Longest hitch ride in my life for 2018

Hi guys it’s been a couple of years since I last posted. To tell you honestly I thought I can just bury my passion in writting articles, but the creative side of me just won’t give up so for this year 2018 I’m gonna try my best to update you guys with what’s happening. A lot of things have change since that was way way back before. Over the years I became busy with freelance work and travel but in every adventure I have there is a voice telling me to tell stories so here is my first entry for 2018.

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It all started when one project just came in this year and our venue is at Baguio, yes you hear me right. Baguio is just near my province but the ironic part here is that I rarely go there because of the familair place and ordianry sight. So the scenario is that I’m on a class right now every thursday 7:00pm-10:00pm for 10 months on leadership development, I have a day job monday-friday and our project just happen to be on a friday-saturday (feelance job) . So I did file a leave and attended my class on a thursday so here I am wondering how can I go to Baguio? I only have 1 option to commute, ride a bus from cubao terminal to baguio at 11:00pm and be there at around 3:00am. Suddenly my seatmate in the class ask me where I’m going? And I said we have a project and I need to be in Baguio tomorrow morning andp he answered why not joins us because we are going to baguio as well. Whhhhhhaaaaatttttt a coincidence? No it’s meant to be 🙂
So I said yes.

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Our accomodation was not a joke, The Forest Lodge Camp John Hay Baguio. The view was astonishing.

For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6

 

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#MicoLearnings2018 #WhenMicoTravels

  • God is a God who provides
  • He not only provides but He provides the best trip, accomodation,
  • When He bless us He will not add troubles to it
  • Timely rest
  • His grace is new every morning

 

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Purpose of Sky Lantern

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My small group leader invited me to attend to his wedding in Laiya, Batangas. Being I’m a resident in Manila, Laiya, Batangas is a 2 hours drive from my place if you have your own car.
Aside from working in a training Company, I’m also a passionate Wedding Photographer and I love to cover beach weddings. The invited guest is no less than 200 participants consist of family of the groom and bride, and their spiritual family. In this time of my age most of my friends are getting married and for me it’s my first time to witness a wedding ceremony that will starts at 5:00 AM in the morning (usually morning around 9am, lunch or afternoon). In my mind maybe they want to capture the sunrise scene in their wedding ceremony that’s why they pick this time of the day. The Groom advice me not to take pictures on their wedding day, they want us to enjoy the ceremony and they hire professionals to take over the entire ceremony.

Before the wedding ceremony start the coordinator (which was also my friend) asked us to play an important role during the ceremony. They want us to light the flying lantern in the walkway to the altar and we must let it go when the bride comes. Due to limited number of participants we have to light three sky lantern. Each team requires 3 people to perform the lighting part. After lighting all the sky lantern there was this last lantern that we need to light. I ask my friend (Val) do you think this lantern will fly even it has a hole at the bottom part of it? He said yes. The realization take place…….

Our true identity

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1 The purpose of the flying lantern when lighted was to fly.

The purpose of flying lantern when lighted is to fly and reach the skies. The creator intention and objective is fullfill when it reach the sky and watch the light in the darkness of night.

My question right now is what is your ultimate purpose here on earth?
Who & why are we created for?

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5 ESV

One thing I know about is that just like here on earth we have great inventors, mechanic, carpenter, builder, engineer, & craftsman that created things but the greatest among them is our God the Creator of everything here on earth. Every creation has a concept and has a purpose why it is created.

We are all dead “flying lantern” before Jesus Christ enter in our life, we are a mess until we are touched by the fire of Jesus Christ when we decided to die on ourself and start to follow Him as our Lord and Savior. We are now have the burning fire through Jesus Christ so we can fly and fulfill our creator’s purpose for our life.

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2 The hole in the bottom of the lantern is our sin or imperfection.

As company, inventor & creator we assure that our product is in his best shape but there will always be a failure at some point 99% out of 100% are in best shape thats why we have warranty.

Warranty a written guarantee, issued to the purchaser of an article by its manufacturer, promising to repair or replace it if necessary within a specified period of time.

On our story we are the lantern, we are not perfect that’s why we have holes that represent our sins. As christians we are sometimes condemned with the sin we have done in the past & present that paralyze us from doing what God has plan for our lives. It’s ok for awhile to think our sins but not forever so that we don’t take sin lightly and it’s already done and finish when Jesus Christ died in the cross for our sins.
Our warranty is Jesus Christ because He is the ultimate exchange that we have so that our sins are forgiven. It is not a liscence to sin but He gives us the grace to conquer our sins.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just an will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (ESV)

YouAreTheLightOfTheWorld

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3 The light inside the lantern is Jesus Christ, He is the light of the world.

