I guess the answer to that is simple. The only question we have to answer is... who do I want please? In all decision making naman there are "stakeholders" diba? You just have to choose who of these you would rather please. Kaninong approval ba ang importante? Other people? Your loved ones? Yourself? or God?
I have this officemate, friend and sister in Christ na itago na lang natin sa pangalang POLA. (Hehe!) She has inspired me in so many ways and one of those is her obedience. Ibang klase ang obedience ng batang ito. And if you will look into her life now she is a very clear picture of God's faithfulness. She is the perfect example on how God's love can really bring out the best in you. Her obedience to God is just so amazing and sobrang inspired ako on what God has been doing in her life. She is blessed in every single way. Hindi man siya ang pinaka successful in terms of career , finances or love life but she is a whole person and blessed with the things that really matter. Her life is a very clear message that God is just and faithful to those who are obedient to Him.
I have long way to go on being an obedient child of God. Lately I still choose to follow my own decisions or wants instead of asking God what He wants for me. But God's grace is sufficient. He is faithful. Small steps of faith lang I'm sure I'll get there someday.
And when that day comes... I really pray that these are the words I'll receive from my God...
".... 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
Anyway here's a rundown of the (I'm sure not exciting for you) things I did over the holidays.
THURSDAY...First day of vacation was spent with an early date with Chuck at Chili's Greenhills. Our favorite place. =) We haven't gone out for a while because of work so this was really something for us. We then went to Metrowalk for some dibidis. We got TMNT, 300 (even though we saw it already) and season 1 and 2 of Veronica Mars (for me!). On our way out we passed by this store selling mp3 compilations and found some interesting stuff that we eventually bought. We bought 2 5-disc compilation of music from the late 80's and early 90's. Ang cool. Sound trip kami pag uwi.
FRIDAY...Morning was spent with the Lord. I had the time to read my Bible and have some prayer and quiet time. I prayed for the Lord to heal this cough because I was really having a hard time breathing already that morning (7th day of the cough already). I was scared that it would turn into asthma eventually. (I was diagnosed last year.) I started crying in my prayer kasi I realized why I waited for the 7th day to ask God for help. Me and my pride. Believe it or not that afternoon I was feeling much better. I still have traces of the cough and are still into meds as per doctor's advice but I'm definitely better. God is good. And alive! He's not dead just because it's Good Friday. Haller!
Rest of the day was spent watching 7th Heaven. I forgot how I loved that show.
SATURDAY ...Another 7th Heaven day. Hehe! But in the afternoon Chuck and I finally did something we've been wanting to do for a long time. Have coffee! Haha! Syempre not just coffee. We've been wanting to do that... just go to a coffee shop wearing shorts and slippers... doing anything to pass the time like read a book. My time was spent doing my assignment for CBSI (Community Bible Study Intl) where I'm kinda enrolled. We're studying the book of Thessalonians ngayon.
SUNDAY...Tomorrow we're planning to go to Shangrila (my favorite mall) after church. Samahan namin niece ni Chuck for Easter Egg hunt.
I kinda miss Power Plant but as Chuck said... wallet daw niya di namimiss! Haha! Fine! Last time we went there kasi on a Sunday afternoon... hmm we kinda got excited that we spent quite a big amount of money for a date. Oh well! Next time I guess. (Chuck: Pag asa Lawson na kami. Haha!)
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! HE IS RISEN!
And You lived
You rose again on high
You opened the way for the world to live again
Hallelujah, for all You’ve done
AN EVERYDAY SURVIVAL KIT
TOOTHPICK - to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others...
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged." Matthew 7:1
RUBBER BAND - to remind you to be flexible; things might not always go the way you want, but they will work out...
"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." Romans 8:28
BAND AID - to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else's...
"Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony." Colossians 3:12-14
PENCIL - To remind you to list your blessings every day...
"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ." Ephesians 1:3
ERASER - to remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it's okay...
"But now that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers became fearful. “Now Joseph will show his anger and pay us back for all the wrong we did to him,” they said.
So they sent this message to Joseph: “Before your father died, he instructed us to say to you: ‘Please forgive your brothers for the great wrong they did to you—for their sin in treating you so cruelly.’ So we, the servants of the God of your father, beg you to forgive our sin.” When Joseph received the message, he broke down and wept. Then his brothers came and threw themselves down before Joseph. “Look, we are your slaves!” they said.
But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them."
CHEWING GUM - to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything ...
"For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
MINT - to remind you that you are worth a mint to your heavenly Father...
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him." John 3:16-17
CANDY KISS - to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug every day...
"Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God." 1 John 4:7
TEA BAG - to remind you to relax daily and go over that list of God's blessings...
"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:18
I studied in STC for 11 years (prep to high school). And for those 11 years I thought I've already absorbed the school motto.
Theresians, let your light shine and be a blessing.
Who wouldn't right? It's something I see and hear every single day. BUt recently I realized I really haven't absorbed it until now. It was just something I memorized and not actually lived up to.
Some of the things I learned....
- To shine is to be the best that you can be. You don't have to be perfect. God doesn't expect us to be perfect.
- We should accept the fact that we are all flawed and are living under God's grace. He just wants us to be the best version of ourselves. Remember that you can always do better.
- To be a light does not mean being a people pleaser. Always try to perform for the audience of one. If you do everything for the Lord you can never go wrong.
- It is important to have the right motives. We as humans can do good things for the wrong reasons. Remember that God looks at the heart and not the action.