Marriage is a faith-filled attempt to become like Jesus and make Him known together.
"Will you still love me even if all I can offer is silence?"
As his eyes opened from his light sleep, I welcomed his gaze with a bright smile. My mother and I drove five hours for this moment; that finally, after months of waking up alone, he has someone waiting for him. I watched as his half-opened eyes bloom into light and a curve began to form on his lips, the most uplifting line no man can ever force to existence, for this gem is only earned through time– the smile of my grandfather.
As David Bonifacio once shared (although he was referring to exercise at that time [but same thought applies]), "you don't have to like it for it to be good for you."
Food and health has not been so much of a focus when it comes to the Lordship of Jesus. Woah there. “Food and heath” nasa isang sentence kasama ng “Lordship.” Parang, what?Medyo ka aura pag ginamit mo sa isang sentence yung “Twilight” at “Shakespeare”. Ang labo. An’layo.
“Serious” issues that are “deemed worthy” of a person consulting with his/her leader, is “deserving” of surrender when rebuked/pointed out, or even deserving of correction alone, usually only include (but are not limited to) issues on identity, security, acceptance, love, love life, family, direction, calling, forgiveness, lust, pride, greed, etc. mga ganyang labanan. But health is, more often than not, left out, or is not even considered to be on the list.
Pag sinasabi yung different areas of life, laging relationships, finances, time, academics, work, ministry or basta mga katunugan lang n’yan. Labas yung pagkain. Pagkain ‘yun e. Grabe naman. Labas na yung tulog. Labas na yung pag eexercise.
Pero kung, “confessing Jesus is Lord implies a submission to His Lordship in every area of life”, anong kasama ‘dun?
Pag sinabing do not touch that, anong gagawin mo?
Do not touch that.
Pag sinabing let go?
Pag sinabing every area?
I understand that we have certain tasks na kailangang tapusin kaya nag pupuyat tayo, o hindi na nakakakain, or napipilitang kumain ng kung ano man.
Hindi ko rin sinabing wag ka na ulit magpupuyat, kakain sa Jollibee, papapak ng condensed milk, kakain ng Piatos, maglalagay ng kahit na anong processed/ artificial/ preserved/may food coloring, prinito, may sugar, may additives etc. sa katawan mo.
Sadyang masarap naman talaga kasi. Besides, God has given us tastebuds to enjoy eating. ‘Di ba napaka lupet na hindi lang lump of flesh ang dila na walang nalalasahan? Pwede namang wala nalang tastebuds, makakalunok parin naman tayo. Pero kaya meron yan kasi gusto rin ni God na pati pag kain, naeenjoy natin. He has given us eyes and minds capable of seeing and appreciating beauty to appreciate beauty. Okay lang naman iadmire si Oppa. Okay lang na kumain ng sisig. God loves to see His sons and daughters enjoy the gifts He has given.
Pero hindi para abusuhin.
It’s more than just food, pwede ba ‘to o hindi, sleeping habits, and exercise. It’s more of a question of, are you being a good steward of what God has given you? Are you honoring Him with the way you handle your body?
‘Di ba pag mahal mo, iingatan mo yung mga binibigay n’ya?
Kasi kung ako, ako lang naman ha. Pag mag bibigay ako ng regalo sa anak ko, matutuwa ako kung iingatan n’ya. Matutuwa ako kung gagamitin n’ya sa paraang dinesign ko. Yung mga siko, tuhod, balikat, may joints yan para gumalaw galaw. May mga hormones hormones pa na nakakatanggal stress para bonus. Ganun ko kasi s’ya ka mahal.
Pero okay lang wag mong ingatan yung katawan mo. Okay lang naman eh. Unless gusto mong mag settle. Unless you want to break the heart of God.
Grabe naman, break the heart of God agad?
Um, oo? Hindi ba nakakabreak ng heart idesign lahat ng cells sa katawan, mga buto-buto, mga micro hulabalu tapos hindi s’ya iingatan? Imagine something na sobrang pinag-isipan at pinag planuhan mo. Thesis man ‘yan, final paper, project na malupet, painting, kanta, basta binuhusan mo ng puso at isip para sakanya.
Bawat dangling modifier inayos mo.
Bawat screw pinihit mo ng tama.
Bawat tuldok, precise.
Pero pagkabigay mo (sa taong mahal na mahal mo [ilagay natin sa God level] to the point na binigay mo yung kaisa-isa mong Anak para sakanya, take note hindi mo naman s’ya kailangan to exist), hindi n’ya iningatan for some reason, whether because it is just not taken seriously, it was forced, or done with the intention of serving others atbp.
‘Di ba nakakalungkot? ‘Di ba medyo masakit? ‘Di ba nakakabastos?
“Onti lang naman.”
“Eh deadline na mamaya, ‘Di ko pa tapos.”
“Nag didisciple pa ‘ko.”
But of course, this is a continuous walk. Sana may struggle. And I am no way perfect in this area. Masarap naman talaga kasi? Medyo pareho lang na masaya kasi pag kasama ko s’ya. ‘yoooon. Same same.
It takes a decision, friend. Besides, hindi lang naman ikaw yung magbebenefit e, pati ibang tao. If you really want to be used by God, take care of the body He has given you, pwede ka parin naman N’ya magamit kahit bed-ridden ka na syempre, pero ‘di ba mas madali at mas marami kang marereach kung hindi?
Besides, masayang tumanda na hindi ka lang taga bantay ng bag. Na kakawentuhan mo parin ung mga apo mo, ikwekwento mo kung pano ka na reach out, pano mo nakilala si “Darleng my love so sweet” na lolo/lola na nila, macocorrect mo yung grammar kung mali, mapapatay mo parin yung lamok na umaaligid sakanila.
Maaalagaan mo parin s’ya.
Or pwede rin namang masagasaan ka na mamaya. Or malaglagan ka ng aspile sa siko tapos mainffect tapos namatay ka na. ‘Di natin sure. Pwede naman.
Pero still, bottom line, are you honoring God?
Dear people-oriented people, there’s nothing to be ashamed about wanting and enjoying being around people especially if God designed you that way. Loving to be around people does not automatically mean you need them for your happiness. It’s okay to be the first person to break down walls. It’s okay to be the first one to smile and say “Hi!”, it’s okay to be the one who posts pictures on social media. It’s okay to be the first one to initiate gatherings. It’s okay to be the most energetic person from start to finish. You are not needy of attention. It’s just that God made you to have that natural inclination, energy, and ease in being with people. Embrace that gift. It’s okay to be loving and expressive of it. Stop forcing yourself to look “reserved” and “mysterious” just for the sake of not being labeled as “extrovert” (together with all the misleading ideas it carry)
Everybody wants to be alone every now and then. We, people-oriented people, all have those moments when we hate another person’s existence. I understand, and it’s okay even if people do not know that. It’s okay for people to not have any hint that we have those moments. Just over look that false perception of being thought of as the “dependent one.”
It’s not our problem.
Who cares. Just continue spreading smiles.
Tonight, I remember, I am made to love.
Not doing what you're supposed to be doing just because you "don't feel like it" does not erase the fact that you'll still have to do that thing that you don't feel like doing. So just do it anyway.
Come. Walk in the light. You are never meant to be alone. God loves you.