Necessity of Adversity

adversity: noun, adverse fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune,calamity, or distress

I have been working for ABS-CBN Interactive for quite sometime, but it was just last month since I started attending the ABSCBN Fellowship.  I hesitated visiting 13th floor because I might get wrong motives of going there for the sake of seeing celebrities. It took me a friend to be there to really be blessed going about every month for the special guest that will inspire you to walk by faith and excellence.

In was June when I saw the poster of invitation. Francis Kong will be the speaker. I grab two friends by the hand and walk our way up 4 floors above ours.

ABSCBN Fellowship is a group of Christian believers in ABS-CBN. They have adopted the acronym for Alto Broadcasting Systems, Chronicle Broadcasting Network to Active Believers Serving Christ, Blessing Nation. Ms. Dyan Castillejo usually hosts the program.

For this month (July), Pastor King Flores and Wyden King share the ‘Necessity of Adversity’ on ABSCBN Fellowship.

Why would there even be a necessity to have adversity? Who would want to go through problems like it is a part of what we need in life?

Over their words of wisdom and encouragement, I got a lot of insights on how problems and trials can really make us the person God wants us to be. Trials on relationships, finances and health are like sandpapers of our lives. We may feel the pain of bringing about the roughness of what they do, but in the end, it is that something that could really make us smooth… as they become worn out.

Job in the bible was the man who suffered many trials in life – but was proven faithful to have said these words. .

10 But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

Job lost almost everything but breathe. His family, business, and body have been broken that there seems to be no way out his miseries – Job’s attitude made him a winner. Our attitudes are more important than the degree of our adversaries; more than the pain are the lessons.

James 1:2-3 says

2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

Happiness is the outward appearance of a positive outlook, while joy is the inward feeling of happiness. What is inside us is the very true degree of what we have that is why James said those words – to consider it pure, pure, pure joy (inward) when we face problems of many kinds because it produces perseverance.

A large area of barren land must be dig deeper.. to make a skyscraper.

Our characters are being develop when we face trails. Most especially, we develop fantastic characters if we take positive feedback on what we are facing.

Gain God and his love through our adversities. That counts eternity.

Finished Tuesdays with Morrie

I just finished the book lend by a friend. Tuesdays with Morrie is story about an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson. Written by Mitch Albom, who was also the author of ‘The Five People you Meet in Heaven’ and For One More Day.

Here’s an excerpt from the book.

[Morrie] – Have I told you about the tension of opposites?
[Mitch] – The tension of opposites?
[Morrie] – Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.

…silence.
[Morrie]
– A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. And most of us live somewhere in the middle.”
[Mitch] – Sounds like a wrestling match,
[Morrie]– A wrestling match. [He laughs]. Yes, you could describe life that way.

[Mitch]– So which side wins?
[Morrie] – Which side wins? He smiles at Mitch, the crinkled eye, the crooked teeth.
[Morrie] – Love wins. Love always wins.

Our Pale Blue Dot

Inspired by Carl Sagan’s speech/ except from his book of the same title: The Pale Blue Dot is a version of my Our Pale Blue Dot blog.

From a distance, our problems can be as tiny as dot and should not seem of particular burden. But for many, it is different. Consider that dot.  That’s a problem, that’s your burden, that’s pain. On it is a weak point trying to steal your joy, something you try to ignore, something that brings you bad dreams, everyone’s kryptonite. It is any question or matter involving doubt,uncertainty, or difficulty. The aggregate of pressure, suffering , from world business, politics, even to the tiniest worry of deciding onto things. In it maybe a thing, a person, a doubt, a debt, aquestion, puzzle, riddle, a mystery  that makes you uneasy. The lack of something, the exageration of one thing,  complications, disagreement, disputes, an issue, a mess, an enigma or amillion dollar question –  a thief that robs our happiness, a rust that coats our sanity.

A problem is a torment or suffering from disturbing thoughts that seems to affect all our being. Think of the people who breaks down, who goes to jail, who suffers sicknesses, worried,sleepless, without life direction. Think of the children on the streets, kids who get into drugs, a family living on hunger, people from different walks of life under different troubles. They sufferbecause of problems.  Moreover, lack of knowledge and strength to handle problems. They tend to gather thoughts, build worries,  and hitting a hard punch on the moon. They gather bundles of sticks to build bridge they never cross.

Picture yourself holding a paper with a small dot of ink, the other hand holding a magnifying glass looking at that increased attribute. It intensifies the area you are seeing, it dramatizes the feeling of its smallness, perhaps it is the only thing in the area of vision. Never knowing how bigger the space the paper has compared to that tiny small dot. And that unless you take a good distance to see that the dot is only a tiny speck on the vastness of the paper, you will never realize its worth.

It has been said that problems are obstances which makes it difficult to achieve a desired goal, – for me it is a challenge. There is perhaps no better way that to face and solve the issues that lies on it. It may highlight memories in our lives, brings pains when remembered but nothing can be solved if you leave a problem, it will stay as a fear that will haunt you when another of the same circumstances.It will only refer a situation, condition, or issue that is yet unresolved that will affect your life. A problem exists when an individual becomes aware of a significant dot in one’s life. But God’s words are promises, 1 Peter 5: 7 says Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Increase your knowledge, broaden your perspective and the problem is but a pale blue dot on the universe you are standing. View your problem not as a worry but a challege. A hundled load ofworry will not pay an ounce of debt. The Maker of the skies and stars, knows the beat and hears the breaking of your heart.

Life’s problems is matter of perspective. If you are too close to it, it may seem that big covering the whole space of what you can see. But like anything big, it can be just a pale blue dot in our lives from a distance. Remember, bigger is our God, our Creator, than anything created we can imagine.

