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The Race of Life (Part 4)

Part 4 of the blog: “The Race of Life”

4) Isaiah 40:30 – Even youths grow tired and weary young men stumble and fall

After completing the first half of the race, the race turns around and goes through the overpass again. After going through that overpass once more, I got exhausted. This just goes to show that my stamina and my endurance will not last forever. There was a time wherein I just felt like giving up, quit running and just walk. However, just as I was about to slow down, I said no and then turned to my iTouch and played the song “Nothing is Impossible”. After being inspired by that song, I decided to sustain my speed and even increase it a little bit faster than before.

Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

This just goes to show that in life, we will all get tired, we will all get weary, we will all fail one way or another. However, the promise of God is that if we put our hope in Him, then he will renew our strengths and we will soar on wings like eagles; we will run, and continue running without having to be weary.

This is one of the promises of God that just amazes me everytime I remember it. 🙂

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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Life Lessons

 

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The Race of Life (Part 3)

Part 3 of the blog: “The Race of Life”

3) Inevitable peaks and troughs in life – (Mountain Moving and Mountain Climbing Faith)

After passing St. Luke’s Medical Center, the course of the race suddenly shifted as we were about to go to Makati. The race has to go through the overpass that connects Fort Bonifacio and Makati. The incline on that overpass was really high. I felt that if I were to run on a treadmill, the level of inclination would be at 10-15. Going up that overpass was really difficult. It would take the breath out of you and you’ll feel your legs starting to feel the burden of the incline. On the contrary, as we were going down the overpass, it took way less effort than any part of the race combined because I had the help of gravity with me which made it a lot easier.

Similarly in life, there will be times wherein it feels as if the grace of God just carries you through in every situation you are in. These are the time wherein it just feels like heaven. On the contrary, there are also times wherein God doesn’t move the mountain in front of us. Therefore in cases like this we need to climb it and just continue to live by faith. Even though there will be times that God doesn’t seem to answer our prayer we choose to live by faith and climb the mountains that are in front of us.

Romans 1:17

For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[a] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

As Christians, we live by faith and not by sight. 🙂

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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Life Lessons

 

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The Race of Life (Part 2)

Part 2 of the blog: “The Race of Life”

2) Obstacles and Challenges in life

As the race continued, I suddenly found myself slowly but surely passing by some of the 10K race participants. I realized that as I kept on running and as they were running, passing by them would only be a matter of time if I kept going. Each participant that I passed symbolizes obstacles and challenges in life that will always come. With patience and persistence, I know that if I focus and not give up then I will definitely be able to overcome these obstacles.

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

The apostle Paul exhorts us to run this race with perseverance because we will definitely need it in this Race of Life. 🙂

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Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Life Lessons

 

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The Race of Life (Part 1)

I have learned to embrace running as a lifestyle. In fact, in a few minutes I’m going to run again. Last December 8, 2011 I wrote a blog about the things I learned from my experience in running my first ever 10KM race (Race for Life 2011). I had 6 major learnings that I would want to repost and share in this blog spot for the next 6 blog entries. So here goes, hope you’ll get blessed by this:

Life is like a Race, both have a beginning and an end. Both take time to finish. Both will take you on a journey. I believe that it’s not unusual for the two to have a lot in common because even the Bible compares Life to a Race. The Apostle Paul used the word Race in the New International Version six times as a metaphor for Life.

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A month ago, me and my church mates joined the the annual fund raising event: “Race for Life” organized by the Real Life Foundation. It was my second time to participate in this event and my first time to sign-up for the 10K category. While I was running, God revealed to me a lot of things regarding the similarities of Life and Race. It was one of those divine moments where I felt God just speaking to me at different points in the Race. I felt God telling me: “This is a picture of your life, learn from the metaphors that I am giving you so that you can see how life is designed”. The revelations from that race were so amazing that I just have to share them. Here are my revelations:

1) Life is a Marathon not a sprint

When the race started, there were a lot of people who were ahead of me at first, I estimate them to be around 150-200 people. However, instead of trying to beat them early on by increasing my speed, I chose to stick to my game plan and pace myself for the first few minutes. Later, this would prove to be beneficial because I was able to sustain my pace and even increase it a bit. From my experience, I learned that if I chose to rush things in running, it would backfire because my legs will get tired and I’ll be out of breath early on.

Similarly, life is a marathon and not a sprint. We tend to do a lot of things, multitask and speed up certain activities. In life we will need stamina and endurance so that we wil be able to accomplish more later as the years pass. The risk we take if we always rush things and perform at a high pace is that of being burnt out. Later in life we may probably get too tired and have no more energy when we need it the most.

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Patience is a virtue 🙂

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2013 in Life Lessons, Uncategorized

 

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The KNOCKOUT Punch

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Last Monday I wrote a blog about my learnings from Anderson Silva’s fight at UFC 162.

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The knockout was surely devastating for him. From being the UFC champion, then after the blink of an eye the belt is gone from him. Now he’s dislodged as the best pound for pound fighter in the world too. Will he recover? I’m not sure, I guess we’ll just have to see his rematch with Weidman. However, a case can be made of how the greatest boxers and fighters in history have never been the same again after a knockout loss. Just ask Mike Tyson, Chuck Liddell, Oscar De La Hoya and so on and so forth.

I thought how this can serve as an important illustration for our lives as well. We can have great careers, do well in studies, get high grades even, stay pure with our relationships, maintain our character and integrity, or continually grow our faith in God. However, if we’re not careful we can get KNOCKED OUT in this race called life.

Galatians 5:7

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?

We can be running a great and fantastic race but all it takes for us is one knock out punch to destroy our lives. It may be an addiction that we can get ourselves into. It can be an immoral relationship that isn’t pleasing to God. For others more mature, it maybe integrity with money. Whatever those things maybe it’s scary because it can happen in an instant. Now I’m thinking of ways of how I can be able to prevent that knockout punch because I certainly don’t want that to happen in my life!

While writing this blog, I thought of this powerful verse:

Matthew 26:41
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Jesus told us to WATCH and PRAY so that we’ll not fall into temptation. I think this’ll really help us not be knocked out by that deadly punch because it helps us stay aware and on guard. Just like what happened to Anderson Silva if we don’t WATCH and PRAY that can be the beginning of the end.

Ephesians 6:11also says to put on the FULL ARMOR of God:

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

We always have to be on guard because we don’t know when the enemy is going to attack us that will lead to our downfall. Paul encourages us to put on God’s full armor! Read the rest of Ephesians 6 to understand what that full armor means.

1 Peter 5:8

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.

Lastly, we need to be ALERT and of SOBER mind. The word ALERT for me feels similar to watch and pray which Jesus mentioned while SOBER means to have a clear mind. When we get drunk we don’t think straight, but when we’re sober we act normally and that’s important.

Just to recap:

To protect ourselves from that KNOCKOUT punch, we should: 1) Watch and Pray, 2) Guard ourselves and put the FULL ARMOR of God and, 3) Be ALERT and SOBER.

What are some of the ways that you think can help us avoid that KNOCKOUT punch?

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Life Lessons

 

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