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Diligent Hands

Proverbs 10

Lazy hands make for poverty,

but diligent hands bring a wealth

The story of Filipinos migrating to another country is a common one, and it often starts with humble beginnings. Many come from poor families where a meal a day is a luxury. Success stories and living the American dream did not come easily, but through hard work and perseverance.

As a child, I have fond memories of growing up with my Aunt Lourdes and older sister Sheryl. On Sundays, we would pack small bags of candies from the market or Palenque. We would put them into bite size pieces and instead of having a money allowance, my sister and I were taught to bring candies to sell to our classmates. This weekly activity allowed us to know what our classmates and teachers liked to buy, and the money we earned was divided into two: money to buy our lunch and money to buy candies as capital for next week. Although there were times when I didn't sell any candies and went hungry, this experience made me resilient, grateful, and content.

I believe that God allows us to experience hardships in life to bless us and prepare us for the coming harvest. Many people become millionaires overnight, but without proper preparation, they often return to a life of poverty. God is the great teacher of accounting, investing, and stewardship.

If you are currently going through a difficult time, I encourage you to ask God for wisdom. You will realize that this is just another course to pass so that you can level up to the next. Every time you finish a task and achieve gratefulness, you go up. May God bless you on your journey.

Everyone has a story that can inspire and motivate others. What's yours? Share it with us and become a source of blessing for someone else. Let's spread positivity and make a difference together. So, what are you waiting for? Your story could make someone's day!

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