A poor man can be rich in no time
if he is determined to be
and if he works hard.
A fool will become wise
if he listens to advice
and if he opens himself up to learning.
An ugly guy can be handsome in no time
if he has a good heart,
if he learns to be confident,
if he exercises and becomes tone and fit,
if he goes on a healthy diet, etc.
Every dream a person has can be fulfilled
if he never stops chasing his dreams,
if he endures the hardships,
if he never gives up.
His dreams will take him to Mars,
to Jupiter, to Saturn and even beyond Pluto.
And later on,
he will be able to solve
the riddles of the universe,
the forces behind it
and all the elements that make it.
He will become as wise as the gods,
making all the impossible possible.
But can he become perfect,
as perfect as The Almighty?
Of course he can never be.
We have to think again.
Everyday we read about innovations
and technological advancements in many fields
making our lives better and more livable and exciting
and there seems to be no end in sight.
All mankind has done is to improve
and make better everything around him
because that makes up all his dreams -
dreams that are all about material things.
He wants the world to be a better place
and makes it a paradise
but he forgets one very important thing:
He forgets that before he can make
anything around him better,
he should start first with himself.
Because how can man make better
anything around him
when he himself is living a wicked life,
when his everyday existence
is full of sin and wrongdoing?
Man has been sailing far out in the ocean
trying to catch some fish
when the fishes are swimming near the shore.
He has been looking out far into the heavens
trying to find reasons for his existence
and yet not looking deep within him.
His dreams do not include
the betterment of himself,
and doesn't even acknowledge
that he himself needs improvement.
He sees the flaws in everything around him
but is blinded by his own.
All these clearly show
that to make better of ourselves
is the hardest thing to do,
even to make ourselves good.
To be good is very hard
that's why only rare people made it.
It's definitely the hardest one to achieve,
and so much harder than anything else.
And you know why?
To be good involves so many things,
if not so much.
To be good means:
to be kind, loving, respectful,
benevolent, generous, sharing,
humble, considerate, caring,
compassionate, courteous, merciful,
forgiving, helpful, honest,
impartial, sincere, peaceful,
pure, selfless, righteous,
thankful, understanding, truthful, etc.
If you lack just one of those,
then you can't be considered good
for it will ruin everything else.
You can never be considered humble
if you are not kind,
you can never be selfless
if you are not generous,
you're not honest
if you're not sincere,
you're not caring
if you're not sharing,
and so on and on.
When you only care about people
who care about you
or loving them when they love you,
are you doing something good
or something extraordinary?
Of course not.
And if you only wish good things for your friends
but only curses for your enemies,
then you're definitely bad.
Remember that God lets the sun shine
on good and bad people alike.
And He lets the rain fall on the fields
owned by good and bad people too.
So you better do the same thing.
All your goodness should be done to everyone -
rich and poor, good and bad.
And one more thing.
If you do all the good to your fellow
but don't believe in a Supreme Being,
and don't acknowledge The Almighty One
Who made Heaven and earth and the whole universe,
then all your doing good for your fellow
will mean nothing at all!
Believing, acknowledging, praising,
worshiping and giving thanks to the Holy One
is definitely first and foremost!
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