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Urgent and Important

Many people nowadays are surprisingly interested in time management. I’ve been hearing a lot of people say lately that they feel like they’re not productive or efficient enough with their time. Some say that they think they only have very few or limited hours in a day to accomplish certain things. The questions they frequently ask are: “How do I manage my time?”, “What’s the best way I can manage time well?” or “What are the tips and tricks so that I can be more productive or efficient?”

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Last Tuesday, I conducted a time management training with 20 students. The training is based mostly on the content our senior pastor made inspired from Ephesians 5.

Ephesians 5:15-17

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

On this short verse alone, we can get a lot of insights on how we can manage our time well. The Bible is just that amazing wouldn’t you agree?!

BUT WAIT!!!!!

I will not be sharing the learnings from that training today.

Maybe next week (Kainis ba at nakakabitin?).

Before you shoot me :)), we’re going to focus on something I believe should come first before we go to the tips on how to manage our time effectively. First we have to understand and grasp the urgency and importance of our subject matter.

URGENT IMPORTANT

I believe that in order for us to manage our time well, it’s very crucial that we first grasp the urgency and importance on why we have to do it in the first place. If we understand and absorb the WHY, the HOW will be easy. So today we’ll focus on the WHY first, because once we get the WHY, the HOW will be easy. After this, then we’ll focus on how to manage our time well based on Ephesians 5 (wait for that next week).

WHY DO WE NEED TO MANAGE OUR TIME WELL?

The reason why we need to manage our time well is basically because of this: TIME IS FLEETING. We can never get it back once it is already gone.

Imagine for a second if someone were to give you this very moment a huge amount of money let’s say PHP 10,000. What will you do with it? Will you just waste it or will you carefully think about where to put the money? Will you put it to good use? For many of us, we’ll be very careful where to put such a big amount of cash. It’s funny how we treat money with such importance but sometimes with time we don’t. The thing is, we don’t realize that time is more important than money. Author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn captured it when he said this statement about time:

“”Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”

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Author and leadership expert Tim Elmore shares in his book (Habitudes) a nice illustration of how time works (paraphrased). Imagine this:

What if someone anonyomously deposits money in your bank account every day? Each day it is the same amount: 86,400 cents which is equal to 864 pesos. That’s PHP 25,920 a month! The money is yours to spend however you wish but there’s just one catch. You have to use it or you will lose it. Any amount left by the strike of midnight will be taken away if not used. The question is: How will you spend that money every single day?

If this was true, we’d definitely think long and hard about how we would spend the money right? We may start making a list of how we will spend it. What to buy, how much to spend when and where.

Why would you take it seriously? That’s a pretty good amount of money and you don’t want to waste any by the end of the day.

I believe that’s a great illustration on how time works.

Time is both URGENT and IMPORTANT. Urgent because life is so short and time will just pass us by if we don’t spend it. Important because of its value: again, time is more valuable than money. If time is both urgent and important then logically we should it treat it the same: with URGENCY and IMPORTANCE. The only problem is we don’t treat it like that.

One of Moses’ prayer to God is this:

Psalm 90:12

So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Moses prays to God that he will reveal to his people how short, temporary and fleeting life is so that they will start living their time and their lives wisely. Prior to this, the Israelites were living in sin and stubbornness to God not realizing how foolish it is to live like that.

Back in 2009, our church Victory, had a series titled: One Life to Live which was based on a book titled: One Month to Live. For me, this series is one of the best I’ve ever attended. The series helped changed my perspective and view about life. The title alone of the series speaks a lot. We only have ONE LIFE TO LIVE we have to make this life count. Ever since then, I became very very intentional as to how I’m going to spend the rest of my time here on earth. I definitely don’t want it just to go to waste. My time here on earth is my stewardship. God gave me the responsibility to manage it well so as to bring glory and honor due his name.

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Our lives are going to be summarized by a dash. This dash is going to be found in our epitaphs in the future. This is how people are going to remember us by. All of us are going to die that’s for sure the question is how are we going to spend our few, short and limited time here on earth? My hope is that you will have that sense of urgency and importance about time. My prayer is like that of Moses’ that God will teach us to number our days so that we may learn to live this life wisely.

