Love casts out all fear. Whenever we are afraid to continue our journey because of the different circumstances that pull us down and shaken our faith let us not panic. Put on the armor of love into our lives. We are loved by the One who is above us, merciful, and compassionate, so do not let our hearts be tremble. These are the words of encouragement that I always entertain into my mind whenever I am being overcast by fear. Fear really hinders me to see love as a protection and a consolation for my shortcomings and brokenness in life. It’s really hard to move on in life when there’s fear. To be true in your self is something burdensome when fear overwhelms you. From this so called “horrifying conquerors” of life, I realized the significant value of love. Love may be demanding for some, but it is always the best remedy for a fearful heart. Love recognizes the beauty of courage and uplifts the brokenness inside of our hearts. When love seems too hard to find and reach, I cannot but not to give up finding and reaching it because I believe love saves. When there’s love, there’s nothing to be feared of. Everything will be alright when we consider love as the sole reason of our daily struggles in life. Why let our hearts be troubled when love is greater than fear? Hence, life is full of goodness and glad tidings when love is the cause of our perseverance and courage here on earth.
Why is it so hard to love? As I based it to my experiences, there are times that when you express your love to somebody in a form of concern, appreciation, recognition, and sincerity some will just ignore it and others will criticize you or put you down. Upon reflecting this something popped-up into my mind; when you do your best to be sincere in loving it’s true that you cannot really please everybody. It’s really a great pain on our part that as we exert our effort in loving what we will receive is not peace but piss. So, we become tired and not enthusiastic anymore in loving our neighbors as the same as we love ourselves.
It’s a great ache into our hearts that people do not recognize the love that we bring to them. We cannot but burst into tears when we realize that loving does not grant us merits. Why isn’t so easy to love somebody? Why loving so demanding? Why do we need to sacrifice our expectation for the sake of true love? These are the questions that continuously bothering me whenever I do my very best to love others sincerely.
As I reflect upon this phenomenon called “the severe side of loving”, I cannot but accept the fact that loving is not a dilly-dally occurrence, but a great commitment and responsibility for each and every one of us. The rule of loving states that it doesn’t matter when you feel rejected or in pain in loving, what matter most is before we were being formed in the womb of our mothers God already loved us tenderly and compassionately. But, why rejection and pain is a more dominant feeling than the feeling of being loved by God? Human as we are, we cannot but be affected by the reality called pain and rejection. Sometimes, when pain and rejection strikes our fragility and brokenness inside our hearts it’s really hard to recognize that we are being loved by God.
It’s so pathetic and so sophisticated that God’s love seems too invisible into our lives when we cannot bear the immensity of pain and rejection into our lives anymore. Despite the fact that pain and rejection are something inevitable in loving, is there still consolation beside these two realities? Yes Indeed. In spite of the pangs of pain and rejection, I do still believe that there’s still hope in loving. Without these two realities we cannot recognize and be aware of the significance of loving our neighbors by giving our whole selves to them. Indeed, loving takes a lot of endurance and perseverance. This confirms the fact that engaging ourselves in the realm called loving is not a one-day affair. It’s a lifetime process and struggle that we need really to consider as we journey towards true happiness. From this I realized that I should not stop loving for it is a means to receive the consolation to see the face of God despite the fact that we cannot really love totally and sincerely without pain and rejection.
Just like us, Christ too experienced what it means to love truly amidst pain and rejection. So, we cannot but love…love…love, and this is the only ticket for us to recognize Him as LOVE.
Today, I am in the mode of celebration. It is not only that I am celebrating the victory of Manny Pacquiao who defended once again his boxing title and proved to the world that he is the real king of boxing, but it is because of Jesus which the Gospel for today presents t us His kingship in a different way. What kind of kingship that the Gospel presents to us today? As I reflect upon the Gospel for today, what struck me most is the icon of the Good Shepherd that is tending and protecting his sheep. Why shepherding is the image of kingship for Jesus? For Jesus, kingship is not all about honor, fame, glory, and wealth, but it is all about service with compassion, true charity, and humility. “Whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me,” and this is what true kingship means for Jesus. To be a king means to be the “servant of all”, i.e. the readiness and willingness to serve the needs of the least ones. It is also part of being sensitive to the needs of those who are longing for love and mercy.
