Saan ka nga ba Humuhugot?

Yung mas humuhugot pa tayo ng inspirasyon sa mga human relationships natin more than Him.

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bakit ka nga ba HUMUHUGOT-Gone are the days na ang mga kabataan ay nagbibitaw ng mga pick-up lines at mga cheesy jokes. A few years ago, uso ang mga “ways to win her heart” at mga “how to catch his attention”. Ngayon ang uso ay mga “hugot”, na sinusundan pa ng “walang forever” at “maghihiwalay rin kayo”. Bentang-benta sa atin ang mga negosyong may kaunting touch ng ka-bitteran at encouragement sa pagmo-move on. Nagbabago nga talaga ang panahon.

Being a hopeless romantic myself, samahan mo pa ng pagkahilig ko sa mga mabulaklak na salita, tuwang tuwa talaga ako dati sa mga pick-up lines. Those catchy little phrases were my attention catchers whenever I speak before a group of youth. Pero ngayong mga salitang pa-hugot na ang in sa panlasa ng mga kabataan, medyo kailangan ko na ring mag-upgrade ng artillery ko. This is my observation sa mga kabataan ngayon – most of the time you can win their attention with your wit. Kapag may pagka-smarty-smarty ka, malaki ang chance na makukuha mo ang kanilang atensyon necessary as you unload the gospel story.

Sa dami ng humuhugot ngayon, nagiging katatawanan na siya. Ako mismo, I find most of the hugot lines on the internet both as amusing and intellectual. Nakakatuwa ang katabaan ng utak ng mga nasa likod ng mga ito! It just proves how resilient we are as a nation – hindi lang tayo sa mga bagyo at baha matatag, maging sa anumang uri ng unos na dumarating sa ating mga puso. Ano naman kung mabroken-heart? Isang hugot lang yan!

Pero ano nga ba ang nasa likod ng ating mga pag-hugot?

  1. Isa ka nang bitterana

Marahil ay naranasan mo nang masaktan, hindi lang nang isang beses kundi maraming beses na. Sa sobrang exposure mo sa sakit, naging hustler ka na. Alam na alam mo na ang pakiramdam at naging manhid ka na dito. Pero gayunman, kabilang ka pa rin sa mga umaasang darating din ang panahon na mapapalitan ng tamis ang bawat pait at lalabas din ang sweet tooth personality mo.

Hugot 1
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  1. Lunod ka na sa luha ng iba

Sa araw-araw ka ba namang iyakan ng mga kaibigan mong akala mo kasama sa marathon kung maghabol sa jowa nilang ilang beses na silang iniwan, syempre mapapahugot ka talaga. You learn by experience ika nga, pero sa experience ng iba.

Hugot 2
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  1. Reflective ka lang talaga

Ikaw yung tipo nang taong hugot nang hugot kahit wala namang lovelife; yung huhugot na lang bigla makakita lang ng maruming basahan, tuyong dahon o kahit gamit na tissue paper. Lahat na lang ng bagay kaya mong bigyan ng hustisya. Hindi ka man lunod sa luha ng iba, lunod naman ang iba sa kakahugot mo out of nowhere.

Hugot 3
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  1. Add your personal reason

At walang makakapigil sayo.

Hugot 4
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Last year dahil sa That Thing Called Tadhana, naging pambansang destinasyon para mag-move on ang Sagada. Ngayon, salamat sa bagong commercial ng McDonalds, naging mas malapit at mas affordable na ang pagkalimot kay ex – no need na para umakyat nang bundok. Burger McDo lang, mapapakanta ka na ng “tuloy pa rin ang awit ng buhay ko”.

Magandang mai-release natin ang ating mga hinanakit at pait sa buhay. Malaking bagay na ang anumang nagpapasakit sa ating puso ay mailabas natin para tayo ay makarecover. May mga therapy pa nga na ginagawa ang iba na kailangang magbasag ng mga pinggan sa pader para makapagrelease. Unfortunately for some, mas pinipili naman nila ang maglaslas. Umibig – nasaktan – lumuha – nagselfie.

Kaya nga tinawag siya na moving on ay dahil kailangan mong pumunta from one place to another – from a place of hurting and pain to a place of recovery and freedom from bitterness. Ngunit hindi magiging madali ang proseso. Sa iba, ito ay mabagal at sa iba naman ito ay madali lang, no need na sumunod sa Popoy rule na three months. Ang pagmo-move on ay hindi isang karera na kailangan mong mauna sa iba – ito ay isang paglago tulad ng isang binhi. Sa paglipas ng panahon, mas yumayabong ka at nagiging mas matatag.