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Let’s make our lives count. Let’s maximize the time that we have for God’s honor and glory. God bless! 🙂

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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Leadership

 

Which season is the best?

For the past couple of weeks I was asked the question: “Kuya, anong season mas masaya?… Singles or Youth?” After quickly thinking about it, I answered and said that one season isn’t better than the other. Both have their advantages. One of the best things about college is that it was a season for me where I had a lot of time in my hands. I was able to choose where to spend most of it. It was a time when I was able to meet new friends and build close relationships with the exorbitant time I had.

Season

Yesterday, I attended a friend’s wedding. Her name is Arra and she was our lead vocalist for our band back in college. All the members of the band was there. It was such a refreshing and fun time just recalling all our sweet memories together. The band I played in back in college is one of my best memories for that season. I’ll never regret being a part of it and spending hours of my time practicing, jamming, making music, recording and playing with them.

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Being a single professional also has its benefits, as this is a season where you’re already earning money and discovering the right career path. One of the best things of being in this season is that you don’t have to worry about doing homework on a weekend 😀 I bet that most students can’t wait to enter into this time of their lives. 😀

Single Professionals

Again, going back to the question: “Kuya, anong season mas masaya?… Singles or Youth?” It’s not really about one season being better than the other. It’s about maximizing the season you are currently in. It’s about making the most of every opportunity given to you. Once you’re done with that season you can never come back and do things over again. So don’t rush yourselves out of the season you’re in. Every season is a preparation for the next one. Ecclesiastes gives us valuable wisdom and insights regarding seasons:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8,11

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
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a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
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a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;
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a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
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a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
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a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
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a time to tear, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
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a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.

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He has made everything beautiful in its time…

The Bible clearly embraces this idea and concept of seasons. I think seasons are one of the tools God uses to guide us in knowing and understanding his will for our lives. Again always remember:

Embrace your season and maximize every moment, time and opportunity God has given you for this period

The Apostle Paul also emphasizes this in the book of Ephesians:

Ephesians 5:15-17
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

He tells us in the ESV version above to “make the best use of time.” In the NIV version he tells us to “make the most out of every opportunity.” The greek word used for time here is the word “Kairos”. There are usually two greek words associated for time, one is Kairos while the other is “Chronos.” Kairos talks about the opportune time while Chronos talks about the passage of time i.e. (ticking of the clock, days, weeks, months etc.). The word Kairos can also be used to describe the Weather, thus Kairos here refers to seasons (opportune time). In essence what Paul is trying to say here is to make the best use, make the most, and maximize whatever season you’re in right now.

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So if you’re a student, embrace your season as a student. Don’t let the season just pass you by. Don’t be too eager in entering the next season. Wait for it, it will come. Focus on honoring God with your studies. If you’re a single professional maximize that season. There are a lot of things you can do to advance God’s kingdom in the present day and age. Once you enter the next season there’s no more turning back. Always remember, every season is a preparation for the next.

Understand what God’s will is for you in the season you’re in (Ephesians 5:17). It’s very interesting that the author concludes that statement with an advice on how not to live our lives foolishly. In order to do that, in order to live wisely Paul exhorts us to understand and discover God’s will. Knowing God’s will and direction for your life is the best thing you can do to get the most out of your season. 🙂

If you’re interested in knowing God’s will for your life, check out this blog:

https://andrewwee05.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/what-is-gods-will-for-my-life/

God bless you as you make the most out of your season! 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Faith and Science

For the past few months, I’ve gotten really interested in a lot of nerdy science stuff. In particular, I’ve been watching youtube videos about: Quantum Theory, How Gravity Works, Brain Trainings etc.

I must say that I got really hooked on these things. The thought of being able to understand and explain how things works captures my imagination. Some of my colleagues who saw me watching these stuff gave me a “I can’t believe you’re really watching those things” look. :))

Some of the things I learned for the past few months are the following:

1) Gravity

I learned that gravity is not just some mysterious invisible force that “pulls” objects together. The force of gravity is the effect of bent space.

