Short and Highly Emotional

Cherry was at a business conference. During a break, she decided to call home collect.

Her six-year-old son picked up the phone and heard a stranger’s voice say, “We have Cherry on the line. Will you accept the charges?” Frantic, the six-year-old dropped the receiver and came charging outside screaming, “Grandma! They have Mom! And they want money!”

Baseball in Heaven

Earl and Bob, both obsessed with baseball, never missed their favorite team’s game. They promised, whoever died first, and went to heaven, would come back to earth and tell the other if there was baseball in heaven.

One day, Earl died. Bob waited for him to come back. Finally Earl did. He said to Bob. "I have good news and bad news. I'll tell you the good news first. There is baseball in heaven." Bob said, "That’s the best news!" Then Earl said, time for the bad news... ”You're pitching tomorrow night."

Clever Businessman

Before going to Europe on business, a man drives his Rolls-Royce to a downtown New York City bank and asks for an immediate loan of $5,000.

The loan officer, taken aback, requests collateral. "Well then, here are the keys to my Rolls-Royce," the man says. The loan officer promptly has the car driven into the bank's underground parking for safe keeping and gives the man the $5,000.

Which Tire Was Flat

Four high school boys, afflicted with spring fever, skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.

Much to their relief the teacher smiled and said: "Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper. I"ll give a second chance to pass."

Doctor vs Mechanic

A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle on a beautiful morning when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon in his shop. The surgeon was there, waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike. The mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey, Doc, can I ask you a question?"

Word Power

A husband who always came home late at night would always try to make up by greeting his wife: "How is the beautiful mother of my three wonderful children?" Somehow, he always got away with it.

One night when the husband greeted her with his usual line, the wife who was so annoyed with his style cheerfully greeted him: "And how are you, the father of one of my children?"

Big Letting Go

Recently, a friend of mine have said goodbye to his mom. The greatest goodbye I fear is death. Death is the big letting go, and big letting God. In spite of the pain of losing a loved one, we must continue living and go on loving. We must accept that in the end, the people we hold dear belong to God more than to us.


Waiting, as the dictionary defines it, is one of the most excruciating experiences you can have. You become impatient, irritated, hot-tempered.

On the other hand, waiting can be translated into hope, and hope into trust which means waiting in faith or resting in expectation and patience. It is the grace to wait patiently for the fulfillment of God's plan for me.

His thoughts are way above mine. If it delays, wait for it; if it will surely come, it will not be late.

Are you still waiting? Then God must be busy preparing what’s best for you.

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There is a story about a couple who had a beautiful golden wedding anniversary celebration. The next morning, as was his habit at breakfast for the past 50 years, he gave the end part of the bread to the wife. The wife exploded in anger, and said she was not taking that anymore, and went on a long 'sermon' about how inconsiderate her husband was all these years.

The husband, all the while quiet, finally held the wife's hand, and said: "My dear wife, happy golden wedding anniversary, did you not know that all these years, I always thought you wanted the end part of the bread? Although it was also the part I liked most, every morning I sacrificed it out of love for you..."

Good Stewards of God's Blessings

On June 2006, Warren Buffett, then the world’s second richest man, announced the stunning news that he would give away 85% of his $40 billion fortune to charity foundations.

On top of his list was the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which will get about five-sixths of the share or roughly $30 billion.

If you think about it, it’s ironic that the second richest man in the world is giving his billions to Bill Gates, the first richest man. Warren expounded that he had grown to admire Bill and Melinda. “I’m always amazed at the enthusiasm and passion and energy they’re pouring into their work,” he said, “They’ve gone at it, you might say, with both head and heart.”

More recently, after hearing that Bill has retired from his chairmanship at Microsoft to give full attention to the foundation, I’m bound to think that Warren had it right. Bill simply said, “It’s not a retirement. It’s a re-prioritization.”

It’s quite amazing how willing Warren and the Gates couple are in distributing most of their wealth. Both in terms of money and service, they are truly inspiring examples of what it means to be good stewards of God’s blessings.

Common Cents

In 1987, Mike Hayes, a freshman at the University of Illinois, found a unique way to finance his education. He convinced a popular columnist at the Chicago Tribune to ask his readers to "send in a penny for Mike."

"Just one penny," Hayes said. "A penny doesn't mean anything to anyone. If everyone looks around the room right now, there will be a penny under the couch cushion... or on the floor. That's all I'm asking. A penny from each of your readers.

In less than a month the fund was up to 2.3 million cents. Donations came in from all over the US, as well as Mexico, Canada, and the Bahamas. Mike eventually ended up with $28,000!

