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What’s up with more names?

The thing about the 1 Chronicles is that it starts off with a very long list of people. Now, last time I wrote about genealogies here and why they aren’t just a list of names. And just when I thought the list of names is over, tonight I read about the descendants (not of the sun but) of David and Judah.

Now, after knowing who came from who, I am bombarded with the sons of people, and their sons, and their sons. But why did it have to be written in a different manner? Why didn’t it just continue the way the first 2 chapters were written? I thought deeply and came up with this assumption. God values your descendants. And I am not just talking about your biological descendants, but also the people who follow you, the people who grew under your care, the people you trained perhaps, or the people you mentor. In the same way that our God values our descendants, we should also value them. Here are three reasons why:

  1. Your descendants will inherit what you have. We all won’t live forever, sooner or later we are going to bite the dust and leave this earth. The people living after you are now left with what you leave them with. For example, imagine a father writing his last will and is partitioning everything he has to all his children. Now in the same way, we are not going to be in season forever. Sometimes, situation causes you to leave. The question is have we taught them enough to steward what we leave them with? Will they waste away a generation of victories? Or will they build on it even more? It is important that we teach them the right values so that when it is their turn they would know how steward the things they inherit from us.
  2. Your descendants will be the ones leading the future. They say that the future leaders can be found in the next generation, which is true. So it is important that we see our descendants as the future. So it is important that we look at what we teach them, and how we teach it to them. What they learn now becomes knowledge that they will use to decide in the future. If we expect them to make good decisions, then we must teach them good things and no source of good things can ever beat the Bible. That is why it is important to teach them how to read, meditate, and seek God in the Word.
  3. Your descendants will continue what you started. Chances are we aren’t going to finish what we started, especially when that which we have started is something huge. So, it is up to our descendants to continue on. For them to continue what you started, it is important that you pass on to them the reason you are doing it. We need to pass on what we see in the future that drives us to do what we do. It is important that we pass on to the next generation our vision. If we don’t then the next people in line, might a.) not continue what you are doing, b.) do it, but do it totally differently or c.) do the opposite because they do not like what you did.

When Jesus went up to heaven, He left us with everything we need to do what we need to do. He taught us what we need to know so that we can do. And He left us with vision so big that it transcends one lifetime. In the same way, let us make sure that our descendants, the people that will live after us, will be left with values to guide them, taught with wisdom and knowledge to direct and help them lead, and a vision that will drive them to continue what should be continued.

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What’s up with names?

So this morning I was reading my Bible, 1 Chronicles to be exact. And if there is something that I am not a fan of, it would be reading genealogies of people, like who came from who? Whose son this person is? I mean, what’s up with names, God? They are just people, most of which aren’t even given enough air time to be given a short background. So I asked myself, why would God include those genealogies there?

I read the passages again and noticed one recurring word, “father”. This person fathered this person, and he fathered this person. He is the father of this person. In just 2 chapters the word “father” appeared 49 times. Clearly, genealogies aren’t just information of who came from who. There are some things that we can get from meditating on them. Here are two things that I learned.

First. The genealogies points back to God. If we trace back the lineage of the last person mentioned in the genealogies, it will point back to Adam. All of the people there no matter what lineage he came from, it will definitely point back to the first man God created. Adam, being created by God, was fathered by God. Now, if you pause and think about your lineage, what would it look like? You’d probably say, I’m from this kind of family, with this tradition and this kind of background. But let me tell you, no matter what family you came from, ultimately, you are a part of God’s family.

Second. In the genealogy I read, there were some prominent people and  some people who became the origin of big civilizations and nations. But a lot of them are people that I don’t know, or probably have read of but forgot. But why are they in the list if they aren’t that important? I think it’s because no matter who your father was, what he looked like and what his traits are and how he is as a person, it won’t change the fact that you have God as your Father in heaven.

Some of us might have had not a great earthly father so you are having a hard time appreciating that truth. You might have had a father who abusive. You might have had a father who wasn’t there for you in your special moments, whether that’s big or small, like your graduation, your quiz bee competition, your basketball games, your first heartbreak and all of those things. Or maybe, you didn’t have a father growing up. Let me tell you this, no matter who your who your father is, what kind  of family you are from, one thing remains. One thing never changes. God is your father in heaven. And as a father, He will take care of you, He will love you, He will provide, He will discipline you, He will comfort you, He will encourage you, He will do all the things that maybe your earthly father wasn’t able to do.

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PowerPoint

Last night, I went jogging with one of my friends. We talked about a lot of things while we jogged. And one particular topic that got I really liked is when we talked about how all things that we can see can be an illustration that can point us back to God. We played a little game of using the things we saw on the road as an illustration.

