Bloom or Gloom

Last month while spending time with my niece, I chance upon two consecutive weeks wherein the Holy Mass Homily centered on the parable of talents. The Priest’s sermon focused more on our accountability during the graduation day – the review of the life we had here on earth once we came face to face with GOD in heaven.

It bothers me because I have to admit that for decades I have been stagnant. GOD presented a lot of opportunities for me to use my talents and along with it the challenges and hidden provisions he longed to provide. But then, I choose to either ignore it, procrastinate, let fear overcome me and still proceed with the more familiar comfort zone wherein there is no growth.

Now as this year is about to end and the new year 2021 approaches, I can’t help but envy most of my acquaintances who are living their lives to the fullest – they chose to faced the struggles that came along with the blessings GOD gave them.

I can’t help but wonder if there is still enough time to fulfill GOD’s purposes for my life which I’m pretty sure will be for my own good and both our pleasures. As it has been my habit to read devotionals and the Bible whenever I have this ‘doubting’ episodes, I luckily stumble on these verse which I think meant to encourage me:

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” – Romans 12:11 ESV

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.Proverbs 12:11 ESV

Connecting Dots

When I was a child, I enjoyed playing puzzles, one of them is connecting dots which will eventually lead you to decipher the hidden picture.

It exercises my mind and as I grow older, help me to be more analytical and intellectual. Because of this, I became a believer of the adage: “There are no accidents, everything happens for a reason”.

This year 2020 presented a lot of challenges for all of us. But if we will review some of the important events that occurred in our lives, we will see lessons, opportunities and even protection GOD sent for each one of us.

For me it would be that GOD made me realize that a simpler life is more beautiful, any excess won’t make my life more meaningful if HE is not the center of it; HE even answered my long time dream of working from home, HE provided blessings along the way and most of all – this blog had finally materialized.

That’s why when in doubt, this Bible Verse should pop up in our minds:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

“Whether for correction, or for His world,
Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.
Job 37:13

The Mustard Seed of Faith

When I was younger, I use to believed the impossible. I used to daydream and always am unrealistic. In my excitement for the fulfillment of my dreams, I would often tell people around me about it even if I haven’t taken any steps towards it’s fulfillment.

Because of this, sometimes I would often find out that they have already stole my idea and were already ahead of me in making their dreams turn into reality. Other people would sometimes label me as ambitious. This has discouraged me a lot and slowly, I became in touch with the reality until I became the cynic version of myself.

Instead of becoming an encourager, I find myself discouraging other people to lived up to their dreams. I became stale and no longer interested in pursuing any growth opportunity.

However, this pandemic as I fight the anxiety, stress and fears for the widespread unknown future, I learned to trust GOD more. I cling more to him, spend time with him each day for me to survive. As I do so, he slowly showed me how he is gently changing me back to my original state – trusting and full of hope.

I learned that to be able to believe the impossible, we must accept it’s opposite – the possibility of things to become reality. GOD thought me that whenever I slowly face each fears with him, my faith is growing. Until the things I thought to be impossible is really possible – with HIM by our side.

Luke 18:27
But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”

Matthew 17:20
And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.