Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Eternity


We work ourselves to death trying to accumulate wealth for our children to hedge their future against all kinds of uncertainties in life.

We buy all kinds of insurances to ensure the future welfare of our loved ones.

We send our children to the best schools that our meager resources could afford just so we can ensure their future prosperity.

There are times we even sacrificed our scrupples and throw our principled integrity to the waste bin just to accumulate the much sought after wealth to ensure the future of our loved ones.

We worry ourselves to death regarding the future of our children, how they will fare in this jungle of existence where the norm is survival of the fittest and dog eats dog.

We do all these things and so much more, but there is one basic and fundamental question we refuse to even entertain in our minds. The question is:

HAVE WE PREPARED OUR CHILDREN FOR ETERNITY? Think about that.


"THERE IS A WAY THAT SEEMS RIGHT TO A MAN BUT IN THE END IT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION."

Chopin - Op 10 No. 3 in E Major



Posted by Mel Avila Alarilla
Philippines
Spiritual/Inspirational

34 comments:

HeiressChild said...

another excellent post mel. where we'll spend our eternity is what this walk is about. salvation is for now, but the here-after with Jesus. the witnessing, soul-winning, etc. is part of how we fulfill that purpose. what does it profit a man to gain the whole world (education, good paying jobs, houses, cars, etc.) and lose his soul.

i hope you're feeling better today. i appreciate you sharing with me. one of my ministries is a prayer ministry. I thank God for healing and His faithfulness to watch over us and take care of us.

Noushy Syah said...

yes...another gr8 posting by you Mel.Thanks for sharing and make me think....

Understand the meaning of eternity as a life span and infinity as a living room!!

Have you ever thought about living eternally?To make sure that our remainder of eternity turns into a pleasure, Love and bliss I think we need to start & learn with continuously practice to control and direct our mind, attention and focus toward Love - once you have achieved God-Union you are free for eternity to do whatever you love to do..and this is what of our journey is all about...correct me if I'm wrong!

Noushy Syah said...

P/s hehhehe..And you know when talking with me it's always associated with love...anyway what's life without love? U know wat I mean!!

Have a beautiful day Mel.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Heiresschild,
I feel that most people shudder at the thought of what is in store for them after death. They always push it at the farthest corners of their minds. But that is the most important part of one's existence- where we will spend our eternity. Anyway, we are just pointers of the way. People have to choose the path they want to take. Thanks for your concern and for your prayers. I really appreciate them. Thanks for your visit too and for your generous comments. God bless and have a peaceful and blessed day.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Thanks Noushy for your wonderful insight. We have different approaches but the same principles. We all avoid the pitfalls of worldly existence because this will prevent us from being with our God. I respect your religious beliefs and your principles in life. Suffice it to say that I see that you are living your life as what you believe God wants you to live it. Let's leave it at that. Thanks for your usual visit and have a wonderful and sunny day.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Oh Yes, Noushy. You always talk about love because your blog is all about love. But I find it very sensible and uplifting. Your expressions of love is the edifying type not the vulgar one. And I always enjoy reading your romantic love posts. They are a joy to absorb and think about. Thanks again.

c e e d y said...

we cant plan anything for eternity.....but we can plan for now. Nice post!!! Found your link and am glad I did :)

eduardo waghorn said...

My friend Mel...again you make me feel amazed...wonderfull and deep post...
Life is many more than materialistic poor vision of things, isnt it?
Jesus said too: Allow children coming here to me, because Kingdom of the Heaven belong to themselves , to who are as them...
Chile is not the paradise, Mel...probably more developed in some ways, but need many help to develope in cultural ans spiritual structure too...
Anywa, you and your family are welcome to Chile and to my home, of course!!
Hope one day we could talk face to face and I could listen you speaking in Tagalog to your children:)
You know, once some sailors from Philippines invited me to go ther, so, easy, on their ship!!
Your are very hospitalabe people, I know!