One of my friends once said that nature and all of creation screams God’s existence, referring to Romans 1:20,

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

-Romans 1:20

Even Jesus knew this well that even if he had no Powerpoint or Keynote or any presentation software, he was so vivid in his illustrations and parables, like the parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:8-10), the coin (Mark 12:17, Matthew 22:21), and a bunch more. Why? Because he had the power to point. He knew that everything was made through Him and for Him.

All things were created through Jesus, and for Jesus. If you’ve got some time, you can try doing what my friend and I did. Walk at a park, a mall, go to the beach, camp out during the night, and look around you. Have in mind that all things were created for Jesus, and you’ll see that it’s true.

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I Won’t Give Up

Ever failed something so terribly that it hurts? I have experienced a lot of this, big and small. Failing quizzes, being friendzoned without any hope of overcoming the friendzone fence (’cause she set a humungous wall). I even had a lot mistakes when I was working for our family business that caused something that we still have to fix even until now.

Whether it be relationships (from getting busted to being left at the altar), or finances (from losing your wallet, or maxing out your card), or school/career (from failing an exam to losing a major business client), we all have had experiences of failure. Most of the time it gets to us. And it affects how we act and think.

People have different ways of coping with failure. Some sulk and get depressed, taking blame but never doing anything about it. They consider failing the end, that there is nothing left for them. Some people blame outside factors. Like situations, blaming that they weren’t able to this and that because of this event or because of the rain or the MRT crash. Or people, saying that it wasn’t really my fault but someone else’s fault. They try to convince themselves that they had nothing to do with what happened so that they would feel better about themselves.

While the first responses might be the easier routes, I think the proper way to respond to failure is to accept it, learn from it and move on. I like how one verse in the Bible that I read put it,

For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again
Proverbs 24:16

Though we might fail and suffer a number of times, we can stand up and learn from our mistakes and move on. You failed an exam? It will be alright. It’s not the end of the world. Do better next time, and study again.

You got busted? Maybe it wasn’t the time for you or for her. Maybe you weren’t for each other. Cry yourself to sleep for a night. Call your friends and hang out with them. Move on.

You did not reach you sales quota? Learn from what you were doing before, improve your habits, work hard. Move on.

I know it is easier said than done, but if there is one encouragement that I can give us it’s this,

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…”
2 Corinthians 12:9

Yes, it is difficult. That’s why it is a good thing that we can rely on God’s grace which is sufficient, and that is made perfect especially in our times of weakness.

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Support the Carry, Carry the Support

One of the most loved games today is DOTA 2. It is under the genre “Action Real Time Strategy”. This game is very exciting, and personally I love playing this game. What I like about the game is that not only does it require strategy and teamwork but it also evolves as players develop new strategy and discover new techniques to abuse the strength of a character and exploit the weakness of enemies. You can literally say that every new game of DOTA is a new experience.

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But, while I was pondering about the complexities of this game, I realized 4 things about teamwork that we can apply it in life.

  1. Do only what only you can do. In DOTA, there are roles that a player can fill in. The most common roles that you’ll hear is a carry, a support, a ganker, and a disable. (I won’t go into the specific things that these roles do.) Now, to win a DOTA match, you need to have a good cohesive team. That entails a holistic composition of a team. Also, people should be faithful to their roles. Support characters support the team, and Carry Characters make sure that they can deal tons of damage to ensure that they can carry the team to victory.

    In the same way, in a team you should know your core competency. You should know what you are good at and be good at it (or at least try to be the best that you can). You should be faithful to your role, meaning you don’t do the things that you shouldn’t be doing.

  2. Communicate. In DOTA, communication is the key. Report what is happening in your lanes (lanes are where you fight). You communicate at the beginning of a clash to make sure the timing is perfect and everyone is in their proper position.

    In a team, we should always communicate (and over-communicate). Yes, we do jobs specific to us but we also need to communicate what is happening in your area of responsibility. At a certain level, hold your teammates accountable, as you are accountable to them.

  3. Learn to adapt. Items are also equally important in DOTA. Since there is a vast array of characters and skills that are unique to each, item builds become important to counteract the opposing team. This makes the game a new experience per match. There is no single way of winning, so you need to learn to adapt based on what is happening in the match.

    And just like a DOTA match, we need to learn to adapt. We can’t rely on the things that brought us to where we are. We need to constantly improve, constantly learn and constantly ask for the leading of God.

  4. Focus on the objective. The real objective of DOTA is not to rack up the most kills or make the most gold. The real objective of DOTA is to destroy the base of the opponent. Everything that players do, earn Gold, build items, pawn other players, is for that very purpose. And sometimes, the accolades of having the most kills can distract someone from doing what is necessary that costs them the match.

