What Would Jesus Do?

    Emotion (noun): a strong feeling such as love, anger, joy, hate, or fear

    Emotions tend to control our life. Wherever we go, we always feel something and that shouldn’t be avoided. It’s important to feel in order to live. Without emotions, life is bland, but sometimes,  it can all get a bit too much.

    Our emotions change on an daily basis. One moment, we could be laughing and the next moment, we could be bawling our eyes out. When we are faced with a difficult situation, our emotions take over our mind and we feel like we can’t do anything about them. We feel overwhelmed and powerless. As much as we shouldn’t hide from our feelings, they occasionally lie to us and push us to do unreasonable things. When we let them do the driving, we tend to act on our impulses and make big mistakes. We make decisions based on what we feel rather than what’s true. Not everyone is perfect and we all can be a bit careless sometimes.

    When we are going through a tough and challenging time in our lives, it’s important to learn how to control our emotions. Why? If we don’t, we will most likely explode and make wrong decisions. We may even hurt some of the people we love. For us to be able to control our emotions, we need wisdom. Wisdom is knowing, loving, and obeying God’s Word and applying that knowledge to make good decisions. God gave us emotions so that we could be more sensitive to the needs of others. He tells us to be patient and we must take our time while making decisions. Patience is the key to controlling our emotions. A patient person will welcome whatever difficulties are given to him and allow them to perfect his character. We should always pray, ask God for wisdom and patience to make the right choices.

    We shouldn’t also forget that Jesus faced the same challenges we face. The devil still pulls the same tricks and Jesus had to deal with them as well. He knows what we feel. He knows our feelings and He can be trusted with them. Before making decisions, big or small, we must ask this important question. What would Jesus do? He had the same feelings we did, but He never sinned because of them. When we are faced with tough decisions to make, we should always keep in mind that Jesus is here to help us. He’s always available when we need Him and He will always show us what we should do.

Our Purpose

    Do you ever wonder what you’re here for? Why you are here on Earth? Why do you exist? What’s our purpose? Before answering those questions, let’s find out what purpose actually means.

    Purpose is the aim or goal of something. It is the reason why something is done.

    Now that we’ve got that sorted, let’s get our heads focused on this topic. Many people have already found their purpose, but many are still struggling to find their calling. I am one of those and if you are too, you are definitely not alone. I’ve met quite a lot of people who have their whole life planned out. They know what college they would like to go to, what course they’re going to take, and what job they want to have in the future. As for me, I have absolutely no idea.

    There have been plenty of times where I question my existence. I would wonder if I was made to do great things or to just be in the sidelines. It was only recently where I genuinely felt like my life won’t go anywhere, but God spoke to me. He gave me an answer through a Christian Living lesson. He told me everyone is created for a reason.

    God gave us special skills and abilities and we should never hide them. We must use them to bring Him glory. Now, this is what struck me the most. We are not called to succeed all the time. We may fail, but we shouldn’t lose hope. Being a golfer who started quite late, I tend to rush things.  I want to be like those golfers you see on TV and on magazines, but I know it won’t happen immediately. The reason why this hit me is because I tend to make so many mistakes on the golf course and get upset about it. I have to keep reminding myself that to get to the top, I have to endure obstacles first. I will fail, but I won’t give up. I will fall, but I will thank God for each trial. Once I finally have a victory, I will praise Him. Through everything, He’s been by my side no matter what.

    We may not realize what life has in store for us now, but we shouldn’t worry! God has a plan for each of us and we shouldn’t lose faith.

To Kill A Mockingbird

What is the meaning of boldness?

    Boldness means to have confidence that what I say or do is true, right, and just.

    For the past few months, I’ve been reading a book called “To Kill a Mockingbird”. In this book, there is a man who has this specific character trait in his personality. His name is Atticus Finch. He is the father of Jem and Scout Finch and he is a lawyer. From what I’ve read, I’d say he is a very respectful and kind man. It is said in the book that he is working on a case and his job is to defend Tom Robinson, a black man. Back then, racism was particularly common, meaning that black people weren’t seen as equals yet. For him to defend a colored man, he would need to be rather bold to not only say the right words, but know that they are appropriate ones to state.

    In my point of view, his biggest challenge isn’t his job, but how he has to treat those who speak unacceptably about him. Their neighbor, Mrs. Dubose, would tell his children that he’s no better than the “niggers” he defends and quite a lot of people would call him a “nigger-lover”. Aside from the foul sayings folks say about him, he’d still keep his head up high and respect each and every one of them. As an example, he would still greet Mrs. Dubose with a smile every time he passes by her home. Isn’t that nice?

    He’d still manage to respect everyone no matter how rich or poor they are or if they’re colored or not. He sees everyone as equals. Luke 6:31 says, “Do for others just what you want them to do for you.” If we want to be respected and treated nicely, we’d have to treat others the same way as well.

    From the moment Adam and Eve sinned, we are born into this world with a sinful nature. I believe that one of the most common sins we commit is to judge others. We’d think that we’re higher than them or better than them. God says that we must be humble at all times. He is the ultimate Judge in this universe. Every one of us is created in God’s image and we shouldn’t look down on others.

