“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:25-34
Life begins at 40. They always say, and yet when we reached that certain age, we already feel exhausted. Like we face a wall and BAMMMM!!! There’s nowhere else to go. Nothing else to do but drop dead.
That’s just one of the harsh realities we face especially in this fast paced, buwis-buhay, survivor cum amazing race kinda life. You slow down and you’re out of the game. You catch your breath and you lose it even before you are able to exhale.
Even time offs are stressful! Packing bags, long queues at the airports, lost baggage, double bookings, unexpected weather conditions. Some things just gotta get in your way. And before we realize it, we’re back to reality sitting behind our desk working our butts out or sweating it out on site. Wherever, it’s the same old day. We gotta do what we gotta do.
Yes, there are things that we ought to do now, that we don’t. Like STOP! and LOOK!
Today marks the beginning of LENT. Only 40 days of fasting, repentance, forgiveness, charity and prayer. We owe it to God to look up to HIM on the cross. We owe it to others to look after them. We owe it to ourselves to look beyond the world’s travesty. And we are in big trouble if we don’t know why.
40 starts today. If we cannot stop, can we at least PAUSE? who knows? This may be when “life” begins.