Feb 11, 2012

Inshallah [41/365]

Every year as you approach the New Year, you'll see a lot of friends, colleagues and family members going on their much deserved annual vacations.
'See you next year'. As humans, we take a lot of things for granted.

The fact that we wake up or even being able to see your loved ones the on the other side of tomorrow. We toil for our tomorrows. We sacrifice our family time for that over-time at work. All so that we can climb that socioeconomic calendar.
I'm reminded of James 4: 13-17, where we are cautioned against boasting about our tomorrow.

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”
14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.
17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

While the scripture isn't asking you to not plan for the future, what it is exhorting is that we have a proper relationship with our Creator. Arabs and Muslims around the world use Inshallah a lot. Translated into 'If God wills', I've seen a lot of people ask for God's blessings as they are about to start anything new or big. Having started with God's name does not mean He is obliged to guide us to our goals, though.

Inshallah.
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