My father has been the single biggest influence on my life. He taught me the meaning of being a man. He showed thru his actions that hard work does not mean being able to rest and slack off when you get home. The effort you put in at home should be equal to how hard you worked in the office. My childhood is filled with memories of my dad coming home at 5:30 pm and taking me to the courts to play until 9:00 pm. Never mind if he was tired from a long day at work. He always made me feel like i mattered. This is something i strive to do with my family today. If i can do it half as good as my father, my family will be in great shape. I know how much my father love me. I know how much i love my kids. All the love we have for one another does not compare to the love the lord as for us!!! how great is that!!!
The last few months have been tough. My father has seen his two brothers leave us and be with the good lord above. He tries to be brave but you can hear the sadness in his voice. I want my father to be happy. He deserves to be happy.
About 10 years ago, my father recorded a bunch of songs in english and filipino. When i played his old CD for him, I saw him smile and take joy in hearing them again. It was then i heard happiness in his voice once again. I would like to share is songs with you. Hug your fathers and tell them you love them.
Lately, I have been attacked a lot spiritually. Nothing bad or drastic, just a bunch of small events that are piling up on top of each other. The first few were easy to brush up but the last couple have started me along a mindset of being negative. It’s days like this that i need to take my eyes off what is giving me the problems and focus my eyes on the Lord. Prayer is more than just a wish list of wants and needs. Prayer is my opportunity to talk to my father and plead my case. It is a great relief to know that i have the God of Justice on my side.
The lyrics of the song “Awesome God” says it all…
Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom power and love
Our God is an awesome God
Speaking the of song Awesome God, the version from R-Swift is my favorite. I first heard this song when UFC lightweight Benson Henderson walked out to the octagon with this song blasting. I admire Benson for being at the top of his profession and not ashamed to wear his faith on his sleeve. like our motto says…WHY BE AN UNDERCOVER CHRISTIAN!!!
When people see my life, I want them to see a Christian. I want them to see love and hope. I want the Holy Spirit to use my life to effect positive change in someone else’s life. I have always said that I am not the perfect Christian. I search for Christ always and thats the best that I can do.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Are people happy that you are in their lives? Do you bring them happiness? Is joy and happiness present when you are around? Do you always try to make it a point to hurt people with your words? Are you a burden or a tool for Christ? These are questions that we need to answer honestly.
The world is full with negativity. The last thing we need is more of it. I challenge all readers of this blog to answer this question honestly:
AM I HURTING OR HELPING THE KINGDOM BY THE WAY I TALK?
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I challenge you to be an inspiration to everyone in your life. Talk them up, not down. Lift their spirits and not their worries. Plain and simple…let us all stop using our words as knives.
Mandy Hale says it best…
I was in the 6th grade and i gave my life over to Jesus. It was a scary time because i was afraid to tell my parents that I am now a Christian. Actually, it wasn’t until college when I was finally able to tell them about my faith in Christ. I cannot tell you the exact time and day that i was saved. I can tell you what was the first verse that i ever memorized. Back then (and today) this was a verse that spoke to me. It was everything that i was looking for all nicely wrapped up in just a few words. It was a reminded that with Jesus ANYTHING is possible. It spoke to the inner child in me. A child seeking something from his father. Recently, my daughter asked me what was my favorite bible verse. With that question, Matthew 7:7 and how it held my faith together at such a young age was brought back into the family.
What’s your favorite bible verse?