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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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.

Leaving A Legacy

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How would you like people to remember you? Would you like to be remembered as a highly successful man? A man of influence and prestigious career? Or just a simple individual who touches lives through a selfless cause?

Every person has common basic needs. Stephen Covey says in his book “The 8th Habit” that we have four basic needs: to live, to learn, to love, and to leave a legacy. I strongly agree with him. We work in order to earn money to live. But not just that, even if we are receiving high compensation, we still find ourselves dissatisfied with our job when we feel there is no more room for learning new things. Why? It’s because all of us have that basic need to learn. And we marry and build our own families because we also have that basic need to love. Then, there’s that need to leave a legacy that may not look like a basic need to some people.

We may not be fully aware of it but deep within us is a longing to leave a legacy or something that we can be remembered for.  Leaders leave a legacy. Teachers leave a legacy especially to the students. We have been enjoying what we have now because of scientists and inventors in the past who left us with the legacy of useful inventions like telephone and light bulb. They’ve been held in high regard and remembered for what they have done that benefits our generation. We all would like to leave a legacy. Like a river that leaves behind an amazing canyon by its natural erosive action, every action we do each day would gradually develop our legacy.

Now what legacy would you like to leave behind? A legacy of being a loving and sacrificing mother? A responsible father? A person of integrity, faith and good character?  It doesn’t need to be as impressive as that of a scientist or a great world leader. We can start building that legacy now in our own little ways – something that would make your children or friends proud of your memory. Be that someone you would want to be remembered. We don’t want to be at the last minute of our existence filled with regrets saying, “How I wish I had done this and that”. As one English poet says: “’If I should die,’ said I to myself, ‘I have left no immortal work behind me—nothing to make my friends proud of my memory—but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered.’” So let’s start now before it’s too late.