Wandering Mind...

Random thoughts, experiences, observations, views, desires, ideas, humor, inspirations, emotions, insights...ahhh whatever! With a touch...of the WORD!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

And So This Is CHRISTmas...

It's nearly Christmas and almost everybody seems to be verry busy in preparation and enjoyment of glittering decors, new clothes, expensive material presents, blissful celebrations and so on. Christmas is in the air! Too many parties and get togethers are there! For some, this is the time to double or even triple their money in terms of profits and investments. Loyal consumers and buyers enjoy the opportunity of obtaining gifts, gifts and more gifts from suppliers (who doesn't want it anyway?) Caroling songs were played most of the time. Malls are very crowded and stocks of toys for young and old alike seems not enough. Christmas is turned into a buying fest in many places. Commersialism at its best. It's a breakout of spree visible in different activities, whether in shopping, drinking, eating, gaining and more. Enchanting shows announce and publicize everyday. Christmas Trees with bright, blinking and glowing lights visible in almost everycorner. Smiles are present from faces of many people who seem to be soo extra nice to everyone. (trying at least! Hmmn..., I hope not only for the gifts) One can be enticed to display things extravagantly for this merry season.

Religions (too many of them nowadays) traditionally celebrate this season by pointing us to the charming story of the Baby. And I love that story!, a Baby known to be King of kings and Lord of lords but was denied of a decent room..., was born in a manger....and with the animals. Luxury this season? Think again. Quite an example shown here against world standards. Knowing the story somehow make us sentimental. But sadly, many people just stop there. The great story of the Savior is just reduced to a baby story this season and unfortunately some even invented a Santa Claus story of gift giving to replace it. The genuine changes that comes with the Savior's life message is rarely seen and felt from an individual who celebrates the virgin birth. Perhaps..., because we just celebrate a part of His story in our lives or we are too pre-occupied with the blissfullness of the celebration that we forget the greatness of the Celebrant, who by the way did not remain a baby in the manger. He grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom. His life became the most powerfull people converter and healer. History is His story! A true story of life that can guide and strengthen everyone to go through the tears, heaviness and trickery in this world. His words are like double edged sword that can devide soul and spirit. He taught, touched and comforted many who approached Him. With all His humility and kindness, people still made Him suffer agonizingly and humiliated till death, Yes! He died too, a very painful and shameful death on the cross designed for hardened criminals. Lest we forget, He has a choice to skip that but instead, willingly uttered the words "Not my will but thy will be done." and submitted Himself to the punishment for sinners, yet knew no sin, to completely manifest and show the true meaning of His unconditional love. And that everyone could possibly understand that Christmas is not about gifts from fat, white bearded man nor having that external gliterring decors on a tree and in our house nor new gadgets to brag about. It's far more than serving one's senses. It goes beyond that....because this is the time when the all powerful and holy Creator reach out his sinless hand to the sinful creatures like us, by offering the very life of His dear Son. This is the begining of that great sacrifice! This is the most remarkable moment in history where the One who is larger than the universe became a microscopic embryo, the omnipotent instantly became flesh and blood, left His deity in heaven and choosed to become a person, with same range of feelings and weaknesses just as we are..., yet wasn't tempted, yet lived obediently and yet sinless throughout his life. He was offered for the payment of debt He did not owe. He did it with great compassion to provide those who will accept Him as Lord and Savior...forgiveness and liberty from the clout of sin. (sounds lent huh?) This is what Christians celebrate, not the baby part story only but the complete revelation of His goodness in its truest meaning. The fullness of joy knowing that Christ, the author and finisher of faith, has conquered death. Oh yes! He lives and claimed victory to be shared for those who would receive Him. So let Him occupy that special room in our heart now! And keep Him there everyday to fill it up so that Christmas maybe felt and enjoyed by ourselves and other people as well for the whole year round. For we can only celebrate meaningfully, and be able to truly give love on Christmas day if we are immensely full of Him.

It is only as we see the birth of Jesus in light of His crucifxion and resurrection that we are able to grasp the full meaning of Christ coming. Friends and beloved! THIS IS CHRISTMAS!! Let us celebrate the season with a new and deeper perspective, along with our new life in Christ!

Have a Christ-centered Christmas everyone! LOVE and PEACE!

Jonh 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Gloomy Meeting...

A meeting was called the other day to all monthlies and confidential employees in the office of the manufacturing manager.

Everybody's filled with excitement, some thought it was about the bonus for the coming season.

The room became silent when he started to speak......"Id like to announce my resignation due to opportunity abroad. I'll be here till the end of the month. Thank you very much for all of your support during my tenure."

Excitement was replaced by sudden gloom and silence from everyone.

The Manager's grumbling voice and reddening eyes were expressive of emotions being tightly held back as he announce the last personnel movements he made.

Although, startled, one of the guys voice out his thanks for all the consideration he made and things he taught us.

His answer wa simple but left an echo in my head...."Wala yun, basta galingan nyo lang ang trabaho ninyo, di na kailangan ang pasasalamat, sapat na yon."

Quite a guy. A good guy who knows how to put pressure and tap your shoulder as well.

'Hope someday we'll share laughters and strategy again Sir Ed. Godspeed!

This is the time when I cannot describe my feelings. Random and mixed emotions with sadness having the edge somehow.

And I have too many why's about his decision to resign, but hey!.., it's his decision. I'll just treasure the knowlwedge imparted.

"All things work together for good..." I just said to myself.

Proverbs 22:1
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Tagged for the Nth time....

This is my assignment from Agring, quite late though.....Thanks for the tag!

Getting To Know Me

1. What time did you get up this morning? 5:00 AM
2. Are you a morning person or night owl? Night Owl
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Harry Potter Goblet of Fire
4. What is your favorite TV show? Smallville, CSI, Panday
5. What did you have for breakfast? Eggs and "Tuyo"
6. What is your middle name? Logatoc
7. What is your favorite cuisine? Chinese, I like noodles and shomais
8. What foods do you dislike? None
9. Favorite day of the week? Sunday
10. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Hillsong Australia, Scott Wesley Brown
11. What is your favorite sandwich? Chicken
12. What characteristics do you despise? Hypocrites, Boastfull
13. What do you do most often when you are bored? Blog, Watch TV, Play with my daughter.
14. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Japan, Hongkong and Marinduque Island
15. Favorite brand of clothing? Any Brand will do as long as it fits me and feel comfortable.
16. Where were you born? Santa Ana, Manila Philippines
17. What is your best childhood memory? Being lost in train terminal and Fishing in the sea
18. Do you have pets? yes, Dogs and Fishes
19. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with everyone? I am learning to abide by the truth everyday!!
20. What did you want to be when you were little? I wanted to be a seaman and sail the seven seas.
21. Different jobs you have had in your life? Worked in Japan from construction site to manufacturing guy. Process Engineer, Supervisor.
22. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Chicken and that's it!!!!

I would like to pass this assignment to Bluegreen (miss ko na post n'ya!), Pobs, and Kiwinoy
Thank you!!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Toonie True...

Funny yet strongly expressive.

have a cool day full of smiles....