The 3 Primary Sins - Reflections of a Young Man™

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The 3 Primary Sins



Science tells us that there exists only three primary colors out of which all other colors are made by combining and varying the primary colors. White is the presence of the three primary colors in equal proportion while black is their absence.

Similarly, I tend to think there exists only three primary sins out of which all other sins arise - be it dishonesty, anger, theft, debauchery, slander, rape, murder or bribery. The three primary sins are:
  1. Sloth
  2. Greed
  3. Lust
Of how we can conquer those three primary sins is something I cannot authoritatively write about because I have committed them occasionally this month. But I am of the opinion that victory over them is achieved through knowledge, love, faith and responsibility.

So let us commit ourselves to the acquisition of knowledge no matter our age. Knowledge will lead us to love; love will lead us to faith; and faith will lead us to responsibility. And along that process, we will end up conquering the three primary sins; a victory that will usher us to the godly living that leads to eternal life.

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The Necessity of Courage



We all yearn and pray for good things such as health, wealth, fame and power. But we tend to omit two equally important things in our yearnings and prayers: wisdom and courage. Let me discuss about courage today.

Courage is an honorable trait necessary for success in any endeavor especially in leadership. It's one trait that President John F. Kennedy esteemed most. So much did Kennedy esteem it that he wrote a book, Profiles in Courage, in which he narrated the experiences of men who demonstrated great courage in times of national crisis.

When I reflect on the stories of men who demonstrated courage as narrated by Kennedy in his book, I am left wondering how it is that I have been afraid to demonstrate courage in my everyday experiences. I have nonetheless resolved to work on my muscle of courage especially in the following day-to-day instances:
  1. Speaking up against intimidation and bullying
  2. Saying "no" firmly, politely and unambiguously especially to friends
  3. Standing up against enemies as well as friends when they err
  4. Speaking against unacceptable talk and behaviour
  5. Defending personal decisions
Yes, courage is an honourable trait. So let us yearn for it as well as pray for opportunities to implement it because only through practice can we strengthen our muscle of courage.

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God's Way of Molding Us



On examining my life, I have discovered God's way of answering my deepest yearnings is never straightforward. For example, if I desire to travel to Place Z whose directions I am not aware, God will make me pass through jungles, valleys, mountains, deserts and oceans. All the while, I will keep on getting lost and being scared by wild animals.

Coming to think of it, God's way of answering my deepest yearnings has been the same to every truly great individual: Beethoven, Jesus, Lincoln, Newton - just to mention but a few.

You see, every great achievement starts with a dream - be it writing a great novel, playing in the La Liga, getting elected President or producing popular songs. And behind such accomplishments are hours of labor, rejection, criticism and discouragements. Such is the case of going through jungles when desiring to get to Place Z.

Why does God take us through jungles, valleys, mountains, deserts and oceans when we desire to get to Place Z? To increase our wisdom, strengthen our courage, deepen our insights, mold our character, appreciate our victories and develop our empathy.

So no matter how dark our paths become, no matter the opposition we face, let us keep pressing on with attaining our dreams - be it writing a great novel, playing in the La Liga, getting elected President or producing popular songs. The Christian Scriptures aptly advise us, "And let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not."

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