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Weekly devotional: Life’s true necessity

Apr. 30, 2021

  • KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.


Heluhelu Baibala
No ka mea, ma loko ona e ola nei, a e hele nei, - nei kākou; e like me ka ʻōlelo ʻana a kekahi haku mele o ʻoukou, He poʻe keiki kākou nāna. - Nā ʻOihana A Ka Poʻe Lunaʻōlelo 17:28

For in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His descendants. - Acts 17:28

He manaʻo o ke kahu
Would you believe that my drive to work takes me past eight new and used car lots? EIGHT! And I could even throw in two car rental lots on the main road with one road back. What is interesting is that of late, those car lots are looking empty. At first, I thought it was just one of the lots, but on closer inspection, all of them were lacking inventory. Then I read a news article saying that this, like much of the difficulties of life recently, can be blamed on the pandemic.

As the pandemic hit, people stayed home more, causing car sales to take a hit. So, the automakers cut back on production and reduced their orders for computer chips which controlled everything from fuel injection to radios, to GPS, etc. Since people were staying home and working from home, there was a demand for more consumer electronics- computers, gaming systems, phones, tablets, and other necessary items for modern life, all of which use microchips. With the shift in demand, the manufacturers turned from making chips for cars to chips for computers. And now that things are opening to a more mobile world, car manufacturers are stuck waiting for the chip makers to get them their parts. Who would have thought that we’d become so dependent on that little electronic part?

Unfortunately, we at times have decided that we need the newest things in life to live. What we really need is the oldest thing around, something that has been here before time and will be here throughout time. That is ke Akua. It was he who made the world and everything in it. It was he who breathed life into us that we might have life. As our scripture tells us that is “in Him we live and move and exist.” God is the essence of life and it is because of, and through him, that we live.

We also know that he gave us the words to live by. When Satan tried to get Jesus to turn a rock into a loaf of bread, Jesus countered with, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes out of the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4) It is through his word that we find a guide and hope for our lives.

Take time today, to mahalo ke Akua for the life we live, for the blessings he showers upon us even before we ask, and for his word that gives us hope and life. Think about what life would be without the Holy One and give thanks that he is here and near to us.

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