Got this article from lifehacker.com He talks about what would probably happen to all of your online accounts when you die. I know it’s not a very nice topic to talk about, but that’s reality. Life doesn’t get any younger for us and our online accounts would probably outlive us – unless we delete them on our deathbed.
‘What’s best for me’ – isn’t it such a common saying? Often times I hear it in the context of parent-child relationships. Sons and daughters would often be told that their parents knows what’s best for them. We tend to hear this phrase at church too. They often say that ‘God knows what’s best for you’, but is it really about what’s best for you or me?
Let me tell it to you straight, It’s not about ‘what’s best for you’ it’s about ‘what would glorify Him’. Often times when we pray, we ask God for something and we don’t bother to say ‘not my will, but your glory’. And so when it’s denied us, we comfort ourselves (or friends or family comforts us) by saying ‘God knows what’s best for you’. We make it self-centered.
The world and even the church has made Christianity leaning more on the ‘Me’ side. It’s more friendly to the ‘I’ part when it’s not.
Do you realize that what is best for you is what glorifies God the most?
We are made for His purpose – and to fulfill that purpose is to glorify God. It’s about ‘What’s best – for God’ for His glory. We leave God out of the picture and make it a ‘Me’ centered world.
And we wonder why this world is so apathetic, so greedy, so pleasure-seeking, so focused on the self. If we, even on the most vulnerable prayers of our lives, focus it on our selves – what more in the normal happenings throughout our days?
That’s one reason why this world is so ungodly – we leave God out of the picture and forget about Him. You might say I’m a hard hitter – you might say I don’t know how to think outside of what the Bible says. I say ‘I don’t have to’.
If you want to know the truth, you don’t go through all the fakes to know what’s genuine. Study the truth to know what’s true and leave the fakes to themselves because if the truth you know is indeed the truth, then all the fakes will never compare to it and PEOPLE WILL SEE THE DIFFERENCE.
What I want you to think about is this: Don’t make it about yourself as we are all guilty of to some degree. Always remember Jesus. This life is about God – His greatness, His glory, His majesty and love. What I’m telling you is the truth. More truth than you’ll ever know.
“Truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” – Winston Churchill
Isn’t this quote so true nowadays.
By: Austin Takahashi
Face it – everyone likes to see stuff blow up. And in 2012, things just don’t blow up, they get caught up with the wind, fall to the surface, catch on fire, melt on the ground, and slide to the ocean. If a kid with a box of matches can set a building on fire, imagine what a grown-up like Roland Emmerich can do with a diploma in film school, a Mayan end-of-the-world prediction, and a production budget of 250 million dollars?
Well, you get the longest, loudest, and the most destructive disaster film since Twilight temporarily demolished the name of Hollywood. For those who are not familiar with the film’s director, Roland Emmerich is a one-genre kinda guy. If Martin Scorsese specializes with all things Mafia, and if Alfred Hitchcock excels in making suspense films, Roland Emmerich is the guy who ends the world as a hobby.
Take a quick look at his resume and you’ll see what I’m talking about. He uses nuclear radiation and a lizard named Godzilla to trash Manhattan, he calls up some aliens and makes use of their laser cannon to blow up the White House, he goes back to Manhattan and adds a few sucker-punches using rogue climate in The Day After Tomorrow. He even takes a time machine all the way back to 10,000 B.C. and kicks some ancient butt.
Being a person who has a clear idea of what Emmerich was solely capable of; it would foolish of me to buy a ticket to 2012 and leave the theatre complaining about a rip-off. In terms of plot, characters, and just about all the elements of a film before CGI was invented, 2012 is nothing more than scrapbook of all things anti-Earth and have someone hit you with it continuously in the side of the head for 150 minutes.
It’s ridicoulous beyond reality. Yet, I didn’t get pissed. The sight of global landmarks and major cities getting annihilated was a big enough force to turn my brain off and ignore the tsunami of plot holes smashing me on the face. Hawaii turns to a giant volcano, and Hollywood gets torn down faster than the falling apart of Donald Trump’s hair.
No self-respecting Mayan should watch this because Emmerich has turned their prediction into an excuse to obliterate Earth once again. But regular folks who bought a ticket to see this had probably nothing else to do on that day anyway.
After going all the way with this, I can’t really see Roland Emmerich return for another round of Earth-devastation. But I have a feeling that his plan is to destroy the whole solar system. I hope not. At least not yet. He still hasn’t had the chance to destroy the Philippines.
It’s Wednesday, November 18, 2009 and our thesis defense was set on 1pm.
Woke up at about 7pm. Richmond woke me up as he was about to go to the gym (Without me! Wah! Di ako nakapag biceps this week! And tomorrow I’m going to skip shoulders and legs too!). I prepared the things to wear and things to bring. Read “Wild at heart” and had my quiet time.
Went to school and arrived at about 10:40am. My groupmates were already there.
We prepared for our defense – but first, I ate brunch =D
At about 11: 40 am we were allowed to go in to the conference room – that’s where we’re going to defend our system.
The defense didn’t go as smooth as we would have wanted – but we enjoyed all of it (at least I know I did). I just want to praise God for having to feel so glad! I thank Him for everything and may I continue to put my trust in Him whether I pass or fail not only in thesis, but in life.
Thank you so, so much for your prayers and good will! I deeply, deeply appreciate it.
“Where did all the men go?” It’s such a common saying. It seems like what we have left aren’t the ideal “real men” else, that saying wouldn’t have come to existence. I grew up a young man taught in church and in the ways of God. The world is saying that ‘men who grow up in church are wussies’ that they’re ‘nice guys’. Well, I’m not.
