15. Being Prepared for Danger in Times of Peace and Working Hard with the Intent to Becoming Strong
1 In the book About the Relationship of the Hexagrams, students of Confucius, in their attempt to explain the Book of Changes, noted that Confucius once stressed that: “the one who wrote the Book of Changes must have had a strong sense of danger.” Because the Book of Changes was written during the era when King Wu attacked King Zhou, at the time people needed a boost to resist tyranny with kindness. The situation of today is very close to that era.
2 Mencius once said: “Those who have a sense of danger tend to strive to survive; those who indulge themselves in ease and pleasures will face extinction.”
3 I have been telling all strivers of the Church over and over that: “next year will be that of a turning point. It will also be a year of arduous struggle for our strivers.” This is to wish that our strivers will be vigilant and be prepared for danger in times of peace, and that such a sense of urgency will serve to ignite their own driving force to exert themselves to improve.
4 Strivers should not let their spirits become disturbed by trials and tribulations. Challenging situations should only serve to strengthen their character and will to strive. Strivers of the Church must hold the mindset and be of character to “be the first to become concerned with the world’s troubles, and the last to enjoy its comforts.”
5 By striving hard they can break through the predicament, open a new phase of living, fulfill their worldly obligations and unite with heavenly Dao.
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