Thank You

When we look back and wonder how we ever made it through this far, we realize that it is not because we were WISE, but because GOD has been GOOD. Not because we have been STRONG, but because GOD has been MIGHTY. Not because we have been CONSISTENT, but because GOD has been FAITHFUL.

2018’s almost over. Here are some very simple ideas to make the year ends a good year:

Be thankful. (in all circumstances)
Be kind. (even to the unkind)
Be encouraging. (use words of kindness)
Be credible. (always be truthful)
Be loving. (consider others first)
Be reliable. (always keep your promises)
Be positive. (look at possibilities)
Be excellent. (you do your best)
Be faithful. (love God love others)

So there, may we all have a blessed, productive and an even more meaningful and grateful year and the years to come.

It is not how much a person gets out of life that matters but how much he pours in. It is not happiness that leads to a sense of gratitude but it is gratitude that leads to a sense of happiness.

If the only prayer you ever said was “thank you”, that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart

What Is A Father?

What is a father? My boy gave his beautiful response: "A father is a person who used to have money in his wallet but now only has pictures of his loved ones."

I know of fathers who sacrifice so much, just so his son or daughter will have a better life. As for those fathers who still have so much or too much money in their wallets, perhaps it's time for them to really examine their being a father: Do you need all that money? How did you make all that money! Is money all that important? Is money all that you'll leave behind? Fathers, lets be like our generous and loving FATHER.

Children shouldn't have to sacrifice so that you can have the life you want. You make sacrifices so your children can have the life that they deserve.

When kids are young and immature they may not know this: Being young, they are self-absorbed and do not know that their actions would cause their parents distress. Many parents keep up an image of strength and positivity but they actually suffer in silence. Love is what makes them endure. The mature and potentially successful young person understands and try to bring good news and encouragement to gladden the hearts of their stressed parents. Happy parenting!

A Nervous Tourist

The story is told about Ben Torres from Bicol who was so afraid and nervous because of his illegal immigration status in the United States. When told by the guy at the gas station to "pay first," he thought the guy was asking for his papers. When asked if he had a Master card or Visa credit card, he got nervous all the more because he thought that the guy was asking for his visa. When asked whether he was a tourist, he got scared thinking that the guy knew his name was Torres. And when the guy told him to "be cool," he fainted in fear because he thought the guy even knew that he was from Bicol!

Question: How much money would you need to secure your future against all imaginable eventualities? How much money should you accumulate so that you could be fearless?

My answer: More than I currently have. Always.

Many companies are beginning to dispense their yearly 13th month bonus. Good because you may have it soon, not good if you are not disciplined in handling finances. Money is always an emotional issue. Control your emotions. Joe Moore says: “A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time to save money is when you have some.” This is that time for you. 

Be fearless because God is near.

Presents and Presence

May God continue to bless us with: Peaceful thoughts as we are growing older everyday. Simple wisdom when we are facing difficult choices. Quiet Moments and Restful hours when the day is long, and above all... bless us with the LORD’s loving presence every day of our lives! 

The story is told about three brothers, who after years of hard work and leading busy lives, wanted to make their 90-year-old mother happy especially on Christmas Day. To make up for the years when they have neglected her and took her for granted, the eldest gifted her with a big house. The second son surprised her with a limousine, and the youngest gifted her with an expensive parrot that can recite the whole Bible.

After the holidays, they received a thank you note from their mother. To the first one she wrote: "Thank you for the house, but it is so big I can't clean it myself." To the second one she wrote: "The car is so beautiful, but I never use it because I have nowhere to go." To the youngest, she scribbled: "You gave me the best gift. The bird was delicious!"

As we prepare for Christmas, let's be reminded that the magic of Christmas is in both the presents and in His presence.

Be Patient

Foods for thought:

1. No matter how beautiful and handsome you are just remember baboons and gorillas also attract tourists . Stop boasting.

2. No matter how big and strong you are, you will not carry yourself to your grave . Be humble. 

3. No matter how tall you are, you can never see tomorrow. Be patient.

4. No matter how light skinned you are, you will always need light in darkness. Take caution.

5. No matter how rich and many cars you have, you will always walk to bed. Be contented.

Patience with family is Love. Patience with others is Respect. Patience with self is Confidence. Patience for GOD’s answer is Faith! And may I add... Patience with traffic is evidence of all of the above. 

Proverbs 19:2 says "Impatience will get you into trouble." I bet, you could probably provide a few personal examples of that truth! 

Try to be patient. It is both a skill and an attitude we can develop. Learn to wait. It’s good for you. And remember this: It’s better to be last in the traffic lane than first in the funeral procession. 

More thoughts: Anything that ANNOYS you is teaching you PATIENCE. Anything that ANGERS you is teaching you FORGIVENESS and COMPASSION. Anything you HATE is teaching you UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Anything you FEAR is teaching you COURAGE to overcome your fear. Anything you CAN’T CONTROL is teaching you how to LET GO and TRUST GOD.

The Lion and The Mouse

We can learn much from books. We can learn much from education. Ultimately, it is the wisdom of God and the knowledge of Christ in an intimate and personal way that will carry us through in the toughest situations of life. Remember that God is always bigger than the circumstances.

The story is told about a proud lion who visited a tiny mouse. "Hey mouse, I'm getting married. What's the advice you can give?" the lion asked.

"Just remember this my friend, I too was a lion before I got married," said the mouse.

Do not say “I love you because you are beautiful, smart, good looking, cooks very well, do what you do, etc.” Those things fade and when they do what would you be left with? Say, “I love you for who you are and what you are to me.”

This principle still holds true. This is also the reason why we do not love God for what He can do for us but we love Him for who He is. He loves us not because of what we do but because He is love. And the closer our love for God is the closer we can have our love for each other.

Be humble; remove the illusion that we are bigger than what we really are.

Carry No Trash

Carry out random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.

Where in the world would you see passenger trains carrying trash and garbage as well? Only in the Philippines! By the time a PNR (Philippine National Railway) train reaches its main terminal in Tutuban, its roof would be full of plastic bags of garbage and trash thrown from homes along the riles (railroad tracks). 

But that was before. Now, our PNR trains have been remodeled with triangular roofs so that any trash or garbage thrown into it would not stay. Yes our trains carry no trash no more! Galing ng Pinoy!

Sana ikaw rin. Carry no trash.

God has given us good uses for these; voice for KINDNESS, ears for COMPASSION hands for CHARITY, the mind for TRUTH, and your heart for LOVE. There is peace and joy in the life of the person who knows how to use these correctly.

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