Are you Tired of the Morning Rush?

As I take the same route going to work everyday, I realize how mundane life can get.

People rush in the morning so they can reach their offices on time. Eight hours later, they go home, rushing still, eager to rest their tired bodies from a day’s work.

Sometimes I wonder how life would look like if we are doing random things instead of working.

What if instead of gaining, our focus is nailed on giving away?

What if instead of rushing, we take our time and feel every beat of our heart?

What if instead of taking the same route everyday, we wander and explore.. and share our whole being to the person we meet? We don’t search the internet to go to a place but instead we interact, ask questions, and connect face-to-face until we get to our destination.

What if this world knows no rush and we stand witness to the rising and setting of the sun every single day?

What if this world is different, much different from what we woke up to this morning?

To be honest, I don’t think any change that happens around us will make much difference. The world may look good the way we envision it to be..

But how about instead of hoping for a new world, we change how we think about the things we see?

In the midst of a morning rush, people strive to make a living. Some sell stuff on the streets and others find themselves waking up along the road, no roof under their heads. They make a living out of nothing. They wait for people to pass by so their stomachs can be fed. For them, the morning rush is a chance to survive.

As the sun sets, people go home to rest. But some are struggling to sleep, their stomachs aching, filled with air, and their mind wandering. We complain about a day of work, while they don’t even have enough energy to complain about their lives.

Is life mundane, after all?

Perhaps, if we keep on living inside our world.

There is so much to see. There is so much to thank for. There is so much to do.

There is more than just you.

It’s time to step outside our tiny little speck of a space and truly, madly, deeply live.

The world is vast. And the best thing about it? It will soon forget about us. So might as well live one heck of a life for others.

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Who doesn’t know failure?

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. 1 John 5:4

Failures comes in many sizes. There are failures we faced that almost took away everything from us: our reputation, our confidence, our self-worth, and perhaps even the people who mattered in our lives.

And then there are defeats that continue to haunt us and pin us down until today.

Insecurities, pains of the past, every day frustrations, unmet expectations. Dreams that do not materialize, prayers left unanswered that lead us to many questions.

We feel defeated for many reasons. We deal with failures more than once in this life. There is no way to prevent them, I must say.

But one thing that was promised to us is that these failures, no matter how real and pentetrating they are in our lives, have been overcome.

So what does overcome exactly mean if we are still going through it?

Defeats have no power over us.

Ever since we put our faith in Jesus the Son of God, the pangs of failure – and even death itself, have been removed.

Thus we can face our every day trials and failures with HOPE. Because we know that these troubles are but temporary and the eternal life promised to us when we believed in Christ far outweighs them all.

We are already conquerors, because the God we believe in has overcome the world.

I was a victim of bullying when I was in highschool. I exeperienced a lot of rejections – both genders, and many hurtful words have been thrown at me. Most of the attacks have something to do with my physical traits. I wasn’t beautiful in their eyes and they wanted to insist that to me.

Every now and then, the shadow of these bullies creep in. It is hard for me to trust people at times. I feel that people always judge based on looks.

I may not have totally moved on from these insecurities.. but one thing I know, these attacks will not stop me from living a life for God.

I am willing to be brave knowing that God has won the fight for me.

Yes, we still feel the pain, the trials, the failures.

But the good news is, there’s more to this world. There is more for us when we put our confidence in Christ.

Failures don’t have power over us.

Hello, I am So Glad YOU Exist

This post is for you.

You who are in pain.

You who are faking a smile so just others would know you’re okay.

You who are actually okay, but feels otherwise.

You who cannot describe in words what you’re going through.

You who wants to keep your doors closed, afraid of letting others in.

You who are afraid (and tired) of being misunderstood.

You who thinks nobody is listening.

You who thinks nobody cares.

You who are thinking of quitting life.

Yes, this is for you.

You who are precious.

You who are strong.

You who can be nobody else but you.