Hugs and thank your for your friendship!

SeaSpray said...

Beautiful poem and so true. also enjoyed the musical piece. :)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Ceedy,
Thanks for your visit to my blog. I am most flattered by your generous comments but to God be the glory. I have already visited your blog and I found your post very sensible. I will be linking you with my blog and I hope you do the same with mine. Thanks again. God bless and have a wonderful day.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Eduardo,
You are most welcome in my blog mi amigo. Thanks for your generous comments. Muchas gracias. I really liked what I saw on the video of Chile. I think Chile is a wonderful country. Someday, by the grace of God, I hope to visit your beautiful country. Thanks for your friendship and for your warm greetings. God bless and have a wonderful and pleasant day.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Seaspray,
Thanks again for your visit and for your nice comments. I pray to God that He has already healed you. Both of us need His healing grace. I'm so sad to know that Jlee will be undergoing biopsy for suspected breast cancer. I hope it turns out negative. May the good Lord have mercy on us and bring healing to us all. Thanks again for your visit. God bless and have a peaceful day.

krystyna said...

Hi Mel!
You provoked me to think deeper about life,
and you reminded me the time when my son played this piece of Chopin.(he is a piano teacher).

Many blessings to you, your family and your great work!

Sameera said...

Yet another powerful thought-provoking post.A pity people do so much for their children thinking they are "building" their future when actually they are making them weaker by taking them away more and more from the pillar of independence.Just spending on a child's education and materialistic needs is not enough.A parent has to think much beyond that and work on the child's morale first and foremost so that tomorrow if they have to trudge alone on the path of life,they can stand any winds that threaten to blow them off track.I am already wondering how to do so for my child/children when I have them in the future,and hope that I never ever fail my duty as a parent.

Take care.God Bless...

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

really thought provoking.... a lot of us just do not think about this aspect of life. I am glad you brought it up :)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Krystyna,
Thanks for your visit. We all have to face the reality that someday all of us will pass the threshold to eternity. If we have done everything we could to soften life's hard knocks on our loved ones, should we not be more concerned on what will happen to them for all eternity? The Good Book says, "my people perish for lack of knowledge." We cannot follow the example of the ostrich who buries his head in the sand every time he senses danger, thinking that the danger will go away if he no longer sees it. Thanks again for your visit. I wonder when you will resume your postings. I miss them already. God bless and have a pleasant day.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Sameera,
I know you will be raising fine, well trained and well educated children. And I know God will give you the most wonderful man for your husband. I agree with you that the parent's responsibility for their children does not revolve only in meeting their materialistic needs. Often times these make them soft to face the harsh realities of life. Thanks for your visit and for the meaningful comments you left behind. Smile always. God bless and have a wonderful and fantastic day.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Raaji,
Thanks again for your visit and for your well meaning comments. I always enjoy visiting your blog and reading your wonderful posts. Keep them up. Our thoughts must not only be focused
on the mundane things of this world but to the eternal verities of life as well. Smile always. Have a wonderful and fun filled day.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Raaji,
Thanks again for your visit and for your well meaning comments. I always enjoy visiting your blog and reading your wonderful posts. Keep them up. Our thoughts must not only be focused
on the mundane things of this world but to the eternal verities of life as well. Smile always. Have a wonderful and fun filled day.

Marie said...

Just dropping by to say hello!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Marie,
Thanks for your visit. It's always nice to see your name on my blog. I hope you win that award and prize in that poetry writing contest you entered. It's nice to know that you are now busying yourself writing poetries and entering contests. That will focus your mind on positive things in your life. Thanks again for your visit. God bless and have a nice day.

Rex Venom said...

