Just Gotten Thought #20

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2 Samuel 22

I love this passage.  In it, David goes on and tells about who God is and what God has done:  Blessing after blessing after blessing.  And the proper response David did to all what God has done was to praise Him.  There’s this overflowing joy to praise Him because He is worthy of all praise and that’s it’s just simply great to do it.

 

“Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.”

-2 Samuel 22:50

 

 

Staying Strong: Humility (Sumobots and A Romantic Movie)

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Hi, guys!  This post is a continuation of my last 3 posts about staying strong as a leader.  If you haven’t read those yet, it would be great if you can read those first before you read this one.  Here’s the link: Staying Strong, Staying Strong: Favor, Staying Strong: Invest.

 

 

I am so sorry for making all of you wait long for the third instalment of the series that I have been writing.  I have just finished my 9th term.  I took my final exam and completed the requirements of my course for this term.  Hence, my late post.  One of the final projects I had was to compete in a sumobot contest.  It’s an interesting project because a team had to build a robot that would fight another team’s robot.  The winner would be the one who pushes the robot out of the ring or flips the other robot over.  Most of the class were cheering and shouting in the room while the sumobot fight was going on.  It was like Pacquiao’s fight or the movie Gladiator.  Everyone just had to watch this thing.

 

Black Swine

Our team won 3rd Place. Everyone in the team did a marvellous job. Go, Black Swine (aka The Jeep Robot)!

 

This leads me to what I am writing about, humility.  We can win things from a competition or contest.  We may have achievements.  But at the end of the day, we stay humble.  Humility is sometimes misunderstood.  Some people think humility is downgrading his or herself to where the person’s real position is.  And other people think humility is something to be disdained.  Common misconceptions.  None of these are true.  Instead, humility is where you know and acknowledge where you really are, what your position is.

 

It's not a chick flick.  It's a romantic movie. Haha.

It’s not a chick flick. It’s a romantic movie. Haha.

Leaders are chosen not because they are better than the rest but because they are empowered by God to serve whoever they are leading.  I watched a movie yesterday, It Takes A Man and A Woman.  The movie is a Filipino romantic film.  And at the almost end part of it, we see the father of the main character Miggy, Luis Montenegro, saying in the Partnership Business Ceremony, “Being the best means being the least.”  A leader is there not to take all the praise and adulation but to serve the people.

 

 

 

 

 

“…and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites…”

-Deuteronomy 17:20      

Staying Strong: Invest

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This post is a continuation of my last two posts about staying strong as a leader.  If you haven’t read both yet, it would be great if you can read those before you read this one.  Here’s the link: Staying Strong and Staying Strong:Favor.

This is the second thing a leader must do, invest.

“He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.  When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees”

-Deuteronomy 17:17-19

Francis Kong once said, “What you put in your mind you will use and go out of your mouth.”  It’s that simple.  You cannot expect a roast beef to come out when you cook pork meat.  And you cannot expect a happy face to show up on a photo when you did a sad face while you were taking a picture of yourself.  Whatever we put in our hearts and minds, it will go out through our actions.

Who or What Satisfies?

 

Usually, what we invest in is something that satisfies or will satisfy us.  Spending time doing homework is investing in studies.  Playing Batman: Arkham City is investing in fun activities.  Reading books is investing in learning and entertainment.  And hanging out with friends is investing in the relationship.  Why do we do this?  It is because it satisfies us.

And if it does satisfy us, is it stable?  Or does it fluctuate?

When we are investing our whole life in something faulty, we break.  On the other hand, when we invest our whole life in something that is stable, we thrive.

Who or what satisfies you?

The answer should be stable, perfect, amazing, beautiful, and awesome.  As for me, there is only One I can think of, Jesus.  To know more of God is something to look forward to.  I invest in knowing more of Him because He is the only One who is capable of satisfying me fully.  That when I seek His kingdom and His righteousness, life makes sense.

How Do We Invest?

As leaders who believe in God and lead people to Him, we know who to invest in.  Now, how do we invest?

To put it in a nutshell, read your Bible and pray everyday.  If you want to invest in your relationship with God, do these two things.

“and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are ABLE TO MAKE YOU WISE for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”

-2 Timothy 3:15-16

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

-Psalm 119:11

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be PROSPEROUS AND SUCCESSFUL.”

-Joshua 1:8

“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

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them PRAY. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”

-James 5:13

Just like pitchers,  what comes in goes out.  Leaders should invest on the right things so that they can speak and do what is right.

Just like pitchers, what comes in goes out. Leaders should invest on the right things so that they can live righteously and share the Gospel to other people.

What Is The Result?

 

“…so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees”

-Deuteronomy 17:19

At the end of the day, the reason why we do read our Bible and pray everyday is so that we may learn to honor God and follow what He says.

