If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen
would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been
proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no
basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will
dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind.
You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth
until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look
back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp
now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you
really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying
is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things
that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you
at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with
people who are reckless with yours.
Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead,
sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end,
it’s only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you
succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with
your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at
22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most
interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them
when they’re gone.
Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children,
maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance
the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you
do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself
either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of
it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest
instrument you’ll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone
for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to
your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few
you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography
and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need
the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.
Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians
will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll
fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable,
politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust
fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when
either one might run out.
Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it
will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who
supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way
of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting
over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen. Kurt Vonnegut (via fawun)
Foundations are important. When building a structure, it is common knowledge that one has to use the finest, high-grade material there is to make the structure strong – withstanding withering, decay and rusting. It is important in solidifying your own place. Your own foothold.
The Tower of Pisa is a good example of this principle. By the time it was completed in 1372, because of weak foundations, the 190-foot tower was already leaning. For the next 600 years, the tower gradually leaned more and more until it was closed to tourists in 1990 for fear that it would topple.
- Steve Murell, Experiencing Victory (Knowing our Freedom in Christ)
Late last year, my spiritual foothold was shaken. My place was moved and my foundations were rocked. By who/what? You’ll know in a while.
For some, these things were menial, irrelevant blabberings of an agnostic who just would like to write and share about something. I was a humanist, occult talker, and conspiracy theorist who have deliberately shied away from the “idea” of a God who exists. I was fine living with myself and the people around me. I have to say: I was fine without a God. Though I was vocal and pretentiously living in my so-called “righteousness” and declaring that I was a “devout Catholic”, my insides were just so far away from Him that he isn’t a part of everything that I do.
Honestly, I was doing great without a GOD. I can solve my own problems and I can deal with my own misgivings and shortcomings. I was very fine with myself. I was proud that I never really had the time to acknowledge his goodness and mercy upon my life. Why should I? I work hard for my money and my relationships. They all worked perfectly without Him in it so why even bother? I’m alive and breathing with a loving family intact, a work that satisfies me, and a life that is wondrously going steady. Who needs a God?
WHY EVEN BOTHER?
But like the Tower of Pisa, I had no idea that I was slowly toppling down. I was crumbling inside. No amount of novena prayers, rounds of mysteries of the rosary, or attendance on Eucharistic Masses could ever fill my hunger for a mighty GOD. So I looked for him in conveniently available venues. I read varying literatures about Christ and his resurrection. I read about God the Father creating the cosmos and the many different other gods who created the world as well. While I was so filled with these new knowledge, I withdrew from what I had always believed in and caved into this new “profound” understanding of how things came to be and how we came into existence. I knew about Allah, and YHWH, and the many different stories of creations. I studied about celestial beings, the extra-terrestrials, and other things that were luring me away from the ABSOLUTE TRUTH.
BUT there IS THE DANGER.
For Christians like me, they personally know God as a God who communicates in mysterious and righteous ways. He does this because he is REAL. Knowing that I am a proud person who is searching for Him, He lead me back by revealing himself to me. It’s as if He’s reminding me that as his daughter, I’ve forgotten who He is and that its time to have that serious one-on-one with him.
ARE YOU PROUD?
Well, like what most Filipino Christians say: “May kalalagyan ka.”
In English, this has two different translations which means two different things as well -
- One is, “You will be put in your own place.”
- And two, “May you receive it.”
The first translation is more specific, in my own opinion. It is a declaration. This means that you have a place. Your own place. It also implies that you are not currently in it. It implies that you are astray, wandering and lost. This, for me, would mean that HE will put you in your OWN place. A place that you deserve. A place that he has reserved especially for you. Note that everything is according to his own knowledge and understanding and NOT YOURS. He is just and he alone knows where you will be placed.
The second translation is a generated answer from Google Translate. I found it fitting and I think it serves well too. Compared to the first one, this translation is a greeting. It is something said knowing that there is a precursor. It may be a consequence of something you’ve done. Or simply something that you’ve asked for. This means that aside from being put into place, you will also receive something from him. I will say it again. He is just and he alone knows what you deserve.
I know you will be asking me. Who are you to say that? What is your basis? How do you know all these?
Let me tell you who God is.
- HE IS AN ALL-KNOWING GOD.
“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” (Psalms 147:5)
He knows all things even before you knew and understood things with your own mind processing. His power is something he wants us to be aware of and to rely on. Do not ever wonder why his ways are mysterious. He is a REAL GOD and he operates in ways no man can ever understand.
- HE KNOWS YOU.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born , I set you apart…” (Jeremiah 1:5)
He knows what you are made of. He knows your heart. He knows you inside out.
- HE IS THE MIGHTIEST OF THEM ALL.
”Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you–majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” (Exodus 15:11)
None can compare to our LORD God. He is Almighty. All-powerful. He is a Majestic, Awesome, Great God who is our HOLY CREATOR and HEAVENLY FATHER. He is worthy of all praise and his GLORY exceeds all of creation.
- HE IS ALL YOU WILL EVER NEED.
“HIS DIVINE POWER HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE NEED for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3)
Peter emphasized that GOD’S DIVINE POWER has given US ALL THE THINGS WE NEED! Even before each and everyone of us started breathing, he has set everything in our path, giving us everything we truly needed to get by in this world. We are so blessed with his goodness!
As proud individuals, we are used to relying on our own preconceived notions of how things operate. We are so accustomed to our own works that we do not really acknowledge that there is a God who willed it for us to accomplish these things. We have our own place as his children.
As his children, our proud hearts have no match to his mighty power. Whatever it is we say that we did, we earned, we created, we accomplished, or we have worked on, those things have their own place with God.
“Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows,
and by him deeds are weighed. (1 Samuel 2:3)“The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.” (Isaiah 2:11)
“The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’” (Obadiah 1:3)
So God put me back to place. He shattered all the lies that I fed to myself during my search for him. He made himself clear that in order for us to have a better understanding of who he really is, we must acknowledge that He is GOD, and there is no one like him. Our place is in him. At the foot of his Son’s cross. For we are nothing without him. Our lives are MEANINGLESS.
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
I was put to place. May kinalagyan ako sa kanya. (I have place in Him.)
You? Have you been put to place? :)
All Glory is God’s.