The letter of Paul to the Philippians clearly manifested an example on how Jesus showed the word kingship to us: “Jesus did not deem equality to God which something to be grasp at. Rather, He emptied himself and took the form of a slave to be in the likeness of men”. This manifestation comes from the letter of Paul to the Philippians conveyed to us the message that the kingship of Jesus is not something to be compared with the world’s definition about it. Rather, it is a challenge and an invitation for all of us that speaking for greatness in life is not all about power-grabbing, but it is all about humbling and committing ourselves to God’s invitation that all of us must cater the needs of the least ones of our day to day living which also our brothers and sisters in faith. To be a king is not all about power and authority, but it is all about charity and compassion.
Lastly, a king that Jesus portrayed to us is not about siting on a throne but a king who wants to serve the flock of sheep as a shepherd.
It’s never too late when we start all over again. Life is full of probabilities to improve ourselves starting from the basic. There’s nothing wrong when we will going to repeat what we have started before. It’s not about cowardice that we start all over again; it’s about humility and being true to ourselves that sometimes we fall short on our determination to achieve a better and productive life, so we need really to go back from the start.
My experience as a blogger is full of starting all over again. I cannot deny the fact that I am prone with exhaustions and fatigues especially when I am not anymore enthusiastic and consistent in blogging. It’s really hard to start all over again. It’s tiring and demanding. It is also time and energy consuming. But, when I take the risk to go back from the beginning, it refreshed me to do blogging again. To go back from the beginning opened my mind to welcome new insights and ideas which became a motivational factor for my blogs to be more consistent, coherent, sincere, encouraging, and person-oriented. With this experience I found out a lesson which is so very important as a blogger and as a human person; that life cannot be measured by how many achievements and successes that I gained, it’s on how many times that I humble myself in every beginnings that I encounter as I move on.
Deep inside my heart, I cannot but go back to every instance in my life that I consider to start all over again. It’s very humbling indeed to remember that day that really reveals what it means not to give up despite the onslaught of discouragement and distress. It’s really difficult to start all over again, but that’s life. In every downfall we experienced in life we cannot but go back from the basic and to be inspired once again by it in order for us to stand once again from our downfalls and continue to move on. Indeed, life is really full of probabilities if and only if we consider into our lives that it’s really important to go back from the beginning. Every beginning is our first inspiration to move on and I believe this is the key for success.
It really takes one single step in order that we may be able to reach his/her dreams and aspirations in life. To dream and to aspire for something and to make it come true is easy to say than do. As I reflect upon this reality one question popped-up into my mind; why do we never get tired of dreaming, hoping, and aspiring even though sometimes we failed to achieve our dreams in life? In my search for answers this is what I realized; we never get tired of dreaming, hoping, and aspiring for something good because we are adequately considered seekers for happiness and for a better life. We are born seekers. We have also the tendency to long for something that will make us successful and complete. So, we persevere, we work hard, and we do our very best to make our lives. Hence, our life’s journey will never be fruitful and fulfilling unless we take one step at a time.
The path of success and contentment will never become a reality into our lives unless we hold on to the wisdom of a single step. Thus, the old maxim is right in echoing to our consciousness this one of the lesson in life about success; “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Despite the fact that success is sometimes demanding, the wisdom of a single step will always remind us that we should never lose our sight in hoping and chasing our dreams and aspirations in life. Our life will never be the same like before if and only if we take a single step in order for us to move on. Life will always be brighter every day when we always take one step at a time.
Chasing success is a road less travel. Despite this reality one thing that I’ve learned and realized as I reflected upon the wisdom of a single step is not to give up the journey. A single step may be insignificant on the first look, but every single step, if combined, is our assurance to move on in living our dreams that we long for.
Optimism is one of the most essential elements in the life of a person. We cannot attain inner peace and serenity unless we allow ourselves to be swayed by it. But I have just noticed why only few people abide on its effects. Today, it’s obvious that complexities in our world are evident and real. It’s hard to determine nowadays some aspects that will make our lives better and livelier. Who is going to be alright and contended in life if you are bombarded with so many complicating principles, insights, and ideas of the world which declare about the quest for a better life but in the end it does not suffice you to be contended, happy, and at peace with yourself and with your life. Also, the saddest part of being overturned by the complicating principles, insights, and ideas of this world is that you will end up incomplete and pessimistic.
