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Another Coffee from the June 1991 Deep Cove Crier

Why Do Self-Made People Tend to Worship Their ‘Maker’??

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Work as if you were to live 100 years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow." In the four years I’ve lived in the Seymour/Deep Cove community, I’ve observed that we are a very hard-working lot in this area. Most of us in the Deep Cove area also seem to enjoy our line of work despite its intermittent frustrations. Many of us have also put in many years of preparation for our life work, either at University or some other institute. As a result, we have a sense of satisfaction that we are responsible hard-working citizens who pay our own way and earn our own bread.

The danger with being hard-working and fairly successful is that we start thinking that we’ve achieved it all by ourselves. We think of ourselves as self-made men and women. Self-made people, however, suffer from the problem of worshipping their "maker". "Self " becomes their focus and centre, Whenever self is on ‘the throne’. other relationships (spouse, children, parents, work) tend to suffer. Self-centredness is the greatest disease for successful, hard-working people. The cure for the disease is to begin to see one’s life and "successes" more as a gift than just an achievement. Most of us were probably taught as children either at home or public school to say "Give us today our daily bread." The value of such a prayer is that it reminds us that receiving a gift is just as important as earning a reward. If we are very intelligent, it is ultimately a gift that we never earned. If we are very artistic, it is very much a gift.  If we are good with finances, once again that is a wonderful gift. Now we are responsible for how we develop and make use of the gifts God has given us. But let us never forget that all of our abilities are ultimately a pure gift.

Why is it that we so easily lose sight of the truth that all of life is a gift??  Click to find out more…


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