Posted in Polaris' Place of Solitude, Reflections

Quest for meaning of life


In my life, choosing a path is the hardest part. Then I live with my choice, whatever the consequence(s) may be. 

It just occurred to me the thought that reflected by the Preacher (King Solomon) – that “life is meaningless.” I can’t agree more. 

I was raised to be educated and find stable job, doubted my mere existence in between. Then I started a family, will retire in the next 20 years perhaps. 

Being aware that I will live for about 40 years more max 50 years, sends thrill to my system. I can go all day narrating how I want my life, the “should have-might have” feeling of regret. What if I’m not leading a life designed for me? 

I took comfort in last verses of Ecclesiastes:

*[[Ecc 12:13]] KJV* Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Our duty is to fear God, yet fearing Him doesn’t make much difference. James 2:19 says: ‘even the devil believes God, with trembling.’ Obedience completes our duties before God. We have to keep His commandments.

*[[Ecc 12:14]] KJV* For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Here comes the consequence. God loves you, but being a just God that He is, each action we commit triggers consequence. 

All accomplishments, titles, worries, goals, and wealth will melt away in the beauty of His holines. I remember the post I’d written way back 2011 on my last day on earth, the message remains the same. I guess the realization that stricken me in the face of death will serve as a reminder for me that everything is meaningless when it’s about time to meet your Maker. 

I do have regrets, I’ve seen better days.. yet I’m glad I’m still on the right track. Fearing God and obeying Him will preserve me until I see the Perfect Day.

Posted in Awards

Liebster Award


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Rules:
– Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
– Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
– Give 11 random facts about yourself.
– Nominate 11 blogs.
– Notify those blogs of the nomination.
– Give them 11 questions to answer.

Many thanks Aysa for nominating me. Please check her blog. I made a promise to post a write-up about it, and I’m fulfilling it now. I have to say this is the longest time I spent writing up a post including data gathering, around 5 hours. Nevertheless, I’m glad I finished it. “I’ll never get back my words, that’s my ninja way.” – Naruto.

My answers to Aysa’s questions:

  1.  What song best describes your current mood / stage of life?

Wait and See (Brandon Heath)

  1. What are the things that made you happy recently?

Being able to chat with my son; Renewing my vow to the Lord to serve Him; Blessings and health.

  1. What are the things that annoyed you recently?

Unrealistic deadline; and my boss who praised me in the morning and shouted at me in the evening – split personality eh?

  1. What do you love to write about?

My life experience – I love sharing it 🙂

  1. What would you ask for if you had one wish granted?

Uhm, three more wishes? Hehe. Kiddin’ aside, I’m praying for a baby girl

  1. What would you do if you won the lottery?

Speak with my wife for transition from being an employee to an entrepreneur. Taz tamang chill lang, give 10% sa church mga core leaders lang namin nakakaalam, balatuhan ko ng tig 100k hehe. Bigyan immediate family ng tig- 1m pero time deposit within 5 years. Enough na yun para makapag isip sila kung saan nila dadalhin at lumipas yung excitement. Taz gradually buy lots of franchises (i.e. shomai king, water refilling station), Taz time deposit ko sa bank in 5 yrs ung iba. Syempre set aside around 2m para pang “fries pa more” hehe.

  1. What talents do you have?

Writing.

  1. Have you ever built a snowman?

Not yet. I’m seeing building it with my wife and my son.

  1. What type of music do you like?

Mellow

  1. Do you prefer sunrise or sunset? Why?

Sunrise. I’d read somewhere that (paraphrased) “faith is a bird chirping in the dawn before a ray of sun shows up in the horizon.” Everything is dark, and then light is starting to glow in the east. The feeling is surreal! I remember watching sunrise in a shoreline, added up a calm ocean in the scenery.