Gravity and Einstein

Ever since I was little, we thought that gravity is a mysterious force that pulls us towards other objects (especially super massive ones). However, scientists, even Isaac Newton who discovered the equation for the force between two objects, were stumped as to how gravity really worked. For many years, they weren’t able to explain the essence of it. It was not until Albert Einstein fundamentally explained it in the early 1900’s. To know more about this concept click on the link below for the explanation how gravity works (also includes the life and legacy of Albert Einstein):

2) Quantum Theory

The laws of quantum mechanics are “SPOOKY” or “WEIRD” and does not follow the regular laws of classical mechanics.

Quantum Theory

I’m used to the idea that atoms resemble a mini solar system according to images I saw when I was young. However, this is not true. The laws governing electrons, protons, neutrons and other subatomic particles are totally different from the laws of super massive objects like the sun and planets.

Electrons can be in two places at the same time, “looking” at an electron affects it’s behavior, determining the location of an electron depends on probabilities. There’s also such a thing as quantum entanglement where the behavior of a certain particle can have an effect on another particle even if it’s light years away. Einstein called this “Spooky action at a distance”.

Quantum Theory hugely affects the way our world works today. To learn more about this click on the link below:

3) Brain Training

Brain training is a relatively new field which doesn’t have a lot of conclusive evidences yet. The goal of this science is to discover if there can be a method wherein we can “train” the brain in such a way that it’ll make us smarter.

Lumosity

I recently watched a documentary about this and mentions that we know so little about the field of Neuro Science. It’s like comparing us looking at the entire ocean. That’s how little we know about this field and are still researching more and more about it.


What I observed

These advancements in science are just utterly amazing! It gives us an understanding of how the world works and have helped our world function better like never before in the history of time. However, after watching, learning and being interested in all these things for the past few weeks and months, I learned that we still know very little about how the universe works.

As much as we’ve seen great amounts of progress in the field of science ever since the 16th century. If you compare what we know to everything we can possibly know about the universe, we’re still light years away from that.

New discoveries in Science only lead us to an infinite regress of questions and mysteries that still needs to be answered.

Because of this, I realized how great and amazing our God is. Science and Technology shouldn’t go against God. Science should actually make us marvel at the greatness of God. Seeing how gravity works, observing quantum mechanics and investigating the brain left me bask at God’s glory and power. The Bible tells us that it is God who made the heavens and the earth by the breath of his mouth. In Jeremiah it’s clearly seen how he’s pretty much involved in forming us ever since we were in our mother’s womb.

Psalm 33:6
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;…

There’s just to many things left unsolved in science. After learning about these things, human beings can’t really brag and say that God is no longer needed. I think that’s just pride and boasting, there’s still so many things that are left unsolved which our finite minds cannot fully comprehend.

The Need for Faith

At the end of the day scientists also use faith. Faith is believing what you hope for and being certain of things you DO NOT SEE. There are still a lot of things scientists CANNOT SEE or don’t have any experimental evidences about. At the end of the day, they also resort to faith. Scientists can never fully brag that they’ve figured out everything, at the end of the day faith is still essential for them.

In Physics there’s this emerging field called String Theory. It tells us that even smaller than subatomic particles are string like figures that makes up electrons, quarks, leptons and the like. I learned that String Theory is still purely theoretical and haven’t been experimentally proven yet. Scientists who spent years studying String Theory still resort to faith that hopefully all of their theories and research are true. FAITH is still needed and will always be needed in Science.

