankruptcy though, that one person should avoid of being in at all. have you ever experienced spiritual bankruptcy?  it is the state of being depleted of God’s word and the graces that flow from it. 

the Bible is one important asset in our lives that we often take for granted.  It is a rich source of His love for us and its power over life’s adversities.  but often it ends up in one prominent corner of the house.  just a permanent fixture which serves as an ID of our faith collecting dust.  we sometimes forget or maybe we just don’t have the time.  to earn a living, we spend most of our days, and even nights. how about in dying then?  and in the life after? how much of our time and resources do we invest for our soul?   remember JESUS bailed us out once, we owe Him that we be worth His sacrifice.    

during these times that we are all experiencing the crunches of a preset lifestyle, and realizing that we are not up to it, it is best to make that decision that NOW to change our lives for the best.  do not be afraid.  go to that corner and pick up the Bible.  pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance.  and turn to that page.  go on. read.  even just one short verse.  no pressure.  no time limit.  just read.  and feel the Lord’s presence. if you really prayed sincerely, you will.

take the time each day to have these encounters with the Lord through the Bible. HE is the BOSS of our lives. we need to know what He has to say.  and if we follow Him, we shall never go wrong again. if we invest more on intangible assets, the ones that don’t crash and deplete; then spiritual bankruptcy will be no more.

something new

“By calling this covenant “new”, He has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.”  Hebrews 8:13

our television for ten years had already showed signs of aging.  like an older human being, its reflexes are now quite slow.  It will take minutes after you switch on to show any sign of “life” at all.  and after it does,  what you will be able to see after, are distorted images of faces and disproportionate bodies.  at first, we find it amusing, and there were times we even burst into laughter.  imagine your favorite stars and other celebrities turn up looking like mutants and aliens, sometimes even like Freddie Krueger and that infamous ‘scream’ mask. LOL!  gosh, how much more if we watch a re-run of Nightmare on Elm Street.  or maybe, well, just maybe,  Freddie would look like Brandon Routh this time. (hi Megan!)

after a week though, we are no longer amused.  we now find it annoying.  you know, it’s difficult not to see the real picture.  especially when we watch the news, when everthing ought to be accurate.  now, what if all that we see is not the truth? what if facts were replaced with realities that are unreal?  we will be getting the wrong information, and we will be making the wrong decisions based on those wrong perceptions. 

so we think this tv thing is trivial?  as i stare at this idiot box that it is now turning into, i seem to see people distorted in selfishness, anger, greed and other human failings and shortcomings.  but the beauty of it all is, there is always hope for mankind.  if we overcome all these negativity around us, we shall be born again and our damaged selves shall exist no more. 

imagine if all of us become as vivid, as lively, as colorful, and as beautiful as the pictures we see in the tv screens in a store display.  aaah! nice will be an understatement.  maybe awesome. or just bravo! (or did i hear bravia?) yeah it’s still possible.  change is permanent anyway.  but it’s gonna be too good to be true.  i just wish it’s just as easy as buying a new tv.

old friends, dear friends, true friends

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love no one has this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are my friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things I heard from my Father, I have made known to you.” John 15:12-15

thanks to friendster.  one of my very dear friends and i finally crossed paths again after a almost a couple of years of no nothing at all.  she left corporate and lost her old sim card. and we moved out of the country for work.  we’ve been friends way back. as far back when sgt peppers was our lonely hearts’ club band and sanrio was our hairs’ trademark.  since we started becoming “friends” in friendster this week, we couldn’t stop exchanging stories often ending up our messages with next chapters to follow. maybe until we had already filled up what he had missed in the years we were not in touch, our friendster accounts will surely be that BUSY.    she is one special friend because although she has always been at the top,  she possess that humility to step down at times to reach out to us.  

that virtual meeting had me thinking about my other dear friends.  you see, i have only a few.  and those that i have, i cherish and treasure.  they may not know it, but they are a part of my life, as they are a part of myself.  bits and pieces of them becomes me.  if physically, my parents passed on to me their genes, my friends passed on to me part of my childhood and my womanhood.  i can’t look back without seeing them.  and they made each and every moment with them worth remembering. 

we may not see each other that often.  (airfare costs a lot nowadays).  but we do get in touch.  and it’s that thread of genuine friendship that shall forever bind us together in our hearts and mind…no matter where life shall take us.