One Important Lesson Traveling has Taught me

I’ve been traveling a lot lately and there is one important lesson that stuck and changed my life completely. Now, there are a lot of lessons I’ve learned while going to different places and meeting different people but I just want to share this one simple yet life changing lesson.

I’ve learned to number my days. Yes, it is a simple as that. You see, traveling with people or alone taught me how to manage my time well, keep a calendar, and fulfill every single task on time. Traveling forces me to think about the travel time and strategize how to go from one place to the next in the shortest amount of time. Why? Because time is precious. My reasoning, if I miss my plane, if I miss my bus, if miss my boat, I don’t just miss my mode of transportation but I miss my opportunity to meet amazing people, miss an experience, miss the sunset, miss the sunrise, and so much more. Every minute counts.

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A day is composed of 24 hours and it is so easy to spend one day until you realize one week have passed and you have done nothing to move forward. Traveling has taught me that a day wasted means I will be left behind.

The Bible also teaches us the same thing, Proverbs 90:12 tells us,

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

You don’t have to be a traveler to apply this lesson. If we learn to number our days, we learn to live a better life; we make better decisions; we make every moment count. So I ask God to teach me to number my days because everyday is His gift to us, and how I spend every moment is my act of worship to Him.

  Current mood: Busy but happy

Love Wins

I have read and seen some facebook posts about the legalization of same-sex marriage. I have been quiet about the whole issue and would only speak unless I was asked about my opinion. But today I am breaking my silence and will say what’s inside my heart.

I am not pleased with what has happened in America, the news breaks my heart. Not just because of the legalization of this law, but more on how the Christian churches have reacted. I am not, in any way, including all Christian churches. I do believe there are churches who are doing a great job of honoring God and loving the people. Also, I am not just addressing this to the Christians in America but to the Christians all around the world.

People — male, female, young, old, poor, rich want to be loved. We crave for it; we write songs, poems, and stories about it; we paint pictures in our head what a loving family or community will look like. All of us crave for love and we, the church, should be the ones who are in the forefront in loving them. Instead we became judgmental, smug, proud of how good we are in the sight of God and we have forgotten about Jesus and what He did for us and for these people.

He came to this earth because He loves us. Jesus was dubbed as the “friend of sinners” because he loves them and who are we not to follow in His footsteps.

(11)For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. (16)By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. – 1 John 3:11,16

For example, (and I have seen this happen in real life) what do we do when a cross-dresser enters our church building? Do we laugh at them, look at them as if they are the scums of the earth? Or do we welcome them and love them as our brother or sister? Most of the church has been successful in rejecting them and judging them and we have been so loud in the social media by showing how immoral they are and how clean we are and yet we have been silent and apathetic in showing the love of Jesus to them. That, my beloved, grieves me.

If we have been loving people, then they won’t be looking for love anywhere else. Where can they find love and respect they want and deserve if we, the church, won’t lavishly give it to them? We do not want to misrepresent Jesus, do we?

(34)A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (35)By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35

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I have also seen how Christians have reacted because the LGBT community have used the rainbow to symbolize gay pride where in fact it is a symbol of God’s covenant to His people and the earth. I want to look at the positive side of it and it gives me hope, instead of seeing the symbol being desecrated, I’d rather see it as a reminder of God’s love to them. How? Let’s look at the passage. This is after the great flood . . .

“Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.’” – Genesis 8:20-22

This symbol will serve a reminder of God’s love to humanity. This Holy God knows how evil we are but His love still remains. Church, I hope we will not just fast and pray about this but we will also be the answer to our prayers, let us continue to be the light and salt of this world and let us continue to love one another as Christ have loved us.

Why? Because love wins.

160  current mood: successful first blog for 2015!

The Pain of Jealousy

Have you accidentally stepped on a piece of lego barefoot? Do you remember the pain? Well, as much as that hurts, that is nothing compared to the pain of jealousy. Stepping on a piece of lego will last for minutes but the pain of jealousy can last for days, months, or even years.

Think about the last time you felt jealous for someone. Do you remember the piercing pain inside your heart? Remember the feeling that you can’t almost breathe knowing that the person you love lost interest in you and have run after someone else? You ask yourself, what have I done wrong? But no good answer satisfied the hurt that you’re feeling.

