Reprise: Do all your work in love

Love talk series continues in ChristianBlessings blog, Christian Tagalog Talk section. I hope that my posts there inspire you in your everyday walk of life. In case you missed the last post (Do all your work in love), you may view it here. In line with that, I thought of sharing something with you today which I stumbled upon the internet last week.  I must admit it provoked me to reflect and ask myself how to do the similar act of love with the gifts God has given me.

I am talking about no other than the admirable deed of a Filipino hair stylist, Mark Bustos, who is now residing at the New York City.  I know this is not among the latest news features today; it actually circulated through social media and dailies around August of this year.  I’m pretty sure some of you might have had already heard about him offering his haircut service for free to homeless people within the vicinity.

You may view full articles and look at the transformation photos in the following links:

Mark Bustos cuts hair of a homeless New Yorker. (photo credit: Devin Masga)
Filipino haristylist, Mark Bustos, cuts hair of a homeless New Yorker. (photo credit: Devin Masga)

Now, I do not know if he’s a Christian or not. But setting religion aside, what he has done and has been doing until the present time is indeed commendable.  He shows a concrete example of sharing love to others, even to people we do not personally know.

We need not be rich to extend some help to those who are in need or to give our contributions for the betterment of our society.  I have always believed that part of God’s plan in humankind is that each one of us should participate in building up each other in love and in good faith according to the gifts God has given us.

In the case of Mark Bustos, he knows he has a talent in hair styling/hair cutting, and he took advantage of this gift to give back to the society by offering his service to the homeless for free.  This way, he gives hope to these people.  If you read the articles, the transformation story and feel-good effect of the people are tear-jerking.  One even asked him right after his haircut, “Do you know someone who’s hiring?” cause he once again felt that he looks good enough to search for a job.

Bustos said he intentionally cuts hair for the homeless in open, well-traveled spaces like street corners and sidewalks so that the public can watch — “not to see me,” he notes, but so that others can find inspiration in the good deed, and be kind to those less unfortunate as well. “Even a simple smile can go a long way,” Bustos told HuffPost.

Simple acts of love can result to great stories of transformation in people’s lives.

Christians, where are we now? What are we contributing for the wellness of the world God has created? What cause are we living for in the name of God’s love?


1 Corinthians 16:14 "Do all your work in love."
1 Corinthians 16:14 “Do all your work in love.”

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How then should you love your neighbor?

From last week’s post (Who is my neighbor?), let’s now take a look at how then we should love our neighbors.

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Last time, we were able to identify our neighbor in the commandment, “love your neighbor as you love yourself”.  In this post, let us take a look at the weight of love that we ought to give our neighbors by looking again to the very words of Jesus.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

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Who is my neighbor?

“Love your neighbor as yourself”…so who is my neighbor?

Sequel to “Revisiting the Two Greatest Commandments

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To recap last week’s introductory post for our “love talk” series, here’s a photo verse that says it all:

1 John 4:20-21 Illustration by Lara Harwood – www.laraharwood.co.uk

36 “Teacher,” he asked, “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and the most important commandment. 39 The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ 40 The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments.” ~Matthew 22:36-40

In marketing, you cannot meet your goals if you do not know your target market.  As Christians, our goal is to obey God’s commandments.  So he said, love the Lord, and love your neighbor.  In the first command, it’s quite easy to point who should be the…

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Stupid for You by Marie Digby (cover)

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Drawing (Photo credit: Wikipedia) – Marie Digby

My cover of Marie Digby’s Stupid for You

Marie Digbie’s “Stupid For You” got covered…by me 🙂

*Please click the link title*  Hope you’ll enjoy it!

-Moon

Hiding My Heart by Adele (cover)

The cover for Adele's single Make You Feel My Love
(Photo credit: Wikipedia) – Adele

Hiding my Heart by Adele (cover)

…because I’d love to share with you some of my music and talent 🙂 Did a cover of Adele’s “Hiding My Heart”.  Hope you’ll like it. 🙂  *please click link title*

-Moon

Love Mirage (a special read on Valentines Day)

(fiction)

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?…

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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.

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38-39
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39

(fiction)

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