Reflections From The Bible And Life

On Doubts, Malice, and Pessimism

Jeremiah 7:23-28; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9; Luke 11:14-23;

I hear of a lot of real-life inspirational stories from different people. Among them are some story of a humble but ambitious young man who studied chemical engineering and dropped out of school right before graduating just to start from the bottom, working at a cigarette factory. After a few years, taking a leap of faith, he started a cigarette factory with only a little savings. This humble venture, which was housed in a small hut in Marikina, proved to be the enterprise that would catapult him to success. This was the start of Lucio Tan‘s successful career as a businessman, now a tycoon.

Some people would think that he made a pact with the devil to reach his stature, while some think he was born rich. He was actually born poor. Nothing stopped him from building his dreams.

Another example would be a man who had a modest start by setting up a store he set up in Quiapo in 1946. It has now evolved into the country’s biggest chain of malls. This man never bounded by nor entertained any thoughts of malice on anything that went around him nor in his activities. He just concentrated on what he knew best. Nothing stopped him from his goals. He is a simple man with big dreams. This man is Henry Sy.

When we see good things happen to other people, do we feel happy for them, or do we put malice in the situation? What if we were these people’s friends back in their humble days as young aspiring businessmen? Would we encourage them or put them off with malice and an air of negativity? Or do we see the greatness of God in what they do? Sometimes, the miracles that God performs are beyond what we can see. We should not be pessimistic with what we see for we’ll never know what God has in store for us and everyone else.

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