Who says you need big plans to change the game?

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We just came from a weekend with multiple students and campus missionaries having to preach to different crowds about the life of Josiah.

We preached about how a radical change can take place beginning with a game changer. We connected it to campus ministry and how radical change in our society can take place if only we keep preaching the gospel to the students, the would-be if not the already movers and shakers of our world.

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RADICAL CHANGE. Huge concept. Big word. Sounds impossible but we are excited (in fact, always more than excited) especially when we think about the hundreds, thousands of students more who will receive Jesus as their Lord and savior and follow Him as we keep doing campus ministry.

That’s huge! With a big God, it is possible. Fact is, it will happen.

The ones who have started the movement used to just believe for this huge possibility and three decades after, we get to witness the move of God with thousands of students.

But does it matter to God? The huge things?

I belive so. But pondering on how Josiah lived his life, it made me weigh on things. Was Josiah a “big plans” kind of man? Or was there something he did, something small, that may have led him to be a vehicle of a radical change in his world?

2 Chronicles 34:1-3
Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his father David; and he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

For in the eighth year of this reign, while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father. And in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places the Asherim and the carved and the metal images.

What did Josiah do first that led him to being a man who would then cause radical change?

When he was 16, while he was young, he began to seek God.

Now that’s the game changer!

Josiah had God in his life. He began to seek God. He kept seeking and obeying God. Then God used him in the world he was at.

So a simple formula from Josiah on how to bring about radical change is simply this:

YOU + GAME CHANGER = RADICAL CHANGE

 

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YOU – Yes you! Not THEY. You! Don’t let anything limit you because God has chosen to partner with ‘you’ in bringing about change in your world.

GAME CHANGER – Something you possess or you do. Even a little thing that can impact your whole life. In Josiah’s case, his game changer was God. He had a personal relationship with God. Upon hearing God, he obeyed every step of the way. Those moments of obedience little by little contributed to an unimaginable radical change.

It all began when he started seeking God.

Do you notice something that needs change in your world today? Seek God.

How does seeking God look like to you everyday?
Personal time with God. Having a set time to worship God in songs. Reading the Bible and studying it. Journalling.

Time with fellow Christ-followers. Taking time to encourage one another to Christlikeness.

Hearing God’s word with others.

They’re little things we can do everyday. They’re not extravagant plans. They’re simple. But these little things are the start of something huge.

How about you? What are the little things you do everyday to seek God? Share it!

Virtual Reality, Pico De Loro, One-Legged Boxers, & Obeying God: A Word on Vision

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Decades ago, a publicly accessible and affordable virtual reality gadget was just a vision. Today, we’re closer to such a reality of virtual reality.

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In the recent election coverage, GMA News offered a 360° view of their studio while news happened. Viewers had the option to watch it on YouTube. But for someone who has a VR gadget, it would feel like being there in the newsroom itself.

A vision years ago is now a reality in formative phase.

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Eight years and much pounds ago I climbed Pico De Loro. There were two summits for the group to conquer. A steep hilltop and another huge rock formation which seemed to me impossible to climb. The first summit was already an accomplishment. The second was kinda impossible.

To challenge the wavering ones like me, we made a deal that everyone must go up.

It seemed impossible but thanks to a photo of it which I saw two months prior, my vision pushed me.

A lot of us want to do stuff both easy & impossible. For both, vision is so important!

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One major reality about vision:
IT’S EASY TO BREAK A LAW WITHOUT VISION.

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I met Nao few years ago. His one leg has been amputated. But he was serious about fighting in a professional boxing competition. So everyday, he went to the gym to practice & exercise. He was here in the Philippines just to see that vision become more possible. Japan was strict in not allowing an amputee join such competition. He followed the rules of his boxing coach strictly. He had his eyes on the prize!

How did Nao develop his vision? Nao learned about the story of Craig Bodzianowski, a successful one-legged boxer. He fought for a world title and left a mark in boxing history as “the Gator.”

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Having a hard time following the rules? Eyes on the prize. Hard time obeying God? Fix your eyes on Jesus, the very author and lone perfector of our faith. But one thing about following rule: it’s easier to follow when you have a relationship with the rule-giver.

Today, you don’t have to live as if you will never be able to consistently live right. You don’t have to live as if you will never be able to obey God consistently. Have a vision of eternity. Have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Where you are at must never dictate what you will become! Because our God is constantly transforming us. Take it from Paul who professed God’s power in his life without a doubt!

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at works within us…” -Ephesians 3:20

God is able to work in our lives that can not be measured, something that we can’t even imagine!

