On teaching, legalism, and young role models

devotional_notebook

Most of my blog posts are birthed out from my devotionals, and sometimes I write them down as is. I’m not really good in fancy terms and words, and even not good in creating titles (haha). But I’m trying.

 

This one I wrote out of a growing burden about teaching and legalism inside the church. Continue reading

Busy?

Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” (John 21:12)

TOO BUSY TO LOVE* (Read: John 21:1-14)

Our lives can get so busy with Christian activities that we couldn’t have time to tell our neighbor about the love of God if that neighbor walked right up to us and asked us about it.

Do you have the time to love people? Not just a quick “hello” or a formal “How are you doing — but make it short because I gotta go.” Do you have time to really love and serve people? Do you have time to be interrupted, if necessary, by their lives?

Jesus never seemed in a hurry when it came to people. He always had time to serve and to love. He even had time to cook the disciples breakfast and eat with them (John 21:12). With all the important things he could have been doing before he left this earth, he was cooking fish. Why? Because loving people is important, and loving people means having time to be with them, to serve them. What kind of time do you have for others? Continue reading

the pain and gain of silence

There are lots of things to learn and appreciate while being silent, or in my situation now– paos (hoarse or raucous). Hindi naman ako naging ganito dahil sa kakasigaw nung nagdaang Youth Summit. Bago pa ang event eh masakit na talaga ang lalamunan ko, which had resulted in a minor flu. Nung first day eh medyo may boses pa naman ako at nakipagdaldalan pa ko sa isa kong friend, then nung may ininom akong certain juice eh ayun na.. BOOM! Haha. Paos to the highest, er, extreme level. Inaasar-asar nga ako ng mga young delegates namin na wala nga daw akong boses, hindi daw ako makakasigaw (dahil andami rin kasing artists/entertainers who graced their way in the event). Well, hindi ko naman masyadong ikinasama ng loob ang naging kalagayan ko, except sa hindi ko makausap nang maayos ang mga kasama ko, hindi ko masita yung mga pasaway (hanggang sutsot lang ako, haha..), etc. But as I said, there have been advantages in being mum, even for a while (I hope so). Continue reading

on Understanding and being Misunderstood.. (but really, more on Understanding)

Christlikeness ahead

Ah, ang hirap maging youth leader. A Christian youth leader. Yung role eh laging alamin kung anong sitwasyon ng flocks nya, individually. Kung ano na ang nangyayari sa kanila, kumusta na ang pag-aaral nila, kung may mga problems sila sa school, family, personal, etc. Inaamin ko I’m not really a sociable person, but as God gave me this privilege to serve young people, natututo na rin ako. Kaso kadalasan namimisunderstood.

Mataray kasi akong tao, prangka, straightforward. Hindi ako kunsintidor. Kahit ka-close kita, kapag may ginawa kang hindi maganda or “unlawful”, hindi kita kukunsintihin.

Nakasanayan ko kasing sumunod sa mga nakatatanda, nakatataas saken. Ok lang mapagalitan ako ng magulang ko, pero ng ibang tao dahil sa hindi pagsunod.. yun ang ayoko. Kaya yun din kadalasan gusto kong makita sa iba. Kaso sobrang hindi nila nakikita ang ideals ko. Misunderstood talaga ako. Continue reading