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The Chronicles Part 3: Leaving (But Not on a Jetplane)

The last part of my three-series post is about life.

And death.

I was listening to a podcast a few days ago and the Pastor I was listening to said, “In death, we think about life.”

For sure, a lot of us do not even think that tomorrow might be our last. That’s why we plan ahead. But how sure are we that we still have more years to come.

But however you leave;

Whenever it’s going to happen,

The most important thing is…

Your life was well-lived.
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Desires, Fear, Risks, Change

Note: Coherence is irrelevant in this post. Pardon the author.

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I have been through a lot lately – well, not exactly a lot as people would assume it to be but I am having a lot of realizations despite my being out of the loop because I have been craving for sleep most of the time.

I have had plans which I thought would push through but then again I have also encountered changes which I haven’t expected to happen.

I have been seeing several beautiful things happening for people around me. Of course, it would be a lie to say that I don’t feel even the slightest envy on what they have achieved because I wanted it to happen for myself and I want to make it happen for the people around me. Sometimes I would ask myself if I am just afraid of taking risks or if I am not capable enough of achieving what they can. But then, my happiness for these people who are able to do so is not unreal.

With those things said, though, I only want a simple life. But before settling into simplicity, I want to challenge myself and try reaching greater heights.

I came across my message archive a while ago and remembered the beautiful exchanges I have had with a friend, who I would leave unnamed for the moment. This was during the time I was experiencing the problem that is burn out. I hope once she finds out, she will not mind my sharing of her story. More than a friend, she has become an elder sister to me, and all her advices have become lessons and inspirations for me until now.

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She is a pampered princess. She grew not lacking anything, and even during the time she started working, she was really earning big time! I can attest to that because I got to know her for quite a time already.

But then again, she was not happy. She even told me that working for a service-oriented type of establishment has been a humbling experience for her to the point that she would help her crew with even the most menial tasks. At the end of the day, though, the only question she would as herself is “Do I like what I am doing?” Despite being dead tired physically and mentally, money has been lacking! She used to receive a minimum of  Php 20,000 without her other incentives and suddenly, she would receive Php 4,300 which isn’t even enough for the payment of all her utilities.

What she told me is I should not hold myself just because I am earning high. Like her, she is doing what she does because she enjoys it, she is learning so much not just with the job but with the people she is with.

The best thing I heard from her is I should not be afraid to start from the beginning. Logically, it would put to waste everything that I have already accomplished but a beginning is always a given chance so it should not be wasted. That it’s harder to look back and regret the things you didn’t try doing just because you were afraid.

She also told me that if I won’t be able to buy another pair of Charles & Keith or that new dress from Zara or Mango, so what? It couldn’t give me joy in the long run because I can only find that in simple things (Note: I know she’s not being bitter here because I know she has had a lot!) It would be really hard at first especially when people around you would brag about their latest gadget purchase, their latest travel, or their latest boytoy (LOL on this) when you can’t even afford to buy yourself a tall order of frapuccino. As she said, there isn’t a piece of clothing that doesn’t wear out, a gadget that won’t get wrecked, or a place you can’t go to in the future.

Right now, she is thankful that she had and has a choice. She has no qualms or complains whatsoever, only gratefulness for everything she has been through and everything she has right now.

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I’m thankful there are still people like her who has learned a lot about life and is not afraid to share it with such a kid as me; that there are still people like her who has found the joy of and in living simply. I still have a lot to go through and still have a lot to learn. But I will always cherish these words from my dearest sister.

Good News and God’s Perfect Time

Agreeing that “All things work together for good…“, I thank God for allowing my early tummy ache which made me wake up early. With that, I was able to read my Bible early in the morning (which happened eons ago since I do it in the evening) and had an early devotion. Aside from the refreshment it brought, I was happy as I go on smoothly with my daily routine. No hurries, no worries.

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Risks

While doing my morning ritual of checking out the Tweets that I follow, I stumbled upon Sitti‘s and one of her updates says, “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” This was inspired by the verse from Ecclesiastes 11:4 (Let me use the version from The Amplified Bible) which says,

He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

Too many times, we came across circumstances where decisions are necessary; and not just simple decisions as what color of flip-flops you would wear or what hairstyle you would have today. Sometimes, decisions which we have to make is a matter of life and death (Yeah, exaggerated maybe.) – Life and death of a career; life and death of a relationship; life and death of a breakthrough.

