In yesterday's reflection, we explored how an unhealthy lifestyle could greatly impact us.  While our lifestyle is built on our everyday habits, these habits are intimately connected to our attitude towards life.  An attitude tainted with greed, urging us to increase our possessions, will result in a habit of accumulation.  Once we have become addicted, we continue to amass more things which, in turn, cause us to stumble and fall deeper into distractions,  worries, and chaos.  Therefore, we need to tackle this problem with the right tool, that is, we must seek its root cause in order to resolve it.

As we strive to live according to God's will, we must, first, get rid of everything in our life that doesn't please God.  

Simply put, we need to let go of or reject all things that cannot lead us to God.

These excessive possessions could be the result of our greed or desire to take advantage of perks, or more often, our constant worrying; such worrying is rooted in our insecurity.  These possessions can only give us a false sense of security; a mirage that can never fix the heart of the problem.  

Knowing that if we place our complete trust in God, who will provide everything we need, we no longer need to feel anxious about life and amass things to appease our worries.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, "What will we eat?" or "What will we drink?" or "What will we wear?" For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things, but strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today.

(Matthew 6:25-34)

Today's trouble is enough for today! Isn't it right?

Knowing all our efforts in accumulating things can never resolve our problems, why are we still wasting energy to serve this false master?

"No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
(Matthew 6:24)

The "wealth" discussed in this Gospel verse implies not only money, material or immaterial wealth, but also the act of "serving oneself".  For instance, we may devote all our energy chasing success to fulfil our endless ambitions, as well as trying to achieve goals beyond our abilities and calling, boasting our social status, reputation or fame. 

However, these accomplishments which we try to attain at all costs to make us look good on our resume do not represent our true identity. They are not important in God's eyes, nor can they help us to become the person whom God wants us to be.


Why do you think you keep accumulating things?  Is it because of greed?  Or insecurity?

Do you truly trust that God will provide everything you need?

Other than God, what other masters do you serve in your life?  Can you empathize with God's feelings?


All-powerful and compassionate Father, who am I that You are mindful of me!  My confidence in You is so weak and vulnerable that I often bow down before the authorities of the world.  Where is my faith?  Thank you for reminding me that my life is more than food and my body is more than clothing.  In Your eyes, I am a hundred-fold more precious than birds of the air and lilies of the field!  Strengthen my faith, as I realize that You, my Heavenly Father, already know what I need.  Let me seek first Your kingdom and its righteousness, and find peace and joy in You.  For this I pray in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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