in life, how are we measured.

Malaysia
March 13, 2010 11:03pm CST
thats right. we all make a living and make a life here on planet earth. some of us are so successful and become world famous shoe maker, golfers, badminton player, squash player. others are world famous scientists, billionaires, millionaires, philanthropists giving away millions and still million of dollars are coming into their coffers and they are blessed . others flying on private jets with hugh mansions around the world with plenty of servants and maids. still others living from hands to mouths, some eat only one meal and are paupers without home or money. why the great disrepancies in life?.now, my question is how are we measured in this life. is our life measured by our societies's yardsticks. in india, the rich let the poor suffer as they believe its the karma factor and the poor guy has to go through it! cultures' and societies measurements are by success and fame. God's measurement of our life is on how we treat others especially the poor, destitutes, orphans and widows. let's hear your say.
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8 responses
• Philippines
14 Mar 10
I believed that we are measured not only by material wealth or possessions but also how we lived our life, the relationship we created or broken, how we helped others and the level of faith.
• Malaysia
15 Mar 10
hie joseline, you hit the point straight. in a nutshell you have summed up the measurement of life . the measurement of using the world view of things and the other is God's view on us. God view us as whether we are his faithful servant or otherwise. God does not view us as the the rich man or the beautigul one. He views us on our vertical relationship with HIM and our horizontal relationship with mankind. have a good day.
• Philippines
15 Mar 10
Hi Grace. I am glad that you were able to ask this question and we both agree. This makes my day..regards.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
14 Mar 10
hi. it depends from which perspective you see life. in schools, as we all know, our success is measured by the grades or marks we received. almost all societies we live in, if not all, measure our success by the amount of money we have in our bank account/s, the house/s we live in, the car/s we drive, the number of credit card/s we use, the business/es we own and so on. we are also measured, perhaps by a different yardstick according to our own beliefs. are all these an accurate representation of how we are measured or should be measured? in my humble opinion, all of them are. we are obviously measured not by the years we live in but by what we have done in our lives.
• Malaysia
14 Mar 10
hie tomitomi, very well put. i agree with you. the the natural law, the civil laws and the spiritual laws all play their role in our lives. whatever we do, we will reap the end products. thus we need to be hard working in our lives to earn and live well. we need integrity so that we dont make many mistakes and to have too mant regrets in our life. the fruitfullness our life is based amongst other things how we relate and treat ohers.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
15 Mar 10
thank you gracefuldove for the wonderful discussion. and thanks for sharing too!!!
@JamesKYTan (1607)
• Malaysia
16 Mar 10
To everyone the yardstick of success is having million dollars. How about happiness and good health. To a pauper happiness is having his hunger satisfied. Then he will be thinking when will be his next meal. "How wonderful if I happy money so that I can buy my meals," he thinks. On the other hand the billionaires are perplexed as to how the poor look so happy after consuming a bowl of plain congee. But the billionaires are searching for happiness and good health yet it elude them. Hence, happiness and good health are what we should strive for. These values are intrinsic that money can't buy. To all the billionaires: Do not search for good health and happiness, search for God instead and happiness and good health will come knocking at your doors.
• Malaysia
16 Mar 10
james, a very interesting response. everyone has his version of life, happiness , health and wealth. at the end of the day, how do we feel. do we feel good, happy and peaceful. there are others out there with hardly enough for themselves but are happy. on the other hand, there are people out there with plenty but unhappy in their lives due to many reasons. in life have to strike a balance. we have to be considerate to others and also kind to ourselves. as the night falls, we remember to give thanks to GOD for a blessed day we have and pray for the victims of calmities etc and ask for forgiveness.
@mackiejp (376)
• Philippines
15 Mar 10
I still can't claim to understand the measure of a LIFE, what I only knew for sure that as long as our heart is open, as long as we bring joy to anyone's life, as long as we found it worth a while to help others then perhaps, we can be measured by the good deeds we share. I would still prefer not to be measured by the things I acquired but on what I have done good to other people while I am alive. There are no greater compliments than the "thank you" you received from those you have extended your help with.
• Malaysia
16 Mar 10
hie mackiejp, thanks for your response. yes, our lives are shared with others to bring joy, happiness, love and peace. we still need the materials things in this world to live a comfortable and meaningful life. with the hard work, we bring in the 'bread and butter' for our family and ourselves. we become an independent unit and no need to rely on help from the state or government. when we have extra, we give a lending hand to the poor. in essence is how we live our lives with the provisions that we have and yet have a heart to give to others in need. give cheerfully and willingly to make another smile and thus a friendship or acquiantanceship is developed. and when we give to GOD we form a relationship with Him and He is there to minister to us and watches over us from heaven.
