A DOSE OF FAITH
Richard G. Mendoza, MPH, PHD
Pr. Richard Mendoza works at the Central Luzon Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. An educator and promoter of health, he complements his advocacies with spiritual and values-oriented insights.
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“Father knows best!” I used to tell my eldest son every time I want him to believe what I’m saying and true enough he learned to trust my words and he would utter the same expression to his younger brother when he questions my command.
Every “Father’s Day,” we give tribute to our earthly fathers, from whom we all owe our existence. Many stories are being shared, real life experiences, on social media, indifferent gatherings and even during religious convocations. One inspiring story was shared to me by a Facebook friend, and I can’t help but share this to you as well, hoping that you haven’t read or heard it yet:
“President Xi Jing Peng of China said: ‘When I was a small child, I was very selfish, always grab the best for myself. Slowly,everyone left me and I had no friends. I didn’t think it was my fault but criticize others. My father gave me three sentences to help me in life’.
“One day, my father cooked two bowls of noodles put the two bowls on the table. One bowl has one egg on top and the other bowl does not have any egg on top. He said, “My child. You choose. Which bowl do you want”? Eggs were hard to come by those days! Only get to eat eggs during festivals or New Year. Of course, I chose the bowl with egg! As we started eating. I was congratulating myself on my wise choice/decision and wallop up the egg. Then to my surprise as my father ate his noodles, there were TWO eggs at the bottom of his bowl beneath the noodles! I regretted so much! And scolded myself for being too hasty in my decision. My father smiled and said to me, “My child. You must remember what your eyes see may not be true. If you intend on taking advantage of people, you will end up losing!
“The next day, my father again cooked two bowls of noodles: one bowl with an egg on top and the other bowl with no egg on top. Again, he put the two bowls on the table and said to me, “My child. You choose. Which bowl do you want?” This time I am smarter. I chose the bowl without any egg on top. To my surprise, as I separated the noodles on top, there was not even a single egg at the bottom of the bowl! Again, my father smiled and said to me, “My child, you must not always rely on experiences because sometimes, life can cheat you or play tricks on you. But you must not be too annoyed or sad, just treat this as learning a lesson. You cannot learn this from textbooks.
“The third day, my father again cooked two bowls of noodles, again one bowl with an egg on top and the other bowl with no egg on top. He put the two bowls on the table and again said to me, “My child. You choose. Which bowl do you want?”. This time, I told my father, “Dad, you choose first. You are the head of the family and contributed the most to the family.” My father did not decline and chose the bowl with one egg on top. As I eat my bowl of noodles, sure in my heart that there is no egg inside the bowl. To my surprise! There were TWO eggs at the bottom of the bowl.
“My father smiled at me with love in his eyes, “My child, you must remember! When you think for the good of others, good things will always naturally happen to you!
“I always remember these 3 sentences of my father and lived and do my business accordingly. True enough, my business was a roaring success.”
May I add this more important lesson: if an earthly father desires what’s good for his child and will sacrifice for his sake, how much more our heavenly Father, who provides our needs and who really knows the best for us. The following texts from the Bible says:
“So do not worry, saying. ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all” (Matthew 6:31).
“Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him”. (Matthew 7:9-11).
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
Our Father God cares for us, his children, and He comforts us when we’re hurting. The Bible says:
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” (Psalm 103:13)
“The Lord is close to the broken hearted; and saves those who are crushed in spirit”. (Psalm 34:18).