From God’s Eyes

When you gaze at the person you see in the mirror every morning, do you smile and rejoice? Or do you pout and get depressed?

Many people today do not like themselves. It could be the physical — hair too thin, lips too thick, nose too big. Or it could be the track record — too many failures, too many disappointments, too many wrong decisions. Or it could be the situation — still unmarried, still childless, still financially struggling after all these years.

Understandably.

There are many things in your life today that may not be perfect. But please consider. Have you ever tried looking at your life from God’s perspective?

Let me tell you what I mean…

Just today, my son Franco was so messy eating chocolate. Icings dripped from his chin. A beard-like chocolate formation circled his mouth. His shirt was murky. His hands were filthy.He came up to me with a big and naughty smile on his face. You know what I did? Of course! Without a moment’s hesitation, I embraced my little chocolate monster and said, “You’re sooo cute, my boy!”

If I can see beyond the imperfections of my son, do you think God won’t do the same thing with you?

Now don’t get me wrong. God doesn’t overlook your sins nor cover up your mistakes. Rather, He sees through them.

He sees His child, weak, struggling, hurting, lost and needing the hug of a Father.

Come to Him today with confidence. See yourself from God’s eyes. And don’t bother to wipe the chocolate off your face.

He will embrace you just the way you are!

Have a blessed week ahead!

Yours in Christ,

Bobby

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What Makes One Really Great

He patiently answered child-like questions mercilessly thrown at her by our 7 year old Robelle. He teasingly joked around with our bundle of energy, 5 year old Mara. And he playfully tickled our chubby ball of fun, 2 year old Franco who kept begging him to tickle him more.

                What he did may look ordinary to you but the man who did all these things was far from ordinary.

                Yesterday, my family was blessed to have dinner with renowned preacher, song writer and dear friend, Bro. John Keating of the Servants of the Word Lay Brotherhood.

                John is one of the pillars of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement instrumental in the establishment of a number of charismatic communities, not to mention having written countless songs for almost four decades, most of which are now considered classics in the renewal circles.

                With his celebrity status, John is far from ordinary. But what makes John really great, I believe, is not what he has done in public but who he is in private. And yesterday, over dinner, we had a glimpse of what makes a man really great.

                For despite his stature, he didn’t mind horsing around with Mara.

                For despite his musical expertise, he patiently listened to Franco’s rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle little star”;

                For despite the depth of his spiritual wisdom, he good-naturedly accommodated Robelle’s question on “why are Americans taller than Filipinos”;

                Wasn’t Jesus the same way?

                In the Gospel of Mark, it says:

                “…Taking him in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me’…” (Mark 9:37)

                Indeed, God has a different measure for greatness. And I guess John knows it…

                The world measures greatness with one’s reputation. God measures greatness with one’s integrity.

                The world measures greatness with what the public knows about you. God measures your greatness more with what only you and God know about yourself.

                The world measures greatness with the influence you wield. God measures your greatness with how much influence He wields on you.

                The world measures greatness with how near you are to your dreams. God measures your greatness with how near you are to heaven.

                The world measures greatness with how high you can go. God measures greatness with how low you are willing to go for others.

                Today, I encourage you.

                Look into your heart and ask yourself: Am I really great in God’s eyes?

                 Because at the end of it all, your answer to this question is what really matters most.

                Have a blessed week ahead, dear friend!

                In Christ,

                Bobby Q.

IF IT FEELS GOOD, IT CAN’T BE BAD

Whenever I tell my children not to eat junk food because it is not good for them, they sometimes reply in chorus: “But we like it”.

            In a nutshell, that sums up the argument of modern-day relativists.

            What is relativism?

            When people are asked as to what could be man’s greatest sin today, perhaps the answers would be varied. Lust would definitely be mentioned. Greed perhaps. Even pride.

            But if you revisit the bible, you will realize that man’s first sin remains his greatest: RELATIVISM.

