“…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!…” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Recently, my daughter Robelle has been fascinated with hiccups. From the time I told her that hiccups is a sign that one is growing, she looked forward to her hiccups. It didn’t matter if hiccups were inconvenient or sometimes very discomforting. For as long as she was growing with every hiccup, she didn’t mind.

Now, I don’t know if there is any scientific or medical basis for my explanation to her about hiccups, but one thing for sure, there is a spiritual analogy that can be derived from it.

While hiccups — discomforting and inconvenient  — are supposedly necessary for physical growth, so are challenges — likewise difficult and sometimes very irritating — necessary for spiritual growth.

Just like my daughter who looks forward to her hiccups, we Christians must also look forward to challenges as our way towards greater spiritual advancement. We must keep growing. To be more loving. More caring. More courageous. More committed. More faithful. And challenges are pathways towards those ends.

From the moment we decided to take God seriously in our lives, God never stopped changing us from one glory to another. Smoothing rough edges. Clipping. Polishing. Making old things new. As the scripture says:

“…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!…” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

This week, our family is facing another challenge.

My wife Jeng is a few weeks pregnant. Last Monday, she woke up with blood spotting. We called our doctor. Tests were made. Prescriptions given. Jeng is now on a two-week bedrest. We still don’t know the real condition of our baby.  But we welcome this challenge. For we know that just like in the past, if we learn our lessons well, we shall emerge stronger and more mature in our faith.

I don’t know what challenges you face today, my friend. They may just be small inconveniences or big time crises. Whatever it may be, look at it the way my daughter looks at hiccups.

They are your pathways toward greater growth.

Being renewed everyday,



3 thoughts on “Hiccups!

  1. N0w I know that hiccups also have a deeper meaning..they can really be compared to our challenges in our spiritual gr0wth.. this is my first time to open this site and I really enj0y reading it..I attended the 5th national catholic charismatic congress and I was really touched and impressed by your talk about youth evangelization.

    You’re a blessing from God.may you continue to spread God’s TRUTH.God bless you always!

  2. I’m currently facing a lot of challenges, and I was praying a lot for God to be close to me so that I won’t have to worry about them, my career, my family, my girlfriend, all is chaos.

    Now, this afternoon I was experiencing hiccups, and I was googling other ways to get rid if it because I drank like a whole gallon and it won’t go away, and that’s how I find this page.

    You have been a blessing to me, you have given me a new strength that I needed, when I was reading this post I was actually reading myself and my life, God has blessed you, and may He bless you even more.

    P.S: believe it or not, my hiccups stopped when I finished reading your post 🙂

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