Grace to you!
There is wisdom in the old English idiom that says, “Not all that glitters is gold.”
A friend wanted to buy an iPhone X. After series of Internet search, he found a fabulous discount through an online company. The discounted price was almost two-thirds less than the Apple price for the product. He placed the order right away.
Two weeks passed, he didn’t receive the phone. By the end of the two weeks, he got an email notification that the order has been cancelled, his money returned.
One may say, “Well, they didn’t take my money.” Nice way of looking at it, though naïve. In the current online marketing platforms, your information is worth more than a single sale. They took something of far more value than the money for the iPhone, I suppose.
They took his convenience. He waited for two weeks and didn’t have the phone. If your phone has ever gone bad and you had hoped to replace it at a particular time, paid for the replacement only to be told “nay” at the dying minute, you’ll understand how it feels.
More seriously, they took all his information—credit card details, address, phone number, email, etc. Who knows where his information is now? Sold to third party marketers?
Not all that glitters is gold. You see that glittering opportunity. It’s irresistible. Very inviting. It seems you have it before you even worked for it. Be cautious.
It came too easy? Ironically, it’s often unsustainable. Things that come by hard work endure.
You wouldn’t suppose that the so-called 10,000-hour rule for a world-class level of performance popularized by Malcolm Gladwell is easy. Despite objections to this rule, it’s pretty common sense that in life, nothing comes on the sofa of comfort except momentary satisfaction. Solid accomplishment comes through mortifications, sacrifices and hard work.
This principle isn’t simply social. It is, more importantly, spiritual. The Lord Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14).
The closer to the cross, the closer to blessedness; the farther away from the cross, the closer to ruined opportunities.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Tuesday Week 12, Ordinary Time B: 2 Kings 19:9b-11, 14, 21, 31-35a, 36; Matthew 7:6, 12-14]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.