LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus…” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, the Holy Bible).
CAN ANY PERSON DO SOMETHING TO “BE CAREFUL” OR TO “TAKE CARE” OF HIMSELF OR HERSELF? Once in a while, when I am not doing anything important and I am simply whiling my time away (especially when I am waiting for my court hearings to start, or waiting for my plane to take off for some local or international destination), I derive amusement from closely observing things that are happening around me, convinced as I am that many of what I see depict the many colorful aspects of Filipino lives.
Take for example the conversation I personally overheard and witnessed between a lady security guard and an old man on April 13, 2018 at the front entrance of the Hall of Justice in Diliman, Quezon City. As they finished their short exchange, the lady guard told the old man “be careful” (or, perhaps, “take care”)---a statement that is often uttered by many Filipinos, from Jolo, Sulu to Aparri, Cagayan, to almost everyone they come in contact with.
This has become highly noticeable to me, on account of a question that keeps popping up in my mind every time I hear one person say to another “be careful” or “take care”. The question is, can anyone by himself or herself really do something to “be careful” or to “take care” of themselves or of their loved ones? Does any person have the power to prevent the occurrence of events that have been slated to happen in his life on account of God’s will?
WE MUST ACCEPT WHATEVER IS HAPPENING IN OUR LIVES BECAUSE THEY ARE USUALLY “BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE”: If we think about this more seriously, it should not be difficult to understand that man does not have the capability to stop events which have been mandated by God to happen in his life, pursuant to His will. It is said that anything that God willed to happen will happen, and there is no one or anything who or which can stop that will. Because of this, there is really nothing we can do but accept things as they happen.
But aside from simply accepting the events that are happening in our lives, it would do us well to thank God all the time for these events, even if at times we are of the perception that whatever is happening to us is not good for us. The truth is that, God’s thoughts are much higher than man’s thoughts, and His ways are far superior than man’s ways.
Thus, on many occasions, those which we consider to be prejudicial or injurious to us or our loved ones would, at the proper time, become “blessings in disguise”. Those which we believe to be sufferings or grave problems would, at the appointed period, turn out to be God’s way of preparing us for something much more beneficial or great for us.
MISFORTUNE FROM COURT CASES LED TO BLOSSOMING OF AND KNK: My own personal affirmation of the veracity of what I am writing about here can be taken from what happened to me in the not-so-distant past. Because of my efforts to help a family from Obando, Bulacan in 2004, I got sued for 70 criminal cases for libel, even causing my three-year suspension as a lawyer. At that time, I felt this was the bitterest event in my life, and in the life of my family. That notwithstanding, I found myself crying out to God, asking Him what He truly wanted for me.
After 14 years this 2018, I was allowed to see that the cases against me, and my suspension as a lawyer as well, were all a necessary prelude to what I was being asked to do. For not only was a mutually-acceptable resolution of all these cases arrived at, which gave rise to their dismissal but, more importantly, this episode in my life allowed the establishment of a Christian Church, the main objectives of which are preaching and saving souls through Jesus.
This Church---the Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ Church, or the AND KNK, or Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo---may not be comparable yet in size and in power with other churches in the Philippines at this point, but God has already impressed upon the collective consciousness of its growing membership that He has given His anointing to it. Indeed, during my suspension as a lawyer, AND KNK slowly found its bearings. I now say, it was good I got suspended from being a lawyer, for otherwise, I would not have found the work God has prepared for me.
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