In a few hours we will be welcoming the New Year. Either we look forward or we hold ourselves back. Either we dread going back to work or we delight in our work.
Looking back, it’s been a tumultuous year for me. The divorced, the break up of my own family and the passing of my father happening all at once was no easy feat. I was drowning, engulf in a sea of despair and hopelessness. The only one that saved me and gave me hope is the grace of God. Apart from Him, I would not survive all these. Like anything in life, nothing last forever and that means your problems too.
As I look back, I ponder upon myself, not the bitter things I’ve gone through rather the lessons I’ve learned from it. Did it make me a better person? It sure did. I am actually grateful for it because I learned more from being broken than in times of pleasure. I don’t feel hatred for the people who put me through these( divorced), though I get annoyed once in a while. I feel pity instead. In spite of the hurtful words and lies. I’m always standing ready to forgive, because Christ has also forgiven me. I know a lot of my friends wouldn’t agree. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth as they say. To think of it these are the qualities we clamor from God, from His Son – forgiveness, mercy and love. So why would I deny such things to those who don’t deserve it, and yet God never denied it to me, He sent His son Jesus Christ instead. He gave me a chance not because I deserve it, nor worthy of it. But because to prove His unconditional love for me, for you, for all of us. But we are too blind to realize that until it is gone and then it’ll be too late.
It’s like a spouse who were always there for you. Cook for you, took all those nasty words coming from you. And no matter how much it hurts, no matter how much pain. He or she will take it in not because of being blind or weak but because of the love burning inside, that regardless of what you put him or her through it wouldn’t matter. Hoping that one day your eyes will be opened.
So as we approach the coming year I know for a fact that a lot of you has resolutions ready. Majority of it concerns our own selves, the promotion of our self. What about resolution concerning the kingdom of God? Is there one? It’s time to bury that grudge. It’s time to stop the blame. Start the new year by forgiving those who have wronged you even if they don’t deserve it. It’s time to move on and leave it on God’s hands. Not everything is there to punish you. Would you now deny to others the qualities you clamor after God? That is up to you…
May the favor of God rest upon you all.
I can’t help and ponder about the money I spent on a wearable fitness device, as I sat there having lunch with my daughter. You know those thing that looks like watch than can track your daily steps, your heart rate and what not. For those of you who don’t know, I talk to God not only when I pray but also in my daily life. From day to day decisions to the more pressing things in life. Put it this way, I talk to Him like He’s right here beside me (and I know He is.) I ask Him about pretty much everything, for every decision I make. Even the things I desire. If there is something I can’t afford I ask Him to provide for it and He never fell short.
I’ve been wanting to get a fitness tracker for a while now but I held myself back due to its price. It is something more of a want than need. Today, I decided to purchase one for myself since they’re going for fifty percent off. I thank God for providing it for me even though I didn’t ask for it. As I sat there eating, I can’t help thinking why it isn’t on sale for sixty percent off? Think about it fifty percent is already a good deal. That’s when I realize how ungrateful I am. Maybe that was the reason why it was on sale for that low because God knows I want one. And here I am grumbling if He could bring the price more lower.
That reminds me how God’s hand guided His people from Egypt to the promise land. How I have so much in common with them with their grumbling instead of being in awe and grateful for what He’d done. God practically showed His power to them. From the ten plagues, which eventually set them free, the parting of the Red Sea so that they could walk on dry land, to the pillar of cloud to shield them from the sun, the pillar of fire to light their way in the night, for providing them water in the middle of the desert and raining meat on them from heaven.
I felt so embarrassed after that for having such an ungrateful heart, instead of enjoying it as one of His blessings.
I guess you could say this somewhat a movie review. Spoiler alert ahead. I’m not really a sports guy per say. Rarely we see a good sports movie, less alone something that has a profound message, a good message. It’s a nice break from other movies that are filled with violence, sex and cgi’s.
I have a coworker and a friend of mine that suggested to watch 42 on netflix. I’m not really into sports movies but being he is a good friend of mine I took his recommendation. It’s a movie about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player in the MLB. I love movies that convey some truths to it. There’s a scene where Mr.Rickey, played by Harrison Ford and Jackie Robinson are having a conversation in the field. Mr. Rickey was asking him what he believes, in which he replied back and I quote, “I don’t think what I believe matters only what I do.”
It struck me that it rings so true when someone says I am a Christian but they’re actions say otherwise.We could say all we want. We could declare it in every roof top. We could carry a bible. Wear a cross in our necklace. Put a fish emblem in the back of our car. People wouldn’t care what they only care is what we do. Once an atheist said that the reason he doesn’t believe is the lack of action by a believer. He said they claim to be Christian but he doesn’t see it in their lives, they still living like everybody in the world does. “So why should I believe?” Those were his words.
I am not here to judge nor I am saying that I am perfect. But every time you say you’re a Christian and you’re still living like the world. Know this for sure that it is not you who is losing respect, but Christ in you. Once they know that you’re a Christian by you professing it is no longer the you they see instead what they see is Christ. Remember words mean nothing only action does. Aside from that it’s only emotions and feelings which are very deceiving because they’re not facts.
Maybe you’re thinking you’re under grace. True to that. Let me ask you this, most of us work for someone. Regardless of the size of the organization or company we work for, there’s a standard we have to follow because we represent it. Why wouldn’t it be any different for being a Christian. The only difference is the first makes you money, the latter eternity, which I would think matter more. Like me, writing this blog. I could put all kinds of persuasive words in here for you to believe. But if my actions doesn’t match to what I’m writing would you still believe?
So next time you do something, it doesn’t matter what you say only what you do.
Everyday I see people running and jogging. It’s good to see such individual taking care of their physical health. Technology has been such a big help that we can accurately track our progress. How much calories we’ve burned, how fast we were going and the distance we’ve traveled. Like any other human task we always strive to do better than the last time. By looking our previous performance we can see which one we have to work on more.
Why can’t we do the same thing with our eternal health. Do you think it’s impossible to have a sin free life? Beside we’re talking about eternity here. Isn’t that what grace is for, to cover our sin? Grace is not an excuse to commit more sin rather, it should be the reason not to sin. Yes I know it is very hard to do. It is close to impossible. People who wanted to lose weight said the same thing and yet they were able to achieve it. Beside Jesus Christ himself said, If you love me obey my commandments and why call me Lord when you don’t do what I tell you to do.
So, how about it? Start today or tomorrow, remember your eternity depends on it. Thinking of a good eternal exercise here. How about stop lusting. Stop cursing. Caring more for other people instead of me, me, and me. Being loyal to your spouse not only when they have money. Stop watching porn. Stop going to the strip club. Being kind to someone even though they’re mean to you. Read your Bible instead of listening only from the Pastor. If you’re worried about keeping track of your progress, don’t worry God is up their recording everything. We will all take account for every word we’ve said and actions we’ve taken.
You could do this once or twice a week until you get better that you do them everyday. Not only when you feel guilty. Sooner or later your peers, parents, co-workers even your pets will soon notice and say you must be a Christian!! Congratulations your achieve your goal and the eternal crown of life will be waiting for you.