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DECEMBER 2023

Less Is More

by | 202312, Devotionals

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Narrated by Jericho Arceo & Written by Alma S. de Guzman

Kung sabagay, malaki nga ang mapapakinabang sa relihiyon kung ang tao’y marunong masiyahan. Wala tayong dalang anuman sa sanlibutan, at wala rin tayong madadalang anuman pag-alis dito. Kaya nga’t, dapat na tayong masiyahan kung tayo’y may kinakain at isinusuot.

1 Timoteo 6:6–8

Usong-uso ngayon ang mga e-commerce platform kung saan puwede kang mag-online shopping in just a click. At dahil sa mga ganitong platform nadadagdagan ang desire natin to acquire more than what is necessary. Some people can manage themselves well, while some get so addicted to it.

Kahit na trend ngayon ang mga e-commerce mobile app, Dina didn’t have that app on her phone. Bagama’t may kakayanan siyang mag-shopping, pinili niya to remain low key. Growing up, dinisiplina siya ng mama niya na kung mayroon mang kailangang bilihin sa grocery, priority ang needs before wants. Kasama din ang paalala na huwag maiinggit sa iba, at kung may bagay mang magustuhan ito’y dapat hintayin at pagsumikapan.

Dahil sa disiplinang kanyang ipinamuhay, naging mas maluwag sa puso niya ang pag-appreciate sa lahat ng mga bagay na ipinagkakaloob ng Panginoon sa kanya. Maliit man o malaking biyaya ay kanyang ipinagpapasalamat. Ipinagpasalamat niya ang grasya at kabutihan ng Panginoon dahil kahit anim na buwan siyang walang trabaho, the Lord provided for all her needs, including all her wants. Tama ang sabi ng 1 Timoteo 6:8, “… dapat na tayong masiyahan kung tayo’y may kinakain at isinusuot.”

A fulfilled and meaningful life is never defined by the material things we have acquired. Kahit nasaang estado at season man tayo ang mahalaga ay naka-focus tayo sa Panginoon na Siyang makapagbibigay ng kaligtasan, kapanatagan, at kasiyahan sa ating buhay.

If we’d like to discover how to live with less and still be joyful, let us examine the life of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The Gospels show us how Jesus lived simply while He was here on earth so that He could focus on His mission of redeeming us from our sins.

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LET’S PRAY

Lord, thank You for Your love and grace. Give me wisdom to live within my means and to focus on You. Teach my heart to be content and at peace, to be always grateful for everything. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

APPLICATION

Intentionally set aside time to read the Gospels and learn about Jesus’ lifestyle when He was here on earth.

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