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Again, I really appreciate the sciences. I think it’s understanding how God elegantly designed the universe. Science does not need to contradict his existence. They go hand in hand. My hope and prayer is that even as we progress and move forward to the 21st century, all new development and discoveries in the field of Physics and other sciences will continue to leave us amazed in God’s creation. It says in Colossians:

Colossians 1:17
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Every single thing that was created in the universe was made for the purpose of bring glory and honor to his name. To God be the glory even in Science and Technology. 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Numbers

 

The Importance of Training

This Sunday, we’ll witness one of boxing’s biggest fight in history:

Mayweather-Pacquiao

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Boxing Analysts say that this will be the richest fight in boxing and thinks that the event on Saturday will rank among the top 5 greatest matches of all time. All the hype and excitement are building up for this fight. For the past week, I’ve already seen three promotional videos about it. Check them through these links:

Mayweather-Pacquiao: AT LAST (HBO Documentary)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF76dlQt23c

Mayweather-Pacquiao: The Legend Speaks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5gEjs5jfHw

Inside Mayweather-Pacquiao
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiO6-5Qj4Zs

Watching these documentaries gives me an understanding of how these two fighters arrived to their level of supremacy today, what happened to the negotiations the past 5 years and how intensive their training camp has been in preparation for the fight.

They say that professional boxers train for 8-12 weeks for a fight. For some, even longer. That’s how much time, energy and dedication is needed to prepare for a 12 round boxing match-up.

Athletes aren’t the only ones who do training. Musicians, Public Speakers, Businessmen, and people from other fields also train as well. They do this to get better at their craft having a specific end goal in mind. They train because they want to be able to achieve something.

Training in the Bible
Last week, I read a verse in the Bible that also talks about training. Apparently, during the apostle Paul’s time, there were already athletics back then and Paul saw how athletes would train hard in order to win competitions.

1 Corinthians 9:25
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

I find it amazing how the apostle Paul was able to use the the concept of sports as an illustration on how we are to live this life. This is the verse that I read last week:

1 Timothy 4:7-9
…train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come

According to him, we are to train ourselves in godliness. I first heard and understood the concept of training for godliness from John Ortberg’s book: “The Life You’ve Always Wanted.” The author explains the difference of trying to become something vs. training to prepare for something. Just like the upcoming fight of Mayweather and Pacquaio, they can try their best to win and beat the other opponent; however if they don’t set apart those 8-12 weeks in training camp then they will most likely fail in beating their competition.

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The same is true in life, the apostle Paul exhorts us to train ourselves in godliness. In life’s most critical moments, will we be ready? Will we be prepared to act in a Christ-like way whenever a situation calls for it? Will we demonstrate and bear the fruits of the Spirit i.e. (love, peace, patience, kindness… etc.)? The key here is not to “TRY OUR BEST” whenever those moments come. The key is training and preparing when those moments arrive.

So what does that mean? What does training myself in godliness look like? Just like how a boxer prepares 8-12 weeks for a 12 round match-up, our training lies in our everyday lives. Everyday is an opportunity to practice the fruits of the spirit in little ways. I’m sure that whenever we encounter people, our fruits will always be tested. We have a lot of times where our patience can get tested, right? Just line up in a grocery store and wait for a long line to get finished before it ticks of your nerves. Dealing with difficult people is always an opportunity to test our character. Will we choose to say kind words today or will we just say whatever is on our minds not worrying about the feelings of other people? Every moment and every minute is always a battle for self-control. Will we choose to say no or will we choose to succumb to our appetites?

These little things are our training ground to godliness. These little things build up so that we can be a more patient, loving, peaceful, self-controlled person. These little momentes in our lives that we take for granted are actually opportunites for us to get trained in godliness. If we maximize these little moments in our lives… when the going gets tough… when the biggest challenges of life come then by God’s grace we will be ready. 🙂

Now if you’re reading this blog, I hope you won’t take this for granted. I feel like some people may think that this is a “nice” idea but won’t really take it seriously. We all do that sometimes, however let’s look back and consider what the Apostle Paul said once again:

1 Timothy 4:7-9
…train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come

Paul says, people who train for sports, music or whatever those things may be. He says that those things are good and nice. They have value! They provide us with entertainment. However, boxers like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather trains intensively 8-12 weeks for something of temporal value. It has value but nonetheless temporal. For us however, I believe that the training that God’s calling us to do is way way more important and has so much more value in this life and the life to come.

