How to Get Back on Track

Fulfilling your life’s purposes doesn’t have to be a one-man journey, it can be a community project.

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When was the last time you found yourself lost in a certain place? Getting lost in an unfamiliar territory is both a scary and a challenging thought. Scary because you’ll never know what lies ahead, and nothing is more frightening than the unknown. Moreover, challenging because you’ll discover more of yourself and more of the world around you. It is like opening a new door of opportunity of learning and maturing in life.

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But what if getting lost leaves you in a desperate state of helplessness and you can’t seem to find yourself out? What if after all the good intentions to get to your destination you ended up lost in the middle of nowhere?

As you journey towards your purpose in life, there will be times when you find yourself losing focus and losing your way. You are not getting any nearer towards your goal. When this happens, consider these as your spiritual guide to get you back on track:

  1. Evaluate your situation

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Psalm 139:23

Acknowledge your situation. Be honest about yourself and to yourself. Personally, there are times when it is obvious that I need help from people around me but I choose to remain silent because I don’t want to be seen as helpless and vulnerable. Obviously, this is pride. When you are lost, you are lost; when you need help, you need help. It doesn’t make you less of a person.

Personally, there are times when it is obvious that I need help from people around me but I choose to remain silent because I don’t want to be seen as helpless and vulnerable. Obviously, this is pride. When you are lost, you are lost; when you need help, you need help. It doesn’t make you less of a person.

When you find yourself lost and in utter helplessness, look within yourself. Evaluate your situation in a truthful manner. Don’t allow pride to lead the way or else you will be left without help. There will be people around who are willing to help and guide you for you to get back on track – don’t hesitate to receive help. Fulfilling your life’s purposes doesn’t have to be a one-man journey, it can be a community project.

Moreover, as you evaluate your situation, allow God to search your heart and deepest emotions. Allow Him to check where did all went wrong and which of the decisions you made in the past led you into the wrong path you are taking now. Let Him make you halt for a moment, evaluate your thoughts and decisions, rest for a while and be your compass to lead you right.

  1. Go back to the Source

“It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect”. Psalm 18:32

Sometimes, it is easier to go back to where you started than to continue walking towards uncertainty. Never hesitate to go back from where you started. It will spare you from lots of wasted opportunities and resources.

Likewise, as soon as you have acknowledged your situation and have made a complete stop, find strength in the Lord. Go back to the ultimate source of your passion and purpose. Remember that our purpose in life comes from Him and him alone, so the timing and the strength and wisdom to carry through will come from Him. He is the power source so plug yourself in Him. He is the power source so go back to Him to recharge yourself with determination to be energized in your life’s journey.

Some people, as they go through life, often forget that God is and must be involved in their life’s journey. God is left in the sidelines and the will to move forward becomes centered only towards self-fulfillment and self-glory. This is the reason why purposes are derailed, people lose focus and determinations are sapped.

Go back to the Source.

  1. Take one step at a time

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

As you get pumped up with your renewed energy, don’t rush in! Learn from your past mistakes and be careful making your decisions. Remember that life is not a race you need to compete with, but a journey to enjoy and learn from. Take little steps if needed. Take strides when necessary – what matters is you take life seriously and by faith. You don’t have to test the depths of the water with both feet.

Remember that life is not a race you need to compete with, but a journey to enjoy and learn from. Take little steps if needed. Take strides when necessary – what matters is you take life seriously and by faith. You don’t have to test the depths of the water with both feet.

Allow the Lord to direct your steps. Allow the Lord to direct your decisions. Your purposes life has to be shaped and directed by His pacing and by His timing. He wants the best for you, He wants you to learn from Him. So trust His timing, take one step at a time.

When things go wrong, you don’t have to be discouraged. Our life’s purpose remains and is not dependent upon our present circumstances, but about God himself – the author and our purpose-giver. So when you can’t find yourself in the middle of your journey, take a pause: evaluate your situation, go back to the Source and take one step at a time.

