Haves and Have-nots
ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - March 23, 2019 - 12:00am

I have attended at least two burials over the past few weeks. This particular experience has exposed me to another reality that even in the last fraction of one's stay on earth there is still a great divide between the haves and the have-nots. The difference ranges from slight to exceedingly stark.

For those who don't have in life, their families would settle for their departed ones to be buried directly into the ground while those who can afford really have a separate mausoleum or at least a cemented area.

More pronounced is when the relatives would just settle to rent jeepneys to ferry their relatives going to the cemetery while those moneyed rent out vans or bring their own vehicles.

Disparities exist in all aspects of life. The nature and consequence of such disparity shapes our social just as economic lives. As individuals advance through their instructive life certain imbalances will result in various outcomes of schooling for various sets of individuals.

People who are more educated, wealthier, or earn more experience better well-being and higher life expectancies.

We have come a long way from the days of slavery, but discrimination and inequality still saturate our society in modern ways. Racism, for instance, may be less blatant now, but its existence is undeniable.

Spiritually, this very modern issue of the difference between the haves and the have-nots is referenced in 1 John 5: 11-15. God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God's Son does not have life.

What's more, we are certain that he hears us at whatever point we request whatever satisfies him. Furthermore, since we realize he hears us when we make our requests, we likewise realize that he will give us what we ask for.

Worldly, there are two kinds of people; the Haves and the Have-Nots. The Have-Nots think the only people who earn large incomes resulting in successful, luxurious lifestyles are crooks, lucky, endowed with more brains or talents, privy to occult secrets, or born into wealth. These are only alibis, a way for the Have-Nots to justify their failure or mediocre lives. Learn the secrets to a successful life among the Haves and leave the Have-Nots to their complaints and their alibis.

Success is available to everyone who commits to being successful, an essential decision to make. Start getting up a little earlier than we're accustomed to. This gives us extra time that 95 percent of the people in this world are not using at all. One hour earlier a day gives you six extra 40-hour weeks a year.

We decide what we want in life. More wealth? Success? Happiness? More time with our family? Think about what goal and what it will mean to us and our family.

Let's develop a sense of expectancy. That is, try to hold the feeling that the goal we are shooting for is a sure thing and that it's only a matter of time before it's realized.

Attitude has been known as the most imperative word in the language. William James put it along these lines: "The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by changing their frames of mind."

People who live near their actual limit have an articulated feeling of prosperity and significant vitality. They consider themselves to be driving deliberate and inventive lives. Isn't that what we as a whole need to do? Everything starts the minute we choose to turn into a Have person.


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