January 17, 2021

Worry First, Enjoy Later



This is a four-character Chinese idiom written in the essay, Yueyang Lou Ji (On Yueyang Tower) by Fan Zhongyan, a noted premier in the Northern Song dynasty of China. It means, “A venerable man is concerned about the future of the country before others begin to do so, seeking his own pleasure only after the people are assured of their happiness.” So this expression is often mentioned to emphasize the mindset of those who are entrusted with something great of a country.

In the Bible too, there is such a role model. It is Apostle Paul. In the process of preaching the gospel, although he encountered so many dangers and went through overflowing sufferings, he was always concerned about all the churches above all else (2 Co 11:23–28).

The gospel workers who devote themselves to the kingdom of God are concerned about God’s work before anybody else, and enjoy themselves later. It’s because they know how greatly they will rejoice in the future.

“So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”Jn 16:22

You, great workers of the gospel! Let’s worry first and enjoy later!

For the eternal joy that nobody can take away!