was long time ago when my mother and I went to a legal office for a
transaction. Since the transaction was finished, I moved a bit slowly and much
delighted for God allowed me to accomplish it. However, I felt an abrasive
sturdy impact that really stunned me. The pain couldn’t refute that somebody
struck on my right arm. Upon turning back, I saw a man that seemed to be mad at
somebody else. He looked rugged, with tattered clothes and curly messy hair
(running down the aisle on zigzag position) while murmuring words, I couldn’t
understand. He then, mistakably bashed on me I supposed. “And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah:
This is what the Lord Almighty said: “Administer true justice; show mercy and
compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the
foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other” (Zechariah 7:8-10).
After knowing, who caused that painful impact on my right arm I was very much terrified that I dashed away without looking for someone. And then my mother called me up because I did run towards him instead. I became livid with fear that unknowingly, I moved towards his direction. In that scenario, I was a bit furious and inevitably horrified. They are commonly known as “taong grasa” or the vagrant street person. They roam around the streets with no place to stay especially during nighttime. Needless to say, that some of them are insane, neglected by their family and the society as well. They usually stayed on the corner asking for petite alms, ignoring the unbeatable soot from the vehicles pass by them. Behind those immense feelings of shock and fury for a while, I forgave him for what he did. I believe he knows not what he has done to me. Maybe he was just carried away by his intense emotion. “Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life” (Proverbs 22:22-23).
After that awful scene, I asked God to make that event, as an isolated case that I wouldn’t feel, some irrational fear to a person like him. I believe that their behavior also correspond to the environs they used to hang on. They are most often than not, neglected, unnoticed and marginalized member of the society. They somehow need attention from the world where they belong. “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” (Romans 12:11-13).
We ought to understand them and consider ourselves more fortunate than they are. Compared to them we are more blessed because we could still buy some raiment, eat nutritious food and we have our shelters. We have friends and family who cares for us. However, they can’t even afford to buy a single meal for the day. They were often left- out by the society and being dreaded because of their physical outlook. “It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy” (Proverbs 14:21).
In Matthew 22:39, Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Despite of the sting on my right arm that in fact it turns red; I began to realize the lesson and the message that God wanted me to ponder on. We need to know that being abandoned by those we love and opt to live on streets is more than the pain I felt during that time. That circumstance will serve as a reminder and most of all, a blessing in disguise for me.
Let us however, extend a helping
hand to the poor, ignored members of our society. Let us share the resources
that the God has given us to those in dire need. In this way, God will be happy
that you have responded his call for mercy and generosity. “A generous
person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs
Clouds will vary in terms of type, form and color. The colors of the clouds would depend on the weather condition. When the weather is fair, it appears cottony with a flat base and distinct outlines, and colors range from white to light gray. If there is a persistent rain the color would be dark gray. This is a nimbostratus cloud, featureless layers of clouds, thick enough to block out the sun. “He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills” (Psalm 147:8).
But once again we might be wondering if how
are clouds formed? Let’s go back to the basic scientific process on clouds
formation. Evaporation occurs on the surface of a liquid as it changes into the gas
phase below the temperature at which it boils; in particular, the process by
which liquid water enters the atmosphere as water vapor.Then, Condensation is the process where water
vapor turns to liquid. Condensation generally occurs in the atmosphere when warm air raises
cools and loses its capacity to hold water vapor. As a result, excess water
vapor condenses to form cloud droplets.“The clouds
poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; your arrows flashed on every
side” (Psalm 77:17).
One evening, I have a vision coming from
the spirit of God. It is all about the “clouds of life”. Our lives can be
compared to the clouds in the sky. As we can imagine the clouds looks frail and
weak. However, it performs the greatest role in this world. Because without
these clouds what will happen to the earth we are dwelling in? Definitely, in
the long run we will surely die of starvation.
“Which the skies pour down and drop on mankind abundantly” (Job 36: 28).
The clouds though weak it
has the greatest duty to provide rain for plants and animals survival. The
water is one of the factors for plant growth and development. The plant is the
source of food for both human and animals. Somehow in this life, our spirits
becomes feeble because of trials that we encounter. Thus, drive us to
hopelessness, like the clouds we also play an important role in this life. God
uses our flaws so that we will be useful according to His purpose. Therefore,
my friend, move and be fruitful like the clouds in the sky. “In the light of a king’s face there is life, and his favor
is like the clouds that bring the spring rain” (Proverbs 16:15).
times in our lives that we are very much eager to do great things- after hearing
God’s word from a church pastor or attendance to Christian activities. This
Christian zeal is still fresh that we wanted to apply it to our own life and share
to other people as well. During this moment that we wanted to be virtuous and
do only what is good. “The mouth of the
righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out” (Proverbs
10:31). We strive to flee from temptation and walk in the fullness of life.