It is really so sad to know that only few people recognize the beauty and significance of optimism in life. Every time that I am reflecting upon this phenomena that is happening today, I cannot but ask myself why is it that the world is so filled with negativities? Why is it hard to move on in life positively when pessimistic mentality does not guarantee it? As I was deeply reflecting upon these questions which bothered my mind, one of my friends tap my shoulder and said, “It’s going to be alright! It’s going to be alright!”
Indeed, even though life today is full of pessimisms, disapprovals, and viciousness there’s still light that will still make our existence evocative cheerfully and positively. Though only few recognize it, it does not expire. It exists continuously and outshines brightly so as to be more convincing for those who are living in darkness. However, it will only be more convincing if and only if we show and express it by means of sharing. Hence, optimism is gift that is meant to be shared to those who long for it. It is also a good reminder for those who are indifferent and unaware of it.
It’s so nice to imagine our world that despite the many pessimistic entities that are revolving around its corners, the search for optimistic and happy life is still evident and co-exist with our realities. Thus, life is full of hope and faith when everybody in this world will just say, “It’s going to be alright! It’s going to be alright!”
At the end of this day two questions bothered my mind as I reflected upon the Gospel for today; am I grateful for the gifts and opportunities given me as a follower of the Lord? Do I use my talents, whatever they are, to live out the commandment of love? As I read upon the Gospel thoroughly the message is so obvious, i.e. we must use wisely and productively the talents or opportunities that the Lord has given and granted to us. But, as I reexamined it and let it speaks unto my consciousness what struck me most is the intensity of its message. The Gospel for today may look ordinary and palpable for me, but when I let it move my heart there’s something new that I discover within it especially when it speaks about perseverance of one’s talent. This is what I learned from the Gospel; it’s not on the quantity of our talents that we may be able to become fruitful, productive, and responsible in life rather, it is on how we persevere in nurturing our talents even if they are just insignificant and eye-catching in front of others for the benefit of our life and of others. In the Gospel, God assures us that whenever we used our talents productively He will surely say these words of consolation and appreciation to us; “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come; share your master’s joy.” It sounds uplifting and encouraging right! So, the invitation of the Gospel for me today is not to give up persevering, showing, and giving the talents that I have for the betterment of my life and other’s life. With this, it’s confirmable that when you give your whole self to others and nourish it productively it ripples joy.
Going back to the two questions that bothered my mind as I reflected upon the Gospel, I could say that I am doing my best to be grateful with the talents that I have even though it’s just only few and to live out the commandment of love through my talents. I admit that there are also times that I fall short in this invitation of the Lord because of selfishness and self-interest. But though there are these things that keep on hindering and disturbing my attention with the Lord’s invitation, I really still persevere though others may find it silly. Just like I am doing right now; I blog because I would like to help, guide, inspire, and motivate people through my life and faith stories. At first, I found blogging a boring stuff because I am not really gaining something and writing is not my passion. But suddenly I realized that I have the talent in writing and God granted this gift to me so that I may be able to move the hearts of the people who long for Him and I may be able also to enlighten their minds that He is Love. Realizing these things made me more encouraged to continue persevering in this talent and opportunity that God has given to me. To be consistent with this kind of job is not so easy because it takes time, effort, and serious reflections. But, it’s a worthwhile job because in my simple stories and reflections that I’ve shared I am proud to say that I already inspired and moved hearts and this what the Gospel for today is all about-disseminating the goodness of the Lord through our talents even if it’s minute and average in the eyes of the world; it’s already valuable and noteworthy in the eyes of God if and only if it’s persevered.
Days have passed and I am still in difficulty to produce something catchy, inspiring, and entertaining for my blog. So, I feel so bored today as I really try to be consistent in updating my blog. As I really felt down and tardy today, I fall down on my knees and pray in front of the crucifix. This is what I prayed to the Lord:
Lord, I would like to write something on my blog, but I don’t know what I should write. It seems I am not inspired and my mind does not produce insightful thoughts that are intended for inspiring my readers and praising you. I asked myself; Is this a manifestation that words are insufficient to describe how immense is Your love for me and for those who long for it? Truly enough, words are insufficient for me to describe and to feel the intensity of Your love. Truly enough, words fly but Your love remains the same.
