“What is Loyalty or Faithfulness”
There was an article written by Christian Press, MARO, stating "Faithfulness" means "Gratitude." For example, a loyal vassal is one who works with gratitude to his lord.
It's difficult to be faithful without gratitude, and a faithful attitude is born only by carefully noticing the small happiness and thanking them. (abridgment)
The number of "thank you" is proportional to fidelity.
So if you want to be true to something, the first thing to do is to increase the "thank you".
It's not just about relationships with God. If you want to be faithful to your work, thank your work, and if you want to be loyal to your family, thank your family.
He says that saying thank you for a big event is easy, because it is easy to identify. But little appreciation is easily missed. Why? It is hard to feel because it is small.
Who do you imagine when you hear the words faithfulness or loyalty?
First thing that comes to my mind is the Japanese historical drama, "Chushingura". I always compare myself to the characters in the drama, and I enjoy it over and over again without getting bored.
Isn't it an exaggeration to say that there are no companies or jobs to serve with a loyal spirit these days?
People who are turning 80 in Japan are said to have worked as "corporate warriors" and are considered to have shown complete loyalty to the company.
My job is very important for me but I would not call myself having a spirit of corporate warriors, because work is not the purpose of my life itself even if I love it.
In the Bible there is a passage about faithfulness as follows.
<Luke: 16:10> (NIV)
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
<Matthew：6:21> ( NIV)
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
If we try to be loyal we know that there is value in it, so we must first identify what is valuable.
But are we putting our effort on things in life that have real value?
Let us think about it together now.
Consider what we currently think of as the most important issues for the family or individual.
Their health, work that supports, a bank account, land and house, time, talent, etc.
I would like to talk about each in detail, but today, let's talk about money.
Probably not many are able to understand in detail how much money they have and how it will look like in the future.
I live on about because I don't have an economic idea, but my partner, Michio is in good control and looking to the future. I have to learn more from him.
However, money is something that easily captivates us, isn't it?
In reality, we can't do anything without money. It is indispensable, and there is a risk that if you make a mistake, you will be used by money and you may become a "money slave".
In other words, you may betray people for money, do things you wouldn't normally think of, buy on impulse, or spend on gambling.
I think there is a tendency of discriminating people who is poor.
Here, I would like to introduce this scripture.
< 1 Corinthians 4:1-2>
“This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
The concept of an administrator is an important point here.
I think you all take it for granted that you are the owner of your belongings. "It's my property that I've worked hard and saved. It's mine!" There is no mistake in that at all.
However, I would say this instead, "all belongings are given to me by God, and I am entrusted to be a good manager.”
It means that I live as if God gave me my family and everything that belong to me.
Nine years ago, we lost all our belongings in the flood except for our lives.
I heard that my husband was able to escape with only our passbooks.
It happened at the same time I was on the death bed due to an incurable illness.
Hardships can sometimes happen at the same time, as it did to us.
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
What we see is that it will disappear someday.
However, the Lord did not leave us in a miserable situation, and my health recovered. God is truly merciful and grateful! Praise the Lord!
Isn't there such a sense of value not only from others but also within yourself that makes you feel superior or inferior? The sad thing is that money may lead to bankruptcy of people.
People may judge you with the amount of money ,knowledge or status.
How can we be smart money managers?
I guess if there is one hint here , it is to be thankful everything.
I'm sure you have ideas. Would you like to send us yours? Let's share together and work better.