What Are You Laboring For?


Some of us work so hard just to fulfill our own needs and wants. We need food, clothing, and shelter to survive. We also want things that can give us a better life. Getting satisfied is one of the main goals of most people today. We spend so much time and effort chasing after sensual pleasure, and we will do anything just to enjoy life. But we can never truly be satisfied because the moment we die, we have to leave our body behind.

Some of us work so hard just to accumulate possessions, status and wealth. Getting rich and famous is yet another main goal of most people today. We spend so much time and effort chasing after wealth and popularity, and we will do anything just to possess them. But we can never truly be rich and famous after all because the moment we die, they all go to others.

Some of us work so hard just to provide for others. We will do anything just to keep our family, relatives and friends together. We enjoy company and we just cannot stand a moment staying alone. Getting near and staying close is what most people are seeking today. We spend so much time and effort throwing parties and enhancing quality relationships, and we will do anything just to get close. But we can never truly be close after all because the moment we die, the furthest our family, relatives and friends can stay by us is up to the grave.

Few of us labor for our soul. We often neglected our soul in our pursuits of material, wealth and sensual pleasure. Yet it is the only thing that follows us wherever we go. The soul is our most loyal partner and has made great contributions in maintaining our wealth and business as well as taking care of our household. A soul well-nourished will give us peace and harmony, and provide us with a fully satisfied, a truly rich, and really close life with God and men.

It is high time for all of us to labor for our soul rather than to wait until we are on our deathbed to lament for all our loss.


6 comments:

TNT2008 said...

Beautifully said. It is incredible that some of the oldest living people in the world (and look like they are in their 50s when they over a 100)are those that live in impoverished countries. They have to work tremendously hard for their food and live simply. And they are in better condition that many Americans.

Laane said...

How well said.

It gives me such an uncomfortable feeling that in our society there's so little room for caring for yourself. I don't mean make up and clothes, but finding good rest.

When I don't feel well I have the tendency to pull back from all the agendas and requirements and get in touch with myself first and feel good first before I take on all those unimportant things again.

yeokeehui@gmail.com said...

I always believe that life is meaningless without the blessings of God. Many people have left God behind in their pursuits of earthly treasure. It's not until they are on their deathbeds that they mourn their losses. How sad.

Youvegotmaille said...

That is what art is for, in my humble opinion. Thanks for the reminder :)

Tetcha Gregorio-Figuerres said...

Your post made me stop and rethink my own goals in life. This is a very insightful post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

yeokeehui@gmail.com said...

I used to chase after worldly gains. Now I'm contented with the little I've. God is great and worthy to be praised.