Friday, January 26, 2018

What are your goals for the New Year 2018?

We start a new year 2018.

We have a new house. We live in a new subdivision. We have a new neighborhood.

We have a new member in the family. These are some of our accomplisments for 2017.

We have new goals. We have new dreams.

We are excited on what the new year brings. As we start the new year, we always plan. However, we know that our plan may not be God's perfect plan. Yet, we still pray that the desires of our heart will be granted. But we remain humble to bow according to God's will.

As we commit this new year to God, we also re-commit ourselves in obedience to God's will. We strive hard to do our best and leaving the rest to God's desire.

God is in control. We trust in what God has in store for us.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Happy Birthday Jesus

Whose birthday is it anyway? Who is receiving the gift?

We often get lost in all the festivities. That is a common reflection we get during Christmas. It is always good that we get reminders that we keep Christ in Christmas.

But one common problem we tend to neglect during Christmas is the gift giving. We often have exchange gifts as part of our Christmas celebrations. We received gifts... big... small... food... novelties... wish list... dream gift... and more. We even enjoy wrapping the gifts we will give to loved ones.

How excited must have been the Father who was getting ready to wrap the gift He will give to save the world. That gift is more precious than any other gift in the world. That gift is wrapped when we received it. The gift is wrapped in baby clothing. Have we dared open the gift? Have we unwrapped the gift God has given us? Again, we have put Christmas about us. We have focused on the gift that WE will receive from God.

Whose birthday is it anyway? Who should be receiving the gift? Who should be giving the gift?

Friday, November 3, 2017

All Saint's Day 2017

How do you celebrate All Saint's Day or All Soul's Day?

It has been a Filipino tradition to celebrate on November 1 and 2 the rememberance of our ancestors. Filipino's are known to have a closely-knit family relations. Everybody is our relative.

In pure Filipino fashion, this November we celebrated the All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day to remember the early Filipinos who went ahead of us.

We celebrated the lives of the early Filipinos by visiting memorials. We went to the Japanese memorial in Ifugao to remember the early Filipinos in Region 2 and the people who offered their life during World War 2. We also had a visit in one of the 7 wonders of the world. It is important to teach the young generation about the culture and legacy of our Filipino Tribe and the richness of our history. We celebrate All Soul's Day not only to remember those we know but all those who have walked this earth and contributed to the richness of the world we live in now.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What are you fighting for?

What are you fighting for?

Sa Tagalog, "ano ang pinaglalaban mo?" Or, "para saan ka gumigising?" The question has had several versions over time. But the thought of the same age old question remains...

"What is the meaning of life?"

Philosophers centuries ago have tried to answer this question. Fast forward to the 21st century, it has become a question of spirituality.

What is the meaning of life... for a singer? To sing.
What is the meaning of life... for a mountaineer? To climb.
What is the meaning of life... for a Christian? To worship God.

The question does not only pose a theological or philosophical question. It becomes the basis and foundation of your life and life activities. If life means to sing, then you will spend most of your time practicing your voice and learning music. You will give importance to your voice when you get sore throat or vocal cord related-illnesses. I presume, your job or career will be either as a singer or related to music. It would be difficult to imagine if it were not. You would not do anything that is not meaningful to your life.

It should be the same if you are a Christian. Your weekdays will be filled with activities that will glorify God. Praying before meals will be a given. Reading the Bible is a necessity. Sunday morning will not be enough for a Christian whose life's meaning is to worship God. But not every Christian  will have to be a Pastor, Priest, or church worker. They would have other jobs that still glorifies God.

But what if you find meaning in other matters? What are you fighting for?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Martial Law

September is usually remembered in the Philippines as the Month when Martial Law was declared.

Different sectors are planning to stage a rally on the anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. But the government is quick to tolerate the rally. This is a big difference to the usual response of the government years before.

What would be great to remember on this day? Two sides argue. The benefits that we gained from the declaration. The inhumanities and crimes committed during the declaration. There will always be two sides.

History will be decided by those who write it. What power is left then to the readers of history?

God has been a witness to this page of our country's history. God obviously played a big role before, during and especially at the end of the Martial Law. How does Christian will understand this story in relation to their faith? Was it good or bad? Do we take a pessimistic or optimistic view?

Waiting for the news story... history to unfold...

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Today is my Mom's birthday.

When we talk about birthdays, we think about the baby that was born. But we seldom include in the picture the mom who gave birth. Birthday's focus on the baby born.

As Christians, we often give thanks to God for the new life given to the family and celebrate the arrival of the newborn baby. What if we have a different perspective on birthdays? Why not celebrate the day the mother successfully endured the pain of birth? Why not celebrate the great accomplishment of nourishing the baby for the last nine months? Why not celebrate the day that the mother was able to give birth?

Those are reasons to celebrate. Those are reasons to be thankful to God.

Double the celebration if the celebrant is a mother.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Wife's Birthday

Today is my wife's birthday. She had gone through a lot... but she remains faithful.

Whenever people celebrate their birthdays, we always think about how our life here on earth is a gift from God... that life is given to us. It is not our own and we remain to be always grateful to the Supreme Being who had given us this opportunity to experience this wonderful thing called life.

Thus, when we encounter illness that seems to threaten the life... the gift that was given to us, we wonder if it was ever given to us wholeheartedly for us to enjoy or not. We ask if life was really given as a gift or with conditions? We try to comprehend the sense of life in the midst of illness. Why give life if life could not be fully lived? And then we pause.

Are we privileged enough to deserve anything? If life was indeed a gift, then do we have demand that the gift be given according to our standards? Can we be choosy?