Regrets v. Hope

There are two kinds of people whose outlook in life are located at opposite poles — those who live in regrets and those who live in hope.

Regret quells the spirit while hope inspires it.

Regret lives in the past while hope lives in the future.

Regret is constantly looking back while hope is constantly looking up.

Regret looks at what could have been while hope looks forward to what could still be.

Regret says “what if” while hope says “why not”.

Regret whispers “you’ve tried it before  and failed” while hope exclaims “you’ve tried it before but you can try again plus other things more”. 

Regret makes you sore while hope makes you soar.

The Bible says:

Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13)

Every person has regrets. But some choose to dwell on them while others choose to deal with them.

Today, choose to deal with your regrets by keeping them where they really belong: in your past. Then start focusing on what truly matters: your future.

Hope in the Lord. Your future is safe is His hands!

Hopeful until the end,

Bobby Q.

The Voice of Victory

The CEO of a large company stood nervously in front of the general assembly of the company’s employees. With a tremble in his voice, he made the difficult announcement, “Due to the economic crisis, we have to close down the company”. To his surprise, his announcement was met with an applause from the employees.

Baffled, he clarified the announcement, “This company will have to let you go.” More cheers as the employees started exchanging “high-fives”.

Completely bewildered, he decided to be more direct, “You will lose your jobs!” This time, the employees gave a standing ovation.

At the end of his short announcement, the perplexed CEO asked one of the employees, “Did you hear what I just announced?”

With a big grin on his face, the employee answered, “No, sir. We did not hear a single word you said. We have been listening to the radio. Pacquiao won!”

What are you listening to everyday — the voice of victory or the voice of defeat?

There is one power which you possess and that is the power to choose what you listen to.

Sure, there are many noises in the world today, and sometimes we feel like helpless victims to all the negativity around us. But remember this: you always have a choice not to listen to everything you hear. Listening requires focus and retention. And you possess the power to choose what to focus on and what to retain in your mind.

What you listen to becomes you. If you listen to negative conversation, you can become negative. If you listen to discouraging words, you become discouraged. If you listen to what’s wrong with the world, you will notice many things wrong in your world.

But if you listen to what’s inspiring and what’s good, you become inspiring and good.

The bible says:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Don’t get me wrong, I am not promoting naivety but positivity. Read the papers. Listen to the news. Be conscious of the suffering so prevalent around us. Know the “bad news”. But saturate your mind with the Good News.

Today, choose to listen to what builds you up; to what edifies; to what inspires you to become the kind of person that God wants you to be.

Choose to listen to the Voice of Victory, and watch yourself become victorious every step of the way!

In Christ,

Bobby Q.

Cheerfulness is Faith!

I am writing this blog as two of my three children are sound asleep. Both are down with cold, cough and fever. It has been a long week for Jeng and myself as we had our own bouts with flu ourselves. And it isn’t over yet as we try to nurse our two kids back to full health and prevent our other child from getting sick as well.

In the midst of all these, it is so tempting to whine and grumble about our situation but we choose not to.  Not because we are such holy and positive people, but because we are convinced about something essential in our faith: God is good whatever the situation is.

We preach and sing about it often, but do we really know what it means?

Being cheerful is a statement that God can be trusted. On the other hand, when we complain, we, in effect, deny this truth. Cheerfulness is faith while complaining is lack of it. The former is conviction that God is faithful all the time, while the latter is hinting that God can sometimes be unfair.  The former says God’s word is reliable while the latter says that God can lie. 

In scriptures, it says:

“…God loves a cheerful giver…” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

This week,  I encourage you to channel all your energy to being cheerful regardless of your situation.

Your cheerfulness brings a smile to God’s face and a lot of hope in people’s hearts. 

Indeed, cheerfulness is faith!

In Christ,

Bobby Q.

Where is God?

May it be in the midst of a raging typhoon hitting the country or in a tumultuous storm hitting our personal lives, the question always comes up: Where is God?

At the onset of the torrential rains early this week, I also received news of several deaths in the families of some of my friends. And these deaths had nothing to do with the weather condition but the impact is pretty much the same or even worse. 

Again, the question surfaces: Where is God?

Let me tell you what I think…

When the casket was being lowered, God was embracing the grieving widow…

When the doctors broke the news that it was malignant, God’s arms pulled the family together…

When the marriage broke down, God’s whispers kept the children believing…

When the finances ran dry, God’s hand somehow provided the next meal…

 

God may seem absent only when we insist on how we want him to appear. Sometimes, God doesn’t come in a way we expect Him to but it doesn’t mean He isn’t there. 

Proverbs 3:5 says:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”

 And in Isaiah, God reminds us:

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)

Today, I encourage you to look more closely and see the tangible presence of God in whatever situation you find yourself in. 

And you will realize that God isn’t distant. He is near. He is real. He is very much closer than you think.

In the midst of your storm, look closely, my friend. Don’t be surprised to see…

God has always been there!

In Christ’s love,

Bobby Q.