Thursday, December 5, 2019

Count Your Blessings



The temptation to think and look at the negative things seems to be more appealing to a man than all the good things happening in him. Fyodor Dostoevsky said it right, “Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.”

There is so much to be happy about, so I suggest, count your blessings. Troubles may not go away but so are blessings.

You don’t have shoes, praise God you have feet to walk.
You don’t have your own house, praise God you have a place for your head to rest.
You don’t have fancy clothes, praise God you still have one to protect your body.
You don’t have body wash, praise God you still have soap to shower.
You don’t have cellphone to text, praise God you still have a hand to write.
You don’t have a cellphone to call, praise God you still have a voice to talk.
You don’t have music players and earphones, praise God you still have ear to hear.
You don’t have car, praise God you still have transit bus to ride.

There are countless more to praise God. Start praising Him today!

by aats

Friday, November 22, 2019

Effective



For the message to be effective, it has to be accepted. That is why the good news is effective only so far as the receiver accepts it. No amount of eloquence can persuade someone whose mind is closed. Therefore, any missionary or any person who has a message for that matter, can only do as much.  They may try to strategize and be creative but if the receiver doesn’t want to receive, it’s nothing. What we can do is pray to the One who is the only one who can change hearts. And while waiting, don’t get stuck, find other opportunities for mission.

by aats

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Poor Guy



Some people can be very passionate about something, be it in faith or culture. For Christians, especially in communities, there is unconscious pressure to do something and for Filipinos it is worst sometimes. They encourage or irritably egg you to do something. Good example on this is having a girlfriend or boyfriend. They will never stop asking you why you don’t have one yet, then they start talking behind your back, “Maybe he/she is choosy, do not know how to court, or maybe he/she is a gay.”

But when you finally have a girlfriend or boyfriend, they are surprised and could not believe. They start making comments, “Why too fast or why him or her?”. “Why are you always together?” Hello! Of course, because you are in a relationship!

And because your relationship is now highlighted, every little bit of things you do becomes subject of gossip for them. Example, “You have no more time, you are always with her/him, you are disregarding your service. He/she is distracted.” They know better than you do.

Then comes the news of engagement, the moment they hear it, they still manage to have comments, “That’s too early, do they know each other well already? It’s not practical, they don’t even have financial stability yet.” And more.

Before, they use to tell you, marriage is about faith. Now, they ditch faith because it’s not practical. What is it really? Why can’t these people start appreciating instead of just criticizing? There is a good maxim, “Shut up if you have nothing good to say.”

What a poor guy you are if you are surrounded with a bunch of toxic people.

I have a suggestion, for those people who love to criticize, look at yourself and shut up. If you want to help, help without extra comments. Let them be, they know what they are doing. If they are practicing Christians, I am quite sure they prayed about it and they are not as idiot as you think they are.

For those who are targeted by these kinds of comments, disregard them, you don’t owe them an explanation. As long as you are doing what is right and honourable, I think you are doing well.

Get away from toxic people, they will make you sick. Just pray for them at a distance.

by aats