11. How long can you balance on one foot?

5 minutes – along with my wife (parlor game). Haven’t tried by myself (Aysa, I was almost gave in an urge to try it haha)

Eleven Random Facts About Me:

  1. Lighthearted
  2. I love to watch TV Series like Naruto, Game of Thrones, CSI (Vegas, Miami, and NY); Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. I’m a profiler
  4. I love eggpie
  5. Hardworker
  6. I can’t swim, but I can float
  7. Professional computer technician
  8. Linux specifically Ubuntu distro user
  9. Accepted Christ as Lord and personal Saviour on February 19, 2001
  10. Confidently handsome, yet introvert (Gracelyn said that we are fearfully and wonderfully made *wink*)
  11. Can stand long conversation

Here are my questions:

  1. Are you fond of TV Series? If yes, which genre? (i.e. Anime, K-drama, Reality TV, Documentary, Talk Show, Others: Game of Thrones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., etc). If not, which entertainment you are indulging yourself into?
  2. Early riser or nocturnal?
  3. Which posts would you prefer to read? Long or short?
  4. What made your day/week lately?
  5. Greatest fear?
  6. Would it be ok to share one scenario where facing a challenge you’ve doubted yourself at first, and what effort(s) you did to overcome it?
  7. Care to say something about me? preferably positive haha
  8. Life Verse (say, mine is Romans 8:28) or favorite quote?
  9. Would you prefer to write, or to speak?
  10. What’s your greatest regret?
  11. Please share an experience in WordPress to inspire us 🙂

Now, I’m nominating bloggers below to do the same. To show my gratitude, I took liberty in giving an impression as a teaser for our fellow bloggers to follow. Check these out below..

Imay

LIVE ♥ LOVE ♥ PRAY | JOURNEY, LIFE, DREAMS, & FAITH OF A YOUNG WOMAN IN THE LAND OF MILK & HONEY

My first WP follower. Our friendship can be traced back during the friendster era. This woman is a gem! It’s an understatement by the way:) Feel free to explore her personalized blogsite.  She upholds Jesus in her life and her blogsite radiates God’s glory and honor.

Anna

She’s my colleague with a killer smile. Generous, kind, and humble. She loves to travel. Follow her in her blogsite – a true eyecandy for travel enthusiasts like her. By the way, if you are travelling in the Philippines particularly in Baguio city, feel free to contact her as she got a perfect place for you to stay (ideally a couple with 1-2 kids). I’m not paid for this advertisement haha.

Jayson

The Dreamer Writes

He writes deep thoughts worth reflecting. I admire his straightforwardness and his strong faith. Motivational, inspiring. I have to commend, his blogsite is very neat and organized.

Erma

Sharing Thoughts and Experience

Exciting blogs detailing various experiences and challenges along the way. Teacher by profession, her posts are moving, personalized.

Ang Mamang Inhinyero

Fusing Strength, Love, and Values For A Better World

I have to say, this site is very interactive! If you are fond of assigning ‘codename’ for specific subject, then catch “The Alpha.”

Emmanuel

Let Me Tell You The Story that Everyone Knows

He writes so deep that you can feel his emotions upon reading. He writes poems, too.

Chrissy

Everyday is an Adventure. Embrace it

This blogsite is full of positive thoughts. Very lighthearted, attracts happy feelings. By the way, feel free to follow her facebook page – spread the good vibes!

Camille

The King’s Princess, Make my heart Your home

Camille just started blogging, yet her posts are striking with significant impact.

Mitzi

Striving for the best in everything I do…

A nursing student and young people president in their local church (yey!).  Her posts are inspiring and full of exciting adventures of a teenager following the Lord. Way to go! And by the way, she cries Korean tears haha!

Gracelyn

You’re fearfully and wonderfully made. Be the best version of yourself!

She got a number of write-ups about Christian faith. I love reading those! If you’re looking for devotional insights and bible study illustrations, check her site. She’s a blessing in a christian community.

Heather

Heather Blogz, Write ~ Create ~ Inspire

She’s really approachable and relatable. I love how she interacts, made me feel like we’re talking face-to-face 🙂 She writes poems, and interesting life stories I can’t help but admire.

Posted in Dear dad

#0016 – Morning chat


Dear dad,

I woke up this morning with an urge to talk. Sounds are mumbling as I try to utter words only me can understand. Mom is also in a mood to chat. I stare at her as she keeps on talking, interacting with me. Every make-face brings smile in her face. Little did she knew that I’m trying (instinctively) to imitate her.

See snapshot below of our morning chat.

Here are the videos the other day. Dad, I’m making progress!

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First Video

Second Video

Posted in Everyday Living

A Bit of Breathing Room


I’m practicing the pause lately. Whenever I feel fed up, I find time eating outside. 

It is my second time this month to delve in eating pizza. I find it effective, stress-reliever. By the way, it’s all you can eat, so suit yourself!

Later I will go back to work.

I hate this, wanting to write but preoccupied with things. 