You who has been destined to live.

You who are given a chance.

A day.

A moment.

A breath.

To live.

You who are loved by your Creator.

You who got me. Who got others at your back.

Who got a Savior by your side.

You are not alone.

You are worthy.

You matter.

And you know why you matter?

Because you exist.

And that, alone, is worth fighting for.

YOU are worth keeping YOU.

Don’t Let Fatigue Get in the Way of Worship

Contrary to popular belief, Christians do have limitations.

They commit mistakes.

They don’t always say nice words.

They get mad.

They reach their tipping point.

They sometimes want to be away from people.

They also forget to pray, often caused by one reason..

They get tired.

I get tired, too. Often. Whenever I face a hectic week filled with many activities, I panic. Or worse, I freeze.

In the middle of a moutainous to-do list, I drown. And the only thing that could save me, I’ve always thought, was sleep plus a week or two of just lying down, doing nothing.

Sadly, even praying or devoting time to read and meditate on God’s Word is overlooked.

This is when fatigue gets in the way of my worship.

My lack of energy superceded a heart that should be longing for God’s rest and arms instead of a comfy bed.

“I am tired, but I know I can overcome and gain strength by simply getting away from it all.”

All I need is a vacation.

Maybe I should just quit altogether.

Fatigue also tends to take our focus away from eternal things. Our attention gets glued to our present dilemma and the short-term solution that the world offers.

How often do we forget that our strength and hope comes from the Lord?

How often do we miss giving praises to Him in the midst of our worries and wearies?

How often does fatigue get in the way and make us forget about God and His promises?

“But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed.” Isaiah 40:31

If we know where to turn when our wrld gets crazy busy, we will find the rest we need. Not a temporary kind of rest, but one that fills us up with gratitude and hope.

One that fuels us to worship.

“They will rise on wings like eagles, they will run and not get weary, they will walk and not grow weak.”

I guess it’s OK to get tired, to feel fatigue, even.

But the crucial part of life, always, is how we respond to what’s in our plate.

Will we panic?

Will we shut the world out?

Will we drop everything and run away?

Or, will we say yes to God’s invitation? He said we can trust Him for help. He also said we will find our strength renewed in Him.

He promised that we will rise above our burdens like an eagle. He promised that we can continue walking and running and not grow weak.

What a beatiful promise, don’t you think?

Our frail bodies will get tired–yes, but God will make our core strong.

Strong enough to keep us alive for worship.

The boat, the storm, and the other side

“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side..” Mark 4:35

This scene is followed by the disciples, getting on a boat with Jesus. Here is where Jesus fell asleep inside a boat in the middle of a storm. He wakes up and calms it after one of his disciples panicked in fear. The storm came to pass and they were able to reach Gadarenes, the country refered to as the other side.

How often do we find ourselves on these places?

First, the boat.

Then in the middle of the sea.

And finally, on the other side.

I say, we’re all in these places every day. It’s a never ending cycle between here and there, today and tomorrow. We ride in the boat with all sorts of emotions. Fear, excitement, happiness. Until we are surrounded with waters, our little corner in this big world we live in.

The movement and direction of, and the people we are in the boat differ in many ways. But we have a constant companion, all of us. He’s there, with us, watching us and journeying with our fragile selves until we reach the other side. Yes, he is not simply on the other side waiting for us. He is in the boat with us. In the same place we are.

And so he knows all the emotions we feel whether a storm hits us or the waters are peaceful: Anxious. Hopeful. Impatient. Grateful. He knows who we are and what we will be in the journey. And despite the roughness of the waters or our faltering faith, he continues to bring us through whatever we face to the other side.

The disciples landed on the other side just as he said. He willed and he made it possible.

Where are you right now?

In the boat, on the sea, or on the other side?

Wherever you find yourself in, you have an ever-present companion in Jesus. And the good news is that he has no plans of leaving you–not even when you panic in the midst of a crazy life.