Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thinking Good Things

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Do you believe that the state of your emotion is mainly caused by the things you think? Usually, the stress we experience is because of our internal battle. Be reminded that our mind is a special gift from God. Imagine, there are more than billions of thoughts that our minds can process but we have the freedom to choose what to think.

The bible says - "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things" (Philippians 4:8). It is very clear that Paul was saying that we can choose what we think and his words encourages us to think only the right things because they impact our lives.

Minsan ang iniisip natin sa umaga pa lang is our problems, struggles and remedies that can be done. But once you open your eyes, isn't it wonderful to thank the Lord and think of the blessings that He can give us? Pag nagto-throwback tayo, mas nakakatuwang isipin at alalahanin yung mga magagandang bagay na nangyari di ba? And with our current status, if we are in the midst of trials, it is way better to think about the things that are praiseworthy because we have a lot to be thankful for the Lord. If you start the day with happy thoughts then your whole day will be awesome.

So let's focus on the good things only. Sabi nga ng isang mentee ko, "let's focus on the positive things na lang because the world is not perfect". Then sabi din ng isa kong mentee, "life is better if puno ng love and compassion ang puso natin and hindi puro galit, pride and ego". So... itigil mo na yang pagpapakataas at pagwo-worry, focus tayo sa good things at sa mga magagandang bagay na nangyayari sa buhay natin. 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

It Is Not Fair

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Probably most of us have felt that something isn't fair. That we deserve better, that we deserve so much more. Yes it is true, sometimes nagiging selfish tayo. Probably because we were born in a selfish nature. Remember noong bata tayo, we ask for whatever we want. Like, "I want food! Take care of me! I want that!" But let's admit, there are times na tayo rin mismo, nagiging unfair sa ibang tao. Sometimes we feel that we are more privileged sa ibang tao. Madalas din it is easier for us to see the mistakes of other rather than looking at our own. As we all know, nobody is perfect - that is why we really need JESUS in our lives.

The good news is, God is letting these kinds of attitudes as mentioned in Ecclesiastes 3:18 TLB (“God is letting the world go on its sinful way so that He can test mankind, and so that men themselves will see that they are no better than beasts”). Imagine, without God in our lives, we will become inhumane to each other. Without God, there will be no forgiveness, patience and compassion. Lahat tayo nagkakamali, the only thing that makes the difference is how we respond to it. Magpapakamataas ba tayo, paiiralin ba natin ang pride? Itatanim ba natin sa puso natin na lagi tayong tama at full of pain and hatred? Na napaka-unfair? Or we will chill down, pray to God, be humble and surrender to God?

Let's face the truth that time will come that we will be answerable to God with all the injustices that we committed so we need mercy. We are not just the victims but sometimes we are perpetrators too. It means that we need Jesus in our lives, always!. He can vindicate and refresh us as written in Psalm 40:17 MSG ("I’m a mess. I’m nothing and have nothing; make something of me. You [God] can do it; you’ve got what it takes"). So the next time you feel that you were treated unfairly, be reminded that every person in this world (including you) needs Jesus.

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