Would I?

Would I call you names (e.g. stupid, idiot) or shower you with all kinds of insults because you don’t agree with me or believe in what I believe?
And would I kill you because we are not of the same faith or affiliation?
No, I won’t. Doing so is what I consider bigotry.

Would I force you to do things that are against your conscience, faith and beliefs?
Would I force you to say that what I am doing is correct and morally acceptable?
No, I won’t. Doing so will make me more than a bigot – a dictator.

Some people may not be as intelligent as we think we are. Some are rich and some are poor in this world’s standard. We have different beliefs and also differ in how we live life. But God loves us all and has given us his Word (Bible) to be our guide in life.

Important Decision
Your Destination

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Onward To Success

Life is not without struggles.  There are circumstances that test our determination to succeed. We may fail along the way, maybe several times but it doesn’t matter.  We get up, learn from our failures and go on to realize our dream. And I would say, dream big. It should be big enough to inspire us each day.

I’d like to share 3 things we need on our journey to success.

1. Don’t stop learning.
With the recent advances in information technology,  vast resources are made available to us. So learn as much as you can and acquire new skills. Do a self-study on any new available technologies or topics that interest you if there are no opportunities for formal training. That would give you a significant advantage over others even those foreign counterparts you may have in your career life.  And never forget to learn from the people around you.

2. Don’t be afraid to take risk.
Trying to do something you haven’t yet tried involves risk. And generally, we are afraid to take risk. We are so afraid to fail. But if we look at the people we consider successful, they have their share of failures.

3. Go beyond your comfort zone.
We have a tendency to stay within our comfort zone. But I would say more exciting challenges are out there. The more rewarding thing to experience is to overcome challenges and discover new things. At first, we’ll feel the stress and discomfort but the success at the end will be much sweeter.

So if you don’t stop learning, never afraid of taking risk and willing  to go beyond your comfort zone, then you would surely be amazed at the success you would achieve. And above all, honor God and trust in Him for it is HE who gives us the ability to produce wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Narinig mo na ba ang Apat na Tuntuning ESPIRITUWAL? (Have you heard of the Four SPIRITUAL Laws?)

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1)”God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.

 

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2)”Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life.

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3)”Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.

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4)”We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.

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Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

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Valedictory Address (MSU-IIT Class ’99)

(The Valedictory Address delivered during the 29th Commencement Exercises of Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology  on March 29, 1999).

Our esteemed guest speaker Hon. Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, Hon. MSU President Diamael M. Lucman, Hon. Chancellor Camar A. Umpa, honorable MSU officials, deans and directors of various MSU-IIT units, faculty and staff of this Institute, fellow graduates, parents, visitors, my brethren in the Lord, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.

The most awaited occasion has finally come. This could be a day of mixed emotions for all of us. It is truly a great honor and pleasure for me to speak before this great crowd of intellectuals. It is an unspeakable joy!

I could hardly believe that I have successfully climbed the ladder of academic success. Since my early years, adversity has never been a foreign experience for me. I do not belong to a well-to-do family who can assure me of an adequate financial support needed for my schooling. In fact, I finished my high school education with the aid of a scholarship which I found very insufficient still. There were times that I only had a snack during lunch time just to reserve some of the money for my school expenses. At other times, water was enough. It was really hard. I understood that my parent’s income as a farmer would not be able to take me to college. But I did not give up. The difficulties that I went through had strongly motivated me all the more to approach life with great diligence and determination. By the grace of God, I satisfactorily passed the MSU-SASE and joined the College of Engineering of this Institute.

However, the hard times did not end there. During my 2nd year in college, a tragedy struck my whole family and left us in great emotional and economic crises. My father died and I took the responsibility of being the breadwinner. I was at the point of deciding to stop my study because the stipend that I regularly received from the Institute could not adequately meet the needs of my family. But God significantly used my friends, teachers and brethren in the Lord to encourage me to continue my study. Seeing that I was in need, the Lord faithfully blessed me with a scholarship from DOST-JLAP. As a steward of the resources God has given me, I budgeted wisely the monthly stipend I was receiving to support the family as well as my study.

