True rest

Dear brothers and sisters,

  • Many people think a love will give them rest. If they have a lover, they won’t be sad or lonely, they’ll be happy, and rest.
  • Other people think money will give them rest. If they have a lot of money, they won’t worry about their life, they’ll be happy, and rest. 
  • Other people think career will give them rest. If they have a successful career, they will be happy and not worry about their life, and they will find rest.
  • Other people think diploma, honor, social status… will give them rest. If they have good diplomas, honor, social status…, they’ll be happy and not worry about their life, and they will find rest.

They labor and are heavy laden. They want to rest, but hardly rest. After resting in love, they seek rest in career. After resting in career, they seek rest in diploma. After resting in one thing, they seek rest in other things. They don’t truly rest.

Sometimes, they have a little rest in one thing, but not rest in many other things. They are happy in one thing, but stressful in many other things.

They can rest when they sleep, do yoga, play music, go out with their friends…; but later, they continue to stress. They only rest for a short time and in some things. They don’t rest at all times and in all things.

Dear brothers and sisters,

We should seek the true rest, so that we can rest at all times and in all things. We still labor, but still have  rest at all times and in all things.

So, how to find the true rest?

Look at your life through Heaven’s eyes.

To Great Heaven, we all are small ants. All ants are the same. Though this ant may be better than that ant about something, all ants are the same in Heaven’s eyes.

Moreover, all things we have are  gifts from Heaven. Beauty, wealth, health, talent, smartness, diligence, wisdom… they all come from Heaven. We have nothing.

All things we have come from Heaven, because God wants us to be managers for God – God gives us beauty, money, intelligence…. so that we can manage them to bear fruit for God. This is good for us, not for God. So, we have nothing to be proud of ourselves, and therefore, we have nothing to judge others as lower than us. We all are the same, and we all are ants in Heaven’s eyes.

Looking at the life through Heaven’s eyes, we’ll have the true rest. We labor but we are light laden and unburden. We’ll always rest in all things.

Have a rest day.

Phạm Thu Hương

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