TaN: Pinoy youth urged to save money – this title appeared in one of the articles in last Monday’s broadsheet – is not the correct advice to give not only to youths but to anybody. Although it would help people save in these times when money is getting more and more difficult to come by, it is not beneficial if it is “pushed” to the extreme – i.e., where everybody is saving their hard-earned money. Having everybody save will restrict the circulation of money and cause a stagflation – a situation where prices are growing but the economy is not.
A better advice would be to use our money wisely. This means that we concentrate our spending on our needs and rein in on our spending on wants. This is not to mean that we will no longer spend for wants but just to minimize them, especially when the budget is tight and if the want is (almost) totally unnecessary. It only means that we should really weigh the necessity or essentiality of our purchase before making the actual purchase. Completely eliminating the purchase of wants may bring the economy to a severe slow down because most businesses are selling wants.
In truth, we have only a few (true) needs – qualified by “true” because the rest are really wants that have cleverly been masqueraded by sly and deceptive marketing and advertising ploys and campaigns. This is not to say that wants are not beneficial nor that they are devoid of benefits. Some wants provide entertainment and amusement, especially during moments in our lives when we feel depressed or lonely.
It all boils down to knowing what are our priorities and how much value for money we are receiving for whatever purchase we make in exchange for the commodity. It is said that A fool and his money are soon parted.
Finally, saving our money is a form of spending wisely – it is negative spending. Instead of saving, spend wisely. Make your money count.
TaN: The sole purpose of man (in existing) is to obey God – to serve as His instrument of and for Good Works – and, in this temporal world, that is to serve and be of help to others (hence the admonitions of Jesus Christ of: “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” – Matthew 25:40 and “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in” – Mathhew 25: 35 [KJV].
Jesus did not come down to us to show off that He is God but to be an example as to how the Father expects us to behave and act – aside from taking on our sins and to save us. The miracles that He did is intended to show us that what He did, we can also do but it is conditional – it is premised on the condition that we TRULY believe in Him, which brought Him to say: “If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you” – Luke 17:6 [KJV]. Alas, we of little faith stumble and fail. We are destined to do great things but only if we obey God.
Imagine, even though He (Jesus) is God, He still obeys the Father. How much more should we, who are but creations. How can creations compare against the Son – and the Only Begotten Son, at that. Obedience is the key. When we obey, not only do we (truly) believe – and not in words only, but we really mean it – but we also live it.