Remember the anger you feel for that person or that object that stole the love that was rightly yours. Anger that you want to destroy his/her object of affection. Please bear with me and for this moment remember all that pain.

That pain, my friend, multiplied 100 times, is exactly what God feels for you. We have all deserted Him and ran after our gods. We have prostituted ourselves to someone or something that never truly loved us the way He does.

Who has has your heart?

Is it your boyfriend? Your girlfriend? Your crush?

Is it your work? Your ministry?

Is it you plans? Your dreams? Your ambition?

If you know what jealousy feels then you know exactly the pain that God feels.

“Do not worship any other God, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Exodus 34:14)

 

 

really tired  Current mood: Unexplained.

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Why I Won’t Marry A Tennis Player

Isang random na usapan tungkol sa idea na ano kaya kung makapangasawa ako ng tennis player. Ang process of elimination na ito ay napag-usapan namin nila tita Sonny—a friend and a colleague, witty and straight to the point. Also, with my two best buddies Chique and Rhia (I just love them to bits). Ang usapan ay naganap sa cafeteria:

Me: Ano kaya kung makapangasawa ako ng tennis player?

Tita Sonny: What about?

Me: I don’t know how to play tennis!

Rhia: Tennis players usually marry a fellow tennis player or a model.

Chique: Ana got the 50% covered. LOL!

Me: But it’s just sad I won’t be able to enjoy his passion. :(

Tita Sonny: Your problem is easy. Don’t marry one!

Me: LOL! Good point!

Moral of the story: Kapag madedecide na kung sinong pakakasalan mo, don’t decide on your own. Ask your family, trusted friends, and mentors. Also, pray about it and don’t rush.

This is just a random post. Very random.

image  Current mood: Randomness delight

When you Experience Injustice

After hearing a preaching from pastor Steve Murrell about being grateful I didn’t expect that I will practice what I have learned immediately.

When a person experience injustice the question he/she should ask is this, “What kind of person do I want to be?”

“Do I want to be bitter?” Or “Do I want to be better?”

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EVERYTHING I TELL YAH!

All of us experience injustice, but how we respond and what we choose to become is really up to us. I’ll leave these questions for you to answer but as for me, learning from Jesus’ teachings and how He lived, I choose to be better––I choose to love.

 

YES  current mood: WIN!

The Teacher With the Multi-colored Notebook

Teacher Joel, my Sunday school teacher, was not my favorite. He “sprays” when he speaks (if you know what I mean) and I don’t like his hair. I was five years old at that time and I have no choice but to listen to him (and dodge his “sprays” if I’m lucky. Please forgive me teacher Joel).

One Sunday, it was his duty to teach in kids church, the only students he had was me and my sister. I don’t know if he remembers it but I do. In his hand he held this little multi-colored notebook; no words just colors. Using that, he told us a story that changed my life.

He opened the notebook.

Page 1: Black
He explained that my heart is dirty. It is filthy, dark, and evil. There is no way that I can make it clean–not even my good works nor good intentions.

Page 2: Red
But because God wants my heart to be clean, He sent His Son Jesus to be the ultimate sacrifice. Meaning, He has to die on the cross in order for me to live. His blood washed my sins away.

Page 3: White
Now, because of what Jesus did my heart is now clean, pure, free from all sins.

Page 4: Green
We can now enjoy our new life in God. Not to live in sin but to obey Him and enjoy Him.

Page 5: Gold
We are now brought in His Kingdom. We are now part of His family. Through Jesus, we can call God, our Father.

He closed the notebook and asked us if we believe on what Jesus did on the cross for us and if we welcome Him as His Lord and Savior. We said “yes” and we prayed.

I was 5 years old at that time. But because of that simple explanation of the Gospel it led me to live my life under Jesus’ Lordship. I was spared to make stupid decisions that would ruin my life. My King saved and protected me.

The Gospel is not that complicated, a person who is really changed by it can share it to anyone, in any occasion, in any way possible. If a person is ashamed to share the Gospel then probably he/she is not really convinced of what Jesus did on the cross.

If we all understand that the greatest problem of this world is sin and the only solution is God, then will we not bring the solution to this world by sharing the Gospel?

I thank people like teacher Joel who’s willing to share the Gospel to five year-old kids, or those people who risk their reputation, most importantly, their lives just to share the Gospel.

I tell you, great is their reward in heaven.

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Current mood: In awe