Monday, July 14, 2014

Dream Chasing

All our life, we grow up believing that where we are is pretty much where we should stay.

Preschool to gradeschool
Gradeschool to highschool
HIghschool to college
Family to workplace
Workplace to death…

Even with the family we grow up with; we really don’t have a choice but to stick around and deal with what we have. But just because that’s how things have been all our life, I do not think that's how things ought to be all the time. I refuse to believe that this holds true to EVERY single part of our life. I’m beginning to believe that there’s so much more to life than one single direction.

My prayer for the next half of the year is that I will continue to break free from the stereotypes and idealistic notions. I dare ask God for new things and see things from a different perspective, and I hope you do too. BREAK FREE and DREAM BIG. Ask God for new things. As He allows the sun to set in on each new day and as He gives dying plants the chance to renew its growth, so I believe that He can do the same in my life. I believe that that’s His heart, that’s who He is: He is a God of new things.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Weight

Fear
Anxiety
Defeated thoughts
Insecurity
Jealousy
Anger

... (list goes on.)

Perhaps, if we lessen its importance, the lesser power it has over us. The time we spend to nurse our issues, dwell on negativity, or talk about them, all accumulate to an abundance of value or weight we give to it. Perhaps, they won’t be an issue if we don’t give too much importance to them.


What is important to you? Your happiness or the negativity?

Philippians 4:8. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Others and Praise-Centered

I was carrying a heavy bag of groceries at my right side, two paper bags on each hand, and my purse at my left. Upon heading to the street I live on, I saw a mother with two kids begging for food. I was quickened to give what I had, but I made excuses thinking, "It's too crowded here. My things are heavy. I want to keep going." 

Then came that rebuke, "Ginj, c'mon, you are struggling to carry your stuff... RICH PROBLEMS! But here is a family struggling to stay alive. Turn back. 'It is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.' You said you wanted this month to be all about praise and others. Go back." Simultaneously, these thoughts sped through my mind. So I walked back and grabbed something for them to eat. When I handed them food, I wanted to cry. Thinking about Leyte and other Yolanda stricken parts, I was humbled and rebuked.  It is indeed more blessed to give than to receive. 

Before this month started, I thought about how I would like my year to end. I thought to make it OTHERS AND PRAISE-CENTERED. I have 26 more days to go and I hope that everyday, I will be a blessing!

2 Corinthians 8:5,7 "And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves FIRST to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will. But just as you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us - see that you also excel in this grace of giving."

Bless someone today!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

This Profession

So yesterday, while eating lunch with my advisory class, I zoned out for a minute or two thinking about how this profession has made me kind of apathetic to certain things and absolutely keen to almost every move. My heightened senses seem to hear everything and feel everything all at the same time: kids rushing to me - using me as their "Force Field" or "Shield", me feeling bumps at my sides, kids whining "Teacher, teacher", kids asking me which color is better, me asking why one is not eating, and me monitoring someone who has not finished her worksheet. (What an amazing multi-tasker I have become!) Then there are times when I choose to appear rather apathetic towards certain incidences that I know are opportunities for the kids to learn and grow from. A kid looking at me with puppy eyes because he didn't do his homework and bring his materials can't be a time to respond with a, "Aww, you little cutie, come. Teacher is here."  

As I think about my day-to-day encounters, I praise God for bringing me to a place where I can push myself to be better. Being constantly aware of the need to be selfless drives me to depend on God's grace because I know, without Him,  I would always think about my comfort. Of course, there are times when I simply want to just sit down and not mind those who need help. But when I think about this calling, my conviction, and how God is putting this opportunity in front of me for me to be better,  I want to heed to the still small voice saying, "Just do it."  And by that, I remember this verse, James 4:17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. (NLT) We ask, "Lord, make me patient. Change me." But are we doing something about what's already in front of us? That's the thing. 


So whether a kid reports a wound thats smaller than a grain of rice and asks for bandaid, or when 6 students are asking questions all at the same time, or when I'd have to repeatedly say, "Out of your nose! Out of your nose!" while holding a semi-glaring look, I smile, extend myself, and say, "Lord, thank you because you are changing me!"