The common cent just isn't worth much - unless it's added to a whole bunch of other pennies.

God looks at the heart, not the hand; the giver, not the gift.

Be A Millionaire

Imagine you won a hundred million from lotto. What would you do with the money?

Are your thoughts geared towards all the fun stuff you can do with it? Are you thinking of retirement, a bigger house, fancy cars, travel and all the other stuff you’ve always wanted to have? Or do you think about what God may want you to do with the money?

A good guideline to follow concerning possessions is to contemplate the question of what Christ would do if He were in your shoes.

Greed is keeping what we don’t need. Sometimes we feel like money and all other material wealth will make everything all right. We think that it can cure our ills and make us happy, which is why we keep on accumulating them.

But there are many things that are more important than money. True joy comes to us not from what we own but from what we are able to give to others.

Abundance is for sharing, not for hoarding.

Dream On

The story is told about an interviewer who asked; "What would you do if one morning you woke up and found beside you $1 million?"

The American responded that he would go on a world tour. The Japanese said he would put up a luxury hotel. The Chinese said he'd put it all in stocks. The Filipino said he'd sleep again, so that when he wakes up he'd have another million!

Don't just dream, but work to make the dreams come true.

No Burdens

Someone shared the following angel thought: "Do you know why angels can fly? It's not because they have wings: It's because they carry no burdens..."

Surrender your burdens to Him.

Treasure Every Moment

Think about it: "To realize the value of one year, ask a student who failed and has to repeat one school year; to realize the value of one month, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby; to realize the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper; to realize the value of one hour, ask lovers who are waiting to meet each other; to realize the value of one minute, ask a person who missed the train; to realize the value of one second, ask a person who just missed an accident."

Let's treasure every moment, and live each day to the fullest.

The Taj Mahal

The king loved his wife more than anyone has known love. His heart took all the sorrow in the world because of her untimely death. His enduring love then took an all-ambitious task of building the most magnificent palace, the grandest resting place that the world would ever set eyes on. He paid for all the best people, the finest of materials and the most sacred site. The work consumed not only his time but his absolute consciousness, his entire soul.

At the height of his obsession to complete the task, he tripped over a long box. In his rage, he immediately ordered this box that disturbed his work to be destroyed and thrown away.

It was too late for him to realize that the box contained his wife’s body. The very reason why he did all these for was forever lost. This is the story behind the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s structural wonders.

Have the rules and the things been more important than people? Listen to Jesus now. He says: Love is the True Law.

Another Rich Breakfast Moment

I looked for a vacant table after I ordered my usual breakfast value meal and cup of tea. As the server placed the tray on my table, I noticed that a group of Arabic senior citizens in the next table were also enjoying their breakfast.

In between my sips of tea and khubus bites, it was difficult not to hear their stories and laughter. Their combined voices seemed to come out of a booming speaker. I looked around for another vacant place to transfer but there was none. Little did I know that this moment would be a great source of learning.

I don't understand what they were talking about, really! Because they speak Arabic. But I came out with this thought. Maybe they didn’t talk about fashion or compare the cars they were driving. They didn’t discuss what gadget was “hot” and how big their houses were. All they talked about maybe was their old adventures together and how their former classmates were doing. Maybe they exchanged stories about their grand kids, and they also discussed how they spent the previous day and their plans for today.

It was obvious how much fun they were having. They had what probably most rich people would pay for — happy relationships!

We came in this world because of love and it’s the only thing we can bring when we leave this world.

Enjoy your breakfast moment.

Climbing Mountains

One day, a man, feeling tired and disheartened by life's countless trials and hardships, prayed and complained to God. "Lord, why do I have so many mountains and hills to climb in life?" he asked. And God answered: "For you to have a better view, my child."

It's not easy to climb a mountain, but climb itself is it's own reward. Don't give up. Go slowly, step by step, one day at a time. Don't rush the climb. Learn from the climb, for he who climbs learn to travel light and leaves luggage behind. So if you are on a mountain climb right now, maybe God is freeing you from unnecessary attachments and excess baggages that you don't need in life.

"A man's heart plans his way; but the Lord directs his steps." - Proverbs 16:9

More Than Words

In a scene of the movie, "Fiddler on the Roof", the hero Teyve on one occasion keeps nagging at his wife, Golda, asking her whether she loves him or not. 

He keeps wanting her to say she does... but she brushes him off several times, until she turns to him and says, "Look at this man... I cook your meals, wash your clothes, milk the cows... and after all that, you want to know whether I love you? Oh, well, I suppose I do."

