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It just isn’t about me

If you’re a human being past the preoperational stage of cognitive development, chances are you have asked yourself this question: “What is my purpose in life?” If you have not done so up to this point and you have managed to get to this blog post on your own, you might want to throw the question to yourself now.

I first wondered about my Purpose and Identity during the Barbs Pre-Christian era. See, I did not know much about Him back then. I barely read my Bible. I was  sure I did not know how to read it that the chapter and verse numbers confounded me. “Why were there so many numbers!??” was what I was thinking when I would leaf through the Bible. I did not often take God into the decision-making process. As far as Barbs Pre-Christian was concerned, God was only a moral variable. If my actions were immoral, I probably was making God angry. Instead of thinking if I was hurting Him, my focus was on the tendency of Him being vindictive. My actions were not fruits of my faith in Him which should have been the case. But how so when my faith was as weak as a 100ft tower with sand as its foundation. I was not yet founded on a Rock.

Given the not so rosy background without God in the picture, I was searching for my identity. Imagine living without an identity and I was already 16 or 17 at that time! Those who know their supposed identities have it hard already. Think about the lack of one!? Chaotic. 

During the formulation of my identity inside my laboratory a.k.a my room, I was basing it on my passions, hobbies, interests, and whatnot. I recall settling with being a photographer. Haha! My existence would have been as shallow as a pa-cute wishing well! One does not even have to bend down to have a peak of what was at the bottom. The first mistake was to make my desires as the starting point. I am not a creature of this world. I am a spiritual being and I belong to Him. It is for this reason that I should begin with God, His purpose for me, and how He plans to use me for His purposes. He is my creator and only Him can understand me and all my bric-a-brac. An invention cannot fully explain itself. But through the Source, the importance, purpose, and meaning of the invention can be known.  I can choose my career to my heart’s content, but I can never choose my Purpose. God has already designed one for me and for everyone else long before we even considered Him as our Savior. He designed it in such a way that our Purpose is bigger than our biggest dreams.

Thank God, He intervened in my  foolish and worldly inquiry for a Purpose and an Identity. Now that I have come to know my God on a deeper and more intimate level, I can now claim my genuine identity. My Purpose and Identity could not be based anymore on the career that I want to pursue or whatever this world can offer. My Purpose and Identity are now based on what He did on the Cross. It is not anymore about becoming who I aspire to be. Rather, it is about the woman He created me to be.

It just isn’t  about me. It is about God’s cosmic purpose. 

May God’s 4th Be With You

Today marks Day 4 of Post-Ignite’s 35-Day Devotional. The ibook/pdf copy of the devotional has been such a blessing as I have been encouraged since Day 1. I strongly suggest that if you have any gadget that can host this kind of media, do download it. It will not cost you a cent!

Day 4 talks about God having no limitations. When we pray a part of us called Faith (Hebrew 11:1) assures us of the things that we hope for. But admittedly there are circumstances wherein we doubt if our prayers are going to be answered. This is not to suggest that we are bad Christians. It could be a reflection of who we are as human beings. Limitation is one of the countless flaws about being a human. Limitations could come in the form of finance, skills, opportunities, or just about whatever speck of sawdust we can possibly think of. This flaw could translate into how we can view God in terms of responding to our prayers. When this happens, we fail to remind ourselves that God is not like us. Whatever limitations we’re experiencing in our lives right now, channel them into reminders that God has no limits.


For instance, don’t let our human limitations hinder you from sharing His Word to others. The moment we start doubting ourselves, thinking we are not equipped enough to say the right words, we are blindly forging ahead. We are forgetting what kind of God we are serving. Nothing is too impossible for Him. Even the awkwardest person you know, who dies inside at the thought of speaking up, can be used by God to save a soul.

Ignite Devo Day 3

"Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you." Joshua 3:5

A lot of times we ask God for favors expecting amazing things to happen immediately. But for every chance that we ask something from God, do we prepare ourselves for it? Do we pray for our hearts to be sensitive enough to actually notice these great things as they unfold? 

God is more than able to perform our hearts’ desires but the same goes when we expect for amazing things to occur, we prepare for it. We do so by consecrating ourselves. By consecrating ourselves, we set apart ourselves for divine purposes such as God’s amazing works among us. Through consecration, we let go of the sins that cling onto us that hinder us to appreciate God’s blessings in our lives. 

Case in point, it would be unseemly to ask God to appoint you as a leader of a small group when you don’t exert any effort for you to progress in that direction. If your heart desires to lead souls to and for God, it would be irrational to not prepare for it. Not because God cannot do this for you, in fact God’s kingdom will still continue to advance even if you refuse to consecrate yourself for him. 

Home Sweet Home - Lady of the Sunshine

 

"All I see, is you in my dreams
Somewhere close, to my home
All I need, is you by me
Lay me down, lay me down

She’s home, she’s home sweet home”


Let Her Go - Passenger

But you only need the light when it’s burning low

Only miss the sun when it starts to snow

Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go

And you let her go.

I will never outgrow my penchant for Christian weddings! (Or weddings in general for that matter) 

It’s such a sight to see when couples honor God by deciding to wake up each day to the unmade face of the same person. How much love must you have to never get tired of that?! (I’m sure couples have their fare share of moments too)

It’s not just about making each other fall in love but also aiding your partner to fall even more in love with Him.  

No doubt, one of my fave Hillsong songs. Starting the day right and blessed cos baby my God is able! ;)

Random thought:

Around 10 years ago, my class was required to attend the mass every first Friday of the month. I was still a Catholic back then. By the entrance/exit of the mini chapel, there was a bowl full of scrolls of paper on which Scriptures and words of encouragement were written. My first scroll was this verse: “Everyone who is born of God overcomes the world.”

Being the Catholic without a deep and personal relationship with Him that I was at that time, I did not have faintest idea what the verse truly meant which did not come as a surprise considering I was not reading my Bible then.  I did not know that I can run to Him in times wherein breaking down would be the only option. I did not even know that the verse was 1 John 5:4. Suffice it to say, I was not yet founded on a Rock. My support system was a mere block of sand that can easily be wiped out when adversities come my way. I could not fathom now how I dealt with problems before my journey with Him started. I am sure of one thing though, it was not a pretty sight to say the least. 

Listening to this song at a time in my life wherein I am certain that I have a relationship with Him, 1 John 5:4 is not hardly a string of words laced together. It is now to me an illustration of how much love He has for us.