Hold on to your Dreams

Pursuing your dream will cost you a lot of things – it will never be easy.

What are your goals in life? Or rather, have you ever considered making a goal for your life? It is one thing to have goals and be able to name those goals; it is another thing to merely say that you have. Baka hindi pa nga concrete ang goals na nasa isip mo.

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Marahil nung bata ka pa naisip mong maging isang piloto, o doktor, o isang well-travelled businessman, o kaya naman maging presidente ng Pilipinas? Our dreams might be influenced by the people around us. Maaaring dahil nakita mong successful ang mga pinsan mo o kapitbahay sa respective fields nila kaya gusto mo na lang yung gayahin. O baka naman dala lang marahil ng udyok ng mas influential sayo kagaya ng mga parents mo kaya yun ang tinatahak mong daan ngayon ay sila na mismo ang naghanda. We have different stories, different paths to take – but it doesn’t necessarily mean we have to take a detour from what God has instilled in your heart since the time you started dreaming. Here’s my piece of advice – just keep your dreams with you, but allow God to shape this dream for His glory.

A sad biblical account that can be related to our pursuit of dreams can be found in Numbers 13-14, when the band of Israelites led by Moses sent 12 spies to Canaan to survey the land and to give reports. From this story, we will realize that:

  1. Most of the time, our detractors will come from among us – not from outsiders

Nakakalungkot kasi out of the 12 spies, only two of them – Joshua and Caleb, brought good report. The rest of the spies spread out reports that is sure to discourage the people instead of cheer them up.

In our pursuit of goals, there will always be detractors – people who will discourage you rather than lift you up and cheer your spirit. But whose report will you believe?

Imagine, feeding the whole Israelite people with reports such as, “mga higante sila, para lang tayong mga tipaklong na titirisin nila” “mahihina lang tayo at di natin sila kaya, kumakain sila ng mga tao”. Who would not fear such reports?

In our pursuit of goals, there will always be detractors – people who will discourage you rather than lift you up and cheer your spirit. But whose report will you believe? Yung mga reports na alam mo namang exaggerated and sarcastic, or the ones that feed your faith and passion? Remember, detractions come not just from the outside, but might come from within your circle, your family and friends, or maybe from your own doubts and fears. Don’t feed yourself with discouragement. Munch on faith, not on fear.

“Sometimes, when we want something so badly, we fear failure more than we fear being without that thing.”
Matthew J. Kirby, Icefall

  1. Focus on the prize you are to receive, not on the price you are to pay

Pursuing your dream will cost you a lot of things – it will never be easy. If it’s gonna be way too easy for you to achieve, then it’s not a worthy pursuit. Kaya naman we ought to focus on the prize we are to receive, because it will justify all the cost. Joshua and Caleb might have lost some of their friends and relatives because they chose to focus on the prize of conquering Canaan at all costs, while the other ten spies and all the people who bought in their bad reports lost their opportunity to step into the Promised Land, and lost their lives as well.

If we’re gonna look at the challenges ahead, we’ll lose heart. Kagaya ng mga spies na kasama nila Joshua and Caleb. Nakatingin sila sa pagsubok na dadaanan nila, and they lost sight of the beauty of the “land flowing with milk and honey”. In reality, the greater the challenge, the higher the cost you are willing to pay for your dreams, the more value you are giving to it. The prize must always be greater than the price.

It’s just a matter of perspective.

  1. Not because you are motivated to take hold of your dream doesn’t mean you are ready

It is a great misconception to think that just because you are so eager and motivated to take hold of what you desire most you are already able to take hold of it. God has his own timing and plans to ready you for your dreams.

It happened with the Israelites. They realized how great their sin of unbelief is, so they rushed to attack the “giants” they are dreadful of moments ago. Contextually, they were just being punished from their sin so their failure in subduing these “giants” is nothing but consequence. However, I believe that even if God had given them approval to attack their enemies, victory will only be ensured as soon as they are ready to receive it.

