There are many people who get caught up in the things of this world. But things can be snatched away from us so quickly and so easily. Therefore, we need to be careful of what we cherish. Instead of putting our affection on the tangible things in life, we should choose things that are valuable-our relationship with God, our relationship with family, our relationship with friends and our relationship with humanity.
There are so many things to accomplish in this world. If we are not careful, we will try to cause things to happen ourselves. However, when we leave God out of the equation, life can become very complex. The Bible says, “But, seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you” (St. Matthew 6:33). Everything belongs to God; if we treat Him with honor and respect, He will give us peace, joy and happiness.
There is nothing or no one in this world that should take the place of our family. Family can be complicated at times; nevertheless, we should not allow our differences to cause us to disconnect. When life serves you a hard ball, all family members may not respond to the situation but usually some will. When things are going well, make sure the cords that binds you to your family is very strong. In time of distress, those cord maybe the only thing that will sustain you until you become stable again.
Don’t ever underestimate the value of a good friend. The Bible says there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). His name is Jesus. The Lord’s friendship is sure, but we need the companionship of earthly friends. A real friend will be there in the good times and the bad times. They will celebrate you when you have succeeded, they will encourage you when you feel defeated, and they will correct you when you are wrong. Oh how valuable is the love of a true friend. The bible says, “To have friends we must show our self friendly” (Proverbs18:24). If you want a friend, don’t be afraid to reach out to others. There are many people in God’s big world that would love to be your friend-so reach out.
We have a responsibility to be concerned about humanity. In this dog eat dog world, we must not forget the command of our Lord and Savior. Jesus commanded us to visit the sick, visit the prisoners, to feed the hungry, and to give water to the thirsty” (St. Matthew 25:35-45). When hurricane Katrina came to New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, it was inhumane the way God’s people were treated. Many in high position in the political and spiritual community were slow to give aid. On the other hand, there were many who were so touched that it brought tears to their eyes but they didn’t have the resources to come to the aid of those hurting people. When our community is face with tragedy, it shouldn’t be a race thing, location things, a rich thing, or a poor thing. But it should be a human thing.
Satan has robbed many of their relationship with God, their relationship with family, their relationship with friends and their relationship with humankind. We know that the thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came that we might have life and life more abundantly. If there ever comes a time that you feel like taking your life, know that Satan is the instigator. Remember what the Bible says, what will it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul-your soul is all you own.