I don’t consider myself as a devout Catholic nor do I wish to promote any religious sect. But why did I bring up this topic on my blog?
First, these are the perfect days to reflect. Second, because I thought, why not? I was very hesitant before to write anything about religious topics because I don’t want to seem self-righteous and know-it-all, especially when it comes to being upright and Godly. I have made many bad decisions in my past, is still committing sins through my thoughts and so I know I am far from being upright or Godly.
But for now, I want to use my blog, at least once, to encourage people to check themselves on where they are when it comes to their religious beliefs and their fear of the Lord.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. ” Proverbs 9:10
In these modern days when all information can easily be acquired, it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling that we know it all. But truly, there are problems and situations that no worldly sources or person can answer.
Fear of the Lord is not because of the fear of punishment or being thrown in hell after death. It’s fear of not pleasing the One who is always there looking out for us.
Fear of the Lord helps us to:
– think and act morally so you are not tempted to commit sins to get what you want and have hopes that God will always take care of what you need
– to think and live honestly to yourself and towards others
– think beyond physical beauty so you can accept how you look and yet do something to make yourself pleasing to the eyes of God and be valuable in the service of others
– have inner peace because you know you are doing something right not according to what you want but according to the Godly values you have learned since you were a child
– act and use time wisely because you know it’s a sin to do nothing and it’s our obligation to use our life in service of others
The world is going downhill because many people believe in themselves more than they believe that there is really spiritual being up there who is looking at us. Big churches, big religious gatherings, loud worshipping, I don’t think all these will matter to God. What will matter is what’s within us.
As parents, no matter how difficult it is, if we have the tiniest faith in our hearts, let’s do our part to plant these seeds of faith and belief, as much as we can. Don’t let them grow up believing that they can do everything by themselves. In the future, when they walk their own paths, we pray that God will help us to nurture their faith in Him. And that they will do the same to their future children.