Imagine yourself lounging on an easy chair along the white sands of the beach. A gentle ocean breeze wafts from the turquoise expanse of water, cooling you from the bright rays of the sun. Fluffy white clouds chase each other in the brilliantly blue sky. The rhythmic sound of waves is music to your ears.
This dream vacation is a luxury that only some can afford to take amidst the flurry of a hectic work schedule. In our desire to reach the top, we pour out all our energies on work. There may be different buttons pushing us — to achieve success in work, accumulate wealth or have the warmth of numerous admirers or popularity with lots of friends. The bottom line is we want to prove our worth. We go to such lengths that we end up having to shell out our hard-earned bucks to be able to relax.
If we look in the right place, or to the right person, we need not pay for anything because somebody has already paid for it in our behalf. Jesus said “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle an lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mt 11:28-30)
This, Makati Feast Junior Builder Jan Silan expounded on at last Sunday’s Feast. The motivation for our struggles is what was called the bottomless pit of worthlessness. For people who drown themselves with work, his advice was to give your family the best of you, not what is left of you. He wanted us to realize that we need not wear ourselves out in trying to fill this bottomless pit of worthlessness. Worth need not be earned because you already have it. Everything you want is already within you.
It’s a bit sad to say that the bottomless pit of worthlessness come mostly from the way our parents brought us up. There is what is called performance-based parenting wherein children feel that their parents will love them only if they do or achieve something. On the other hand, there is presence-based parenting. Simply being there for their children makes the children feel loved.
It is an eye opener for parents to emulate the way God loves His children, us. Our God loves us just the way we are. He is there every moment of our life. Whenever we encounter problems or trials the Lord is with us every step of the way.
Just think, when you have a crush your thoughts are full of your crush. When your crush talks with you or (dream come true!) returns your affection, you feel as if you were in paradise. The Lord does not only have a crush but is in love with you! Thus St. Alphonsus Luguori said – The heart of man is the paradise of God.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we make our hearts truly a paradise for God with the song in our hearts…
You’re the love of my life.
You’re the joy of my morning.
You’re the song of my heart
And I will praise Your Holy Name!