Stillness Speaks

Have you ever felt to be worn out? Have you felt so tired from the demands of everyday living? Let us be still and allow the stillness to speak itself.

imageWhenever I am caught up in a place wherein I felt worthless, I look for a peaceful place where I can gather all my thoughts. While I was waiting for my mom, I passed by the cemetery where my dad was buried. I know that a cemetery is a place for the dead and definitely unpleasant. I don’t know the reason, but I just find the place so relaxing whenever I spend time beside my Dad’s grave. The smell of the green grass calms my mind and helps me connect with the person who created everything that my eyes can see. As I see the different creatures flying around and crawling underneath the ground, I cannot contain myself not to be in awe with the greatness of what God had created. Being still helps us to hear beyond our expectations. As I observe all the living creatures around, I asked myself, “If he spent time producing these tiny animals, what more how he took the time to mold every part of our system?”

Whenever I see this place, I would compare myself to these people lying underneath the ground “Nakakainggit naman sila dahil wala na silang problema at nanahimik na.”  (I envy these people because they don’t have problems and they are now peaceful.).  As I reflect on my life in this place, I started thanking God that I am still alive. I am grateful for the pain that I am feeling as of the moment. I look forth to more challenges to what life can bring. I want to inspire and bless people who will cross my path through my story. So that at the final stage of this journey, I will have the courage to face our creator and say…… “My Lord, Thank you for the gift of life!”

Sometimes, we have to consider what we can and cannot perform. We have to know our boundaries because life is supposed to be simple. Whenever we are strained from tasks, we have to consider our own wellness. If we are not happy with what we are practicing, we have to be still and reflect.  Life is too short to dwell on complaints. Our creator wants us to be delightful when serving because at the end of the day it is only between you and Him not your boss or your neighbor. If things do not work out as we expect it to be, then let it be. I know it is very easy to say, well in fact it is that simple.  My friend, this is just to remind you that it is alright to stop and reflect. Let us reevaluate our own self and prioritize what is most important in our lives.

Dear God, thank you for all the graces that you have given us.  Show us your divine light to see what your eyes can see.  Allow your spirit to remove all the pain inside our hearts and let your light shine upon thee.  Amen.

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Finding your purpose

Do we sometimes ask ourselves…. How can I be able to contribute to this World? I frequently ask that question to myself and it took me several years in searching for that purpose. I remember i have been reading the book of Eckhart Tolle…. “A New Earth – Awakening to your life’s purpose”. I read that book way back 2009 and I was 28 years old back then. My classmate from grad school saw me reading it and I remember the exact words he said, “You don’t know your purpose? That is so silly!” I admit, at that age, I still can’t find my self worth. I have been reading that book many times but the words doesn’t sink deeply inside my heart. Year 2014 came, I suddenly felt the strength to express myself to the world. I said to myself, one day I am going to be an author. It didn’t stop from there, I faced a lot of challenges after I said that. I had this battle going on at the back of my mind which tells me, “You can’t be an author! You don’t know how to write! Your english teachers from high school are giving you a grade of C and you tell yourself that you want to write your own book? Get real Mackie!” Those were the horrible words that came to my mind. I had my own enemy inside of me. It was those words that placed my dreams on hold for a long period of time.

Sometimes we tend to get tired and stressed with our everyday routine. With all the struggles that we encounter, sometimes we forget to ask for God’s guidance. We forget to call unto him because our mind is too preoccupied with all the worries of our everyday living. My friend, I am here to remind you the verse from the book of Matthew:

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He has been waiting for you all this time. It is time to take the moment to catch up with Him. Forget about all your worries and be silent for awhile.  You will feel His presence in the silence of your heart and mind.  No words needed to be spoken because He knows what is inside your heart.  It is ok to cry…. It is ok to be weak because we are human.  Once you receive His grace, He will give you the strength to stand up once again and continue your main purpose in this life. My friend, continue to be a blessing to the people that surrounds you most especially to your family. Never take them for granted because they are God’s gift to us.