True Riches in God’s Kingdom

True Riches in God’s Kingdom

True Riches in God’s Kingdom

Jeremiah 29:11:

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Have you ever felt discouraged? Do you feel down? Or do you feel tired? Do you feel like nothing falls into place and that everything you do just simply fails?

God is constantly listening. Your every woe will be answered. Just reach out to Him and you will surely find the answers to your deepest questions. This is how prayers work. We won’t realize it, but God is working in ways unimaginable. All He requires is that we trust Him and have faith that everything is going according to His Divine Plan.

The Importance of Work and Prayer

“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

What must we do to prosper? The Lord has proclaimed, through the prophet Jeremiah the divine formula to our divine prosperity.

This prosperity is richness not in this material world but in the resurrection, as we enter the kingdom of Heaven, where our true riches lie. What do these riches pertain to? How can we attain them? These, God will answer through various instruments.

This passage reflects that we are called to different vocations, “build houses and settle down, plant gardens and eat what they produce.” Some of us were created to be professionals, doctors; saving lives and treating illnesses, some to be farmers, plowing the land and planting seeds to provide food for man and a place of dwelling for animals, some to be brothers, and sisters and mothers and fathers.

We are made for this.

We must work and carry on our daily functions, struggles in love.  One must have a personal connection with Our Lord.”

We must know our Lord. We must know Him and His plans for us, through speaking to him in prayer. “Am I on the right path, oh Lord?” The more we pray, the more we speak to Him. The more we speak to him, the more we can know Him. And, the more we know him, the more we can love Him.

Our Lord has created this world in a specific order. And we must stay in this order, stay in His love for us to achieve eternal prosperity and happiness. This is what He wills us to do. Sure, it may be quite an uneasy path, but in the end, it will all be worth it.

And so we pray, “Lord, help us grow the way You have created us to, may we, through Your grace and goodness, want and pursue, the things that will be for the welfare of our Souls, and will lead us closer to You, in Heaven, Amen.”

New Hope: Facing Transitions in Life with God’s Guidance

New Hope

The film New Hope released in 2012 deals with the aftermath of teen suicide. It boldly tells a story about the depths of guilt and hurt in the lives of those affected by this tragedy.

Main character Michael and his family moved to a small town called New Hope. Being the son of a preacher, he is already accustomed to moving from place to place. What bothers him this time is adjusting to his new school in his senior year. Throughout the film, Michael showed us what it is like being a preacher’s son. Like any other teen, he confronts a dilemma of fitting in. The difference is that he valued his parents’ upbringing. He didn’t fight back his antagonist Lucas when he could. He didn’t take advantage of his liking for Jasmine when she was still feeling broken after losing her long-time boyfriend Chase who committed suicide a year ago.

This film has drawn its power to a commendable script. There were several noteworthy scenes. The preacher’s counseling session with Chase’s parents showed us grieving from their perspective. They showed how a mother’s love clings to guilt for as long as she could and a father who contains his hurt so he could keep his sanity day by day. These scenes reflect how each parent wants to get involved in our lives. The same goes with our heavenly Father God who can take our anguish so we don’t wallow in our sorrow for too long. We need to only ask and pray that He guides our way.

Lucas’ character is also powerful in this story. He used his ego to cover up his deep hurt for losing his brother Chase. Lucas pushed himself to become the star player in his school’s basketball team. He bullied Michael as a façade because he couldn’t admit to anyone he is feeling empty inside, not even his parents.

Another noteworthy scene was when he released his anger on a tree. He bought a handful of baseball bats and used each one to hit the tree. We get to feel the hurt he has and releasing it alone than hurting other people. Later on, Lucas admitted to Michael he feels he didn’t amount to anything. Michael reminded him about winning the championship game. He also mentioned not giving up on Lucas.

There were several nuggets of lessons in this film. It is suitable for teens as well as parents. It teaches us about bullying and where it is coming from. By having the right mindset to care for a bully and parental guidance to teens. We can also do it by reaching out to other people. And encouraging one another that God will guide us through no matter how difficult the trials that we encounter in our personal lives. Filling our hearts with God’s love will set us free from past hurts so we can move forward to a hopeful tomorrow.

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