Open Letter to All Filipino Moms (Specifically to 3 Mothers I Know)

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Dear Mothers,

I’m sorry if the people you were with today lacked some focus between two things: spending time with you versus thinking about tomorrow’s election.

But I want you to know that you deserve to have this day exclusive to you and not share it with election blues feels. I want you to know that you are loved. That you are affirmed. That you are appreciated. That you are acknowledged and recognized. That you are honorable.

Thank you for the unconditional love, mothers! The next president of the Philippines can do so much for this society but not as much as you do as mothers. You bravely carried in your womb the would-be movers and shakers of this society. You tirelessly take care of them. You love them so much you’re willing to forget about the makeup your face needs everyday.

Thank you!!!

[Warning: cheesy messages for 3 moms I know]

Now to honor the 3 mothers in my life: my mother, my mother-in-law, and most especially my wife– the mother of our two sons.

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Mama, thank you for sacrificially working as a domestic helper and having to leave your elite reputation when you needed to. You etched it in history. You were bold enough to do that just to make sure our lives would be well. Don’t ever think I don’t value you because you will always be the mother who did everything you could to make sure we’re ok. I love you, Mother!

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Mama Bibs, the mother of my wife, thank you for your expertise in cooking. I owe you my fats today. Haha! Thank you for raising such a strong yet loving woman. Love you Ma!

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My love, Margarita “Its”, the mother of our sons, my beautiful wife, I am amazed of your love for our kids.

Your will to sleep for short hours just to make sure our kids get what they need while yours truly is comfortably asleep… Wow! Dabest ka!!! Your absence of complaints even when our two sons get rowdy with you after a tiring day… Wow ikaw na!

Your faith to believe for great things for our kids is contagious. Your love for them is unconditional. You are doing great as their mother. I am not the expert in determining when a mother is good in mothering but I know it. I just know it… that you are doing great.

I love you my wife, the mother of our kids!!!

Thank you, MOTHERS!!!

After #PiliPinasDebates2016 (Round 3), We Can Now Say “And the Winner is…”

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…Social Media!

Whether you’re for Duterte or Roxas or Poe or Santiago or Binay, one thing is common: they’ve all taken the route of utilizing social media as a major part of their campaign. And… we’ve all benefited from it.

Thanks to Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and all other forms we call– SOCIAL MEDIA, the real winner for this year’s election. Because of it, even the  #PiliPinasDebates2016 including Round 3 became more interesting.

To further elaborate what I’m saying, I invite you to watch this video:

Final na! I’m Voting For ________ Today

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My vote. The power of choosing. And where my hope comes from.

It’s an inescapable topic these days: who are you voting for this election! Whether from the free world, USA, or here, this is what most people are talking about. While a lot of friends have been very sure of who they’re voting for this May, I could only listen to them coz I was still uncertain. But I’ve made up my mind.

MY VOTE

If election were to happen today, I am still undecided. But if voting would mean having to choose between choices by voicing out, then that’s what I’m so sure of.

Final na toh! Today, I’m voting for:

Choice: Status Quo vs. Change (I choose change!)

 

THE POWER OF CHOICE

There’s power in choosing. Once we elect a president, we are the ones who have ushered him/her to power. If nobody votes, it will be an invalid election.

Let’s put that into a daily perspective. Everyday, we can choose to do something between two choices– to remain the same or to change. To stick with the status quo or to contribute to change.

Which one have we been choosing?

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I think about the privilege of being a campus missionary. Reaching students. Coaching them to be Christ-followers. Mentoring them so they can be agents of change themselves. And what if among these students comes the next president of the Philippines?

Whatever you do and wherever you’re situated (homemaker, employee, boss of the company, schools), you don’t have to wait for election day to choose change. You can do it today. You have the privilege to change the world as well even in little ways.

How? If I’m talking to Christians in this part, maybe the biggest change we can contribute to this nation is in exemplifying Christ-likeness in our social media posts. Are we so sold out to our choice that we forget about SELF-CONTROL, LOVE for others and it’s so easy for us to join in the MUDSLINGING as if it will change the world. Go be a Christian. That’s how you change the world.

Guys, our hope comes from the Sovereign Ruler. We can look forward to a new way of leadership from a new president but ultimately our hope lies in the God of the universe.

I will vote. That’s a must! And I will carefully and prayerfully choose who to vote for. But my hope? Still comes from God. As the psalmist said, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” (Psalm 62:5)

Undecided who to vote for? This blog from Pastor Joey Bonifacio might help you in your filters. Click this.