I promise, I will have a writing marathon next week. 🙂

Posted in Let's Celebrate!, Qatar

Reward for Grumbling


Lately, I posted about something good that’s going to happen, well here it is!


Talkin’ about motivation to work. 

I’m struggling with injustice in our office, and WP is my outlet to rant 🙂 I even decided to quit my job (drafted resignation letter twice, felt so good in doing so, and regretfully archiving these). 

And so I ask God to have His way. I asked for a sign. 

Instead, He made my extra hours of stay in the office count. It may be a simple gesture to compensate my hard works, but for me it is God’s hands reaching out.

To God be all the glory, forever.

Posted in COTR Zaragoza, Ministry, Reflections

An Attempt to Balance the “God Will Provide / Living By Faith” Concept


Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. – Matthew 10:16

For we live by faith, not by sight. – 2 Cor. 5:7

As christians, we are governed by scriptures. Sure, we pick up those that are easy to get along. However, there are principles that we need to develop over time. Scripture is supposed to change us, not the other way around.

The phrase “living by faith” must be balanced. Some christians are settled in that phrase, they are passive in working out. One of my leaders once said: “Blessings are unmerited favor. You should work for your family. Your salary is not a blessing – it’s the fruit of your labor. In short, salary is a duty. Learn to distinguish blessing from duty.” That makes perfect sense.

Once I was saddened when a pastor friend came to me to fix his laptop. Btw, I’m a professional computer technician. When I’m handing back his laptop and asked for PhP350 as service fee, he said “pwede 300 na lang. Alam mo naman tayong mga pastor, supported lang ng ministry at misis na teacher.” [Can i have a discount,make it 300, you know us pastors are just supported by ministry, and my wife who is a teacher]. I rebuked him saying “pastor, you don’t have to reason out being a pastor. I can even give my service for free, all you have to do is ask. Elevate your mindset,you’re destined to think better than this! I understand that being in a ministry is sacrifice, but don’t settle to live in poverty. I understand we live by faith, but we have to work out to improve our standard of living. Romans 12:2 be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Tips: use scripture whenever you argue with a pastor especially when rebuking. It hurts me upon rebuking him. I am a pastor myself and I know struggle is real. Never did he brought his laptop on me again, and yes he paid 300 🙂

In our church, we believe that soliciting is not for us. There’s nothing wrong with soliciting especially to be honest we need money to run a ministry. But we believe and proven that God is able to finance His church utilizing internal resources. We need not to seek monetary support from the outside. Simply put, we discourage sending letters outside the church asking for cash. To be perfectly clear, that’s our practice in our local church. Soliciting is legit and is being practiced in churches. There’s time for everything, our local church just prefer not to do so. Instead, we encourage church to be tithers, and motivate them to pledge/offer for the church. It’s not easy and struggle is real, myself included. But I’m setting myself as an example, let the rest be convicted.

This summer, we hosted three main events, and God by His grace and provision made each event successful. Our drive is to cultivate Christ among children (Vacation Bible School), fellowship among women (Zumba), and evangelism among young people (Youth Jam). 

  • Vacation Bible School (two different locations) one week each: Total expenses 20thou pesos.


These include training for VBS teachers (young people), props, foods/refreshments, graduation expenses, and transportations.

  • Zumba. Project of Women’s ministry. They aim to do it regularly. It’s an income-generating project. They’ve garnered around 7thousand pesos. Please don’t refer this as solicitation. Minimal registration fee are in place, supported by our Pastor’s Association and Local Govt Unit.
  • Youth Jam. One-day programme for youth. Organized and conceptualized by our youth, appropriately dubbed as #Easy-han mo lang Bes.

    Each event work both ways: exposure/training among facilitators, and evangelizing participants. 

    Surely  God will sustain.

    ..being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Phil. 1:6

    To God be all the glory.

    Posted in Everyday Living, Let's Celebrate!

    Here Come Better Days


    I can feel it. Not just a make-believe feeling. God, in His righteousness, will shower His goodness and His love – all the days of my life (i feel like singin’).

    Of all challenges I’d been through, got into, and will encounter, these are incomparable to all the riches and glory God is in store for me. 

    Malapit na akong yumaman, pera na lang kulang 🙂 #credit_to_FBmemes

    Thank You Lord for developing my character, for the realization that I’m well-loved, and the fact that i’m not the only one on this boat hehe.. 

    To You God be all the the glory, forever.