It has value in this life because we can demonstrate to the whole world what it means to be a disciple of Christ. It has value in the life to come because training ourselves in godliness makes us more Christ-like and sanctified, which after all, is more important than any temporary success we can get.

Everyday is our training ground for godliness, let’s not take it for granted. Maximize every opportunity! God bless!

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2015 in Life Lessons

 

Too Busy for Quiet Time

Quiet time, according to Google and Wikipedia, is a term used to describe regular individual sessions of Christian spiritual activities, such as prayer, private meditation, or study of the Bible. This is a term that is widely used in a lot of Christian Churches no matter what denomination you may be a part of. It’s one language that cuts across different Christian cultures.

In my youth groups in Church, I’d always emphasize the value of reading, meditating, loving and desiring God’s word. I believe that if we would just get it right with our private devotion with God then everything else will follow, especially our growth in Him. I’m very thankful for the people who modelled, demonstrated and imparted this to me. Now it’s my turn to pass it on to the next generation.

In my efforts to impart this to the next generation, I’d set-up challenging activities that aims to encourage and inspire us to read God’s word together daily. Research have shown that it takes 21 days to form a habit. This led me to set-up a 30 day (added 9 additional days to up the ante) challenge of reading God’s word with my youth groups. It proved to be effective as I saw the habit being formed and developed with the people I mentor. I think that I should do it again with the new set of people I’m mentoring (LIGHT BULB MOMENT!).

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In the past few weeks, however, I’ve been uncharacteristically missing some of my quiet time with God. Missing my time with God felt a bit bad because I knew that it should be priority. This led me to wanting to justify why I wasn’t able to make time for that. I started to rationalize that because of my work, it’ll be inevitable for me to miss a few days every so often. Sometimes there’s just moments where I had to work from very early in the morning until night. By the time I get home I’d already be exhausted.

Excuses excuses excuses.

Last Saturday, however, as I was reading the book of Luke a few verses about Jesus’ life struck me. These verses read as follows:

Luke 4:42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place…

Luke 5:16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

Luke 6:12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.

These verses, just to name a few, shows Jesus’ commitment to his personal devotion with God. Jesus is arguably the busiest person ever to walk the face of the planet. He fed 5,000 people, healed the sick, delivered sermons, stopped a boat from capsizing, carried his cross on the way to Golgotha, died on that same cross and after three days resurrected from the dead. These are some of the things he did just to name A FEW. Take note: A FEW. However, even though he was the busiest person in history, he modeled and demonstrated to us that our relationship with God should be top priority. Jesus did not let the busyness of his ministry exempt him from devoting time for God. Jesus did not make that an excuse even though he had very legitimate reasons.

Reading the verses above, I just knew that God was saying something to me. I got convicted on how the busiest person on earth can still make time with God whereas I’d make excuses on why I would miss them ever so often. It’s really a question of priorities and values more than it being an issue of busyness. Jesus didn’t compromise.

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We should do so as well. I’ll never forget a quote from Martin Luther that I read back in college, it says this:

“I have so much to do today that I must spend at least three hours in prayer.”

The first time I saw this, it didn’t make sense at all to me. It was something totally counterintuitive. I thought to myself, how can you say that you’d be spending three hours in prayer when you have so many things to do? Intuitively, what I’d do in a situation like that is drop my quiet time so that I’d have more time accomplishing my work checklist. I may not be able to explain logically or economically why Martin Luther’s statement above makes sense however, after seeing how Jesus prioritized his devotion to God it then made perfect sense.

I think the reason Jesus never got to busy for his devotion with God is because this was one of the things that was giving him strength with all the work he had to do. The verses said he withdrew to desolate places to pray.

Sometimes, when life gets to busy, when the demands of work and school seems overwhelming, I think that it’s a fantastic idea to just go to a solitary place, read your Bible and pray to God.

It’s counterintuitive yet, in reality, it’s more productive. 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in Discipleship

 

Preparing for Finals Week

Finals week is fast approaching for trimestral schools like DLSU and CSB. While every other student from other campuses is enjoying their vacations (thanks kuya Andrew ha! HAHA), those who are part of a trimestral system still have prepare and work hard for the upcoming exams.