May mga instances sa Bible na kahit si Jesus ay napapa-hugot din from His surroundings to drive important points para mas maunawaan natin ang mga gusto Niyang sabihin. He’s the best teacher after all.

Nang minsang kumain siyang kasama ng mga tax collectors and “sinners”, mga social outcasts nang panahon nila, pinag-chismisan siya ng mga ruling religious men. Kaya’t nagsimulang humugot si Jesus:

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” – Luke 15:4-7

Sa labis na pag-ibig din Niya sa atin, with deep emotions and compassion may isa pang hugot si Jesus:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” – Matthew 23:37

Sobrang mahal tayo ni Jesus and out of His great love for us, He wants us not just to know about it but to experience it as well. Ngunit maraming pagkakataon rin na nasasaktan lang natin Siya. Gustong-gusto niya tayong makausap at makasama ngunit hindi natin Siya pinapansin. Ang mas masakit pa, mas humuhugot pa tayo ng inspirasyon sa mga human relationships natin more than Him.

Maraming gustong sabihin si Jesus sa atin. Buksan mo lang ang Bible mo at mamangha sa napakaraming hugot ni Jesus – hugot nang pagmamahal at hindi ng bitterness, hugot upang tayo ay mag-move on towards Christ-likeness from a life of brokenness.

May mga hugot tayo sa buhay at kadalasan puno ito ng bitterness. I encourage you na in all of these hugot sentiments, mas humugot tayo ng lakas, inspirasyon at tunay na pag-ibig from Jesus Himself.

Jesus is Risen. So What?

Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that whatever He has promised, He will deliver.

This is kinda late for a Resurrection Sunday blog nevertheless, I believe that this is timeless. God’s message is timeless and is never confined with seasons and human celebrations.

Jesus is Risen.Medyo naalala ko lang, during my childhood, kapag Holy Week, wala talagang palabas sa TV kundi mga pelikula ni Matt Ranillo at ang classic na Ten Commandments. Tahimik nun, kaya kung wala kayong lakad ng pamilya niyo, maiinip ka talaga sa bahay. Ang aabangan mo lang ang ay mga prusisyon sa kalsada o mga huntahan ng mga kapitbahay. Kaya naman looking forward ang mga tao sa Linggo ng Pagkabuhay – kasi back to regular programming ang lahat – hindi lang ang mga istasyon ng TV kundi maging ang routine ng mga tao.

Is Easter Sunday reduced to just another ordinary date on our calendars? Has it lost its significance na sa buhay natin? Ina-associate na lang ba natin ang araw na ito sa carmageddon sa ating mga expressways pabalik ng Manila after a joyful out of town trip?

Pero ngayon napansin ko lang, kung gaanong katahimik ang Holy Week circa 90s, parang mas commercialized na ngayon. Easter Sundays are opportunities for malls and commercial centers to conduct their Easter Egg Hunt programs, na dati ay di naman masyadong ginagawa. Unlike before na parang ghost town ang paligid kapag Mahal na Araw, ngayon parang mas marami na ang tao! Indeed, times have changed, and so are we.

Is Easter Sunday reduced to just another ordinary date on our calendars? Has it lost its significance na sa buhay natin? Ina-associate na lang ba natin ang araw na ito sa carmageddon sa ating mga expressways pabalik ng Manila after a joyful out of town trip?

The Apostle Paul has this message to say:

“I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.”

1 Corinthians 15:3-4.

Jesus’ death and resurrection is an integral part of the gospel. His death alone is not whole story – His resurrection makes our salvation complete. Jesus’s resurrection isn’t just an episode in a beautiful salvation story.

  1. His resurrection rendered our faith with much value

“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

1 Corinthians 15:17-19

Being a Christian, being associated with Jesus Christ, entails persecution and trials. We find ourselves going against the tide of immorality, lack of integrity and godlessness. We are always put in ridicule because of our stand against moral, social and political issues. But what’s the point in all of these “sacrifices”? It’s because of Jesus’ resurrection.

