Of Doorknobs and Life

Mara left our bedroom door open while the aircon was running. She apologized to Jeng but afterwards, before Jeng closed the door, she found out that the door knob lock was actually pressed down the whole time. It turns out that it was a good thing that Mara did not close the door, otherwise we would all be locked out.

God can turn our mistakes around and make them a blessing. 

It’s true with doorknobs. 

It’s true with life.

You Are Not a Mistake

When God chose for you to be born, He knew exactly what kind of person He was bringing into this world. He wasn’t blind to your weaknesses, tendencies, and strengths. And yet despite knowing you so perfectly well, He still chose for you to be born. He knew that if you respond well to your circumstances, you will be a blessing to this world. 

Trust His wisdom. He never makes mistakes. Not then. Not ever. And definitely not with You!

Easter Sunday Reflection: Change the World

Except for John who died of old age while in exile, all the apostles died a violent death, all because of their refusal to deny the resurrection. 

“Matthew suffered martyrdom by being slain with a sword at a distant city of Ethiopia.

Mark expired at Alexandria, after being cruelly dragged through the streets of that city.

Luke was hanged upon an olive tree in the classic land of Greece.

John was put in a caldron of boiling oil, but escaped death in a miraculous manner, and was afterward banished to Patmos.

Peter was crucified at Rome with his head downward.

James, the Greater, was beheaded at Jerusalem.

James, the Less, was thrown from a lofty pinnacle of the temple, and then beaten to death with a fuller’s club.

Bartholomew was flayed alive.

Andrew was bound to a cross, whence he preached to his persecutors until he died.

Thomas was run through the body with a lance at Coromandel in the East Indies.

Jude was shot to death with arrows.

Matthias was first stoned and then beheaded.

Barnabas of the Gentiles was stoned to death at Salonica.” (Taken fromhttp://www.theexaminer.org/)

It’s hard to imagine they would suffer and die for a lie. The unyielding conclusion is right before us: Their testimony is true.

They didn’t have theology, or resources, or talent. All they had was the stubborn conviction from what they saw: an empty tomb and a flesh and blood Christ standing in their midst.

This stubborn conviction led them to change the world like never before.

So can we.

Happy Easter to all!

GOOD FRIDAY/BLACK SATURDAY REFLECTION: ONE LAST TIME

During the Maundy Thursday celebration of our community, the Ligaya ng Panginoon, the Music Ministry sang, for the very first time in recent years, the song Tantum Ergo. This happens to be my father’s favorite lullaby song to his grandchildren. The moment I heard the song last night, my eyes moistened a bit. Oh what I would give to do things with my father again, one last time.

To shoot hoops with him again…
To watch PBA with him again…
To eat pizza with him again…
To jog with him again…
To drive him around town again…
To ride a plane with him again…

Yes, one last time.

I think that was the same wish the apostles had in their hearts after the crucifixion. Oh what they would give to do things again with Jesus…one last time.

To hear him preach…
To see him heal…
To dine with him…
To laugh with him…

How about you? What events in your life would you want to re-do or undo if given the chance? What situations would you like to replay for a chance to do or make things right? What instances would you like to go through again for an opportunity to relish and celebrate?

We all have “one last times” in our lives. But the good news is this: We will all get that “one last time”. One day, in heaven, we will. Where there is no pain, or sorrow or grief. When we can all be what we want to be. When our “one last times” become “forever”.

Because of the cross. Because of the empty tomb. Because of Jesus.

We know that our lives won’t end in regrets but in unstoppable victory.

P.S. By the way, I sang Tantum Ergo with much gusto the other night. And why not? I need to prepare myself for a chance to sing duet with my Papang one day…one last time.

A Maundy Thursday Reflection: What?

What arrested Jesus was not the “SANDHEDRIN”, but the “SIN WE DID”.

What tortured Jesus was not the wrath of “ROME” but His desire to see us “HOME”.

What burdened Jesus’ back was not the “WEIGHT OF THE CROSS” but His “WISH FOR THE LOST”.

What pierced Jesus’ side was not the “LANCE OF THE SOLDIER”, but His “LOVE FOR THE SINNER”. 

Yes, my friend.

What kept Jesus on the cross weren’t nails…but us.

Go for God’s Dreams

Well-meaning people often encourage us saying: Go for your dreams! 

This can be dangerous.

You see, not all your dreams are meant to be pursued. Sounds depressing? Let me try again by using an analogy.

For instance, a dog may have dreams of being able to fly. And he can dream all he want and give his best effort in trying to fly but he still wouldn’t be able to. Why? Because he wasn’t made to fly. 

In the same way, I believe each person was designed by God in a specific way in line with his or her purpose in life. To pursue your dreams without consulting the one who made you can be a perfect set-up for disappointment. 

Don’t just go for your dreams. Pause. Reflect. Discern. Know God’s dreams for you first.

Then go for them!