It is a great misconception to think that just because you are so eager and motivated to take hold of what you desire most you are already able to take hold of it. God has his own timing and plans to ready you for your dreams.

It happened with King David. He was anointed as a boy to be the next king of Israel, but he waited for the right time to succeed the kingdom. He never usurped God’s timetable. His waiting time allowed him to grow in maturity, wisdom and stature.

It happened with Joseph. He was given a dream as a boy, but his dream brought him to pit, then to prison and finally to the palace where he was able to fulfill his calling. His journey from pit to prison to palace prepared him to be the person God wants him to be.

It will happen to you and me. Just because we are given a dream to pursue doesn’t mean we are ready to take hold of it. We need to grow and mature muna.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Again what are your goals in life? Kung wala pa, ask God what He wants you to become for His glory. Kung meron na, always remember to keep your dreams with you, allowing God to mold you and your dreams to fit perfectly in His grand purpose.

Train of Thanks 22-23-24

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

Wow! A three-week series compiled into single post. Either sobrang complacent lang ako or sobrang busy kaya di masyadong makapagsulat ng maayos. Hindi ko na talaga madetermine. Haha! A lot of things happened, mga gabing puyat sa pagbabasa, pag-aaral, paggawa ng mga random stuff at paggagala. Haha! In all of these, I thank the Lord for giving me the strength and provision for the past weeks. God is good!

Week 1

  1. Being a part of Ptr. Ronald Molmisa’s Young Ezra Society encourages me to dream on and pray hard para sa pangarap ko na maging isang book author. I’ve learned that to be a Christian writer is to convey a message that comes from the Lord, not just to air my opinion or merely share my experiences.
  2. A writers’ guild I belong gave us a writing prompt related to elections. I am glad I was able to submit one article kahit na hindi ko siya forte. I need to learn more, and practice my writing skills more.
  3. An idea sprung up while I was busy with my writing stints: creating a blog solely dedicated for reaching your full potential and fulfilling your purpose in Christ. your hugot and love stories! Introducing my newest blog: Lost in my Purpose. Hearts and Halo!
  4. The planning for the first Katiyagaan Division Joint Day Camp has officially started, and I’m excited for this upcoming event!
  5. I’m grateful for our guest speaker for the Salt and Light Sunday: Teacher Cleo!

Week 2

  1. Napuyat man kami ng mga ka-grupo ko for our Theo 1 report on Trinity, masaya naman kami ng aming grupo na matapos ang final paper and reporting on the said subject. Sayang lang medyo bitin sa class discussion, but aside from the learning, na-appreciate ko ulit ang pagiging estudyante.
  2. Na-late man sa karamihan na sumabay sa hype ng palabas, napanood ko pa rin ang Batman v Superman. Indeed, being a superhero movie lover, I can attest that this is a good time to be alive. In a few weeks time, Captain America: Civil War naman!
  3. I had a great weekend strolling in various parks and attractions in QC. Pero ang masaya, I’ve found friends who are willing to ride with my antics. Di rin naman pala ako ganun ka-introvert kung iisipin. Haha!
  4. I thank the Lord for awesome things such as watching pyrolympics on a Saturday night with friends.
  5. I am grateful for simple joys na hatid ng aking calligraphy pen kahit na hindi naman talaga ako marunong gumamit. Haha!

Week 3

  1. At last, the trimester for the FBC Extension has finally concluded. Makakapahinga na rin kahit paano. Until next trimester!
  2. I was able to watch Papuri 21 at CCF. It was a night filled with inspiration and inexpressible joy from the Lord!
  3. I’m grateful for my safe travel on my out-of-impulse, Manila-Batangas-Manila trip for a personal errand. It was fun, yet I was apprehended for making people worried. Pero salamat pa rin kay Lord talaga.
  4. For another Execom + HAM meetings – I thank the Lord for the wisdom. Time to put 4×4 discipleship material into action!
  5. So blessed to witness the Holy Spirit peeling off our deceptive characters on our Salt and Light Sunday with Teacher Lester as guest speaker!

