The Grenville Phillips Column – A Year of Empty
Jesus explained that we only have two paths before us, namely, the broad way of irresponsible behaviour that most choose, and the narrow and more challenging way of responsible behaviour. I believe that when we reach our individual ages of accountability, we are each given 3 virtual bags containing the good deeds, encouraging words and healings that we are to empty before we go to the great beyond.
Every one of us have plenty of opportunities to give out of our bags, but something holds us back. Something tells us that if we meaningfully help someone else, or say an encouraging word, or speak a blessing, that we would be ridiculed. Imagine that. We have been deceived into thinking that being responsible is something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.
We are to receive no earthly benefit for most of the good things that we do, because we are to do them in secret. Jesus said that our good deeds must be so private that figuratively, our left hand does not know what our right hand is doing.
During this time of severe austerity in Barbados, we have many opportunities to give out of our bag of good deeds to help those in desperate need. Let us resist the temptation to selfishly guard our time and other resources for our own use. It would be tragic, for us, to squander such opportunities.
As we interact with others, we will be tempted to withhold our compliments, advice, and encouragement out of a fear of how they may be received – we may even cringe at the very thought of saying something nice. How it is received is not our responsibility, emptying that bag is. Therefore, tell your loved ones that you love them, compliment persons for their efforts, and encourage persons to do what is right.
All three bags are to be emptied together, so we must also empty the contents of that third bag – the blessings. We will be tempted to avoid blessing others because it may appear awkward if the blessing is not realised. Again, the result is not our responsibility, emptying the bag is.
I follow my own best advice that I freely give to others, so I am happy and content with reason. Two days ago, I was thanking God with a heart overflowing with gratitude, while walking towards my car after shopping in Bridgetown on Christmas Eve. I happily realised that if I could choose any car in the parking lot, that I would honestly choose mine without reservation.
I then realised that if I could choose any house on this planet, that I would happily choose the one we built. I then reflected further – and gingerly. I slowly contemplated that if I could choose any woman on this planet, that, after deeper and honest contemplation, and with God, who knows all of my thoughts as my singular witness, I would genuinely choose my wife. I asked God that I not outlive her, and I have already put my house in order for that eventuality.
I continue to improve myself so that I can better serve others, which is why I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Engineering in addition to my other duties. So, I write this blessing to every person who reads this. May you be empty so that you may be full.
May you prosper financially during this time of severe austerity in Barbados, so that you will have abundance to assist those in desperate need. May you be in good health and be healed of any and all diseases or ailments, so that your testimony may increase the trust others have in God’s love for them.
May you understand all information that you read, hear and perceive. May your ability to analyse this information far exceed my own abilities (hence the reason for revealing my studies). May you be filled with wisdom from above that may be applied to this analysed information so that the productive result will benefit you, your family, and everyone who follows your best advice. All of this I write in the name of Jesus, our Messiah, the Son of God, Yeshua.
Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and President of Solutions Barbados. He can be reached at NextParty246@gmail.com