Sunday, September 26, 2010

Light Of The World, Salt Of The Earth


LIGHT OF THE WORLD, SALT OF THE EARTH
God admonished us to become the light of the world and the salt of the earth. Why? Because there's so much darkness in this world that people are groping for the true light that will illuminate their perilous paths through life. Man's life has been so drab and tasteless that God needs people to become the salt of the earth to give flavor to an otherwise tasteless existence of mankind. Man has lost his true perspective in life. Man has associated himself with worldly pursuits in life where everybody else wants to get ahead and to be on top at the expense of others. It does not matter whether he steps on the lives of so many people just so he can reach the summit of success, fame and fortune. But once he reaches the top, man realizes that it is so lonely up there, bereft of the true happiness and contentment in life. How many rich and famous people who, after ascending the heights of fame, fortune and success, have become so disillusioned of the emptiness of it all and have decided to end their lives by suicide. Others die at the height of their popularity through reckless and insatiable quests for thrills and the ultimate highs in life. They drown their lives with an overdose of sex, partying, drugs, thrills, extravagance, orgies and whatever it is they fancy that can give them the ultimate high and thrill of their lives.

But at the end of the day, in their own private moments, they weep in loneliness and despair because they realize that they were left holding an empty bag of sheer emptiness and loneliness and the darkness of their souls. And since they have become too proud and defiant to go back to God and humble themselves before Him, they decide instead to end their meaningless existence.

Yes, God needs more people to become a light of the world and a salt of the earth. Would you rather be included in the Guinness Book of World Records or in God's Book of Life? Think about it, my friend.


Posted by Mel Avila Alarilla
Philippines
Spiritual/Inspirational

10 comments:

kimmy said...

Such is the nature of man. Much as the Lord wants man to be happy, man doesn't know how. Man is totally manipulated by what he sees in others that he doesn't know what's inside his heart or if there really is inside. When he gets what he thought he wants and doesn't get the feeling of satisfaction he expected to get, frutration comes down in which usually leads to destruction. Nice post!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kimmy,
What a philosophical comment full of wisdom and wit. I can only say amen to that. As the old Greek saying goes, "man know thyself." Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

may mga tao nga na sa tugatog ng kasikatan nila ay nag suicide..

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Arvin,
You are right there. Take the case of Marilyn Monroe. At the height of popularity she ended up her life. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Kathy said...

It's true Kuya Mel, As long as we have God, we are alright. We are in the right path, we have the best thing that money could never buy. Sa hirap ng buhay ngayon, mas kailangan natin manalig sa Kanya.

Thanks for the post Kuya Mel and thanks for the visit...

Kathy
Women
Mom

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kathy,
Yes, God is our stronghold in times of trouble. It is best to put our trust in Him than in our own strength and resources. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Mel Cole said...

Very true. I am touched by your post Sir Mel. It's a great struggle and challenge to be the light and salt of the Earth. Lots of virtues to learn, but to be closer in God's blessings is the most important of all. We can't bring all the things from Earth to God in Heaven. We have to learn to let go of worldly things.

BTW, I got an award for you here. Take your time.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi MelCole,
Amen to that. What you said is true. We can never bring our worldly riches to heaven but we can serve as God's partners in illuminating the world with love and brotherly kindness. Yes, I will go over to your site to see that award. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

imriz said...

this site has always been inspiring. keep the good post coming kuya mel.
i may have many questions but one fact shall remain, my faith in the Lord. that should i find favor in His eyes, He shall grant me the graces i need.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Imriz,
Many questions will be left unanswered in our lifetime. That is because the Lord will answer them all for us when we meet Him face to face. Until then, let us have the heart of a little child full of faith and trust in our loving Father who will never tire to give us amazing grace so that we will overcome all trials. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

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