Every word that is coming out from our mouth is gentle and full of respect to
others. However, how long would it last?
This Christian zeal is being influenced by the experiences we encounter with God’s children. The spirit of God is on fire within us and we can do great things, if we are able to acknowledge it, before it would last and the devil will snatch it away from our thoughts. “I will set the LORD always before me, because he is my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8). Our hearts during this moment of joy is willing to do wonderful things and smile can always be seen in our faces. Our personal outlook will aglow as well, because the pure joy and real peace is instilled deep within us.
As Christians, we must be zealous in doing the tasks that God entrusted to us. This eagerness may weaken when undergoing trials and circumstances. It is during this moment that we must strengthen our faith to God. It is during this time of testing that God wanted to use us for His glory. Remember Paul, God uses his weakness in order to proclaim the Good News to the Gentiles. “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” (Psalm 34:19). It is on the stage of giving-up that God wanted us to call upon Him in prayer. When our spirit weakens, we will become strong, because God will be the source of our strength.
As someone said, “the Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers.” It is the source of inspiration and teachings. The Bible is the perfect book, which lead us to Jesus. It is considered to be the best-selling among books due to its terrific and awe-inspiring thoughts. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Moreover, the Scripture, has the power to enhance our interests, lightens our path in life and inculcates moral values into our minds. God’s word creates a heart-warming spirit deep within us. The Bible reveals God’s laws and teachings. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). He is speaking directly to us through different scriptural principles. Every section of this book contains the proficient truth and the concrete reality of life. “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:38).
Unfortunately, many of us questioned the originality and even the diversity of this book. However this is not worth questioning for, because the writers of the Bible were inspired by the Holy Spirit. “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does” (Psalm 33:4). Even though many revisions and versions were made and it has been translated into various languages all over the world, it’s amazing to know that the thoughts and contents remain through time. And this is the fact: God united His people through the Holy Bible, though we have so many differences, but through His Word we all become one. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
Indeed, may God’s wisdom dwells deep within us and let it prosper. In this slippery world we stumble every now and then. We should thirst and hunger after Godly wisdom. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Let us be a blessing to others by sharing God’s Word-The Bible.
Prayer is one the most powerful form of communication between God and man. It is free of access and the only password we need is our strong and unbearable faith to Him. Prayer is an expression of our connection to God. A man who losses hope and can’t find a solution to his problem, should ask God’s guidance without a single doubt in his heart and it will be given to him. Our Lord is a generous God, if only we trust on Him completely our requests would be granted on His own perfect timing.
Prayer however is not a monologue. When we pray we must also listen because God wishes to communicate His people through prayer. The secret of prayer is being hungry and thirst for the Living Water – God. The Psalmist says; “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God” (Psalm 42:1). Prayer signifies our closeness and personal relationship to God. How to pray? When to pray? What to pray?
How to pray?
We can pray silently. In every instant, Jesus wanted to listen to our hearts. He wanted us to inform Him of our personal affairs although nothing is hidden from His watchful eyes. All Jesus wanted is that we should be honest and offer to Him every little concern that we have. This is a simple prayer focused on God. And most of all we can pray in words. God knows our every thought, desire and action, but let us also tell Him our needs using our vocal prayers. We can pray joyfully and expressing our closeness and gratitude to God. This is through singing hymns of praise to the King.
Let us not just pray because we wanted something from God however, we can always tell anything we wanted to. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). He is our ultimate friend who is ready to listen to us.
When to Pray?
We should not only pray when we are sad or happy. In prayer, we must be humble and helpless because the Holy Spirit will descend a humble soul.“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Roman 8:26).
We can pray to Him during our emptiness and allowing the spirit of God to pray within us. We can always pray even if we are infuriated, let us ask His guidance to make the situation favorable. Remember, God is our loving and merciful Father. He will listen to every word coming from our lips, but God listen more than words He will also examines our hearts.
What to Pray?
