there are places i remember.

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it was just three years ago when i was an unwitting, unemployed, oversheltered young adult, hating the world and how my life turned out thus far, and not knowing how it would be the next few years. that sunday, the 23rd of july, was cold and rainy, and as my sister and i walked thru the glass doors of that church in the fourth floor of Galleria mall, i had no idea that my life would never be the same after that.

i never really imagined that i would be where i am now. from being unemployed, i have had three jobs–the most recent and current one being my dream job. i’ve also gone thru pushing and pulling, moved to different locations, experienced joys and sorrows, received answered prayers and awesome miracles, and . . . i am still experiencing these things day by day. all because God has made himself known to me–through a relationship with him, first of all, and through relationships with other people. people whom i now consider friends.

our church has just celebrated its 25th anniversary as a movement, and after hearing the stories of the people who’d been around since Day One, i’ve realized that there is only one thing that really matters in this life: honoring God. everything falls into place from there. as we do so, we¬†can make an impact to generations and to nations. Jesus Christ is the glue that holds us all together and makes us complete in spite of our incompleteness.

i am excited to see everything else that will unfold

this is what they call a mind dump.

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okay, some things on my mind right now.

1. i am learning new lessons, especially in terms of my relationships with others. much as we hate to admit it, all too often it’s much easier to do it our own way, to throw caution to the wind and do whatever what we feel like doing. unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. as you charge and “bravely” go after what you feel is the right way, you end up bruised and bloodied. the storm leaves a ravage in its wake, and you have to sort through the mess to realize that casualties were involved.

bottom line: every day is a process of learning how to get rid of ourselves and follow Christ. it can hurt, but as we learn, we find that our relationship with Him is all that matters most. that the Father gives us the desire and power to do what pleases him (Philippians 2:13). He uses our inadequacy to bring his adequacy into fruition. in other words, he turns our FAIL to WIN.

2. it’s nice to emo-fy in this weather. admit it. you know you want to. it’s also a good excuse to whip out the fashions you never dared wearing in normal Filipino circumstances. boots with the fur, anyone?

3. let’s take good care of ourselves and remember to drink our vitamins regularly, to keep our noses from running marathons. enjoy the wonderful weather!