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Never Never Never Give Up

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A young seeker approached an elderly monk asking: “What do you do in the monastery?” The old monk replied: “Oh, well, we fall down and we get up. We fall back down again and we get back up. And then we fall down and get up again.”

~ Author Unknown

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August 27, 2012 at 11:10 am


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I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots.
I’ve lost almost 300 games.
I’ve failed over and over again in my life.
And that is why I succeed.

– Michael Jordan

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March 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm

We Can’t Quit!

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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Luke 12:34

Heather is a friend of mine. She’s so pretty that whenever we go out, I notice men turn their heads and take a second look. Recently, her school mates prodded her to join the search for Miss Philippines in their province. She did – just for the “heck” of it. Although Heather knew she looked good, she also knew that she had to lose weight. And I mean really, really lose weight – like ten pounds or more. With great determination, Heather achieved the “impossible.” She worked out, walked a lot, and watched her diet. After two weeks, she lost her unwanted pounds. We were all amazed at how a used to be, lazy person was able to achieve such a feat in a short time.

I learned a lesson from her. If I wanted something so badly I will do anything and everything to get it. Even if it entails a lot of sacrifice, as long as I keep my eye on my goal, it can be done. It’s the same with my relationship with Jesus. If there is anything I aim for in my life, it is to be with Him in heaven.

Going back to Heather… one week before the pageant night, she backed out of the contest. It was due to some disagreement with the pageant organizers. As Heather was recounting to us the details of her discord, she was munching a bag of Cheez Curls. She also bought some chocolates which was going to be her dessert after dinner. Yup, when she quit the contest, her resolve to stay slim left her as well.

I hope and pray that Jesus will always be the greatest treasure in my heart. That no trial, suffering, humiliation, and pain can take Him away from me. “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.” (Romans 8:18).

– Jojang

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January 27, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Lord, Why Do People Suffer?

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Lord, why do people suffer?

Mind you, the question popped up from my mind not because I wanted to satisfy a deep philosophical yearning. Rather, I feel that I am going through it. And I see it happening around me.

Why do we suffer, Lord?

I knew it was a rhetorical question. But the last thing I expected was to get an answer from the most mundane task that I do everyday.

You see, this year is such a trying year for Matthew and I. Three times I rushed him to the emergency in the hospital. Twice he had to be confined. Not only was it draining for us financially. But getting hospitalized is always a distressing experience. I did too, when I underwent a hysterectomy operation. That was likewise, an unnerving and draining (financially and emotionally) experience.

Why do we suffer, Lord?

Rising prices, sickness, famine, conflicts, bickering, gossip, slander. Countries at war. Families fighting each another. Will it ever stop?

I really don’t know. Probably, it will. Probably, it won’t. But one time, I felt God speak to me while cleaning up. I was sweeping the balcony at our little unit when lo and behold, I saw that this little green plant sprouted out of the crack of our concrete wall.

“Strange”, I said to myself. “How can a plant grow from a cracked concrete wall?”

I looked further, and saw an array of green plants growing out of the bigger cracks at our wall.

Can life be found in the midst of a hardened edifice? Who planted it? I know, i didn’t!

That’s when I heard a still small voice in my heart.

Bloom where you are planted.

Suffering is not the issue. Rather, what does suffering make of me? Probably, the Lord needs to break the hardened edifice of my heart so that he can make the most unlikely beautiful piece of art bloom. And give beauty not for anybody else but for Him and Him alone.

I felt such a deep peace in my heart after that.

Everyone suffers. No one is exempt from it. But what does it make of you? Will it harden you like the concrete wall that we see around us? Or can life be found within the cracked walls that suffering has wrought upon us. The answer lies not with Him but with us, and us alone.


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