Sharpened Like A Pencil

Sharpened Like A Pencil

As I pulled pencils from my penholder – one after the other – I noticed that none of it is sharpened. It’s sort of irritating that when you needed something, you thought it’s just there, but then when you try to access it, you realize that it’s not available for you just as you like it.

Then again, I wondered. People are like the sharpened pencils.

We are all capable of doing something significant for our family and for our society in general. But if we are not equipped to do what we have to do, then we are like the unsharpened pencils – our skills and talents are not utilized.

It’s basically like these eraser heads.

Some were still good and some were already worn out. If it’s worn out, it means it has been utilized according to its purpose.

We all have our own purpose in living. There is a special reason why we are all here. Others have discovered their purposes early in life while others take some time to unveil what it was that they are living for.

I can relate so much to that. Sometimes, I was hoping I knew the things that I know now when I was younger. I wish I were smarter. I wish I already had that wisdom in making decisions about life.

But come to think of it, whatever I didn’t know back then and whatever wrong decisions I have made in the past make sense when I found out that all those things made me the person that I am now… sharpened like a pencil and utilized according to my purpose.

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In the Midst of Chaos

In the Midst of Chaos

As I was browsing the social networking sites this morning, friends and family shared links, pictures, updates, thoughts and just about anything that concerns Japan’s catastrophe happened last Friday. But only one thing caught my attention, which was posted by a friend in Facebook:

“Question: If God loves everyone, and if His grace always does follow wherever/whatever your situation is, does that mean His grace followed the 88,000 (yes…eighty-eight thousand) people that went missing in Japan? Help me with this one.”

To answer the question, YES. In Psalm 139:7-10 it says (and I paraphrase) ‘God is everywhere.’ There is no place that He cannot see us for He is the Omnipresent God. But to answer, ‘Why He let all these things happened’? Then I will not have a direct answer but that everything happened for a reason. My mind can only grasp so much but my heart knows that in all of these things, God is there. In James 1:17 it says that ‘God is greater in our hearts and He knows everything.’

There’s this conversation between God and Satan that is always in my mind.

God : I love my people and I will do anything for them.

Satan : These people don’t love you. Not at all! And even if they do, with just a little pain inflicted on them, they will turn away from you. I can prove you that.

Look around us… Could it be that the chaos in Japan along with all other calamities that hit other nations in the previous years was what Satan was telling God?

Yes it could be. So we ask again, why did God let Satan do this to us?

Satan did all these things so he can prove that we didn’t love our God. But God, with all His grace and mercy make this chaos an opportunity for us to really see Him and grow in our faith that indeed He loves us genuinely, no matter what we think of it. When God created each and every one of us, He did not create us like robots that He can program to just tell Him that He is loved by His creation. But instead we were given free will and it’s from our hearts that we decide if we love Him.

I knew people who, despite of all the bad things that happened to them, they chose to love and serve God. But I also knew people who chose to turn away from Him. It’s also so easy for God to say who loves Him and who doesn’t.

God can also choose to turn His back from us but instead in the midst of these tragedies God is there…

In every opportunity to help others, God is there.

In moments that show sympathy and genuine concern for others, God is there.

In times that someone needs comfort, God is there.

In the most desperate circumstance, God is there.

God is in the midst of these chaos. He is in the very hearts of people who believes in Him in spite of all these tragedies.

 

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

Volunteer Weekend

Volunteer Weekend

It’s almost a couple of weeks ago when Kris and I signed up for Volunteer week in our local church. It always feels good to be part of a team that utilizes us in areas where we are good at, because it always hones our specific skills.

I remember how Kris and I both decided that we don’t want to just sit around and be served. That was back in 2008 when we were still attending Victory Fort. Fortunately that time, a church was planted in the heart of Greenhills. So we moved there and signed ourselves up in the Ushering Ministry. We were both delighted as we met a lot of good friends. After a few months, we decided to move in Victory Pioneer where we became part of the same ministry. Friendships took place one after the other.  We involved ourselves in a lot of trainings and seminars, established our Victory groups and created relationships.

So as I was saying, we signed up again to be volunteers. This time, I signed up for Communications ministry where I hope to be utilized in areas such as writing.

Kris on the other hand, joined the Music team. It was his second year now after Ushering team.

We are both excited on how we are going to be utilized in this season of our lives. It always feels great to belong but to serve and make use of your full potential is just way too satisfying.

iWant

iWant

Apple is among the business giants of today’s world. From all its remarkable series of innovation such as iPods, MacBooks, iMacs, iPads, and iPhones, it will make you want for more.

iLove Mac, that’s for sure! Kris and I are both Mac users. Prior to having my first Macbook though, which Kris gave me for my 30th birthday, I thought I’m okay with a regular PC. But then again, discovering the so many cool applications and awesome programs and features that comes with Mac, I understand why a lot of people go for it. And I am glad that Kris wanted me to have it – he said I deserve the best.

Today as I browse Safari, which by default go straight to http://www.apple.com/startpage/ I saw the new release iPad 2.

Wow! What an amazing revolution, I thought. Now it comes with camera and a smart cover plus it’s lighter. Definitely, iWant it!

Then I paused for a moment.

Look at all these innovations that the world is feeding us with.

It creates a desire in our hearts to want it – to really-really want to have it. It makes us justify it as a primary need in almost any of our social status – a sales employee, a boss, a manager, a leader in a victory group, a student, and even a stay-at-home mom like me. Funny but it’s true. That’s how marketing works.

I don’t want to sound so religious. But I want to share my thoughts while browsing the new iPad2.

1.     Sin is like Marketing – It packages itself in way that will tell you, it’s a need.  Sooner or later you will see people around you that have Mac – friends, family, and even strangers in a coffee shop. It will then kindle the  ‘iWant’ for it in your heart. Then you will respond to that call for action to buy it.

2.     Sin is like Mac – It comes with innovation.  Totally upgrading itself from the last time it first lured you but you didn’t give in. Sin will continue to disguise itself with the goal to get your attention and finally suck you in.

3.     Sin is a Business Giant – We make it prosper the moment we give in.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Mac. I love its new iPad2. It’s just that the representation of sin is comparable to as how it is marketed.

What do you think?

‘Flower Bearer’

‘Flower Bearer’

I was busy working on my articles when Isaiah came up to me and said he wanted to go out with Ate Joy. So we exchanged kisses and hugs before he left. When he came back an hour later, he walked up the stairs. Ate Joy was following him holding a bowl full of flowers. She said my little boy picked it all up from the park when he saw none of his playmates around. The early morning rain might have kept all his other playmates in their homes so I guess he mused himself while getting all these flowers for me.

How I wish I was there with my camera to capture what could’ve been a very nice subject of thoughtfulness. Oh how I love my boy!

When he got that bowl from Ate Joy, he approached me and said “surprise!” That was the word he’s been practicing to say the other day when his Daddy came home. I was more than happy he was able to use that sweet word for me too. I was so touched.

This just made my day perfect.