Thursday, May 7, 2015

It's the Climb

For a time now, I have experienced climbing mountains. So far, I have been through three, and I can say that it is truly an exhilarating, adrenaline-rushing experience. 

And today, I wish to share to you three things I have learned throughout the experience:

First lesson: Hands

During the climb, you will never know what you will be facing. It may be a steep climb, a rocky or a narrow path. And it is comforting to know that as you walk through these, there are hands that are more than willing to extend its help when you find it tough to go on. I remember, during one hike wherein one of our group members tripped and felt a stinging pain on her foot. Unfortunately, none among us knew how to deal with the situation. Thankfully, one of those among another group ahead of us did. She did not hesitate to stop and help out our group member. After that, she was back to walking as if nothing happened to her foot. 

I believe it is the same with our lives. We should never be stingy in offering a helping hand to someone who needs it the most. Maybe there is someone in your family that you need to reach out to. A friend may be going through the toughest moment in his life. Always be on the lookout for someone who might be in need of help.

Second lesson: Held

Some parts during the trek, it will be difficult for anyone in the group. And it is just amazing that nature has provided things that we can hold on to assist us during the climb such as trees, sturdy plants and roots. In my experience so far, I couldn't imagine climbing the steep parts of these mountains without these trees for me to hold on to. These trees and plants also help as you start descending from the mountain. 

And again, same with our lives. When things get tough or you seem to experience a downfall in your life, remember that there is always something that you can hold on to - and that is God. Jesus said that if we remain in Him, we will bear much fruit, for without Him, we cannot do anything. (John 15:5) Life can surely get rough at times, but if you just keep holding on to your faith, holding on to God's promises, you will surely get through.

Last lesson: High

The goal in climbing is of course, reaching the summit. It would be useless and a total waste of effort if you don't. The highest peak I have reached so far is at 811 feet. And it is not easy getting there. You would have to go through a lot before finally reaching the summit. 

Which leads me to my point. Let's face it: life is not always a breeze. For the most part, you have to go through numerous trials and challenges. It is all part of life. Some can be handled easily, others are just plain difficult to deal with. But if you are patient enough to go through those and keep holding on to your faith: in the help and grace of God in your life, you can surely move mountains, (Matthew 21:21) and you will soar high like the eagle. (Isaiah 40:31)

And the best part? As you have reached the summit, you just can't help but keep your 


as a sign of thanksgiving to God for keeping you safe and enabling you to witness His marvelous creation like never before.

Stay inspired. :)

Friday, October 25, 2013

What matters most ;-)

Life is all about love.
Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you cannot make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving him a portion of your life that you'll never get back. Your time is your life. That's why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. The best way to spell love is T-I-M-E.

I am a busy person. 24 hours is not enough for me.  I do a lot of things.  I teach from morning till afternoon, I jog, exercise and play sports after school, and I do my online jobs at night till midnight.  And so, little time was left for myself, God and my loved ones.  I seldom spend quality time with my family, friends and loved ones because of the busy and hectic schedule that I have.  I am making resolution today that I spend and devote more quality time in enriching, deepening and nourishing my relationships because they are most important in my life.  I am created to love and be loved. And so I need to live in accordance with how and why I was created.  In doing so, I give more meaning to my life, I experience true joy and peace, and I appreciate my purpose in this world.  Relationships are like plants.  They need to be nourished and watered.  The water that we use in making them grow is our time.  The more time we spend with people, the deeper and the stronger the relationships are.

Lord, teach me to value what You value.  Teach me to put love above all the things that I do. Every time people are with me, may they feel Your love and care radiating and overflowing from me.  Amen.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Human Billboard

God wants to speak to the world through you.
When I was asked by someone give an adjective that best describes myself, I told her “SuperBlessed.” God has been so good and generous to me.  I am amazed by all the blessings and surprises that God has given me.  He has been blessing the different areas of my life abundantly.  I am so happy and grateful for this.  I believe that God has a purpose for doing such to me.  Despite the tragedies and pain I had in the past, God still continues to prove that He is a faithful God.  And I believe that He wants my life to be His message to the world.  
I believe God will lead me to those people who are giving up and desperate.  I want to be a prophet of hope to them.  I don’t necessarily have to open my mouth and tell people how loving and good God is.  People will just witness it through the life I’m living right now.  I’m living the best life that God desires me to have.  And I believe that best things are still coming.  This is just a foretaste and preview of what God has prepared for me.  I am a human billboard of God.  God will use me to tell the whole world how great and loving He is.  Every time people will see my life, they will be reminded that there is a God who loves them unconditionally.

Dear God, let my life be a living testimony of Your faithfulness, love and goodness.  I’m ready to receive an explosion of blessings and surprises from You.  May my life be a blessing and inspiration to others as well. Amen.

Monday, August 12, 2013

What Drives Your Life?

Living on purpose is the path to peace.
The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.

My personal purpose/mission statement drives, excites and motivates me every day. Every morning, I never fail to recite and declare it. It’s a good way to start the day. It makes me excited about the day. It is something that I look forward to every day. It serves as God’s reminder for me that I have a great job and responsibility to do every day. It helps me simplify the things I have to do and focus on the essentials. All areas of my life revolve around and are anchored on it. Without it, I can’t find meaning in everything I do. Without a purpose, I am not living, but simply existing.

My Personal Purpose Statement:

To help people to know, love and serve God more by inspiring them, touching their hearts and transforming their lives in my words and deeds, through my simple, fun, creative and meaningful ways

There are people who misunderstand me and think that the driving force in my life is the approval of others. I have my limitations and shortcomings. I personally and humbly admit that sometimes this is my reason and motivation in performing my tasks and fulfilling my responsibilities. I want to be affirmed, appreciated and recognized. I am hungry for the approval of others.

However, I want my personal mission/purpose statement be the driving force in my life. I want God to use me for the purpose He created me. I want to do things for the greater glory of God and in the service of my fellowmen. 

“You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in You.” Isaiah 26:3 
Lord, give me the strength, perseverance, humility, faith and courage to fulfill my purpose in life. I believe You have entrusted this specific mission to me, and to no one else in this world, because You believe in me. May I not fail You. Amen.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I’m as close to God as I choose to be.

God always acts in your best interest, even when it is painful and you don't understand it.

Trust is truly an important component of a relationship.  It is one of the foundations of a healthy relationship.  Without which relationship won’t last.  It’s easy to tell God that I trust Him, but it’s difficulty to prove and show it.  My family and I have gone through a lot of trials and challenges in life.  There was a point in my life when I was to give up and question God for the all the bad things that happened in my life.  One of the sources of my hope and strength during those times was my parents.  I have not seen nor heard them complaining to God even though everything we had was lost.  We had a painful and unforgettable past.  I had difficulty understanding the reason behind that tragedy, and so I began to lose my confidence in God.  Thank God that He did not give up on me!  Thank God that He did not leave me alone.  Thank God that my family and I survived.  It’s only now that I discovered the very purpose and reason behind everything that happened to us.  I won’t be the successful, stronger, God-fearing and super blessed person I am now without the sad, unpleasant, hopeless and tragic past that I had.  Everything happens for a reason.  God knows and desires what’s best for me even though it’s painful and I cannot understand it.  Now, I completely trust God, my BestFriend.

Lord, I pray that You always call my name so that I won’t leave your side.  Remind me that You’re a good friend of mine who won’t give up on me.  Thanks for the trust!  Thanks for the love!  Thanks for the friendship. I love you my Friend. Amen.