Now, let’s go and change the world!

For me today, it means talking to our would-be campus missionaries one-by-one and give them honest & life-giving evaluations so they would be guided as they start reaching students next month! The impact of that is unimaginable– students all over the Philippines and the world taking part in the change of their lives which in turn will be felt in society.

What can you do today to change OUR nation?

Papa & the Son: An Easter Sunday Confession

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This is my father, my Papa.

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He’s Robinson Harbay Wahiman. And I love him.

His passions– serving others & watching the drama shows my mother loves to watch. Short to say that he loves my mother no matter their differences. Emphasis on differences.

When I was in my elementary years (5 to 12), there were many times he came home drunk. But he was never violent. Some of those nights were to simply socialize with our neighbors and his friends. Some of those times were maybe for some other reasons that I completely understand now that I am raising my own family as well.

My greatest memory with him? He brought me to the hospital for my circumcision. We never played basketball together. But he spent time with me by fetching me from school and we would bike home. I loved those times.

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In high school, our family setup was different. Mother left for Israel to provide for us. Father took the role of being our ‘carer’ which to me was strange.

My confession: I got bitter with that setup and disrespected him a lot of times. When God changed me, I had to repent of all those times. My father didn’t deserve those treatments at all.

Jesus Christ started changing me. I started to understand the gospel: I am a sinner and I need a savior. He is Jesus Christ who died for my sins. The death I should have died. On the third day he rose again proving that He is the Son of God and offering the gift of salvation and forgiveness of sins for all who repent and believe.

Before becoming a Christ-follower, I remember helping him in his campaign to be one of the kagawads in his hometown. He lost. But I felt like I won. Because at those months I helped in his campaign, I saw how he was sincere in serving the people. He was real to the people. He didn’t have money but his sincerity to serve them through a leadership role was overflowing. I felt it. After that season came my salvation story. God saved me.

A few months after, Papa started coming to church with me. It was my brother who invited him. Eventually, he received Jesus as his Lord & savior again. And his life started changing as well.

He was imperfect like everyone else. Imperfect like me. We both were changed by one man– Jesus Christ.

This blog is about two things, my father and the Son. First, about Papa who deserves this written honor. I love you, Papa! (I love you, Mama also. A blog about her next time.) And second, about Jesus Christ who transformed our lives.

Today, Papa and I love Jesus Christ.

Today, whatever you went through with your dad whether good or bad, look up coz it’s Easter. Today is the best time to look up to God, the Father almighty, and receive His love through Jesus Christ, His son. He enables us to love no matter what.

Now, what’s your story? You and your dad and Jesus Christ. Leave a comment or write a blog about it. Many need to hear that. Share the Good News.

Happy Easter!

#MayKasalananAkoSayo Trending Ba Talaga Sa Puso Natin?

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Trending ngayon sa Twitter are hashtag na #MayKasalananAkoSayo on Holy Wednesday (Monster Radio is doing the The Top 10 #MayKasalananAkoSayo that’s why). I have two questions to hopefully help us reflect this Holy Week with this hashtag.

1. Is this hashtag trending in our hearts as well?

We can trend it on Twitter but is it really trending in our hearts?

As a student back then, I was always wondering how it feels to steal a bar of chocolate from the convenience store. Add to that the fun that me and my friends would have talking about crazy stuff we did. So I did!

A year after, God changed my life. When I was looking back at the wrong things I’ve done, that bar of chocolate magnified itself in my imagination. Repentant, this hashtag trended in my heart, “LORD, #maykasalananakosayo …”

Convicted, I went to the convenience store and left an amount of money ten times the price of the chocolate bar.

 

2. If it is trending in our hearts, are we saying it to Jesus Christ or someone else?

Anyone can say #MayKasalananAkoSayo sa girlfriend, sa boyfriend, sa asong parang best friend, sa best friend, sa parents, sa text mate, sa crush mong hindi ka crush. Pero sinasabi ba natin yan to Jesus Christ?

We commit mistakes against people but ultimately we our sins are against GOD.

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23

Lahat tayo may kasalanan sa Diyos. But it doesn’t stop there.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

God didn’t leave us behind with no choice but a sinful life. He made a way. And it’s through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. When we put our faith in what Christ has done for us on the cross, we receive eternal life.

This Holy Week, take the time to allow God speak to you. The things you need to hear from God, the things you need to repent for. Acknowledge it and turn to Jesus Christ.

Leaving you with a song to worship God with.