FRIDAY: 22nd June, 2018
Reference text: 2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-21
2 Kings 11:1 And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.
My Parish Priest told a story of two cargo ships enroute to New Orleans. While travelling in tandem on the way, a challenge was thrown by one ship to the other and a race began. For one ship, the crew ended up burning the cargo on board as fuel and eventually arrived first at the port of call, happy that they had. However, there was no cargo to offload because they had been burned for fuel.
In the readings of today, Athaliah shows her ruthlessness by commanding the destruction of every royal seed – any person in the generation of her own son who could lay claim to the throne in future. Hence, one would expect that after going through all this hustle, her reign would be a lot longer. I was somehow disappointed that her time was up in just six years. By weighting, those six years paled in comparison to the number of lives she had to sacrifice to get to where she was.
The price Athaliah paid for her rise to power, was simply too high for the amount of time she spent in reign. Hence the questions which arise from the story of the sailors which kept me thinking for a while: ‘What price do we pay in our desire to rise to the top? What do we sacrifice as we attempt our ascent? Our family? Our morals? Or do we end up losing our very own selves too?
Sweetheart, there is an opportunity cost with nearly every decision, but do not let the price you pay outweigh the benefits you stand to gain because some of those things when lost, can be irretrievable.
Remember # don’t sacrifice those precious to you on the altar of success.