Please Teach Me

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble His way.
– Psalms 25:9 

Please teach me this one lesson that always eludes me when I need it most.
Please help me learn the better way, exalted and not brought low.
Please show me Your greatness every morning that I may start with awe.
May I start with Your majesty before I seek my own beauty – as I am prone.
Forgive my inclination to reject and debate those who bring correction.
Help me see love in careful attention, not judgement and rejection.
But I must admit my soul struggles with the thought of being found wanting.
So fill me with Your love as You discipline me, remind me of Your affection.
For out in a world of lions and she-wolves is a punishment so severe.
They lure me with acceptance, use me, empty me, and leave me with fear.
But Your rod, the rod of the Good Shepherd, though all its blows sting,
Is a rod I have learned to trust, so in my heart’s pain I sing.
How beautiful the hand that holds the instrument of correction.
How beautiful to know that hand belongs to You.
For once humility arrives, now both palms take hold of my heart,
And here I find a sanctuary of all that is trustworthy and can be relied.
How beautiful that hand that holds the instrument of correction.
How beautiful to know that hand belongs to You.

Psalm 37: Assurance

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16 Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
20 But the wicked will perish:
Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be destroyed.
23 The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be a blessing.
27 Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed;
the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.
30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;
their feet do not slip.
32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
intent on putting them to death;
33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
34 Hope in the Lord
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.
37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace.
38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
there will be no future[e] for the wicked.
39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

The Acorn, the Drop, and the Waterboy

This is the summary of my super short talk for Habitat for Humanity on the topic of nation building. It was my goal to convey very succinctly one message: it’s not about a few special people doing special things, but about us realizing we are that special person with special things waiting for us to do…

…IF we will invest our time, energy, and money wisely.

It’s about all of us taking on the responsibility of the role we have in each other’s lives.

Be an Acorn that grows into a strong and large tree that blesses others. Die to yourself and be planted. 

 Be a Drop, that though no one recognises you or insignificant you seem, your life’s worth ripples through eternity. 

Better to be a Water Boy in a winning team than the star player of a losing team, because when the clock runs out, and the buzzer sounds, ALL the winners run to the middle and rejoice. From the stars to the supporters, all the winners rejoice. And the stars of the losing team? They leave in sadness.

I’m not a fan of celebrityism or superstars. Stop focusing on the superstars. Be amazing at whatever you do. We are part of team Philippines, let’s win.