Thursday, May 1, 2014

Parenting, Blessings and Taxes

      Yesterday was quite a day. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one getting stressed out with the requirements and new rulings of the BIR. It really isn't such a joy paying taxes to the government when you don't even really see where your contributions are going. I won't even begin to talk about where it shouldn't be going at all.
    With all these additional requirements, rules and penalties, the effort and energy expended seem a lot more tiresome and annoying. Unfortunately, we need to abide by the law. It's just one of those investments that we might not ever see but are hoping to someday. (Yes I am hoping that things will change for the better for this nation and we will actually get to see and benefit from the taxes we pay, like all the citizens of this country should).

      The only thing that makes me feel okay about paying taxes is that God's word tells us to

Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.
                                                                                                                     -  Mark 12:17 NKJ

       And this means we need to abide by our country's rules because God said so. And we know that when we obey what He says, we can be certain that we will be blessed.

       Thank God though that parenting is the kind of investment where you will actually see returns - both now and in the future. With all the hard work, sleepless nights, money spent (yes kids cost money!), and time consumed, at least I can have peace in the knowledge that this kind of investment would not go to waste. I am assured that when I give my time and love to my children, I will see returns on my investment that will reach far beyond the present. Most times I just get more than I bargained for when my kids show their love in obvious ways. A kiss on the lips, a giant hug, a radiant smile when they see me. The simple joys just make it all worth it.
      So even though most things in life may seem unfair and warrant a valid complaint from me, I decide to focus on what's good.
      It's not easy especially during those times when you have to pay so much (and end up asking why? Why? WHY?) Or are trying to meet a requirement deadline to avoid penalties. (Stress with a capital S!) Or when things, people and procedures just leave you frustrated.
      But despite this unpleasant obligation in my life, I still cannot deny the fact that I am blessed. Because I see it in the great things. My family. The wonderful things. My husband. The joyful things. My friends. And in the little but sweet things. My kids.

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