Inspired by http://blog.jmlynch.org/2010/02/13/pale-blue-dot/ wordpress
Quoted Sagan’s thoughts on his Pale Blue Dot.
Meanings from wikipedia And dictionary.com
Quotes from quotegarden.com

The Pale Blue Dot

The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by Voyager 1 from a record distance, showing it against the vastness of space. By request of Carl Sagan, NASA commanded the Voyager 1 spacecraft, having completed its primary mission and now leaving the solar system, to turn its camera around and to take a photograph of Earth. It was subsequently used by Sagan as the title of his 1994 book of the same name.

In a commencement address delivered May 11, 1996, Sagan related his thoughts on a deeper meaning of the photograph: (Which inspired my blog our Pale Blue Dot.

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here, that’s home, that’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

Sources: Wikipedia
View Carl Sagan’s  narration of this speech here

24 Things I Love

This was written 3 days before my birthday, was posted a day after it.

My birthday is coming up soon. I was reading Kris Aquino’s magazine when I read about the 30 things she loves. It inspired me to list down the 24 things I love and here goes my list:

1.Waffle – For breakfast, when I need a good pack of carbs and protein, waffle makes it for the good start.
2. Big Chill – Find healthy, look for Big chill – offering fresh fruit shakes of different kinds, with options of adding a thousand grams of vitamin C., or yogurt plus calcium. With varities and add ons, this is surely one of the best.
3. Pen and Notebook – It isn’t hard to write, what is tough, is to write what you mean. So for scribbles, notes, random thoughts, doodles; pen and paper are partners.
4. Bible – Talk about the most loved, helpful, and the book of all the books, bible offers the best love letters to life, love and relationships.
5. Tumblr and tumbler – I love drinking water to get hydrated, moreover, I’m fond of liquid containers. Tumbler is your personal arts and blog website.
6. Perfume – I love smelling good. It increases my confidence, I like people who smells good too.
7. Rubber shoes  and vintage shirts – I am amazed how colors are blended in an arrayof messy yet nicely done drawings contained in vintage arts. Rubber shoes, keeps your feet comfortable and clean.
8. Jacket – Whether it is summer or rainy days, a jacket comes handy to me.
9. Green and Blue – these are my favorite colors. Natured, environmental.
10. Chicken – However it is done- adobo, fried, grilled – chicken will always be the best meat for me.
11. Laptops – I know but little but you can ask me on a good laptop.
12. Teleseryes – Because of work, I have to know the summary of what’s a teleserye all about, I should also somehow name characters in it.
13. Creams peanut – I don’t like peanuts, but when it comes to choosing Creams biscuit, I always buy peanut-flavored one. It is always on the list of my shopping items.
14.Stumble – When URLs been getting boring, I click my stumbleupon icon to give me links I never have visited.
15. Coke float – Caffeine and chocolate in one! This is mcfloat. 🙂
16. KFC – One of my best loved fastfood stores (maybe because of chikin) and its graveeey.
17. Photography and DSLR – Like writing, picture taking isn’t hard, what is tough is to capture a scene.I I love taking pictures that paints thousand words.
18. AVPs – Audio Visual Presentation means thinking and directing. One of the hobbies and skill I have acquired because I am a masscomm student.
19. Playlist – I make sure I always have my playlist at any mood that I have. Those contains songs of
inspirational and Christian-inspired.
20. Adobe- Photoshop, Premiere, Expression – Adobe is, one of the best creative creators!
21. Blog – I love to write, put them online and share my thoughts I cannot share comprehensively as putting them on a blog.
22. Chocolates – Yes, I am a chocoholic. It contains phenylalanine, which boosts energy. Need to be physically  invigored? Take chocolates. Haha
23. Diet and Exercise – These are two most outragoues words I ever uses, promises and breaks 🙂
24. Books and Movies – On my bag is a book. A book brings me anywhere, gives me knowledge, and something I can rely on when I am waiting, on an idle moment or when I need to relax.  A movie, on the other hand, is like a visual book.
Thanks for reading my blog :0 God bless everyone.
**The world will tell you who you are, until you tell the world**

When memories collide

I always keep memories. I’m counting good ones but sometimes, I get lost with bad ones. Keeping memories can’t be relative, like picking only the good ones and discarding the bad ones. Memories aren’t always good, sad ones can get you in the way to burden you go on with tomorrow.

Like if a father has forgotten to fetch her 6 years old kid on the time the little girl expected, it would mark her memory. It can develop her character to be bitter or better.What happens in a day can be a memory, a memory that can make or break us.

A great memory is fine, but the ability to forget is a true test of greatness, I once read. How could we possibly forget when it is already a memory – this unless we become on a state of amnesia, we can’t ignore thoughts to outpour on our wake minds. As stated, it is a great thing to forget – that is, to leave your bad memories behind, forgiving those who have hurt you.

Memory is recognizing  previous  experiences. Like when this girl grow up, had to wait for someone who promised to be there for her on time, a good old memory of her on a corner sitting, crying, waiting for her father would hit her. Recognizing the pain it brought her fragile heart. She doesn’t have the choice of those memories, but she has now the choice how react on the situation. Would she sit and cry out of hurt or learn a good lesson?

We are surrounded by people who share our lives, intertwined with a lot more people sharing intertwined memories, either good or bad. A really small world.

But broaden your horizons, think it positively, stay inside the good lines. Life is too short to live in the past. To live in memories.

Here’s what Apostle Paul has to share about what to think:
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Now, that’s creative. Think about such things!