• India
14 Mar 10
Very true gracefuldove,what all we are doing we will be given back,there is no escape!I have a bitter experience!I use to be a very naughty boy when young,I hurted feelings,dnt want to say!an now in my 35 age I am getting them back with the interest!This earth is playground of salutory lessons!Dear,True GODS measurement is the sustains on what you said! above,society is crap,yardstick is the almighty Father!I totally agree with you,friend,if you have left a crying begger asking for food!instead offering him bread, as its one karma!My you are in the trap of karma.Grace until or unless nature gives you back,you cant realize thr pain!Thanks,for the discussions!would like to hear some more!
• Brazil
14 Mar 10
I beleive that we are measured based on how happy we are, how happy we live our lives and how much we strive to make others all around us also be happy! Life is all about happiness, about feeling love and compassion with others and having a good time with the nature we were given when we were born. People who are always postive and who are always doing good things are people who are living life the right way, taking advantage of all the good things in the world. But the problem is that there are always those who have envy of this positivity, not having the will to be happy so they always want to see sadness and misery. These people will not last long and mother earth takes care of them as soon as possible. It is hard though, seeing as that the majority of the planets population doesn't know how to be good so it's a hard job to get rif of all of them.
• Malaysia
15 Mar 10
well universe, we have a choice here whether we decide to be happy or sad. we decide to complain or better the situation. its all in our frame of mind. i am amazed by your positiveness in life and you are happiness/ goodness oriented. the Good Lord is really with you. He gives you a good disposition and it remains with you all the days of your life. having said these, we are better off whenever we are around cheerful and good happening people rather than around those who complain about everything in life. when i meet such complaining people, i quitely bless them and go on my way. thanks for your positive and hearty warming response. it makes me smile at myself, at you and the world.
@vandana7 (66816)
• India
14 Mar 10
Hi gracefuldove, I think food, clothing, shelter, and medicine are the primary concerns, with a dash of entertainment and comforts. I am not for large mansions, they are difficult to clean, and monitor. But whatever it is, it should be tastefully done. Any entertaining can always be done in some posh hotels, with latest decor, and best of foods. Agreed it will be expensive. But if I am rich enough to have large mansion, with many rooms, then expense is hardly on my mind, isn't it? You mentioned in India, rich let poor go through it calling it karma. Well, the truth is many of these poor are not that poor. They act poor and virtually end up living on you like the termites. I will give you an example. My servant is about 50 years of age. She had four issues. She could ill afford them, but let us just say - she was not wise enough. So her husband drank away his earnings, and while the going was good everything went on well. Now, she is staying with her younger son, who is again a drunkard. Her elder son wants nothing to do with the family. So does the elder daughter. The younger daughter has two children and she underwent operation both times. She doesnt work! She doesnt want to work! She is constantly grumbling at this old mother of hers. Its laziness that is cultivated here. So at 50 my servant is coming out working in two homes. Her younger son gives little at home. To top it all, the daughter thinks the mother should be taking the responsibility of her daughter. You try helping them, and it would be like a quicksand in which you will also get drawn.
• Malaysia
15 Mar 10
hie vandana, this is another aspect i read from you.thanks for the explanation. looks like in your servant's case who is already 50 years old, she should retire and relax. this lady should be having joy, peace and love and not going out doing 2 jobs. her children and hubby are not doing or giving her the comfort she needs.drunkeness tends to run in families. only when they realised why they are in this dilema and make a conscious efforts to get out, they will still be drowned in drunkenness and irresponsibilities. its so difficult. laziness also is a sort of running in families, just dont want to work and say its tough and then give up the jobs. i have seen it here in my country.the law of sowing and reaping is real and we can see it working in our lives and communities.until and unless these people pull up their socks and work hard and be responsible and have integritry, all help vapourised in no time and they are again at square one. they need the GOD factor in their lives. the fear of GOD is the beginning of wisdom.
@tayd88 (205)
• Malaysia
14 Mar 10
hi gracefuldove , in life,human are mostly judged by their status or financial status in my opinion.This is happening so especially in this material world where one always chasing after financial gain.It's bad things like this are on going in India and other parts of the world but i'm sure there are always a way if the poor one are optimistic and brave to face the dreadful life.
• Malaysia
15 Mar 10
tay88, the world judge us by the worldly yardstick of sucess in material things everywhere you are. i often hear of friends stopping, having conversation like what are your children doing, married, are you a grandparents now etc.well we have to be successful and have good incomes to live a good quality life for ourselves and families. we work hard and thus we enjoy the fruits of our toils. its natural right. at the same time , we are also measured by the spiritual law, the GOD factor. everything is from GOD. Thus we need to help other less fortunate than us in the right way. give to the right organisations that feed the poor and needy etc. this is because some of the organisations are front and squander our givings and donations. we have to be careful when we give our hard earned money to charity.education can help the poor and they should be guided and given a good start in their live. they have to break out of the poverty cycle. the bottom line, is someone or organisation have to step in and help them out. once out of the vicious cycle, things will get better. there is nothing like hard work and focus with a good foundation. may ther Good Lord bless us all.