All our lives we’ve been out looking for someone who will sweep us off our feet. When you’re young, you’ll always want to have a love story kind of like what you see in the movies. Knight in shining armor or prince charming? Or maybe rescuing a damsel in distress or a princess in her pretty dress and hair? Ah, fairy tales. Dreamy, ain’t it?
I used to. I still do sometimes. You know that emptiness despite having all the love in the world? That longing? That sense of completeness?
Most of the time, we tend to find our sense of importance with our social circle, job, material things, money, bank account, net worth, popularity, power, talents, skills, or with our relationships.
But see, you’re looking for love at the wrong places. We all are.
Consistent, unconditional, radical, true love. Only with Jesus can you find these. Only with God can you truly experience that.
"And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
- Hebrews 12:1-2
God blessed us with all we have, but that’s not the end all, be all of our lives. They don’t define us. It will never define us. It will never make us feel whole, complete, or happy. Never like the joy that God brings.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
- 1 Peter 1:8
In the busyness and everything in this life and in this world, this will forever be a constant reminder for myself, too.
Such a beautiful song.
Beautiful Lord - Leeland
When the storm is raging all around me
You are the peace that calms
My troubled sea
And when the cares of this world
Darken my day
You are the light that shines
And shows me the way
Oh, the beauty of Your majesty
On the cross You showed Your love for me!
Awesome and mighty
I’m captured by this love I see
Tender and holy
Your mercy brings me to my knees
It’s Your mercy that has made me free
When my sin is all that I can see
Your grace remains the shelter that I seek
And when my weakness is all I can give
Your gentle Spirit gives me strength again
And oh, the beauty of Your majesty
On the cross You showed Your love for me
And I am lifted by Your love to sing!
It’s Your mercy that has made me free!
"Treat them like you did at the beginning and there will never be an end."
I read this on Twitter and it hit me.
Sure. But, things always change. People do too. And as people, it’s hard for us to keep doing the things we’ve always been doing. We are dynamic human beings. We keep up, we change. Things end. We start over.
Those changes could be good or bad for you and for the people you’re always with. It helps to take time and reflect the things we do, how we’ve been and how we are. Has it been better? Or has it gone worse? Do the things you do, how you react and what you say give life or often hurt people? See, these people I’m talking about aren’t just anyone. They are the people really close to you or important to you. After all, they’re the ones we always hurt most. Maybe because of familiarity and the fact that no matter what, we know they will always be there. Tolerance.
But really, like normal human beings, we all have our breaking point. There may come a time that they won’t. And you’re left to wonder what ever happened.
So before you react, think. Before you do, think. Before you say something, think. There’s no going back at the moment you’ve done it or said it. Ask yourself, is it worth losing and hurting people over something that is replaceable? That won’t really matter years from now? Is it worth wasting energy over something so petty?
Time and energy are such a valuable things to waste on things that are not exactly of value. We may have different reasons why we waste our time and energy on some things, but it’s all about balance and knowing what your priority in life really is.
Maraming bagay ang nagbabago dala ng panahon. Sa buhay, sa sitwasyon, sa pakikitungo, sa pag-iisip, sa pagmamahal, sa pagsasalita, sa paggawa, o sa pagkilos. ‘Yun lang naman ang permanente ‘di ba? Pagbabago.
Isipin mo, tingnan mo, pagmasdan mo… Madami nang nagbago. Marami na ang dumating at umalis. Marami ka nang luhang iniyak, stressful weeks na napagdaanan at nalagpasan, answered prayers, at pagkaing ikinain. Pero sa lahat ang hindi nagbago, ang pagmamahal ni Lord para sa’yo.
Sure na sure.
Salamat, Lord. Dahil sa mga panahon na ‘to, puno ng pagod, puyat, pag-aalala, at kalungkutan paminsan, alam ko na nandyan Ka na mahal ako at hindi ako iiwan, sasaktan o pababayaan.
Hindi lahat ng bagay nadadaan sa biro. Hindi lahat ng bagay na nakakatuwa para sa’yo, nakakatuwa rin sa ibang tao. Hindi lahat ng nakasanayan, e ganun na lang.
Matuto tayong maintindihan kung ano ang nararamdaman ng iba. Matuto tayong makiramdam kung kelan ang pwede pa at kung kelan ang tama na. Dahil hindi sa lahat nang panahon, pagbibigyan ka nila, iintindihin o i-totolerate. Baka magulat ka na lang isang araw, napagod na pala sila.