            In the garden of Eden, man decided he will determine his own standard of what was good and evil. By choosing to take a bite from the fruit hanging from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, man took it upon himself to become his own standard of morality. He chose to become his own measure of what is proper and improper. His desires validated his morality and say, “If this feels good, this cannot be bad.”

            That’s what so-called “modern-day” activists assert today against what they call the tyranny of the church. They boldly put their foot down and say “they’ve had enough!” The church, according to them, can no longer tell us what is right or wrong. The church cannot impose its morality upon us. The individual becomes the final determinant of what is morally acceptable and what is morally detestable. And their standard hinges only on one principle: If this feels and looks good, this could not be bad.”

            A lawmaker pushing for a controversial bill argues that if you can’t be good, then at least be careful.

            A couple engage in an extra-marital affair justifies this “convenient arrangement” all in the “name of love”.

            An artist paints a publicly offensive sketch hides behind the “freedom of expression” argument.

            Don’t get me wrong. I don’t claim to be sinless or claim the church to be blameless. I am a sinful human being and the church is composed of weak individuals. But we serve a sinless and blameless God whose morality is not dependent on our faults or shortcomings.

            He is Triune God. Loving. Merciful. Patient. But also terrifyingly Holy who desires nothing less than the sanctity of those whom we loves.

            I write this piece knowing that I endanger myself of getting the ire of my readers. But I don’t mind. My goal is clear. It is not to inspire but to instruct. Not to motivate but to convict. Not to make you feel good but to make you live well. Jesus didn’t always say what was popular. Because he never hesitated to say what was true.

            Yes, I am a motivational speaker. But today, I choose to wear my other hat: a preacher.

            I will say what needs to be said. Not because it’s popular. Not because it’s inspiring. Not because it makes people feel good. But because it’s the truth.

            And the bible says: “Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

            Live the truth, my friend, even if unpopular…and be truly free!

            I remain, in Christ,

            Bobby Q.

Faulty Prayers, Perfect Answers

The quality of my prayers isn’t remarkable. In fact, sometimes they even border on the pathetic. They are weak, self-centered, and often too general. With my lack of faith, my prayers even mimic closely Aladdin’s wish list to his genie or a facebook/twitter shout-out — hoping somebody out there is listening. Yes, I am not proud of how I pray.

But I am thankful that my God sees beyond my weaknesses. He listens beyond my words. He hears not what my mouth utters but what my heart cries. He understands more than what I try to explain. He feels more than what I express. He knows more than what I tell Him. And that is why He answers, not according to how I pray, but according to what He believes is best for me.

If you are an average and struggling believer like me, then you know what I mean.

When we pray for physical healing, God delays and uses our illness to bring spiritual healing to our souls. When we pray for financial windfall, God waits awhile and uses our need to build up our faith. When we pray for instant solutions, God dilly dallies a little and uses our predicament to address other areas of our life.

Some people give up too soon. They feel that their prayers are defective or unheard. They shrink back. They give up. They backpedal and turn away. They look down instead of look up. They seek worldly solutions in place of God’s dispositions.

They soon stop praying.

Today, remind yourself of the height, depth and width of God’s unfathomable wisdom. Our prayers may be faulty, but our God, who knows us more than we know ourselves, understands perfectly the meat of what we pray for. In fact, even before we open our mouths, God already comprehends what’s in our hearts. Let us not grow weary in praying to God then. No matter how tiring or frustrating it may be at times. Let us trust that a loving God listens and a powerful God answers, in His perfect time and according to His perfect will.

The bible says:

“…The Lord is near: do not be anxious about anything. In everything resort to prayer and supplication together with thanksgiving and bring your requests before God. Then the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 4:5-7)

Go ahead, dear friend. Close those eyes. Bend down those knees. Bow down that head. And lift up those hands.

Perfect answers await your faulty prayers.

A blessed week ahead of you!

In Christ,

Bobby