Lord, I have a dream, i.e. to inspire and motivate people through my insights, writings, and speeches. But, I admit, I am incapable on these things. My insights are not appealing to the people because it sounds ordinary and intriguing especially when it pertains to my identity and personality. I am not a good writer, because my mind and my hands are too clumsy. I am not a good speaker because I have a stage-fright and I am not also appealing to the audience. Lord, even though I don’t have the guts and I am incapable to motivate and inspire people through my insights, writings, and speeches; please help me to attain those aspirations of mine. Lord, I see myself as a motivational speaker and writer someday, but fear hinders me to chase and to fulfill these dreams. Lord, take me out from this fear and boredom, so that I may attain these longings of my heart. May you also enlighten my heart and mind, so that through the gifts that I am longing, I may be able to love you all the more and all of my being. Lord, if it’s your will, THY WILL BE DONE. Amen.
Sounds sloppy right! Actually, for me it sounds romantic because this is how I love the Lord; i.e. being sincere and honest about what I feel, what’s on my mind, and what’s happening to me in front of Him.
Time runs so fast. Everything moves and changes so swiftly. Yesterday I was just a boy playing with my favorite toy; now I am a man facing with so many concerns, hopes, aspirations, dreams, and obligations in life. Life is really progressing. People come and go. Days, months, and years are fading so fast. Everything has changed, and still continuously changing.
There are really massive differences as I compare my past, my present, and the future that I will be facing before my naked eyes. It’s grievous into our lives to waste every life’s opportunity that we encounter despite the hastiness of time. Wasting a single opportunity in life is already equivalent to remorse. We really cannot bring back opportunities as well as time, because they not last forever. Why do I say this?
Actually, as I am reflecting upon the quickness of time, I cannot but ask myself; why it’s hard to defeat time when you need to return every opportunity that you encountered and wasted in life? The only thing that popped-up into my mind as I contemplate in this question is this; everything in life passes by so fast.
We cannot really control Time. We cannot turn back the opportunities that we wasted in life. The only thing that we could do is to accept, be humble, and start all over again. Hence, it’s very important to cherish every opportunity that we encounter in life. From this, I realized, living a life in the fullest cannot be attained without opportunities, and opportunities cannot be fathom without Time. Time may always be rapidly active every day. The important thing that we should take into consideration is this; when time counts, every opportunities counts. Wasted opportunities will never be forever repeated as the same as what we encounter. Every opportunities are like gold just like what time is, so let us not waste it.
I have spent many years already in blogging but until now I am not gaining something. I envy those who truly succeed in their blogging career simply because they have the means to be more consistent and competitive in this activity. Actually, my wish is that my blog site will be independent in WordPress and make it as my own website in order to gain something for my write-ups which I really thought, reflected, and wrote painstakingly. Upon looking forward and hoping for my impossible dream in blogging industry, I realized something which opened my eyes and broke my heart into tears of joy and contentment.
As I went through customizing my blog stuffs and reading my old write-ups, I cannot but be distracted by the “likes”. To be honest, I have just few “likes” and “few comments” in some of my write-ups, but these little things made me realized that even though I am not gaining something in “wasting” my time for blogging, I have inspired people in my story. Though they are only few, I considered it as the greatest consolation that I received in my life. From this inspiration, I believe that blogging is not all about business and a profit-gaining activity, but it’s all about leading, guiding, motivating, and inspiring people to move on into their lives who are being succumbed by the vicious cycle of monotonies and complexities of this generation. Although I have still this longing to be at least gain something in blogging, to inspire someone and be appreciated by the blogs that you did is already enough for me to be proud of my efforts and my great attentiveness in blogging.
Indeed, to lead, to guide, to motivate, and to inspire people with my stories is the greatest achievement that I have ever experienced in my life as a blogger. Whenever my write-ups are being appreciated and acknowledged, I cannot but humble myself. With this, I realized that there are things in life which are greater than the value of gaining a profit in blogging. Although I admit that there’s still a longing inside my heart to gain something on the efforts that I am exerting in blogging, I am still happy and contented that even though I am not gaining a cost in blogging, what counts is that I lead, guide, motivate, and inspire people; and it’s priceless.