Ayan, medyo mahaba ang post ko ngayon. Haha! What are the things you are thankful for the previous weeks?

 

Pre-approved

He loves us that while we were still sinners, He died for us.

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Day 8: God says you are…

PRE-APPROVED

When I was still in high school, isa sa mga pinaka-masayang moments yung exempted kasa exam. Yung tipong lahat ng mga kaklase mo ay dadaan pa sa madibdibang laban ng computations, essay writing at eenie-meenie-miney-mo samantalang ikaw ay hayahay na lang sa canteen o matutulog sa library.

Pero bago mo naman makuha ang #BraggingRights mo na yun, kailangan mo munang magpabibo sa teacher mo. Kailangang ikaw ang may pinakamataas na grades sa seatworks, quizzes at bida-bida ka sa recitation. Hindi naman talaga siya privilege, reward mo lang sa mga nauna mo nang effort.

Imagine kung sa trabaho ganito rin, na bago ka pa lang mag-apply e tanggap kana. Di ba ang saya? Unless ikaw ang anak ng may-ari or talagang overly sought kang mga companies, the reality is you have to prove yourself first kung worthy ka nga ba sa privileges ng gusto mong pasukang trabaho.

Even before we were born, God has already pre-approved our call, our purpose in life. Di na natin kailangan magpabibo, magbida-bida sa harapan Niya dahil kilala naman Niya talaga ang lahat sa atin. He knows even the very number of our hair. He loves us that while we were still sinners, He died for us.

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

Ephesians 1:4

Add Life to your Years

To age is way different from being mature.

Guess what? Tatanda na naman tayo ng isang taon pa. Oo isang taon ulit. Ang bilis ano? Dati ang umo-occupy lang ng isipan natin ay kung paano gagawin ang mga homework ng terror nating high school teacher, o kung kagaya kitang mabait, iniisip online game na lalaruin pagkatapos ng uwian. O di kaya naman ang itsura ng crush mo na dino-drowing mo pa sa likod ng notebook na may mukha ng mayor niyo sa cover.

Add Life to your YearsNgayon, ang dami-dami na nating iniisip. Sa sobrang dami, mahirap na ngang isakatuparan ang iba e. Naaalala ko pa na ang mga topics namin ng mga kaibigan ko few years back ay umiikot lang halos sa adolescence stage na pinagdadaanan namin. Ngayon pati ang inflation, politika at showbiz, bukod pa sa mga trabaho namin at planong bumuo ng sariling pamilya ay napag-uusapan na rin. Idagdag mo pa ang walang kamatayang ice breaker tuwing magkakasama ang dating magkakaklase: sino-sino na ang mga nabuntis sa batch natin?

Yet to age is way different from being mature. Age deals with the years in our life; maturity is the life in our years. Yet they have to coincide at some point. They have to meet along the way.

Tumatanda na nga tayo. At kung sasabihin mo sa aking kalabaw lang ang tumatanda, ano ka exempted? We age, whether obvious sa itsura o pigura, o kung mapalad ka’t nabiyayaan ng baby face, still we really cannot deny the fact that we age. And with age come tons of responsibilities we need to embrace and carry through.

Yet to age is way different from being mature. Age deals with the years in our life; maturity is the life in our years. Yet they have to coincide at some point. They have to meet along the way.

Medyo may kaunting panghihinayang lang ako sa tinakbo ng karera ko sa buhay a few seasons back and I reaped the consequences of my decisions then. Yet I know that in God’s panoramic perspective, there are really no accidents. I am part of something bigger, sabi nga ni Nick Fury. “That it’s brave to ask ‘what if,’ [that] I think it’s braver to ask ‘what is’” sabi naman ni pareng Popoy. Until now, I am picking myself up, but I am learning in the process.

