A reality check

I have been pursuing a dream for five years now. That dream is one day becoming a full-time blogger and serving God full-time.

But for so many years now, it still has not come into fruition. There were days and nights when I complained against God and asked Him why I still was not bearing fruit.

Today’s Gospel reading answered my question:

Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word, but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit. — Mark 4:18-19

Whether in the Word of God, in chasing our dreams, in growing our ministry, or in whatever we are pursuing, it is difficult to bear fruit when we are anxious about many things. It is also difficult to bear fruit when our intentions are not pure, like serving because of money or recognition.

In my own life, I have not yet been bearing fruit because I am always anxious about worldly things like: our daily needs, my “wants,” my progress in my career, my finances, and the amount of my monthly pay check. 

I am also lured by riches, by the financial rewards of what I’m pursuing, the comfortable life it will bring me and my family, and the recognition, respect, and, sometimes, envy I will gain from others.

Finally, I am craving for so many other material things like a better car, a better house, better clothes, and just a “richer” lifestyle.

Today, I felt it in my heart that God is asking me to do a reality check. I have read those verses countless times, but they really spoke to me today. How about you? Are you bearing fruit in what you are pursuing? Maybe it’s time for you to do a reality check as well.

Today, let us also learn to:

  • Be content. For we may not have what we want, but we most likely have what we need. Most of the time, what we have is already more than enough.
  • Be grateful. When we really, deeply think about it, God has always been there for us. He has already caused healing. He has provided. Yet, we always forget to recognize or remember how He worked in our lives.
  • Have purity in our intentions. That in whatever we are pursuing, at work or in our personal lives, let us seek God first. Let us serve Him and His people with clean hearts and pure intentions. To simply do things because of love. And when the material rewards are not there, we will never be discouraged because our service to God is our reward.
  • Trust. Trust that in His perfect time, we will bear fruit.
  • Keep planting. Because while we are the ones who sow, it is God who causes the growth. But, we have to sow. Let’s keep planting, sowing, and working with joy, with hope, with confidence, with consistency.

May you have a fruitful day today. God is with you.