Life makes so much sense when I get to know God more.  I believe that life revolves around Him.  That is why the more we know who God is, the more we see that life is for and in Him.

The world has a lot of things to give for us to invest in:  TV shows, music, studies, etc.  All of these can be good depending on its purpose and what it teaches.  But the one thing that we can invest in which will certainly have its good reward is having a relationship with God; knowing more of Him through His Word.

I love God that is why I want to know more of Him.

Staying Strong: Favor

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This post is a continuation of my last post about staying strong as a leader.  If you haven’t read it yet, it would be great if you can read it first before you read this one.  Here’s the link: Staying Strong.

Which of these characters display a strong person?

Which of these characters display a strong person?

This is the first thing a leader must have, favor.

“…be sure to appoint over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite.”

-Deuteronomy 17:15

What does favor mean?

Favor, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is a friendly regard shown toward another especially by a superior.  And I get the feeling we all want favor.  One way or the other, everyone wants to be regarded.  So, some people tend to perform to attain it.  They do their best using their own physical, mental, and “I-don’t-know-what-tal” strength.  This creates a mindset which says, “I get favored when I perform well and this is because of my own doing.”  (Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not saying doing an excellent job is bad.  But when favor is based ultimately on performance, something’s not right.)  Good thing our God does not look at us as how we look at others.  It says in His Word, “…The LORD does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b)

A Man Favored

I remember a story from one of my friends, Miguel.  He got saved when he was a kid.  He grew up in a Christian home.  But in a turn of events, his mom passed away while he was young.  Financial crisis hit the family.  Eventually, his reactions to the events were to become a drunkard and go into relationships with women, one after the other.  As time went by, he felt empty.  He could not find something or someone that could fill him.  One day, a friend of his told him that he should look at the bigger picture.  Because he focused too much on the things that hurt him in the past, he lost sight of the bigger picture, the reality of things, which was God doing great things and amazing plans in and through his life.  After that realization, he came running back to God, knowing that only through Him he could live life to the full. And that God has freed him from all his wrong doings in the past.  Miguel is currently leading a small group, passionately making disciples, and enjoying his relationship with God and others.

A great friend to meet.

Migs, an awesome friend and leader to meet.
Thanks, Migs, for sharing your life to us. It’s really great to hear from you.

That’s what a leader is, chosen.  He or she is chosen not by his works but by God’s grace.  God changes the person no matter how dirty he or she is and empowers him or her to do a great job in leading.

“The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the LORD has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.””

-Deuteronomy 17:16

That’s what God does.  He tells you, “You are not to go back that way again.”  No more slavery.  No more being trapped in mistakes that were done in the past.  Jesus has overcome death, paying the price for you and I.  Your identity is in Christ and Him alone.  Favored not by our own works but by His grace.

To all leaders: God finds favor in you because of what Jesus has done.  You are capable to lead because God gives you the ability to do so.  And He empowers you with the wisdom and strength needed.  Nothing can withstand you.

Staying Strong

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“When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,””

-Deuteronomy 17:14

 

The past few weeks were like a roller coaster ride — There was a time I was celebrating two of my friends’ birthdays, serving in an outreach program in Binangonan Rizal, having meetings with the leaders in developing Small Group Taft, and seeing my friend again who came from India for a mission trip.  Great moments!  And there were also stormy periods in my life such as when my partner and I lost in a competition.  Another would be that I got sick, not only physically but emotionally as well (For those who do not know what I’m talking about: Ehem… Just because it’s the month February that does not mean it is about romantic relationships.  Rather, it was about anxiety).  As a leader, I could not help but ask:  How do we stay strong in a life where it’s not always sunny?

 

michelles birthday

Happy Birthday, Mich!

kims birthday

Happy Birthday, Kim!

jules

Nice to see this guy again after a month. Great to hear from you, Kuya Jules!

Guess what we did after the leaders’ meeting.

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Binangonan Outreach

sherlock

Watched this episode of Sherlock while I was sick. Great episode of Season 3!

 

There were 5 things that was impressed on me when I read Deuteronomy 17.  In this part of the Bible, Moses talked about what an Israelite should do when he becomes king.  A king, I believe, is a leader, one who leads his people to victory.  And I want to relate this type of king that Moses described to how a leader is and what a leader should do to stay strong.  Over the next 5 weeks, I’ll be discussing these 5 things.  Till then, have a great day! :D

Just Gotten Thought #18

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“…the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

-2 Corinthians 2:17

Yes, that term I had was done well.  That folding of the shirt was a great job.  Finishing the chapter of the book was excellent.  But in everything we do, the only thing that could ever matter or be real would be in God and Him alone.