    In the same way, sometimes we can be distracted with a lot of things. To focus on being recognized more than your teammates. To focus on getting more than what your teammates can get. And that is a very toxic environment to be in. We have to make sure that everything that we do should bring us one step closer to the objective. It’s more of the team winning, and not personal gain.

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Super Glue

One of the most heavy movie lines I know is from the movie One More Chance. It is during the scene where Chinno (played by Janus Del Prado) got hospitalized after trying to commit suicide by drinking a bottle of shampoo because his fiance left him. Enter Popoy Gonzales (played by John Lloyd Cruz), Chinno’s friend, consoling his brokenhearted friend saying,

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“O, Eh diba’t ikaw pa ang nagsabi sa akin, na baka kaya tayo iniiwan ng mga taong mahal natin kasi baka merong bagong darating na mas okay, na mas mamahalin tayo. Yung taong hindi tayo sasaktan at paaasahin, yung nag-iisang tao na magtatama ng mali sa buhay natin, ng lahat ng mali sa buhay mo.”

(Weren’t you the one who told me that maybe the reason people we love leave us is someone better will come to us. Someone who will love us more. Someone who will not hurt us or give us false hope. The one person who can right the wrongs in our lives. The person who will right the all the wrongs in your life.)

Saying goodbye is never easy. Whether that’s a break up between lovers or a friend moving far away, there is always that feeling of loss, a feeling of pain. But I guess that’s what makes the relationship real, the pain. It just means that the person was stuck closely to your heart.

Imagine that you are fixing a broken toy and you put it back together with super glue, and accidentally you stick a piece of the toy your hand. When you try pull it away, it hurts. And the more the object is stuck to you, the more painful it will get as you remove it. But you can’t be stuck forever, you have to pull it off your hand to fix the toy, and for you to function well.

I guess in some way, parting ways is like that. If you’ve been attached to a person, saying goodbye will hurt. And the more the person is a part of your life, the more painful it will get. But you need it both to grow and mature.

While it might hurt, I think (I believe) it is necessary. I like how my friend said it. If God allowed it to happen, then it is for the best. Which is true. God’s will is always good, pleasing and perfect. Maybe not on our standards but that doesn’t change anything. We may not understand it but it’s okay, because God’s ways are higher than ours, and His thoughts is higher than our thoughts. It’s going to be okay because God is loving and His love endures forever. And everything will work out for the good of those who loves God, to those called according to His purpose. We just have to trust that God knows everything and He has a purpose for all things.

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Ohana

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Ohana means “family” and family means nobody get left behind or forgotten. This is a line from one of the best Disney animated films that I have watched, “Lilo and Stitch.” If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I recommend that you go look for a copy, buy it and watch it.

But do you know that the idea of that line has already existed since before? And you can find that in the Bible! Yes! The Bible! 

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.

-Acts 16:31

God values your family too! When He saves someone, it is His heart and desire to save that person’s family too. He doesn’t want anyone to get left behind and forgotten. Jesus died not just for you, He also died for your family. 

And that is why we value families too. As a church, we put a high premium on families. All people grow up in families, whether with the biological or foster family. The families are one of the major influences in a person’s life. And so, I am forever thankful to my parents not only because they feed me, clothe me and shelter me, but also because they taught me and formed me. How to be someone who respects people, how to be someone who (as much as possible) doesn’t arrive late, how to be someone who cares. Now, imagine if all families know God and raises their children based on the Word of God. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing? I think there’d be less heartbroken teenage girls and less rebellious teenage boys, and more people would grow up God-fearing and God-honoring.

So, if some of your family members do not have a relationship with Jesus yet, let me tell you that God will use you to be the doorway to your family. In my case, only me and my brother are Christians in our family, but we are not giving up on our parents. As much as possible we try to serve them, spend time with them, and put a high priority on them because the little things that we do will have an eternal impact on our families lives. 

If you are reading this entry let me exhort you to put family first. As our founding pastor, Pastor Steve Murrell said, “Never sacrifice your family on the altar of success”. Why? Because our family is valuable to God.

Again, if your family does not know Jesus yet, we are a spiritual family and families pray together. You can gather your Victory Group and pray for your families. I’m sure they’d gladly pray for you and your family. 


 

For more blogs about family:

  1. I want to be a Kardashian by Jek Valle
  2. I am Number 5 by Perci Paras
  3. Who Respects You Most by Joseph Bonifacio
  4. It Was My Parents’ Fault by Val Baguios III
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