Hi everyone! I apologize for being away for quite some time. Here’s a comeback post for you 🙂
The Lord has been good to me for giving me an opportunity and time to write again. Recently, I volunteered to write for SAVED App. But this one’s not about my writing; it’s about this cool stuff. So allow me to introduce you to SAVED App.
It is a great tool to inform its users of the love of Jesus Christ and to help make the Word of God easily available to anyone. With the Saved App, users can access a digital bible, read featured stories of various speakers and artists, Christian Testimonies, access list of Christian songs, and listen and vote songs on SAVED on Energy FM.
Christian artists Switchfoot, Kari Jobe, Paul Baloche, writers/speakers C.S. Lewis, Paul Washer, and some Christian celebrities, among others, are just few of the people who willingly shared their profiles and testimonies to inspire SAVED App users.
The articles are easily shareable via social media platforms to reach out to our friends and relatives online. Users can also get latest updates on SAVED events and other Christian events in Asia Pacific. Guess you might want to share the event and tag along friends with you.
If you want to know more about SAVED App, you might as well download it now! (available on iOS, Android, and WIndows phone) 🙂
Men ask, “How do you know if your life is worth lived?” You’ll know it in eternity, when your Master tells you, “Well done good and faithful servant, come and share your Master’s happiness.
I’ve been talking about LOVE recently, frequently…but I admit, I don’t have any perfect description for that, except by telling a story of a man very close to my heart. He wasn’t like that to me until I came to know that he was the one who first loved me – genuinely and selflessly loved me. Now, how would I tell this story?…
I didn’t do anything to gain his favor. I was ugly, dirty, bad, seriously bad. I indulged myself in parties, alcohol, gossips, lies, boys…sex. They’re all pleasurable, and I wouldn’t even want to stop those habits. If someone would try to stop me, I’d say “Get out of my way!”. This man knew all these things about me. Now how would I feel about that? I felt so embarrassed when he told me that he’s there watching me, every single day of my life. From where? I don’t know, from afar? from the club’s corner? the library? I really don’t know. But when I looked into his eyes, even without trying to stop me from what I had been doing…His eyes were burning coals melting my big rock of pride. I wished I could melt and disappear with it. For the first time, I felt the pain, the shame, the guilt of all that was. I felt like I had just risen from my tomb of past. I was dead. And this man’s touch, and the deep compassion and empathy I saw in his eyes made me alive. It was so sudden. He made me realize the weight of what I have done and the judgement that awaits me. He wasn’t taking away his eyes off me. Then I felt water filling up my eyes. It went thicker, and thicker, until I felt the first drop flow through my cheeks. I was holding my breath, but I couldn’t take it any longer…I wept. As I was getting down to my knees, my hand ran through his face, then his shoulders, through his arms, and to his hands…my hands to his. The contact felt so strange…why? I kept on running my fingers through these beautiful hands…then I felt a gap in the middle of his palm…a circular gap…a hole. One hole on each hand. What are these? Then before a word could come out from my mouth, he scooped me like a groom would do to his bride. I was in shock, and I couldn’t utter a word. He started to walk.
“Do you know those things would happen?” he asked.
I know he was referring to my life’s disasters. “No,” I answered.
“I know. You weren’t there when I…..Do you have any idea how long I’ve waited for this moment?”
I was lost, really lost in this man, his touch, his piercing look, and I couldn’t say anything.
He broke the silence, “How long have I waited for this moment to touch you, have contact with you, to talk to you, to see you looking at me like this? Like I exist?” he uttered the last line almost whispering to my ears. “You kept ignoring me before. But I promised myself to make you notice me, in a way that you won’t be able to resist my presence. And here you are now, curled up in my arms, helpless…like how I planned it.”
I was really helpless, and lost in his arms, but I love how the situation was going. I wasn’t even sure where he’s taking me.
“I promised myself to get you away from that life. To save you from the world where you don’t belong. You belong with me,” he held my hand to his heart, “right here. And now that I have you, I won’t ever let you go. No one and nothing can ever snatch you out of my hands, out of my love.”
And I couldn’t pull back the tears in my eyes. And at the impulse of my joy, I wrapped my arms around his neck. I wept again…this time, a weep of relief, of joy. How could a man ever love someone like me?
Suddenly I remembered his hands, but before I could ask him, he said as if he could read my mind, “I did it for you. It should have been you…nailed on that cross.”
“What for?”,” I exclaimed.
“For the penalty of your sins.”
“Why did you take my place?”
“So you wouldn’t have to suffer it all…so you wouldn’t stand under judgement…so you can live and be with me wherever I go. So you can talk to me as I talk to you…so I can have your heart. I did it because I love you, don’t ask me another ‘why’…I chose to love you.”
I am struck amazed by his words. I don’t know this man, but he’s so engaging. And his voice is like a sonata, taking me away with its music, making my body numb, until all I can see is his light and all I can hear is his voice, and all at once I am succumbed to all that he is, to his divine presence. And I have the peace. I know I can trust him, I can live the rest of my life with him. I don’t have any idea how long he’s been walking, but it’s like just the beginning of forever. And I’m still in his arms. I am trying to think of questions, there are so many things I’d like to ask him, so many things unclear. And yet, I am lost in the moment. Surely he can answer these all, but for now, I love to linger in his arms. I don’t know what will happen next but the security of his love and his words are more than enough to hush away all the worries, the fears, the doubts…the past.
Happy Valentines Day! Don’t fret just because you don’t have a date or because you’re thinking that no one would give you those red stuffs you’re seeing while you’re on your way to school/work. Show some smile, a wide one, because you are loved.
Now may not yet be the time for a ‘romantic love’, but everyday is a day to cherish the love of family, friends, relatives, mentors among others. Valentines day is a special day to celebrate love, but surely we can do it everyday.
Forget the past hurts and foresee the good things that lie ahead. You may have had painful experiences with your past lovers but don’t take it against the person, it will do you no good. You would end up frowning all day, being preoccupied by evil plots, wishing you could make any way to avenge your broken heart. It’s not the way to go. Give yourself some relief for this Valentines day by letting go of anger (or if you’d call that grudge) and bitterness and replace it with forgiveness and a hopeful heart looking forward to meeting the best man for you. This may not be easy but you can always take it slow. Time heals. You just have to take a leap of faith to take your first step on moving on.
Some of you may haven’t had any lover yet, ever. Cheer up, because your heart is being preserved for the best one. Giving yourself a deadline will only make things more frustrating, especially if things aren’t going the way you want them to be. Relax. Breathe. The journey of finding your partner is not like a race. Life is not a frantic race at all (from the film The Three Idiots). Enjoy what you have now. Appreciate the people you meet everyday. Embrace the love of people around you, reciprocate it. Nurture the love that is inside you so when the time comes to meet that special man in your life, you are ready to share the overflowing love from within your heart. Patience is a virtue. We’ve heard it a million times, but its essence and reward come only to those who practice it. “Great things happen to those who wait.”
In order to give and appreciate love, always remember the origin of it – He who loves us unconditionally and selflessly. “No love is greater than this: that a man would give his life for a friend.” Treasure His love and reciprocate it. Consider it as a training ground for the man He has prepared for you. When we experience this real love from Above, only then can we spread it among others.