Jesus’ resurrection makes all the pain and suffering we endure because of His name worthwhile because we know that we base our faith on someone who was raised from the dead. His resurrection gives meaning to all our Christian activities, all our sacrifices for the church and for the gospel. Our faith was given much value – it is not useless – because Jesus Christ has declared through His resurrection that He is indeed true to what He claims about himself – that He is the promised Messiah.

  1. His resurrection redeemed us from a life of sin

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

Romans 6:4

Our old way of living is characterized with sin and moral deprivation. We gratify the desires of the flesh. Yet when Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, He conquered sin, then He conquered death. He took away from us all things that might keep us entangled and withdrawn from pursuing a life of purpose. The only thing we need to do is to live by faith in obedience to Him.

His resurrection paved the way for us to forsake our old way of living. We are no longer mastered by our selfish sinful nature but we are now given the freedom to please the Lord and be led by the Spirit of God. This is new life – He does not just forgive us our sins but also gives us freedom from sin.

  1. His resurrection reminded us of His glorious promises

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

John 11:25-27

More than His promises of healing, of hope, of restoration – Jesus promised us with an eternal life. Promises excite us, promises make us look toward the future with hope. Unfortunately some people fail us with their promises. Some promises are just empty words. Not so with Jesus. His words are true, and we know that because his promises were backed up with actions. Jesus has a great track record!

Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that whatever He has promised, He will deliver. He proved it when He rose from the dead on the first Easter.

Jesus is risen. So what?

Guess what? We have all reasons in the world to rejoice!

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.”

Hebrews 10:35

Accepted

He even died for my sins so I can share the joy He offers.

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Day 10: God says you are…

ACCEPTED

Naalala ko pa yung mga unang pagkakataon na pakiramdam ko ay hindi ako tanggap. Sa mga laro ng bata, kung sa tingin nila ay masyado akong lampa para sa mga pisikal na laro, hindi nila ako sinasali. Dahil wala naman akong sariling Playstation or Gameboy ng bata pa ako, hindi rin ako makasali sa kwentuhan tungkol sa mga laro nila. Nakukuntento na lang ako na makinig, manood at makitawa ng patago.

Highschool when I felt rejected for not being able to borrow a book from my classmate. Masyado na raw makapal ang mukha ko. Kahit nga sa crush ko, di ko pa nililigawan basted na. Haha! On one occasion, as I express my emotions to my pastor about frustrations and disappointments in ministry, I was just told “marami pa yan”. I guess I really have to embrace the certainty of rejection in life.

But let me remind you that even though the world rejects you, there is Someone who accepts you no matter what. He loves you in spite of your imperfections, your fears, your failures.

Some people were rejected by their biological parents, leaving them as orphans at an early age. Some were rejected by their employers when they miss the mark in terms of their work. Some were rejected by their spouse, some by their friends, some even believe that the world has turned its back towards them. Different stories, same heart-breaking emotion.

But let me remind you that even though the world rejects you, there is Someone who accepts you no matter what. He loves you in spite of your imperfections, your fears, your failures. Tuwing nakakaramdam ako na para bang wala nang tumatanggap sa akin, na parang wala akong bilang sa mundong ginagalawan ko, I just look up the cross and remind myself – Someone has accepted me and called me special. He even died for my sins so I can share the joy He offers. Eto yung joy na hindi kayang ibigay ng anumang larong pambata, at mas nakakaligaya pa sa mga Gameboy at Playstation.

In Christ I am accepted. So are you.

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Romans 15:7

Heaven’s Chorus

Ti’s the night we’re called for a celebration!

Heaven's Chorus

This is a night of commemoration

When creation stood in adoration

And joined the heavenly delegation

To worship the One and only reason

He came not with a sound of trumpets

Welcomed not by people, almost unnoticed

No room to spare for the born Redeemer

Silently He was laid down on a manger

He was esteemed not by people He chose to die for

Yet willingly He offered His life for us all

This Christmas, let Him take the center place in your heart

Don’t leave Him in the sidelines, give Him the best part!

Ti’s the night we’re called for a celebration

Make room for Him in your joyous season

Let’s altogether join the whole creation

In welcoming the Savior’s birth – Jesus

The hope and reason for the season


First written 12.24.14, unedited. No punctuation marks 🙂

If Jesus Comes Back Today

Jesus is coming back. Rend your heart, not just your garments.

If Jesus chooses to come back today, I wonder how the world will react. I bet netizens will be so active in flooding their social media feeds. I’m thinking of hashtags like #TouchdownJesus or #WelcomeBackJC will trend with number of posts and tweets unimaginable. Acts of compassion and kindness will be most evident during these times. But these events are just pigments of my imagination. In no way these are biblical, purely speculative.

