Posted in Everyday Living

on my last day on earth

Is anyone of you ever had a near-death experience?

I’d been a victim of robbery-hold-up back when i was young. When the double-edged razor is pressed against my neck, oh, man, i can sense that death is beside me. But i’d overcome with that traumatic experience. I knew God have something in store for me. It’s not yet my time, not with that moment. I don’t wanna die with scar on the neck. 😀

When I am on that situation, everything around me are wrapped-up into shadows. My friends, families, priorities, everyday tasks, cares, worries…name it, everything are faded away. I saw myself focused in a single thought: “What would i say before my God?”

Not to be religious, however, i’d chose to walk in the path of righteousness long time ago. And yet, i knew something more has to be done. Something great, something that will create an impact not with just my life, but with my community as well. People call it self-preservation, but i call it legacy. What if i’d lost my life on that night? How will i fulfill my dreams and goals in life?

That realization struck me. Not because that worked out with someone’s life, it will also work with yours. Everyone has his own timetable on earth, designed by God. Just like a diagram that if you choose YES, then you will go here, and if NO, then you will go here.  Let’s be sharp. Let’s be careful in our choices. I’d rather see my death coming, knowing I’d accomplished what God had appointed on my shoulder, rather than having a regret (but how?) that I’d got tons of “to-do lists” on my head, not knowing that today is my last day on earth. Let’s not be caught by an element of surprise, for we’ll never see it coming. 🙂

Posted in Devotions

Rejoice in the Lord Always!

Word of the day:

“[Final Exhortations] Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 NIV

In the sense of a word, rejoicing is leaping with joy, smiling with our heart’s content, and thanking God for what He’d done in our lives. We can undoubtedly define rejoicing through thanksgiving for all the favors and blessings we’d just received. It’s a positive attitude that leads us into rejoicing for all the blessings and protections. But little that we know that as we grow day by day, we have to realize that there’s much more  than we are behaving, God is expecting something more for us. And what is that? That’s the attitude of rejoicing ALWAYS.

It’s never been easy to rejoice when you’re grieving. Man, that’s the last thing you want to do! But we will, because rejoicing in God does not only convincing you that something good is going to happen after this particular adversary. We rejoice because we have the living God! And doing so, we are refocusing ourselves to what track we have to walk in. Is there anyone need encouragement, encourage his heart to the Lord. Is there anyone need strength? Be strong in the Lord. For everything that is happening is for the glory of God. It’s hard to believe at times, because our emotions are deceiving. We tend to believe on what we feel, but faith is more than a feeling. It’s a principle. It’s holding on to what we believe in when the rest of the world ceased believing.

I remember in a saying that “faith is like a bird flying in abreak of dawn knowing that in few hours, the ray of sunlight will greet him in the morning.”

That’s what faith is. We have to trust on our living God. That’s what separates us from the rest of the world.

Rejoice! Let’s carry our own cross. Sometimes, God is breaking our hearts not because he want to hurt you, but because you have something inside of you that is not aligned in God’s divine plans for you. Allow God to search your heart. If there’s a time to surrender everything to God, then now is the time.

Few people are rejoicing in the midst of their sufferings. I am one of them. Are you one of us?

God bless you!

-albert2jc / 12th September 2011

Posted in Music & Lyrics

Let It All Out

Let it all out
get it all out
rip it out remove it
don’t be alarmed
when the wound begins to bleed

cause we’re so scared to find out
what this life’s all about
so scared we’re going to lose it
not knowing all along
that’s exactly what we need

and today I will trust you with the confidence
of a man who’s never known defeat
but tomorrow, upon hearing what I did
I will stare at you in disbelief
oh, inconsistent me
crying out for consistency

and you said I know that this will hurt
but if I don’t break your heart then things will just get worse
If the burden seems too much to bear
the end will justify the pain it took to get us there

and I’ll let it be known
at times I have shown
signs of all my weakness
but somewhere in me
there is strength

and you promise me
that you believe
in time I will defeat this
cause somewhere in me
there is strength

and today I will trust you with the confidence
of a man who’s never known defeat
and I’ll try my best to just forget
that that man isn’t me

reach out to me
make my heart brand new
every beat will be for you
for you

and I know you know
you touched my life
when you touched my heavy heart and made it light