Di pa huli ang lahat para sa atin, at least yan ang sabi ng imaginary friend ko. It doesn’t matter kung nasa kalendaryo pa ang edad mo o wala na, at least nasa bingo card pa rin. And that’s what matters – may bilang ka, at pwede pang pagbuhulin ang iyong edad at ang iyong pinagkatandaan.

Quote 2Discover your purpose, live your passion, find your niche.

And this is what makes the New Year more exciting! It gives us a glimmer of motivation to add life to our years! Gusto mong umakyat ng bundok? Then go! Nauuso na ang mga mountain hiking groups. You want to travel the world, or the country at least? Madami nang promo fares. If you want to be an advocate of financial literacy, or responsible parenting, or you just want to have a voice in the world of internet, then blogosphere is readily available. At kung maisipan mong maging ganap na blogger at single, unattached ka, you might as well consider joining our P.S.A. group – ibang kalidad!

Let’s add life to our years. Lagyan natin ng konting palabok ang buhay by escaping the usual routine we are so familiar with. Ako nga gusto kong mas maging active pa sa pagbibisikleta ko. Gusto ko ding umakyat sa bundok with friends. Mas maraming books ang gusto kong mabasa this year. And the weirdest thing na bina-bargain ko pa sa kunsensya ko ay ang sumakay sa bus papunta sa isang malayong lugar na unfamiliar para lang maglagalag pagkatapos ay uuwi na ulit. Bottom line is, let us all age gracefully!

Pagbigyan niyo na rin ako. Dala lang din marahil nang nasa Quarter-life crisis na ako. 🙂 Promise, makaka-move on din ako sa pagtatanong kung sino-sino pa ba sa mga ka-batch ko ang nanay at tatay na.

Train of Thanks 03

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

Another work week ahead of us guys! Let us all welcome MONDAY! Taada!

While this day is the least loved day of the week, if we’ll just look back how things went through last week, we can greet Mondays not with “here we go again” but with enthusiastic “let’s get it on!”.

So here’s my train of thanks for last week:


  1. I received separate messages from my college classmate and from an online friend regarding job opportunities – one related to accounting and the other one related to content writing. While there are no confirmations yet and I haven’t started with both, I feel so grateful for people who remember me and include me on their list.
  2. This APEC Week gave me time to revisit my published articles in my college student paper. It feels good to read my poems and editorial columns, and be reminded of all the stories behind those articles. In my future posts, one by one they will have life again. Ohh, this APEC Week I was also able to catch up with my bank reconciliation back logs for the office. I think this is yet my most productive free time I can remember. Haha! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend our Satellite PM because I forced myself too hard, ending up in a headache.
  1. For three times this week, I roamed Marikina at night with my bike – twice with Kuya Benj and on one occasion, I am alone. It feels good to go on a road trip on a bike, especially when it is night – less vehicles to share the road with, cool breeze and of course, we are under the blanket of stars. I really appreciate the City Government of Marikina for providing bike lanes for people who’d rather ride bikes than motorized vehicles.
  2. The culmination of our DepFest Reloaded 2015 was a blast! As a department we are not expecting to be hailed second placer out of the seven church departments. But more than the competition was the joy we have shared as a church. It is good to see people who used to be silent in church joining games such as news casting, chorale reading, Dubsmash competition, among others. Indeed, the church is a pool of talented individuals that can be tapped for ministries for the greater glory of God.
  3. This Sunday’s Message spoke to me personally especially when I took the challenge “consider your ways”. One must give careful thought on the purpose of his new life. To be derailed in your purpose, to be distracted in your priorities is to miss out God’s mighty work in your life. Now that God is bringing me into a “special” season of life, I know that He has something for me to do – but I must not get distracted otherwise I will lose sight of what He has for me.

How about you, what are you thankful for this week?