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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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.

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You Are Not An Accident

I was reading Purpose-driven life and it really struck me. Let me share to you what God wants to tell you
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You are not an Accident!

Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did.

He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, he expected it. Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. He thought of you first. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you!

God prescribe every single detail of your body. He deliberately chose your race, the color of your skin, your hair, and every other feature. He custom-made your body just the way he wanted it. He also determined the natural talents you would posses and uniqueness of your personality.

  • “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me”
  • You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
  • You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breath. Everyday was recorded in your Book!
  • While there are illegitimate parents, there are no illegitimate children.
  • God never does anything accidentally, and he never makes mistake.
  • Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love.
  • The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what He does for us
  •  I have carried you since you were born; I have taken care of you from your birth. Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you.
Isaiah 44:2
I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born

By Russell Kelfer

You are who you are for a reason.
You’re part of an intricate plan.
You’re a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God’s special woman or man.

You look like you look for a reason.
Our God make no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb,
You’re just what He wanted to make.

The parents you had were the ones He chose,
And no matter how you may feel,
They were custom-designed with God’s plan in mind.
And they bear the Master’s seal.

No, that trauma you faced was not easy.
And God wept that it hurts you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into His likeness you’d grow.

You are who you are for a reason,
You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod.
You are who you are, beloved,
Because there is God!

From Chapter 2 of Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren…

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.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Done watching Star Trek Into Darkness at Lucky China Mall. ws_Star_Trek_Into_Darkness_Poster_1920x1080

I love action movies but about space movie or what I call futuristic earth, nah its not my taste. But a friend of mine ask me to watch that movie and I said ok I will try it out.

After watching I felt glad. Its not that bad after all and I illuminate something and I want to share it to you guys. This scene has given me a great impact and a lot of insights and leadership principle to take home. If I had a pen and paper I would list it down. I believe in the saying Ink is better than Think. Our brain can think of a thousand ideas but you will also forget it in just a while. So better write it down before it flew away

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1. We are called to do the right thing ( Mentoring Session)

Before becoming a good leader you will first undergo to following a Mentor. Everything he is teaching and instructing means a lot cause he knows what will be the consequence if you don’t follow him.

Being a leader we have the authority over people under us. We need to follow strictly the rules and regulation of your territory. You can command them because you are superior but be wise and be careful every decision you make will affect them. Always do the right thing and pleasing to God, He is the real Commander-in-Chief.

James 4:7 ESV 
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will
flee from you.

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2. When someone says goodbye you give importance to what He is trying to say.

This was always a reminder to us because by human nature we are “Pasaway”. We don’t listen to what the mentors are trying to tell us but you came to realize it when its too late. Why wait for someone to say goodbye for you to learn. I’m telling you it wasn’t easy. Follow Now and Regret Never!

One of the famous last line of Jesus when He is on the cross that hits me a lot is the phrase “It is finished.” (John 19:30) Every time I do things that is not glorifying Him I feel condemn but I always go back to the cross because again
It is finished.

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3. Sacrifice yourself for your people not people for yourself.

True leadership is being a servanthood. Serve them the way it should be and they will do it in return. Mold & push them to lead. Trust them like your family and try to develop their full potentials and trust them that they can do it. Encourage and Empower them.

One issue in leadership is to know how your people submit their selves under your authority. Check yourself and reflect how your leadership works.

John 15:13 ESV 
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Sir Abraham Lincoln has something to say about it…
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We paid the movie house for P225.00 (P 175.00 for the movie and P 50.00 for snack)
But for the insights is cheap. Everyday is a Learning process. Everybody needs an improvement.