Most of the time, we calculate too much – looking at our surroundings, checking if each strand of eyebrow is at place or if our shoes are well-polished, not knowing that there proves to be situations when getting caught open and willing to change and motion bears good results.

Waiting for the perfect time to come may not happen if that’s what holds you from doing whatever you need to do, or want to do. Unless you make an action or two, given the circumstances where you’re in, you could never move from where you are now.

Don't be afraid of crossing the other side of the street... Like a kid, there is Someone who could guide you through until you can do it yourself 😉

Taking risks may cost you something, right. But would you rather learn from it or play it safe, waiting for the perfect time until never finding out what could have been? Your choice.

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Secured

This morning, while I was fighting over going or not going to work, I browsed through my phone and found a draft containing the verse Psalm 16:5. Didn’t bother looking at it as I returned to sleep. When I finally got up, I checked my phone again and passed through the drafts folder, and there, I get to see Psalm 16:5 again. Then I decided to browse through my Bible and here’s what I found (Got the NLT version):

“Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.

You guard all that is mine”

Most of the time, I worry a lot on what is in store for me in the future and what is about to happen with my immediate involvements. But God has assured me that my future is well taken care of already, and with this promise, He has assured me more that everything, as in EVERYTHING – every single promise that He is bound to let flow in my life,  is in the palm of His hand. 🙂

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Promises

I have been reading the book of John as of the moment (but yeah, I should have been in Acts na nga e. LOL) and upon arriving to chapters 15 and 16, there have been wonderful promises and statements from the Lord Jesus Christ which I (and everyone else who believes) should always be reminded of:

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CHAPTER 15

vv. 4 “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”

vv. 7 “But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!

vv. 9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.

vv. 15 “I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”

vv. 16 “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.”

vv. 18 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.

CHAPTER 16

vv. 7 “But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.

vv. 13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.”

vv. 24 “You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

vv 26 to 27 “Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.”

vv. 33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

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What wonder it is to read the Word as you discover that you are given these things! God is marvelous! He never leaves us hanging. We just have to be open to know what He has in store for us. 🙂

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Passages were from the New Living Translation, taken from The Bible Gateway.

Running Away, Offering Up, Surrendering Yourself

I. RUNNING AWAY

I am currently reading Elisabeth Elliot’s book Quest for Love (a wonderful book containing a collection of stories, both good and bad, about romantic relationships) and got to this chapter on Temptation. Being a book about relationships, Elliot mentioned that for us not to get into temptation is to stay away from all possible sources of it. “We need to… renounce sometimes even the legitimate things in order not to be taken by the evil that lurks at every turn”, she mentions.

Often, I hear people say that they were not able to get over a situation because everything “Just happened. I was not able to resist.” But resistance is a choice. Elliot also mentioned in her book, “Be on alert. Be honest about your weakness. Stay clear of the thing that tempts you.” As Paul told Timothy, “Flee the evil desires of youth…” (2 Timothy 2:22, NIV) Being an action word, fleeing is something to be done – with initiative.

Mythological character Ulysses acknowledged the possibility of falling into temptation by tying himself up and plugging his eardrums with wax as his ship passed by the Sirens’ area. Joseph ran when Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him, knowing that what she wants would not be right in the eyes of his master and of the Lord.

Running away is not always for the coward. Most of the time, it is courageous men who knows how to do it.

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II. OFFERING UP

Practiced with the worship team earlier for tomorrow’s service. Before stating with it. My friend, Roy, was the one who shared and it was about Abel.

Now Abel pleased God by offering up to Him the best of the flock. He was not hesitant in giving it to the Lord.

In our daily life, we should not be hesitant in offering God the best of what we have. It doesn’t just have to be money but time, effort, talents, worship, even our troubles. God asks for it, not because He wants to deprive us of the best but because he will work on it to give you the best-est best. 🙂

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III. SURRENDERING ALL

Had a really cool devotion the other day.

If there could be anyone in the Bible who has showed me the best example of obedience, that would have to be Jesus Christ. In John 6: 39 – 40(NIV), Jesus readily obeyed his Father and knows what He is here on earth for, the lost.

From the passage, two things I learned: 1) When we obey we lose nothing (vv. 39); and 2) Obedience gives us the desire to do good, not only for our own benefit but for others as well (vv. 40).

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Have a blessed weekend and a wonderful Sunday morning! 🙂