faith or fate?

Is it Faith or Fate to:

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Follow the unknown to discover the truthfulness of truth?

My world is peopled by myriads of undertakings and most of them are unknown to me. Is life a sincere joke or a playful trick? My life revolves and rotates inside out with the existence of unknown things. As a young fellow, I am fond of watching t.v. series like Buffy–The Vampire Slayer, Felicity, Dawson’s Creek, 7th Heaven and Roswell. The earthbound Liz Parker (Shiri Appleby) from Roswell (alien-inspired series) opens my mind about  what is real and what is not. She learned that her life suddenly changed when she met Max Evans (Jason Behr) an alien.

When she narrated, “we don’t have to be afraid of the unknown,  —realization sprung in my mind— “the newness of our life always surprises us.” The impermanence of life is the constancy of the world and the unknown always knocks at our door.

Does faith bring me to go somewhere else, walk the aisle of uncertainty to discover and tempt the unknown?

 

Allow my mind to cast no shadow of doubt?

Life means all that it ever meant. I don’t have to ask the meaning of life because it is not answered in fulfillment. It is answered when set into action… the meaning of life is to mean its meaning. No one is completely without doubts and uncertainties looking for life’s meaning. Let us listen to the song “Shifting Sand” by (Caedmon’s Call), “and like I can simmer I’ve been thinking if I could just get a little bit more. More than my fifteen minutes of faith, then I’ll be secure… my faith is like shifting sand changed by everyway”…

This stimulating song reawakened my slumbering heart. I am always in search for security and assurance in life. “Shifting Sand” really has its way reawakening me. Truly, life has no guarantee unless I have an irrepressible faith.

Does faith bring me to accept the worst and hope for the best to live my life inspite of doubts and uncertainties?

 

Insist the Maker’s will to decide my life?

Life is a never-ending why. It has its own magic to learn the will of the Man Above. Things do not happen by chance and their purposes are yet  to be unfolded. My life is in the process of unfoldment and it is made and designed by the Great Maker. I am music-oriented and I’m into alternative rock. I Like Creed, Collective Soul, Matchbox 20, Oasis and Third-Eye-Blind and this Christian rock band, Vertical Horizon, provokes me about their hit song “You’re a God!” Cause you’re a God and I am not, and I just thought that you would know.”

The lyrics provoke me to analyze myself when it comes to transcendental matter. I think God is not an instant God. He is not an answering-machine God that for every doubt I clarify, there is an instant reply. The things I ask don’t happen overnight. With this in mind, we need to have faith.

Does faith bring me to comprehend and discern my capacity to surrender myself and empower His will?

 

Turn to incomprehensibilty of my human nature?

 

Life is far from ordinary. Life itself is incredible than our imagination. There should always be a mystery and with life’s mystery, requires a magnitude of faith. Let us watch “American Beauty!.” It’s a must-see movie. This kind of movie inspires me because of its giant appeal and mature touch. It’s about a man who has a sort of the rebirth in his life.

The mystery of life seems unclear to him. As he goes through the course and kaleidoscopic journey of his life, he realized how precious and mysterious life is. If the mystery of life keeps us bored, then what is in store for us? If boredom drains us, faith is highly recommended. Faith is the answer for us to believe in God’s untold reply of mystery.

Does faith bring me to be excited about life despite the daily grinds and mundane of life?

Hanker the masterful footsteps to fear no interruption?

 

Life is not a destination, it is a journey. For those who are voracious readers, I suppose they know one of the masterpieces of literature—- the “Illiad and Odyssey.” This work written by Homer reminds me that life is a journey.  As we know, Ulysses left Ithaca for ten years because of Trojan War. There are lots of startling events he encountered returning to his home.

The time he spent and the places he traveled don’t really matter but the adventures he had encountered and the trials he had surpassed. There are life’s interruptions and blocks and with their challenges, faith is the invincible weapon to journey through our lives.

Does faith bring me to set aside my destination and focus my journey with courage and strength?

 

All my life, living the 25th year of life in this world,  I am a big believer that FAITH is all about turning doubt into hope, worry into worship and pain into gain. It is believing into something unbelievable beyond reason.  It is holding onto miracle when life is in a constant upheaval…. It is still waiting for His promises when the world is so cruel and unkind… It is believing in Him when our inner demons deceive us… It is fighting all those inner demons lurking us. Best of all, it is calling Him to rescue us from all those evils….

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make a lot of good friends…..