With this, I’d like to encourage and hopefully inspire those students who still needs to prepare well for the upcoming GRACE WEEK. Here are some tips and advices to help you ready yourself for the battle ahead. 😀

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1) Do everything for the Honor of God

1 Corinthians 10:31
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

You just can’t have any other motivation that’s better than this. This is the purest and the best motive that we can possible have. So in preparation for the finals week always remember these things:

  • You’re not doing this to win the favor of your parents
  • You’re not doing this so that people will admire you for your high grades
  • You’re not doing this because you’re afraid of what people will think of you if you fail

You prepare well for finals week for the glory and honor of God. Entering finals week, recalibrate yourself and have this vision in mind.

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2) Work Hard (JUST DO IT)

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Now that you’re recalibrated to do all things for God’s glory, know this: HARD WORK HONORS GOD. God is honored every time you’re diligent, God is honored everytime you work hard in reviewing your notes, books, and the lecture of your professor. Contrast this to someone who procrastinates…that’s just the opposite. Procrastination is not honoring to God, it’s just another fancy way of saying laziness.

Just remember, everytime you feel lazy, everytime you feel like bumping off the things you need to do remember what NIKE said: JUST DO IT. No more excuses, time to start studying. 🙂

Two weeks of hard work and tiring yourself a bit is nothing compared to the grades you’ll receive after finals because you were diligent.

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3) Use your time wisely

Ephesians 5:15
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,

You have 2 weeks left, part of not procrastinating is using your time wisely. Don’t cram. Cramming won’t do you good, it’s always best to pace yourself for the coming weeks. Look at your schedule and commit to do the things that are important. When you cram, you will not learn anything for the long haul, it’s just short term memory. Plus, cramming is not very effective. You have to give some time for your mind to process the information that you’ve learned.

Based on my experience, preparing early and making sure you have a good night’s sleep before the day of the exam will prove valuable. Study in advance. Pace yourself. Use your time wisely.

Action Plan: Plot your schedule wisely now for the next 2 weeks. I’m sure that for some of you, you’re still not studying in advance for the exam am I right? 😀

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4) Go the extra mile

Matthew 5:41
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.

Have you ever heard someone before say: “I gave it my best… But my best wasn’t good enough”? Yes? It’s because the best of that person isn’t really good enough! Reality check, your university has standards that it has to uphold. A world class university will not accept a mediocre student with mediocre grades. This is the reason why the phrase: “I’ll give it my best!” is not a good phrase sometimes. The reason being: what we think of as the best doesn’t match the standards the the university set.

I’ve had students who came to me during grade consultations before saying: “Sir binigay ko best ko” etc. Well the reality is that won’t do them well if their scores did not meet the required minimum passing mark.

Here’s the key: if you’ve been giving it your best lately and sometimes you still fail certain exams, DO MORE than your best. “GO THE EXTRA MILE.” What do I mean by that? Well maybe you’ve just been allotting 30 minutes of study time (real study time) to prepare for an exam. No reason you’re failing! Go the extra mile. Study 2 hours next time (real study time). You’ll definitely see your grades improve. If by the next time your grades significantly improve to a passing mark, GO THE EXTRA MILE again. Now, from 2 hours of study time make it 4, 6, 8 and so on and so forth. I guarantee you that your grades will significantly improve.

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5) Trust in the sovereignty of God

Proverbs 21:31
The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.

Once you’ve done numbers 1-4. You’ve resolved to honor God, you’ve worked hard and given it your best, you’ve managed your time wisely and have gone the distance in preparing for finals week… you now leave the results up to God. You’ve done your part, the rest is up to Him.

You may be at the point where you need a score of 80% to get a passing grade. You did numbers 1-4 this 2 weeks consistently, however the results will be all up to God. Trust in Him and Trust that his grace will be sufficient for you.