With all the hardships and darkness that I experienced in life, God has given me the light of victory. As the ancient king of Israel said: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth.” Fellow graduates, remember the words of Ty Boyd which says: Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out. Life is really a struggle. The life I have lived is a life seasoned with painful trials and limitations. But it’s really true that God always brings good out of the negative circumstances in life. Difficulties can turn into tremendous blessings. We just have to learn to put our trust in God. I remember my former mentor told me, “When the going gets rough, never ever quit.”

This day, I suppose, is a memorable and triumphant celebration for most of us. But let us not be so overwhelmed and be deceived that success is merely measured by the degree and honors a person achieves in life. For me, what you call success is not a real success if there still exists turmoil within your inner being. Can you call those world-renowned personalities who committed suicide successful? Surely the famous French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal is right when he said: We have a God-shaped vacuum in our hearts which only God can fill. In pursuing our dreams in life, let us not repeat the mistake of seeking fulfillment in material things. Man is not just a physical or intellectual being but a spiritual being as well. We must not fail to acknowledge that we have a great Creator, the all-knowing architect and designer of our life.

As this Commencement Exercises marks the beginning of our journey into the world of uncertainties, let’s always be reminded that we need Someone who knows everything and has walked the jungles of life ahead of us. He has a marvelous way of taking care of the uncertainties ahead. There is no such secret formula I found other than walking in His perfect guidance. You’ve got to know Him. He is Jesus – my Savior and King. So take up the challenge and ponder on this fundamental question: Why am I here in this physical world?

To our dear teachers, a thankful heart now bids a tearful farewell. Your patience and love in giving us unselfishly the intellectual knowledge has greatly equipped our young minds.

To our beloved parents, this is what we have become because of your sacrifices in supporting us.

Gratefulness in Every Situation

ImageThere will always be a reason to be grateful to God even in seemingly bad situation. We just have to look at the positive side of it. It is a choice that we can make each day. And no wonder we are told to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

When sickness comes, there is still a reason to be thankful. We can thank Him because though sick, we are alive. And we are able to rest from our busy schedule and are reminded that life on earth is temporary.

And what else? Tempted to complain and be angry for a long queue in the grocery store? Thank God we have the money to buy grocery items. Feeling sad that we have no new shoes? Thank God we have feet. Not much food in the table? Thank God we have the appetite even with little food. No beautiful and big houses? Thank God that we are able to sleep well in our small house without fear of burglars.

Gratefulness requires humility. We can be grateful to God or to other people when we are humble enough to acknowledge that what we have is not solely based on our own effort. God has given us the capacity to earn a living and people around us like our family, friends, coworkers and teachers have in one way or another helped us to become what we are now.

And we can enjoy each day with gratefulness that drives out the destructive effect of complaining or murmuring. My observation is this: We enjoy more when we are thankful but complaining or murmuring signals a gloomy day.

Thanks to God and to every person who has been part of my journey in life.

How to Treat Money?

It can’t be denied that money is often at the center of all sorts of fraudulent or corrupt practices that exist in our society nowadays. Money itself is not bad.  It is the love of money that is considered a root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10).  So how should we treat money then?

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First, we can treat money as our servant, not our master (Matthew 6:24). Certainly, many of us don’t want to be a servant. We don’t want anyone to manipulate us. So why should we allow money to control us? Why should we let it dictate how we live? We should not let money distort our faith or take our joy in the Lord. We must not put our hope in money which is so uncertain (1 Timothy 6:17).

The world would like to make us believe that money is everything. People who got deceived by such a lie would do everything just to get money even through illegal means.  When money is gone and debts keep rising, they lose hope and feel devastated.  Much worse, some would even resort to suicide.  But the truth is: God is everything! If you have God, you have everything!

Second, we can treat money as God’s, not ours.  God, our Creator, is the one who gives us the strength and ability to earn money. If we acknowledge this truth, then we’ll use the money that we have for His glory.  We will generously share with others and willingly support programs that help reach out those in need (1 Timothy 6:18). If we are blessed, then we have to be a blessing to others. We’ll never use money to do evil works.

Let’s conclude with these words: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it (1Timothy 6:6-7).”  And Hebrews 13:5 states, keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”