    Tragically, once we sin, we hide it with another. Our sins multiply without God and they separate us from Him. If we want to be the best person we could ever be, we should let Him in our lives. Once we let Him lead our lives, it would certainly be easier to to be bolder in everything we do or say.

Our Lolo Kiko

    Throughout this whole post, I’m going to tell you about someone who has made others smile, laugh, and even cry. No, he’s not a celebrity or even a band member. Makes you think, right? The person I’m going to talk about is none other than Pope Francis, one who has given hope to many people.

    Did you know his name is actually Jorge Mario Bergoglio? He is more commonly known as Francis or Pope Francis nowadays. He was born in Argentina on December 17, 1936 and if I did the maths correctly, he is 78 or 79 years old. You might think that he served the church ever since he was a child, but believe it or not, he worked as a bouncer for a night club. Pretty different to what he’s doing now, right? Aside from that, he even had a childhood sweetheart. He wrote her a letter once saying that he would like to marry her and if she didn’t say yes, he would become a priest! Well, I think we all know how that turned out.

    He’s now a pope. With him being the head of the Catholic church, he has quite a lot of quotable quotes. In my opinion, quotes inspire me because they show how words can be powerful and how they can motivate you to do something great. On that note, I’ve decided to collect three of Pope Francis’s sayings that I am fond of:

1) Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things! 

2) To change the world, we must be good to those who cannot repay us. 

3) If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?

    To me, these quotes are what I think we should all remember.

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What Is God Like?

    What if one of your friends asked the question, “What is God like?” What would you answer? He is definitely my best friend and someone who I can always count on, so I think I actually have an answer for that question.

    First of all, He is omnipresent. Omnipresent means that He is always present. If we are at a point in our lives where we feel left out or alone, we must always remember that Someone is always open for a chat. I bet that everyone has had the thought that God’s not listening or He’s not there, but He’s always with us. He’s always there for us no matter what.

   Second, He is omniscient, meaning He is all-knowing. He keeps an eye on us 24/7 and we can never hide anything from Him. Come on, there are 7 billion people in the world and He knows what each one is doing. Isn’t that amazing? We think that we can hide something from Him, but no. He knows the past, the present, and the future. This may be random, but people are like mushrooms. As you may not know, the part of the mushroom that is visible to the eye isn’t the main part. That’s just the fruiting body while the main part is actually hidden under the soil and is called the mycelium. When you think you’ve killed the mushroom by pulling the fruiting body out, you’re wrong. The mycelium is still there, meaning, it could reproduce. That’s like us and sin. We think that we’re godly already, but we may be hiding hatred, anger, or bad thoughts. If we confess most of our sins but still leave some out, those that you’re hiding could still grow and become worse.

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Pare-Pareho Tayo Sa Mga Mata Ng Diyos

     Ang Florante at Laura ay isang sikat na kuwento sa aking bansa. Ang istorya na ito ay tungkol sa isang lalaki na ang pangalan ay Florante at ang kanyang mahal na si Laura. Si Florante ay ipinadala ng isang masamang tao sa madilim at mapanglaw na gubat kung saang takot ang nangingibabaw. Sino ba yung masamang tao na iyon? Siya ay si Konde Adolfo, ang pangunahing kontrabida sa storya.

    Syempre naman, mayroong mga ibang importanteng tauhan at isa sa mga iyon ay si Aladin. Sino siya at anong ginawa niya? Noong nasa gubat si Florante, nakatali siya sa isang puno at hindi siya makawala. Tiyak na mayroong mga nakakatakot na hayop sa gubat kaya dalawang leon nga ang nakakita kay Florante na nakatali sa puno. Noong panahong iyon, umiiyak si Florante at sinasabi na nakalimutan na siya ni Laura. Si Laura lang daw ang makakagaling ng kanyang mga sugat. Ang kanyang mga luha ay makakagaling sa kanyang katawan.

    Napakinggan si Aladin ang mga sinasabi ni Florante at naawa siya sa kanya. Nakita niya na malapit na siyang mamatay sa mga kamay ng leon kaya niligtas niya si Florante. Noong nakita ni Florante ang kanyang tagapagligtas, nabigla siya. Bakit? Muslim si Aladin at Kristyano si Florante. Sa pagkakaintindi ko ng istorya, hindi dapat magtulungan ang mga Muslim at ang mga Kristyano.

    Ganito ba dapat sa totoong buhay? Para sa akin, hindi. Kahit iba ang mga relihiyon ng ibang tao, dapat magtulungan pa rin tayo sa isa’t isa at magmahalan dahil ito ang utos ng Diyos. Iba’t iba ang mga paniniwala natin pero sa katapusan, iisang Diyos ang sinasamba natin.

    Hindi natin kailangan hatulan ang mga taong may ibang relihiyon. Pareho lang kasi tayong lahat! May mga kamay, mga paa, mga mata, at mga puso. Walang pagkakaiba sa atin kahit iba ang pinaniniwalaan natin.

    Dapat natin tanggalin ang lahat ng paghusga sa mga tao na may ibang relihiyon at magsimula ng sariwa. Bakit? Iyan ang gusto ng Diyos para sa mga tao at iyan ang dapat gawin natin.