Commit yourself to be Committed to your Commitment

I once saw an elderly couple holding hands as they walked slowly. Not wanting the occasion pass, I went up to them and told them how inspired and edified I was to see them being so sweet and tender to each other after all the years. "Well, not really. You see, at our age, if I don't hold her hands, she'll fall down," was the old man's reply.

The key here is commitment, which is the foundation of all true loving. Long after the romance has died, long after the idealism and the feelings have faded, long after summer is gone, love survives because of commitment. Maybe you are not so much "in love" now, but are you still committed?

Parents As Diamond Cutters

I heard someone say that parents are like diamond cutters, if they make the right cuts at the right angles, at the right proportions, they can produce a precious jewel.

If they make the wrong cuts - because of insensitivity, neglect or recklessness - they can shatter the precious stone forever and come up with worthless piece of glass.

Parents, are you producing precious gems, or worthless piece of glass?

A Scorpion Moment

Do you feel like giving up your goodness? Do you sometimes feel like giving up loving? Please don't.

Take time to read this story. There was this Hindu who saw a scorpion floundering around in the water. He decided to save it by stretching out his finger, but the scorpion stung him. The man still tried to get the scorpion out of the water, but the scorpion stung him again.

A man nearby told him to stop saving the scorpion that kept stinging him, but the Hindu said: "It is the nature of the scorpion to sting. It is my nature to love. Why should I give up my nature to love just because it is the nature of the scorpion to sting?"

Don't give up loving.
Don't give up your goodness.
Even if people around you sting.

"Leave it to the Lord and wait for Him; be not vexed at the successful path of the man who does malicious deeds. Give up your anger, forsake wrath; be not vexed, it will only harm you. ' - Psalm 37: 7-8

Do you know how a pearl is formed?

The story is formed by a clam, two halves joined together as one. In the life of the clam, a grain of sand could come in, causing much pain and discomfort.

But the clam does not give up or split up. Instead, it envelops that painful, irritating grain of sand with much patience, love and perseverance, till after some time the very same painful, irritating grain of sand has become a precious pearl...

"Cling to the Lord, forsake Him not; thus your future be great." - Sirach 2:3

Post-It Moment

Seen posted on a refrigerator: To all our visitors and tenants, there are only two rules in this house:
  1. There is a God, and
  2. You're not Him.
Jesus reminds us that there is a God, and we His creatures are supposed to obey and follow Him. A lot of our problems and miseries happen whenever we play God, and refuse to obey and follow Him.

Take a look at our life. Miserable? Empty? Maybe it is because we have forgotten the most basic truth in this life that there is a God, and you are not Him.

"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." - James 4:6

Happy Birthday MAC!

To the sweetest boy in all of the land. May your birthday be happy and grand.

Mac, my son, you're only five but in spite of your very young age you've already shown such a good example of what a son should be. You're so patient and understanding; don't ask for anything and you're never demanding.

You're so quick to give and such a joy to be around. You are a great kid that you deserve a special crown.

You have a good heart and you're honest and true. And for me and your mom, you and your kuya are the best sons, and we really love you so much.

Again, happy birthday and may God bless you more.

A Special Breakfast

What makes a meal special? Is it the price? I’ve eaten expensive meals at some restaurants but found little pleasure from them. But I’ve eaten delightful meals for less than P30.
I have fond memories of lazy Sunday mornings at home and the smell of tuyo (fried dried fish) and sinangag (fried rice) coming from the kitchen. I remember, too, the lunch breaks with college friends, talking about life and its complexities, at our favorite “budget” barbecue place. I think what makes a meal special are the people you share it with. It’s in the friendship, the stories, the laughter and the spirit of generosity. It’s in the realization that you are blessed beyond measure. It’s in the peace and contentment that comes with being thankful for all things. 

Jesus miraculously multiplies fish and bread to feed thousands of people. Jesus does not turn them away. Instead He says to His disciples, “Bring them here to me.” It’s almost like He’s saying, “Don’t be scared! I have more than enough love in me to feed all these people!”

So what makes a meal special? It’s not the price tag. It’s the love.

“Bring them here to me.” – Matthew 14:18

Captured by A Moment

It is wrong to think that we capture a moment. On the contrary, a moment captures us. However, being captured by a moment doesn't mean stagnation, but moving on.

When we encounter an insight, or experience a truth, or accept a reality, such moments are God's way of lighting up our paths, showing us the way and challenging us to move on.

"Treasure my words in your heart; listen to my directions and you will live." - Proverbs 4:4

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