It might be true that men who grew up in church are ‘wussies’ because they are indeed trained up to be so. The truth about God’s fierce nature is not encouraged in their lives. Men who grew up in church are told to be responsible, disciplined, humble, well-mannered, etc. While those are all true, the other side of the truth isn’t revealed – that men have to fight for what they believe in, men have to be fierce for their values and principles, men have to decide and make a stand and fight, etc. While it’s good to be nice, it’s not how God designed us.
Men are made in the image and likeness of God – and God is a competitive God. He is definitely not your idea of a ‘nice guy’. He is the ‘Lion of Judah’ a Warrior, He is the King of Kings – He made the Earth. Before we built our cities and roads, it was all wild. God made the world a wild place and he deemed it suitable for us. What does that tell you?
Jesus fought for what He believed in. He harshly rebuked the self-righteous pharisees and shouted against Satan’s temptations. He drove out merchants in the Temple area (which I believe is not something that most men have guts to do). Jesus was a fierce man. He wasn’t in any way a ‘wussy’. He knew when to fight, how to fight, what to fight for. While it’s true that Jesus was a humble, gentle, wise and loving person, we shouldn’t cover up the other side of Him. Jesus was a man.
And so even if I’m a work in progress, at the end of it all I do not hope to be remembered as a ‘nice guy’. I want to be remembered as a Man. How about you?
(Reading John Eldredge’s “Wild at Heart”)
We usually have a mindset on what the entrepreneurs in our world started off like. Dharmesh Shah of Onsite.com talks about facts that he found out about entrepreneurs and shares it to the world. Read it so you’ll have an idea on how the existing entrepreneurs did it – when they did it, what they had at the time, etc.
A poem by Myra Welch. Thanks to Melchor Chan for sharing this and tagging me in Facebook.
It’s a great reminder that God can change us in ways we can never imagine. God doesn’t make junk but that’s what the world so often tells us that we look at ourselves too lowly. We have to remember that we are made in His image and likeness and that we are special.
‘Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile.
“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried.
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?
A dollar, a dollar; then two! Only two?
Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?”
“Three dollars, once; three dollars twice;
Going for three”…But no,
From the room far back, a gray-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow.
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As a caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said; “What am I bid for the old violin?”
And he held it up with its bow.
“A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two?
Two thousand! And who’ll make it three?
Three thousand, once, three thousand twice,
and going and gone,” said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
“We do not quite understand
What changed its worth.” Swift came the reply:
“The touch of a master’s hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.
A “mess of pottage”, a glass of wine;
A game and he travels on.
He is “going” once, he is “going” twice,
He is “going” and almost “gone.”
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand.
© Myra ‘Brooks’ Welch
What do we miss out when we’re married? What do we miss out when we enter a girlfriend-boyfriend relationship? We live in a time when the world tells us that getting married and having relationships is the norm – that it’s part of “getting there”.
We hear of love songs here and there, we see couples on the malls having a great time, we read love stories, watch romance films. Love, as the world knows and defines it, is everywhere. We always see the pretty side of it – that it feels good, it’s pleasurable, it’s exciting, etc. What we don’t see is what we already have.
Being single is a gift from God. It’s a season in your life where you can focus entirely on Him. In this life, you will have time for everything – set by God and appointed ultimately by Him. There will be the years for your family and when it comes, your season for singleness will be over – and it will never come back again.
I didn’t appreciate my singleness until I’ve read the book “I kissed dating goodbye”. I always felt like looking forward to marriage and that special someone God has prepared for me – I didn’t look at what I had right now and how I’ll lose it once I entered into a relationship.
You’ll only stay single for about a fourth of your life. Learn to appreciate it. Maximize it to develop yourself in Christ. Learn how to really love – to want what’s best for the other person, not just to want to feel loved because it’s pleasurable. All the things you need to know in a relationship can be developed best while you are single. It is a gift from God – even Adam and Eve were single for some time. Think about it.
I’ve been staying in Bambang for a week now. It’s really a pretty big place with lots of people. The Chinese community here is big. I’m at Richmond Ibasco’s place and they’ve really been very, very hospitable to me. I really appreciate them. I’m getting a taste of what it’s like to be away from home. It was a very exciting week – going to the gym, finishing thesis, having fellowship with each other, sharing our thoughts and views and even business plans – had a blast!
My only regret is that I wasn’t able to go to Jfilm because of our overtime in the gym – i didn’t notice it was already 5pm! But God has a purpose for everything. Today’s sunday and it’s the first time Richmond’s going to experience attending a CCF St. Francis worship service as I asked him to go with me, telling him I have to go to church. He didn’t even think about it – he just agreed. Praise God!
It’s early morning as I make this blog entry. My body still aches in several places but I know that it’s for my physical health so I’m not in any way discouraged. Gonna have my quiet time in a few. Next week’s going to be our mock defense and defense proper. Please do pray for us. After that, I’m gonna finish my OJT then CELEBRATE!!! December’s coming up and I’m excited to go places with my friends and dgroup.
And then after all this, it’s going to be the corporate world… Work… I found out in OJT that work was really not my thing. I’d rather run a business or keep on writing and blogging. Or…. If God wills it… Serve Him in church – but that’s going to be one of the thoughest decisions I’m going to make. Pray for me please.
Oh well, we’re going to go to CCF St. Francis in a few. I have to pinch Richmond coz he’s still sleeping heavily. Looking forward to an exciting day!!!! =D Thank you Lord!!!
A helpful post taken from lifesnips.com. It talks about how you can find new ideas when you run to a wall in your mind and you can’t seem to write about anything. You might just find it helpful =)