I think Prince said it well:
"Electric word life, it means 4ever and that's a mighty long time"
Enternity is a hard idea to really understand. Maybe too hard.
But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try, eh?
Rock on!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Rex Venom,
Thanks for your visit and for the meaningful comments. I think we look at things from a different perspective. Let's just leave it at that. I really like your post on memorial day posted by Jim on WUB. You have a very distinct and impressive style of poetry and I really appreciate that. I will be linking you with my blog and I hope you do the same with mine. Thanks again for your visit. Have a nice and pleasant day.

noushy syah said...

Hi Mel..

Hope you're fine and keep smiling.It's chilly here in London, last nite it was minus 2degree celcius..hehhehe..

Well, a lil bit info for you,on your comment in my another blog(strange but true) pertaining to the report from Herald Tribune re clean protestors...

Mel, I'm not a Msian and never been living there, so me, as much as you, do not know much too about their government...but the feelings I have for Msia is by connection from my ancestors...and bcoz my fiancee is a Malaysian too, so I guess it just natural for me to take seriously abt wat's happening there...just to let you know coz maybe next time you might ask something pertaining to Msia then I wouldn't know to answer, thus it will be such an embarrassing, so I tot I better let you know now..hehehhe.....*defensive mode*ngehhh:p

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

That's okay Noushy. I was just making a comment on your article since I felt I should reciprocate your constant visit to my blog. It was my way of showing you that I regularly scan your blogs and what's the evidence of our visit in another blog than to leave a comment behind. That's why I have to make a nonsensical comment on your Malay poem (even though I couldn't understand it) since I can't think of any other way to show you I visited your blog. Anyway, thanks for your explanation and your visit too. Have a wonderful weekend and a warmer weather. Brrrrrrrrrr. Get your electric blanket. The weather's too cold. Ciao.

Emmyrose said...

I like this post Bro.Mel.

I always keep you in my prayers, have a great weekend :)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi sis Emmyrose,
Thanks for your visit and for your prayers too. I really appreciate them. I also pray for you, for your healing and deliverance. I also pray that the Lord will give you the man of your dreams. I never doubt that He will give you the desires of your heart. Thanks again. God bless and have a wonderful and peaceful day.

c e e d y said...

Hey!
Thanks for stopping by - you have a wonderful Sunday evening and Monday and all the rest of the days :)

HeiressChild said...

hi mel, hope this beautiful day finds you in great health and beautiful spirits. we're enjoying crisp, cool autumn temps here. thank you for kind, always inspiring comments. they're greatly appreciated. have a blessed day!

texas_sweetie said...

hello pow Kuya Mel..salamat sa palagian mong paalala sa akin huh? i appreciate it very much kasi nakakatouch eh..

careful nga ako dito lalo pa ngayon feel na feel ko na ang baby ko sa loob..haay excited mama to be na po ako...ikaw..kayo din mag ingat palagi...HAPPY SUNDAY

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Ceedy,
Thanks for dropping by and for your nice comments. God bless and have a wonderful day always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Heiresschild,
You're always welcome here. Thanks too for your words of encouragement and inspiration. The climate here is a little colder too but probably not as cold as the weather there. By the grace of God, I'm feeling a little better although I still could not get out of my house since the pain returns when I walk. At least the pain now is tolerable and I can get up easily without the accompanying severe pain. By the way, thanks for referring me to Pia. She sure is a wonderful Filipina Christian, full of hope, joy and the Spirit of the Lord. I hope we could become regular correspondents. Bye now, God bless and have a blessed and wonderful day always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Byotipol (Texas Sweetie),
Thanks for your visit. I always pray for you, your hubby and your unborn child. I hope that you will have a safe and normal delivery. Give thanks to God always for the tremendous blessings that He has poured into your life. Love na love ka ni Lord.
Take care of yourself always now that you are nearing your delivery date. May God shower you with everything that you need for a trouble free and safe delivery. May you deliver a beautiful, healthy and normal child. Dalaw ka naman kay Tukmol dahil isasara na ang blog niya at papalitan nang ibang Filipino blog. Bye for now. Take care always and God bless you and your family. Smile always. Have a nice and pleasant day.

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