As Christmas is around the corner, let us make a serious reflection of the real meaning of Christmas. With the insights and the grace derived from our meditation, hopefully we can be reborn again with the Messiah at Bethlehem two thousand years ago.
The starting point of the discovery of your true worth lies in appreciating the importance of knowing how to be content. Knowing the real meaning of `enough is enough’ is the art of cultivating the virtue of simplicity. In our modern world, there is simply too much of human greediness and too little resources to satisfy everyone on this globe. With massive potential financial problems looming over the horizon, it is timely for all of us to ponder on authentic living and cultivating a lifestyle of simplicity.
The well-known Japanese author, Ryuho Okawa, in his book entitled `The Starting Point of Happiness’, shares with us his insights, ” An encounter with Truth will bring you the powerful delight of discovery. Your true worth as a person lies not in the quantity of material wealth that has been gifted to you, nor in your reputation in the eyes of other people. Your true worth lies in the quality and the depth of Truth, the strength of the light that you can attain during this life on earth. Awakening to this truth will completely turn your view of life around. You will realize that the more of your own divine nature you discover within yourself, the higher you will be able to rise spiritually.”
The above insight will be a source of encouragement to those people whose self-esteems have been badly dented by gossips and slanders. At the end of the day, it is how you see yourself that really matters, not how others see you. Gossips have the capacity to destroy your reputation because they can influence other people but as long as you stay calm and courageous with a strong dose of self-compassion based on the unconditional love of God, you will survive the social storm.
This wise Japanese philosopher continues to assure us that we create our own worth ourselves. Our worth is not determined by our birth, our upbringing, or our experiences. First of all think about how you can give love and make this your daily goal. How much love can you give to other people and society? He says that love is a blessing, an energy that nourished others. Love is giving courage, strength, and hope to the people you meet in the course of your life.
During this Christmas season, ponder on the love of God who gives His son to the world to be our Messiah. The birth of Jesus Christ is the best testimony of the great love of God for mankind. This is the real meaning of Christmas. Once we become more and more aware of the unconditional love of God for sinners, our wounded self-esteems will be gradually healed. This is a season for the inner healing of the soul if we accept the panacea of God’s love and healing grace.
Submitted by David YKK