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   F acing different personality is

   R eally risky to come by

   I nspiring us to be flexible and well-rounded

   E xcitement and confusion we encounter

   N ever say never

   D ribble ourselves with sincerity

 

 

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 Do we really need friends and companions? Yes definitely! There’s a friendship factor which repacked our life in a tightly whole package that tells us we need to make a lot of good friends.

We are social beings who need companions and friends because connecting and interconnecting with people can give profound and everlasting meaning into our lives.

Friendship, first of all, is sharing the gift of oneself and extending one’s interests and values in life. It is a covenant wherein both friends are accountable for one another. It is helping each other in times of distress and trouble as well as celebrating each other’s victory and triumph.

               So how can we seek friendship?

 

Show interest to people.

There’s nothing more sweet, delightful and caring to know that others show interest in us. We should easily make friends and turn our acquaintances into real friends because we need friends. From a human viewpoint, we all crave to be known and appreciated in the context of a greater, more and whole relationship. We all want that people take time to know and show interest on our being just the way we are. However, we should show sincerity when we do that. We just don’t show interest on others for them to show interest in us back. It should be free, spontaneous  and comes out naturally.

Open up.

We should be transparent because openness begets openness. Revealing ourselves to people can make them open up to us in return. In both cases, we get to know them more and knowing them more is the start of a beautiful friendship.

However, we don’t just open up to anybody for there are people out there who are false friends and inversely; we don’t just close ourselves to anyone we don’t know yet because they maybe potential real friends.

We need to scrutinize and choose people whom we can become friends with. We should observe their value system and the things that they do and enjoy in order to choose our friends correctly. It is all about taking risk and discerning who is who to find true friends.

 

Show care and concern.

What’s the secret to make people draw closer to us and care for us? —- It is by showing that we need and love them. It is telling them that they are needed and loved. I strongly believe that these are the concrete actions we can do in so doing. We may invite them in any social gatherings. Also, being present at each other’s special moments, giving them gifts in their special occasions, visiting them when they are sick, cheering them up in times of problems and just attending to their needs signal a meaningful relationship. It is all about making oneself available and reachable to strengthen the bond.

Participate.

Participating in their life’s agenda really instills our humanness that we need people. We need to seek connection because we need people around us to be happy and joyful. We need people to be happy because too much aloneness can give us loneliness. Inviting them into our space and time and sharing one’s blessings can strengthen the bond we create. We should  stay connected whether it is ups and downs and highs and lows moments of life.

We should also spend quality time with our friends in order to have memories to look back as we get older.

 

Become Trustworthy and Loyal Friend.

Trust begets trust and with trust, springs forth loyalty. Honesty is required to gain and maintain a deep friendship so we should be trustworthy. It is when something intimate or complicated is being shared to us, we keep them to ourselves. We should be faithful even in smallest things in terms of friendship. We should always be at our friends’ side especially in sad moments and we should not turn against them.

how do you feel today?

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Psychologists observed and studied that:

If someone is angry over silly, small or petty things, it means he needs love.

If someone cries on little things, he is innocent and soft-hearted.

If someone cannot cry, he is weak.

If a person laughs too much even at silly things, he is lonely deep inside.

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ANGER weakens the liver
GRIEF weakens the lungs
WORRY weakens the stomach
STRESS weakens the heart and brain
FEAR weakens the kidney

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As Bo Sanchez, a great writer and terrific speaker says it eloquently….

Whenever you feel sad or lonely or depressed or angry or fearful—don’t run away from it, cover it up with busyness or entertainment, or worse, silence the negative feeling with an addiction. (All addictions, whether to drink, food, bulimia, shopping, or sex, is an escape from feelings we don’t want to face.) My prescription: Whenever you feel a negative emotion, be alone in a room and just sit down with it and feel it. Don’t judge it, criticize it, intellectualize it, explain it away. Allow yourself to feel the pain. It’s okay. (Feelings are not sin. Check out the Psalms if you don’t believe me!) Accompany it—breathe into it—and after awhile, you’ll feel the anger or fear or sadness lose it’s urgency and power. Allow God to tenderly embrace you in your pain.

And then, at the right time, you can let go.

Emotions are neutral…. It depends on how we acknowledge and express it…. This allows us to be more human…. It’s not wrong to be lonely or angry or afraid or confused and the list could go on when the situation calls for it…. The way we express them tells whether emotions suffocate or dictate us….
Need I say more….. LET GO AND LET GOD WHEN FEELINGS ARE IN UPHEAVAL…
LET’S SAY…. THIS TOO SHALL PASS….. Everything will come to pass….
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