Monday, June 30, 2008

What will happen if we become extremely generous?

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."  
- Winston Churchhill - 

"It is more blessed to give than to receive." 
- Acts 20:35 -

Give and change a person's life. Give and change your community. Give and change the world.
Give and change yourself.
- me - 

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I have to remember...

A friend sends me an electronic devotional everyday. Something so simple yet so meaningful. The words from God constantly remind me of His faithfulness.

I just needed to post this. I have to remember. Always.

30 Days in the Psalms  

 DAY 7 : Fear


 Trust in the LORD and do good;

    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Delight yourself in the LORD

    and he will give you the desires of your heart. - Psalm 37:3-4 



Related Verses: Psalm  49, 91  


God is good and faithful!




 Gracious Lord, forgive my sin, heal my heart and give me peace. In Jesus' name. Ame

Sunday, June 29, 2008


I shouted with glee when I saw my current electricity bill. It went down by 23%! 

Other joys...the water bill has decreased by 27%. If the cooking gas lasts until the 7th of the next month, it means that we used one tank for two months instead of the usual one tank per month. Unfortunately, the price of rice has increased by 48%. And increasing prices for grocery, transportation costs, clothes, etc.

Who would think that I would be doing this? Computing by percentage my expenses. But when you are beginning to feel the pinch, then you become conscious.

I have been recording my expenses for the last six months. Just to see where my money is going. But it was only recently, in fact, it was only last week, that I scrutinized the excel table and what I saw is not good. I have been dipping from my savings. Not good... it is terrible, in fact.

Savings should at least be 10% of one's income. I am trying to practice this principle. It is getting harder and harder each day. 

I panic sometimes when I think of figures and percentages. Thus, in this crazy time, I am trying to learn about how to better manage my finances. Not easy.

More importantly though, I am learning more and more to depend on God. To always remember that He is my Father and He will take care of me.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

For Your Glory by Matt Maher

Verse 1
There is a time to live,
There is a time to die.
There is a time to laugh,
There is a time to cry.

Verse 2
There is a time to dance,
A time for joy's embrace,
And in all seasons, God
we humbly seek Your face.

This is our offering to You,
This is our offering.

Everything I am is for Your glory,
Everything, I am for You, Lord.
Everything I am is for Your glory,
Everything, I am for You, Lord.

Verse 2
There is a time to sow,
There is a time to reap.
A time for victory,
A time to claim defeat.
A time to be renewed,
A time to be reborn.
In all seasons, God
we bow before Your throne.

The earth stands still without You.
We could only move because You made us to.
The world is nothing without You.
We could only love you because You made us to.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Belated Centennial Anniversary!!! Go UP!!!

It's been a century since the University of the Philippines was created (June 18).

Thank God that it still exists!

Why? Because my alma mater, my beloved UP ...

... provided me with a very good education! We did not have the finances to go to private schools. Thank God I was able to enter Diliman! 

... trained me to be independent. Students are not spoon-fed. You learn how to find answers. Yes, you get bonus points for being present in class but the important thing is the result. Show that you learned something. Make sure you submit the requirements. Pass the exams. Research has become my middle name.

... gave me access to a big treasure's trove of books! I devoured the books of Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Shakespeare, etc. Patiently, I went up the stairs of the Main Library to borrow books from the CAL section. I did this almost weekly! I discovered and lived in far-off worlds. My vocabulary grew. I learned to take care of books! (most are already brown!)

... allowed me to meet different kinds of people. Rich and poor. Kikay and simple. Genius or just normal. Filipino or foreign. Girls and guys in long skirts, pants or mini-shorts. Sosyal or provincial accent. It was a useful orientation to a world I would later on enter, a world of diversity.

... made me think. Analyze how language changes. Learn about the role of women in politics. Understand how grammar rules work. Study the economics of society. From Voltraire, Socrates, St. Aquinas, to Rousseau, Camus, Nancy Reagan, Alex Magno and Rizal. They all helped form my mind.

... gave me good friends and mentors. Many of them I no longer see or are in other parts of the world. I am still thankful though for the times we watched movies, laughed together at the tambayan, shared food at CASAA, grilled the applicants of organizations, crammed overnight for projects and exams, fell in line to get a subject or pay our tuition fee, xeroxed readings, etc.

I cannot list the so many, many more forgettable and unforgettable events. All I wanted to do is to thank God, I was able to study in UP!

Fight UP! Fight!

Lion Chaser Manifesto

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don't let what's wrong with you keep you from worshiping what's right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don't try to be who you're not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.

Chase the lion.

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson (