Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:6
Everyone aspires to be great in life; but not everyone thinks about how to sustain the greatness. No matter how far you have gone in the journey of life, the end is the most critical. What you have acquired in life will not last until you know how to manage it. What got you your present position will never sustain you there. You need paragon of virtue to sustain you and forge ahead in life. Except you know more, do more, and learn more, you may not be able to sustain where you are, let alone moving to the next level of your life. The knowledge that gave you admission into tertiary institution will not keep you there; unless you know more, do more than you knew or did before you gained the admission. Same is applicable to other areas of life such as employment marriage, etc.
Upon the assumption of his father’s throne as the king of Israel, Solomon knew from the outset that he needed wisdom from God to sustain him throughout his reign as the king of Israel. (1King3:5-15) He prayed,“…. Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, but I am a little child……Therefore, give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours.”(1Kings 3:7-9) The speech pleased God and He gave him what he asked. His fame went across the nations of the earth. He was blessed beyond measure. But Solomon fell from grace to grass when he deviated from God’s divine instruction. He abused the grace upon his life and God left him (I Kings 11:1-11). In Esther 1:12, Queen Vashti lost her position as queen because of pride. She did not remember her humble beginning that took her to the throne.
You need good human relations, more knowledge of God as well as that of your assignment, a sense of humility, a large heart and respect for others and their opinion, among several others. You must pray and fast more than ever before to sustain whatever level you are now, and to even surpass it. Challenges bring out the best in you; always be willing to take up challenges. Have a sense of responsibility, be humble enough to say,“I do not know this, please put me through.” Above all always ask for the grace to sustain you and take you beyond the level you are now. When grace disappears, disgrace is inevitable.
Amos 8:4-6.9-12; Ps 119:10.20.30.40.131(R.Mt 4:4); Accl Mt 11:28; Gosp Mt 9:9-13 WEEKDAY St Maria-Goretti, V.M (Opt Mem)
- Most Holy Father, grant me the grace to receive good skills, godly wisdom and instructions. Help me O Lord to walk in the path of uprightness. Do not allow my steps to be hampered but make my ways open and straight so that I will not stumble and fall. Most importantly my Lord, grant me the grace to be careful, diligent and purposeful so that my future can be assured. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Exercise: Keep the end in view, be vigilant.
Meditation: Luke 12:40