If Jesus comes back today, what would really happen? We have accounts on the Bible that says His coming will be like a thief in the night – no one knows when. Yet with certainty He will soon come and take with Him all those who are His.

But more than the manner and the specifics of His return, have you ever thought about how you will choose to welcome Him?

We are living on the last days where all major signs of His return happens right before our very eyes – wars and rumors of war, pestilences, drought, unexplainable weather disturbances, uncanny sightings of celestial bodies and rampant evil. If Jesus will ask us for reasons why He ought to return now in our generation, I believe we can raise enough justifications. But the prerogative is not in our hands. Only the Father knows when.

But more than the manner and the specifics of His return, have you ever thought about how you will choose to welcome Him? I have heard of a story of a good lady who patiently waits for Jesus’ return that she refuses to go on a bath thinking she might get caught naked and unprepared. I just don’t know if she’s still holding on to this resolve.

Yet the lady is preparing herself. No matter how silly it may sound to us, no matter how extreme her view is, the bottom line is she wants to be prepared. Because who knows, the Big Day might come tonight or tomorrow?

The prophet Joel has this to say: “Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; And rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil.”
Joel 2:12-13 NASB.

Preparation for the Lord’s coming is not about keeping your hairs and your nails trimmed, nor making yourself presentable. Our earthly appointments calls for that kind of preparation, but our preparation for His coming needs the rending of the heart.

Preparation for the Lord’s coming is not about keeping your hairs and your nails trimmed, nor making yourself presentable. Our earthly appointments calls for that kind of preparation, but our preparation for His coming needs the rending of the heart. To rend ones heart is to make it open, available for the mighty works of God.

Are we prepared for His return? Have we forgiven those who trespassed against us? How about leaving our sinful lifestyle behind and clothe ourselves instead with humility, kindness and love? Have we opened our hearts to the Lord? And most importantly, have we accepted Jesus’ offer of salvation and full life?

The day of the Lord is not just another day in the calendar or a significant news-worthy, trend-worthy event. It is a dreadful day to reckon with, knowing that He will come both in judgment and in love. In judgment for those who rejected Him, refusing to apportion His grace for the wages of sin; in love for those who long for His return, patiently waiting in faith for the consummation of His promised redemption.

Jesus is coming back. Rend your heart, not just your garments.

Jeep ng Buhay

Ngunit habang ang jeep ng buhay ay patuloy na tumatakbo
Piliin mong magtiwala sa Tsuper na may hawak nito.


Ang buhay ay parang isang pagsakay sa jeep
May byaheng malayo, may byahe ring malapit
Minsan nakakapagod at ika’y mapapaidlip
Ngunit saan man ang tungo kumapit ng mahigpit.

Hindi tuloy-tuloy dahil may kailangang sumakay
Na magiging sigla sa byahe ng ating buhay
Ngunit pagdating ng oras sila rin nama’y aalis
Mag-iiwan ng puwang sa puso nating nananangis.

Pahinto-hinto at minsan nakakainip
Tapos may ilan ka pang kasama na sobrang nakaka-badtrip
Ngunit patuloy pa rin tayo sa byahe at pagtakbo
Dahil sa buhay di mo mapipili ang lahat ng makakasama mo.

Titigil sa istasyon at magpapagasolina
Kukuha ng lakas upang higit na makadistansya
O kaya’y sa kalagitnaan biglang magkakaaberya
Pababagalin ang takbo, di palaging arangkada.

Sa buhay – di inaasahan lahat ng karanasan mo
Di lahat ng mangyayari ay sang-ayon sa iyong gusto
Ngunit habang ang jeep ng buhay ay patuloy na tumatakbo
Piliin mong magtiwala sa Tsuper na may hawak nito.

To the One who has set me free

At the cross you’ve shown me
A perfect love that has set me free.

No costly gifts to give,
No sumptuous food to share.
Only my praises to offer
With nothing else to spare.

A simple poem is all I have,
Words that came from within.
But still words aren’t enough
To express gratitude for forgiving my sins.

What more shall I offer
When you own everything?
Though I give my all
For you, would it mean a thing?

At the cross you’ve shown me
A perfect love that has set me free.
Sacrifices from me you do not ask
You just want me to accept Your love that will ever last.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!