Because Jesus Christ is inside us we are now His ambassador to other people. We are called the salt and light of this nation.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 ESV

You have a role to play folk!

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What happen was when we lighted the last lantern with a hole, it did fly but not that high. At first we are scared that it might burn somebody or something but we have faith that it will fly because it is its purpose. When the warm air continue to build up in the lantern it increase and fly high.

Kudos! Thanks for reading this article hope I got to encourage you at my simple thought in mind.

Confused of Making the Right Decision?

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Sometimes I ask God why do people have to undergo hardship and trials? It may came to a point that you need to decide not only for yourself but for a team or a department or considering it would affect your family how will you do it?

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Getting Started on the Road to Right Decision Making

So how do you get started working with God so you can begin making right decisions and showing good judgment?

1. Before make a decision surrender to Him first.

We as human being we view the right things to do when it is favorable to us or we will have a benefit on it. This is one of the famous line when it comes to decision making “what ever you do follow your heart”. 
Our heart is wicked as it was describe. 

Jeremiah 17:9
 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
 and desperately wicked.

What does God have to say to that? My question to you right now does it Glorify Him? Do you have peace in your heart? These are the questions you need to consider when making a decision. No Compromise and Justification you can not correct a mistake with another mistake. 

Proverbs 16:1
 We can make our own plans,
 but the Lord gives the right answer.

2. Before make a decision Read & illuminate on God’s word.

The only way you’re going to get to know God and his character is to study His word. To be more Christ like meaning to build your relationship with Him. He is our creator and we are His creation. He left us a manual which is I believe in every problem we have, there will always be a solution. Read your manual (Bible) daily as advice.

Joshua 1:8 New International Version (NIV)

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day andnight, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. 
Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Here  is the promise of God to us if we continuously read His word we will never get wrong. All the solution to our problem the bible is applicable

3. Before make a decision Pray & Wrestle with God. Talk to God

Our way of communicating to Him is by the means of praying. If we never speak to our spouse or never listen to anything our spouse might have to say to us, our marriage relationship will quickly deteriorate. It is the same way with God. Prayer is a communication with God that helps us grow closer and more intimately connected with God. You can always ask the Holy Spirit for Guidance and Wisdom in decision making. Talk to him don’t stop unless He give you the answer. God see’s the heart 

Matthew 26:41 New International Version (NIV)
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. 
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Romans 8:26-27 New International Version (NIV)
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us 
through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the 
mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

4. Surround yourself with people who are further along in the journey.

This is I call my spiritual family. These are the people who can give biblical advice  not worldly advice to something that you are burdened with. These are the people that will encourage you to stand up and keep up the fight. We know if we are alone we are weak but if you have companion it is much easier to decide. Find a mentor that suits your personality and you can get along with.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 New International Version (NIV)
Though one may be overpowered,two can defend themselves. A cord of 
three strands is not quickly broken.

Am I Qualified to be a Disciple?

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There are time in my life that I stay in bed, walking alone the street, and just doing nothing I kind a question God “Do I qualify to be one of your Disciple?” I’m just an ordinary person with just an ordinary life. I’m not a teacher in profession and did not study theology subject back when I’m still at school.

You Qualify If you are an Ordinary Person

An ordinary person like you can change the world not because you are intelligent or good but God is good and full of wisdom. You don’t have to perform anything just let God use you mightily in His presence and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and Protection. A living vessel that God can use to minister to people.

1 Corinthians 1:27-28 New Living Translation (NLT)
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to 
shame those who think they are wise. And he choose things that are 
powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to 
bring to nothing what the world considers important. 

God sometimes use foolish people to change the world. Like the 12 Apostles here are some of them like Peter, Andrew, James, John are Fishermen and Matthew is a Tax Collector, Simon is a Political Activist.

You Qualify If You Obey His Command even if it is Uncomfortable.

Sometimes it is easy to follow God’s instruction when it is favorable to ourselves or we can benefit from it but what if it would take your salary, or would take too much of your time or it would take your life would you consider doing it anyways?

Best example of being obedient is Jesus when he is going to wash the feet of His disciples, Imagine the Kings of Kings and the Lords or Lord would humble himself to wash the feet of an ordinary people. Do you think its is comfortable to Jesus?

John 13:6-8 NLT
When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you 
going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”
Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”


You Qualify if you Believe that God’s Standard is far more better than the World’s Standard

Base on Worldly view yes you are not qualified to be a Minister or Disciple because of the sin you have done before up until now but God’s grace is sufficient and all you have to do is to accept Him as your personal Lord and savior. It is God who Qualifies you not because you are nice or good or among other person you are far better than him/her,but it is by the grace of God that you are qualified.

John 15:16 New Living Translation (NLT)
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.