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

God bless in preparing for the finals week! 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Life Lessons

 

Never Too Young Part 1 – Vision

Young people are the future leaders of society. They are the movers and shapers of cultures around the world. We see the media, entertainment, and marketing industries across the globe being highly influenced by the needs and the wants of the young people. 42% of the world’s population is below the age of 24, almost half of the entire population. These facts alone should be evidence enough to conclude that the direction of the future of our society will be dictated by what will influence the young people.

I go to a church named Every Nation and in this Church movement, we believe in young people. This is our calling as a world-wide family of churches. We believe that it’s never too early for anyone to make a positive impact. I’m so happy to be part of a church that is highly invested in the youth, specifically students. To know more about Every Nation’s heart for the young people you may click on the link below and get a glimpse of our campus ministry.

http://www.everynation.org/our-mission/campus-ministry/

In the Bible, it’s unmistakably clear how God had used young people to impact society. We see this in the story of David, Samuel and Timothy just to name a few. One of the most well known verse in the Bible that talks about how big of an impact a young person can make can be seen in 1 Timothy 4:12. This is where the Apostle Paul encourages and instructs his young protege named Timothy.

1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

The reason Paul exhorted this to him is because Timothy was leading people older than him. Historians said that Timothy pastored a church when he was as young as 16 years old. Indeed, someone can never be too young to make an impact.

Last Saturday we had our triannual Shared Lives Discipleship Meeting. We do this so that they can have a time for fellowship and fun but also to cast to them the vision of Honoring God and Making Disciples in their campuses. I shared to them about having a heart for the lost people, prioritizing sharing the gospel and believing God to give them a vision for their campuses.

Shared Lives Part 1

VISION

I believe that God wants to give young people like them today a personal vision of how He will use them for his glory. I also believe that it’s no accident that they are there in the campus they’re in right now. I believe God wants them to excel in their studies but at the same time give them a vision on how he’ll use them to make disciples. Acts 2:17 talks about how God gives young people vision (Greek: horasis meaning the act of seeing)

Acts 2:17
” ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

THE POWER OF VISION

Vision is such a powerful thing to have. Never underestimate the power of vision. Bill Hybels said in his book Courageous Leadership that vision is a picture of the future that produces passion in us. I highly recommend reading Bill Hybel’s book: Courageous Leadership to learn more about vision and to see how big of an impact vision creates.

I remember that time when God gave me a vision of how discipleship can change the world. I said to myself that if we just made disciples one person at a time then we can definitely turn this world right side up. That vision wrecked my life (in a good way) my life was never the same again after God made me understand the power of discipleship.

Major movements, life changing events and other great episodes in history all started with a vision. The vision for those things originated from a single man or a group of people. I believe that anyone with so much vision can change and impact the world. I believe that this is one thing that young people needs:

A God-honoring and Biblical Vision

APPLICATION

If you’re here and you’re reading this blog, pray and ask God for a vision. What is the vision that he wants for your life that he wants you to see? He wants to give you a vision, maybe you just don’t know it yet. Ask him for a vision so compelling that you will not be able to sleep because of this. 🙂 Ask Him for a picture of what could be in your given situation and context. Maybe you’re part of an organization in school and something just doesn’t seem right. Maybe you are close to a group of people whose life are a mess right now. Maybe the culture of your campus is not pleasing to God i.e. (a culture of mediocrity, drugs, violence etc. etc.). What change does God want to see happen?

Picture in your minds what God wants to see materialized. Pray and seek God’s will. After you’ve confirmed the vision he’s giving you through the Holy Spirit, keep that vision in your heart. Don’t lose sight of it. That vision will disturb you (in a good way). It will lead you to proactively do things that will turn that vision into a reality one simple step at a time.

Young people… They’re never too young to receive a vision from God on what he wants them to do. Imagine if all young people today would receive a vision from God and commits to trust God to turn that vision into a reality. Imagine the impact it’ll make in our society, nation and the rest of the world!

Praying that you’ll receive a God-Honoring vision soon if don’t have one yet. God bless! 🙂

Shared Lives Part 2

UP NEXT: Never Too Young Part 2 – Reality

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Leadership