Sunday, June 28, 2009

Feeling Overwhelmed?

When I feel overwhelmed or frustrated, I refer to the "YOU SAY, GOD SAYS BIBLE VERSES" poster:

You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible
(Luke 18:27)

You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: I will give you rest

You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you
(John 3:16 & John 3:34)

You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient
(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things
(Philippians 4:13)

You say: "I'm not able"
God says: I am able
(II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: "It's not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it
(Roman 8:2)

You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I Forgive you
(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs
(Philippians 4:19)

You say: "I'm afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear
(II Timothy 1:7)

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME
(I Peter 5:7)

You say: "I don't have enough faith"
God says: I've given everyone a measure of faith
(Romans 12:3)

You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom
(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you
(Hebrews 13:5)

Believe God is there just for you...

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Wisdom from Miss America

In the light of the recent demise of Michael Jackson, I am reminded of what Tara Dawn Christensen, Miss America 1997, wrote sometime ago:

"Let me save you some time -- you can't have assurance in the world; you can't find it in riches or success; it's not found in an address like Hollywood, Broadway, Wall Street, or Washington DC. The road to success and personal happiness is littered with those who have tried that route and failed. Just examine the lives of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, or Nirvana's lead singer, Curt Cobain. Personal happiness is attainable only when you turn your life over to the One who loves you the most -- Jesus Christ." [Emphasis added.]

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Loving Your Enemy

Most of the time, Ramon Tulfo tackles graft and corruption. In the Philippine Daily Inquirer today, he devoted a big chunk of his column to loving your enemy. Very good stuff: biblical and practical.

On forgiving your enemies
By Ramon Tulfo


THE front page article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer Sunday about the pain and anguish of a father, Jose Fernando Alcantara, over the death of his son was very moving.

As a father myself, I understand how Alcantara feels about losing his son, Amiel, in an accident on the Ateneo de Manila campus.

I fully understand his pain, his anguish even a year after the accident.

Losing a loved one suddenly and unexpectedly is painful beyond words. No emotion matches it.

It’s also understandable that he would want to exact revenge on Ma. Theresa Torres for his son’s death by sending her to jail.

Torres drove the van that ran over Amiel.

A single mother, Torres drove a school van to augment her income as an artist.

Nothing Alcantara can do, including seeing a single mother in jail, can ever bring back Amiel.

Sending Torres to jail and depriving her child of a mother is unchristian.

For an ex-seminarian, Alcantara is acting like an atheist, a person who is Godless.

Alcantara’s thought of revenge on Torres would have been understandable had she deliberately killed Amiel.

I would probably have had a hard time myself deciding not to take revenge if I lost a loved one to a murderer since I distrust our judicial system.

But the poor woman, whom I don’t know from Eve, never wanted to take Amiel’s life.

In fact, from the news accounts about her, she’s suffering the pain of unintentionally killing a boy who could have been her son.

If Alcantara would just pause and ponder for a moment why his son died, he would conclude that it was Amiel’s time to go back to where we all came from, the bosom of The Source.

It just so happened Torres became the vehicle for Amiel to go to the Other Side.

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Alcantara should learn to forgive the woman who killed his son unintentionally.

I know it’s hard for one to forgive people who have done him harm.

I used to be a person who always thought of getting back at people who wronged me. But that was then.

Since I changed my attitude from holding a grudge to forgiving my enemies, I have noticed little things about me.

I now sleep soundly, my blood pressure has dropped, I don’t easily catch a cold, my peptic ulcer is gone, I now drink moderately, and I’ve lost weight from eating moderately.

In short, I’ve become healthier now than I was when I held a grudge against my enemies.

As self-improvement guru George Sison said of a sickness: “The question is not what ails you, but who ails you.”

When you forgive your enemy, you’re not doing him a favor, but yourself.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Who is Really Pro-Poor?

Politicians can easily alleviate poverty if they so desire. How? For example, Sen. Manny Villar and Sen. Mar Roxas who both spent a whopping P578.1 million in political ads could have invested the money instead in real anti-poverty projects.

"Monitoring done by a media research company since October last year showed Sen. Manuel Villar to be the biggest spender of them all.

"Villar has spent P321.4 million on TV ads, followed by Senate colleague Mar Roxas, who has used up P256.7 million."

References: "Villar is top ad spender" (Philippine Star, June 10, 2009);
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