Let us earnestly pray for the marginalized, the sick, the migrant workers, and those who are afflicted and in prison cells. We must also to pray for the heads of the state and church leaders and ministers. Let us deeply pray for peace in our family, community and to our beloved country. And let us pray for grace and holiness in everything that we do, say and think.
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sin for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:1-4).
Therefore, during our prayer time, we shouldn’t always do the talking remember prayer is a loving conversation between God and man. In prayer we must be like a little child telling Him all our needs. Then, thanking and praising God for all the great things He has done to us. And solemnly listen to the Holy Spirit whispering some words of wisdom deep within us. In this way, the real joy and inner peace will be instilled to every heart that seeks comfort, love and forgiveness through our intimate conversation with our Creator. And definitely, God answers every petition in His own way and perfect timing and even doubly grants our requests.
We all wanted to look young and healthy in anyways possible. This should be our goal in life. The following are some tips on how to be a healthier and a younger you:
1. Have a daily contact with God through prayer.
Prayer is an open line to heaven. It is free of charge; the only thing we need is our strong faith. We need to have some time for reflection. A daily contact with God through an earnest prayer eases our burdens in life. We can ask anything in prayer and meditation and this is the assurance that every prayer will be answered in God’s own way and proper timing: “I tell you, you can pray for anything and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours” (Mark 11:24). A prayerful life creates in us a joyful spirit beyond compare.
2. Know your purpose in life
Knowing our purpose is like finding a treasure in a barren land. We are all honed perfectly for a mission. “As we seek His will He will work out His plan through us” (Philippians 2:13). It is not the goal we wanted to reach it is rather, God’s divine will for each one of us. Knowing our purpose will make our life complete and worth living for. Make sure my friend that you do not fail to discover God’s plan for you.
3. Always think positive
Be an optimist. Always believe that something wonderful will happen in your life. A positive thinker is not easily stressed in whatever situations and circumstances in life. Wear a smile wherever you are and avoid disgusting feelings. The way we think affects our emotional and physical well-being. Be joyful and appreciate the things around you including your talents and abilities. Joyce Meyer said, “Positive, thankful thoughts don’t happen by accident; you can choose to practice them. And remember, practice makes perfect.”
4. Find ways to help the poor and needy
Let us not wait for another Christmas to be generous. Let us try to do it every day in our own little way. “No one has ever become poor by giving,” Anne Frank quipped. We can share our time, talents and resources to others unrestrictedly. We can be generous not only with money but also in kind like joining some charitable institutions as volunteers. Spending our time with others is our greatest investment for eternity. There is no limit in helping the poor and needy in this world.
5. Eat nutritious food and healthy drinks
Healthy food is the best remedy for good health and to look younger without any beauty regimen. The kind of food we eat determines our health. Eat real food such as fruits and vegetables. Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food” (Genesis 1:29). Include in your diet the legumes like chickpeas, beans, lentils and add a few nuts every day. Don’t forget to incorporate the grains, such as brown and pigmented rice, whole wheat, and oats. Drink plenty of water and fresh juices for body cleansing. And most of all avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.
6. Have a daily Journal
Writing down your emotions in a journal can help relieve stress. We can write down our answered prayers, favor received and other blessings for the day. Life here on earth is challenging, inspiring, worth remembering and most of all worth sharing for. In this life’s journey, we encountered banter of experiences, different individuals and distinct events and places. Maya Angelou said it well: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Having a daily journal will help you recapitulates the past events in your life.
7. Have enough sleep and exercise
Enough sleep allows your body to restore itself. Enzymes are replenished and energy is renewed. Having rested well strengthens your body immune system and protects your body from any harmful diseases. Those who have slept seven to eight hours a day are most likely to live longer and healthier. Exercise on the other hand, hastens digestion, boosts the immune system, reduces stress and anxiety, sharpens the memory and combats depression.
8. Take a short trip
To avoid vagueness and boredom in life, try to visit new places like waterfalls, oceans, lakes, forest and stunning gardens. Enjoy the sunrise and capture the amazing sunset. Meet people and get to know their cultures and try appreciating it. Travelling once in a while will help fight emotional and physical stress. “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters” (Psalm 23:2). A short trip to discover the beauty of God’s creation is enough to unravel different pressures in this life.
Share your blessings, think positive, eat healthy food, sleep well and do some exercise, explore God’s creation, have time for reflection, express your feelings through a journal, know your purpose and live life to the fullest. Let us invest not with a massive wealth, but with good health and good habits in order to look young and healthy all the time.