The Fall

   You might be wondering what I’m talking about. Falling from a bike? Falling from a tree? Actually, it’s neither of those. What I’m talking about has caused pain for us humans. Yes, falling from a bike or a tree can give the same feeling, but it’s not as great as the pain that is caused by the Fall.

   What is it then? The Fall is the moment sin entered God’s Creation. It was the moment Adam and Eve bit from a fruit of the forbidden tree. That’s when everything changed when sin entered the world.

    “It’s all Adam and Eve’s fault! All pain and hardships on this earth wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for them,” we say. That’s actually one of the consequences of the Fall. Humans started pointing fingers at others because we are afraid of punishment.  We started blaming one another to avoid taking responsibility for our own actions. We also aren’t able to walk or talk face-to-face with the Lord anymore.

   Now that we know what happened when disharmony or sin entered God’s Creation, what do you think would life be like when the Fall didn’t happen? What wouldn’t exist? Ever since we learned about it, my mom, my sister, and I keep having sudden conversations about this. Quite a few examples are listed below.

    Dermatologists, doctors, and dentists wouldn’t exist. Why? Before the Fall, we never felt ashamed of ourselves. We never felt like we needed to change a part of our body. We were satisfied with the way we looked. Doctors and dentists wouldn’t also exist because sicknesses never existed before sin entered God’s Creation. We were a healthy bunch! For example, eyeglasses and braces won’t have to be a part of this world! Wouldn’t that be nice?

    Wars, murder, crime, guns, knives, and rape. When you read those words, what do you think of? What do you feel? Don’t you feel terrible? Why do those have to exist? Why can’t we all get along? What causes those? Arguments, hate, and anger. Before the Fall, humans never fought with other humans. We were all at ease with one another. Before sin entered Creation, the world was a peaceful place.

    This may be out of the blue, but history books wouldn’t exist either. Why? What do you usually read about? Wars and death, right? Those never existed before the Fall. If sin never entered the Earth, no one would die. No one would fight and kill each other. No one would even have to make weapons just to use them against those who are like themselves.

    What you’ve read is just the tip of the iceberg. In my mind, there’s a list of things that wouldn’t exist if the Fall didn’t happen although I have a question.

Would countries exist?

    What purpose do countries serve? They separate the citizens from other surrounding countries, right? If the Fall never happened, we’d all be united. We would all be at peace with one another. We won’t need to separate ourselves from others.

    You might be wondering if our lives would be like this for the rest of our lives. No! Someone important is going to return to the world. His name is Jesus. All we have to do is accept Him, talk to Him, and…

Trust Him.

“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace”

– John Lennon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVg2EJvvlF8 – Imagine by John Lennon

Trust In Him

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3: 5-6

 

I’ve been reading the Bible lately and I’ve finally declared that Proverbs 3: 5-6 are added to the list of my favorite verses. If I start feeling lost, I would go back to this verse and read it again. I feel like this would definitely put me at ease!

We’ve been reading that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. In other words, He is all-knowing, all powerful, and all present.

Whenever we have problems, we can always turn to Him. God is protecting us 24/7 and is watching over us all the time. He is everywhere! He is in the smallest crack and in the biggest expanse. In this century, quite a lot of people tend to stray away from their faith. We forget that God is with us and is available whenever we need Him, but He’s always here!

One more thing…everyone has their own sets of problems, right? God consistently guides us through them. There are 7 billion people in the world and He still manages to help us with the smallest problem we have. His love for us is beyond words and His greatness is beyond our thoughts. If you feel down, remember that He is there for you. He knows everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen. Keep that in mind!

I’ve been asked to write my own version of Proverbs 3: 5-6. Here it is!

Trust in the Lord and not in your own thoughts. God is always there to guide us if we stray away. He will make us a better person.

The Index Card Project

    What is the Index Card Project? Yes, it’s a project that involves index cards, but it’s more than that. 

    My sister was originally the one who thought of the idea and I decided to join in. The purpose of this project is to spread happiness through short, little notes on index cards. It’s not just any kind of note, but inspirational quotes or a sentence that could make someone’s day a little bit better. Now, there’s a slight twist. Instead of giving these notes to people we know personally, we decided to leave what we made in public places. That makes it even more interesting because we don’t know who would come across it.

    As you all know, Robin Williams has sadly passed away. He lost his battle with depression and took his own life. I do think more people have been more aware of the effects of depression because of this sad event. I honestly am now more aware because I never knew that it could be that serious. I never knew that depression could do that to you. As the famous saying goes, “The happiest people are the saddest.”

    This is one of the reasons why I want to continue this project. Why? Everyone needs a bit of sunshine in their life. These notes could make someone feel better about themselves and probably remove some weight off their shoulders. I’ve actually left the note in the picture above in an elevator. I do hope someone has found it! The next note I want to write would be Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength”). That’s a very powerful verse which can maybe help someone. It is also one of my favorites.

    These little notes can brighten someone’s day and hopefully put a smile to someone’s face. I now encourage you guys to join the movement!