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Five minute-break

Yes, hello. 🙂 I think it’s time to stop for a while and write some stuff in my head. Well, to be honest, many thoughts are popping in my head right now and I can’t choose which to write. Hmmmmmm…

Just this week, uhm. Wait, let me rephrase hehe.

Uhm, little by little, I’m starting to… learn that…

Life is not about our profession. Not about our money. Not about what we do for a living. Not about our plans. Not about our dreams. It’s all about relationships. Our relationship with God, and our relationship with others. It is important that in all that we do, we show our love to God and to others. ❤

With this realization, I feel blessed. I feel relieved. I feel free hehe because I need not worry too much on the specifics of life. As long as I pursue my relationship with God and let the love of God flow to the people around me, I know I can live the life God wants me to have. 🙂 Thank You Lord. Amen!

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If your gift is teaching, devote yourself to teaching

This is really my call. I know. I am sure.
I am called to teach the Word of God to the people.
In order to do this faithfully, I myself should study God’s Word deeply. And then live it out.

Teaching Math. Yeah, I also love this, but…
I want to teach not just Math. I want to be a teacher of many things.
I want to teach music and arts. I want to tell stories. I want to share the Word of God.

The question is How?
How can I be a teacher of many things, especially, a teacher of God’s Word?
Will that be more feasible if I become a public school teacher?

What if I take up Master of Arts in Biblical Studies?
Then I could learn more about the Bible and might be allowed to teach Bible subjects in Harris.
There I could also teach Math, music, and arts!

What about our dream library?
Would it really be a reality?
I hope so, and I believe I could be a teacher of many things in that library.

Let’s go back to the public school.
There I could teach Math and values and other life lessons.
I might inspire more students coz indeed there are more children in public schools than anywhere else.

What should I do now?
I don’t know the answer, Lord. I really don’t know.
Where are you leading me? What do you want me to do for You?

*Daily Prompt: Passionate

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I’m getting there.

I believe God has a dream for me. And I’m on my way to realizing that Big Dream.
I know that God is leading me to where He wants me to be. And I’m getting there, one step at a time.
I trust that God’s plans are the best for me. And so I need not worry about my future.

I have many dreams, I hope to do many things, but I know that without God I can do nothing.

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God and suffering

Hmm. Medyo uneasy ako kapag ito yung topic sa radyo tapos sabay kaming nakikinig ni Papa.

“Hindi ganyan yung Diyos na kilala ko” yan ang madalas niyang komento. “Sige nga, paano mo sasabihin sa isang maton na nakapatay na pagsubok lang yan para matuto siya kung hindi naman niya alam na dapat pala siyang magsisi kasi wala namang nagturo sa kanya….”

something ganun yung mga sinasabi niya

Sabi ni Ate Mai, ang sabi raw ng titser niya noon, God speaks in different ways. Kahit through nature.

Sabi ni Papa, language na raw yan ng nakakakilala na sa Diyos.

 

Haay. Napapaisip tuloy ako. Sabi sa Romans 5:3-5,

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Ayaw ni Papa yung idea na ang dahilan ng suffering ay para subukin tayo o para may matutunan tayo. Hindi raw ganun ang Diyos na nakilala niya. Well, totoo naman na hindi tayo sinusubok ng Diyos, pero hinahayaan niyang mangyari sa atin yun. Bakit? Hmm.

Ang sabi naman sa Bible, lahat ng pagsubok na hinaharap natin ay pinagdaanan na rin ng ibang tao sa ibang dako ng mundo. Wag tayong panghinaan, kasi sa panahon ng pagsubok ang Diyos ang magbibigay sa atin ng kalakasan para mapagtagumpayan iyon.

How can a good God tolerate evil? Why does He allow bad things to happen?

Isa itong tanong sa Discovery Meeting nung first year college ako. Ang sagot: Because God sees the bigger picture.

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Mahirap tanggapin kung hindi tayo nagtitiwala sa mga plano ng Diyos. Haay.

Pero sa totoo lang, devastating naman kasi talaga yung nangyari sa Visayas. Bakit niya hinayaang mangyari yun sa lugar na iyon? Para matuto sila? Well, agree ako sa ilang nagsasabi na isa yung panawagan para muling itiwala sa Diyos ang buong buhay natin. Pero lagi at lagi, nung mga panahong iyon, kahit mga pastor ay nagtatanong. At pagkatapos ng sermon, ang sagot: Hindi ko alam. Walang makapagsasabi kung ano ang eksaktong dahilan bakit nangyari yun sa Visayas. Ang Diyos lang ang nakakaalam. God sees the bigger picture. Alam niya ang nangyayari. God is in control. Haay.

Tiwala. Yun talaga ang big word dito e. Tiwala sa Diyos. Na kontrolado niya ang sitwasyon.

 

Nabasa ko ito kanina: sa John 9

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned,this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Madalas iniisip natin na ang suffering ay dahil sa sin ng tao. Hmm, well totoo namang may consequences ang sin. Pero hindi siguro lahat ng suffering ay dahil sa kasalanan ng tao. Halimbawa na lang yung bulag na pinagaling ni Jesus. O yung mas sikat pa- yung buhay ni Job. Haay huhu. Kaiyak din yun kasi ang tagal nilang pinagdiskusyunan ng mga kaibigan niya kung bakit nangyayari sa kanya yun. Pero lagi at lagi, sa mga ganitong pagkakataon, gaya nga ng sabi ni Jesus, naipapakita ang kapangyarihan ng Diyos.

Nakakaiyak isipin pero hindi tayo dapat magalit sa mga nangyayari sa mundo, sa buhay. Ang kailangan ay magtiwala sa Diyos, sa kapangyarihan niya. Job 42:

1 Then Job replied to the Lord:

“I know that you can do all things;
    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me to know.

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
    but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
    and repent in dust and ashes.”

Hindi pa ako nakaranas ng bonggang-bonggang pagsubok o kahirapan. Compared sa mga Yolanda survivors, katiting lang ang mga challenges sa buhay ko. Pero sa mga yun, may natutunan pa rin ako. Alam ng Diyos ang ginagawa niya. May dahilan ang lahat ng pangyayari sa mundo. Walang karanasang nasasayang.  Ultimately, sa lahat ng ito, makikita natin ang kapangyarihan ng Diyos na kumikilos sa ating mga buhay. 🙂