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.

How To Stay Strong When Things Go Wrong?

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Things that happen in life are not always what we wanted. We can see the sad realities all around us, day in and day out. Death of a loved one, a family member stricken by a debilitating disease, loss of job, broken relationships and tragic accident leaving someone helpless are just some of these realities. But what if these happen to us? How can we still face life boldly? How can we stay strong when things go wrong?

First, we need to know that God is at work. Knowing means believing firmly in the certainty of this truth that will surely bring us the inner strength we need in tough times. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that God is at work when we ourselves are in a very depressing situation where we feel we already want to give up living. But take heart, He is right there beside you even when it seems He’s silent.

Second, we need to know that God is in control. When problems and struggles of all sorts besiege us, we often feel that everything is out of control. But remember that God is our Creator, our great Designer. In engineering, a mechanical or structural design engineer knows the load capacity of his design. The engineer knows how much load in tons a bridge he designs can withstand before it fails. I strongly believe it’s the same as how God allows problems and trials in life. As our Creator, He knows our capacity and He will not allow a load or burden that is beyond our designed capacity. So just trust that He knows what He is doing and He is in control.

Third, we need to know that God has a good purpose. Things that happen in life are not without a purpose. Just like the processing of valuable minerals such as gold, fire or pressure has to be applied but after that, the precious pure gold comes out. We may have to undergo hard times but we know we’ll come out as pure, strong and victorious individual. It could be that He’s getting our attention because we are already so focused on ourselves – our job, our position, our prestige, and material possessions – that we already forgot Him. Or it could be that He wants us to be reminded that everything in this present world is temporary.  But whatever it is, I know He wants to accomplish good things in us that we may only understand later.

So when things go wrong and life seems like it’s not making sense anymore, we can still stay strong. And when almost everything on earth that we treasure is gone, we can still face life boldly and go on. This would be possible when we truly believe or know that God is at work, that He is in control and that He has good purpose for whatever He has allowed to happen to us.

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