What I learned from Waiting Patiently

And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised – Hebrews 6:15

Abraham waited for so long to have a son. He endured every suffering throughout his journey to receive the promise of God. And despite of impossibilities, he believed the Lord, and it was credited to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6). God saw his faith and character that is why he obtained the promise.

Sometimes time will test you. Will you keep on waiting or will you just settle for less? I could have settled for less. But because I have known God throughout good and bad season, I remained to cling on His promises – knowing that He cannot lie and His promises will soon be fulfilled on His perfect and beautiful time.

Some people have decided to compromise because they think that waiting just increases their agony. In times that they have no idea what will happen next, they settle for less. What waiting patiently has taught me is that to deepen my faith in times that I don’t know what future is ahead of me. I just embrace the idea that God has best and amazing plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11). Waiting patiently stretches my faith as I continue to believe on what I do not see.

Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). Even there’s small distracting voice trying to make you worry, your faith will encourage you to believe and trust on Him. You will be reminded that you have a big and awesome God who would fulfill His promises on our lives.

Waiting for something or someone is just another testing to surpass. It may be painful, but at the end it will be all worth it. The process of waiting will build your character and will deepen your relationship to Him.

While waiting, just do your best in all areas of your life for the glory of God. Work with all your heart for you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24). Focus on what God wants you to do and keep your trust on Him for the latter will always be greater than the former.

And whatever will happen on your life, it’s always according to the His plan. Be the best that God wants you to be while you are waiting patiently

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8 Life Values You Can Learn From A Military Training

taken during my Kuya's Incorporation day

taken during my Kuya’s Incorporation day

            Choosing to serve your country and other people is not just a job, but a calling. And that calling will require you something: to pay the price.

            However, pursuing this kind of calling is not just about suffering but more of the priceless fulfillment you could ever have in your life.

            Last month, we already had the chance to visit my Kuya (older brother) from his training camp for Officer Candidate of Philippine Air Force in Lipa, Batangas after five long months of no communication.

            After observing & hearing my Kuya’s story from his challenging and strict training, here are the life values I have observed that we can practically apply to our own lives as we face our battles and chase our own dreams.

1. Discipline will allow you to go to your next level.

 “Discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11) There is no discipline that seems pleasing. But all hardship that we will encounter will eventually refine and mold us to be the best that we can be. 


2. Undergoing strict training is essential for you.

 Strict training will help us form our character. You can never be better/great without training. Imagine a Soldier without a proper training, not undergoing proper basic shooting skills, what could we expect from their performance then? 

Strict Training prepares you for the real battle. It will dictate your performance. So whether you don’t like to the process of training, you still have to love it.

3. You should face your fear

The only way to conquer your fear is to face it. Your fear is your unnecessary baggage that stops you from growing.  In military training, they have to face their fear. If they don’t know how to swim, they should learn to whether they like it or not. They are thought to conquer their fear because most of the time we allow our fear to consume and control us. But if we learn to face our own fear, we can expect to be the best version of us.

4. It’s better to be uncomfortable

 The moment you stay on your comfort zone that’s the time you will stop on growing. In Military training, they have to beat their own record everyday. Improvement should always be evident in their performance. Thus, in life, you should always aspire to conquer greater heights and to keep from complacent atmosphere.

5. Trust and obey the authority

The authority delegated to our lives see things beyond what we can see. Their vision is beyond on what we see. That’s why sometimes we hardly understand their instructions. But at the end, you have to obey because their instructions are always for the sake of us. You have to obey because obedience brings reward.

6.  Don’t quit! Quitting is for the weak

The easiest decision you could make when hard pressed comes is to give up. It is easy to give up. But a soldier never quit. It is never part of their vocabulary. You have to finish what you have started because your efforts will soon be paid off

7. Focus on the result

Focus on the price not on the negative things that will just make you discourage. If the prize is not clear to you, you will hardly fight for it. The result will push you to the limits and will allow you to go extra mile when difficult times go. Result is always priceless.

8. Your character matters!

Your skills aren’t enough to sustain you. What matters is your character! The Lord wants to see your heart not your skills. You have to stay humble no matter what you have achieved. Your heart to serve should never waiver and you should always have the right motivation why you are doing things. 

To our Heroes, Fallen 44

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Being a soldier is a tough and dangerous job.

No one can ever explain how it was difficult to stay away from their families and go to the most dangerous area on the country where you are clueless if you can go back home or not.

It is not an easy profession. It requires a servant heart and a dedicated spirit. It takes passion for your work and a compassion for other people.

The SAF 44, who ended their lives on an encounter at Mamasapano, Maguindanao with the MILF and BIFF in search for an international terrorist Marwan, will never be forgotten.

To our fallen heroes, we will always salute and honor your bravery. We can never payback what you have done on our country just to attain peace.

And to the leader who is behind this operation – still unknown as of this moment, I condemned your action! A leader has its essential role to lead the troops. This operation was made into secret to prevent the MILF from getting any hint regarding their plan. They did not even inform the AFP regarding their operation.

I just hope that leaders who do not pursue their personal agenda will rise up! We need strong and effective leaders who don’t mind if his name will be recognized or not.

A leader is not after the distinction or praises of other people, his always after serving his fellow countrymen.

But when are we going to have this kind of leader?
When another soldiers will sacrifice their lives?
When another operation will fail its mission?
Or when we have a mature leader on the government who would not answer safe but admit his shotcomings?

I still wonder when are we going to have this kind of leader?

The fallen 44 should have not been killed if not for a leader who allowed the operation without considering the worst and coordinating with the AFP.

May this event serve as a lesson for each of us.

I demand the government to take an immediate action regarding this.

Let’s not be apathetic about this. They deserve Justice!

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