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Lessons from my first 10km-Run

We had our fun run in celebration of the 15th Anniversary Celebration of Victory Laoag called Run for Victory last July 28, 2012. Participants of the said fun run can run for 3km, 5km or 10km. I challenged myself and decided to join the 10k-run. It was my first 10k-run. I was able to finish but I almost died gasping for breath. Hahaha! People who knows me and were there were so amazed, shocked and can’t even believe that I was able to do it. xD

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Here are some lessons I’ve learned from that run:

#1 Stretching is necessary!

A day after the fun run, I can barely get up from my bed. It was even hard for me to walk. For 3 days, I suffered from muscle pains. Stretching is necessary before you run especially if you want to run farther. You don’t need stretching if you will only run 1 km. You won’t feel the same pain you’ll experience when you run 10k without you stretching first. My point is, stretching is necessary if you want to go farther.

Same way with our life, we have to go through stretching. In fact, stretching is already hard and painful that’s why we don’t want to go through that and we try to escape it. But we have to understand that if will not let stretching happen, we will experience more pain when were faced with the run.

I believe that stretching is God’s way of preparing us so that He can bring us farther. He is stretching us so that He can bring us to where he wants us to be in the next season of our lives. God is stretching you because He wants to bring you farther, in a better, bigger and greater place.

#2 It’s more fun to run when you’re not alone.

A day before the run, everyone was so excited. There’s just excitement when you know that you’re not alone. Not only that, while running there were people who encouraged me, challenged me and cheered me up to finish the 10k run. It was so fun to run to run because there even people talking to me while we’re running. We were even joking and laughing.

Same way with our Christian life, it’s not easy to run the race marked for us alone. Hebrews 12:1 says, “LET US RUN with perseverance the race marked out for us…” The race called life was designed to be done with others. You’re run might be different with others and nobody can’t run the race marked for you and you can’t also run the race marked out for others but the Bible says, “LET US RUN…” We are meant to run with others. Life is more fun when you’re with people who will encourage you, challenge you, pray for you and even correct you along the way. Don’t run alone!

#3 Don’t stop. Don’t quit!

As I have said in my tweet right after the fun run, “I joined the Run, Walk, Run, Walk, Walk, Run for Victory…” There were time times that I almost quit but I just slowed down and walk and I never stopped until I finished it. It wasn’t easy but I was able to finish it. If I stopped at the middle of the race, will I be able to say that I finished my 10k run? If you will stop, you will not be able to finish the race. Hey, it’s too soon to quit. They say, “It’s not about how well you start but on how well you finish.” God did not call us just to start the race, but to finish it well!

2 Timothy 4:7-8

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day —and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Philippians 3:13-14

13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Discipleship, Faith

 

Decision Making: Inquire of the Lord

I’m now 24 years old and almost 7 years now as a Christian. I realized that as I grow older, the more that I have to face bigger and harder decisions. And as these decisions I’m going to make gets harder, the more that I have to be careful. These decisions already involve my future and sometimes even of other people. If I will not be wise and careful enough, my life, my future, other people and more will be affected – more will suffer. Bigger decisions means more is at stake. Faced with these, I just want to share from God’s word something which I believe to be the wisest and most careful way in making a decision –TO INQUIRE OF THE LORD.

Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30

V.1-4 After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to make war on Jehoshaphat.Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Sea. It is already in Hazazon Tamar ” (that is, En Gedi). Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.

 

As a king, he’s faced with a concern that involves not just his personal life but the lives of all the people of the nation he’s leading. Jehoshaphat had to make a quick decision and deploy an army to face their enemies but he resolved to inquire of the Lord.

 

As a result, the Lord fought for them and gave them victory as a nation. As for Jehoshaphat,

 

V.29-30 29 The fear of God came upon all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.30 And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.”

 

Now what happens when we don’t inquire of the Lord?

 

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance,and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.

 

Deciding in haste will cause regrets. Hasty decisions often cost us more that we can imagine. That’s why we need to be wise and careful.

 

How do we inquire of the Lord?

1.    Pray

V.3 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.

 

Consider your decisions in prayer. As you think about it, pray about it as well. The more time you spend thinking about it, the more time you need to pray about it.

 

Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

 

Prayer is not just a time to tell our concerns and petitions to God but also asking God questions and taking time to listen to God’s answer.

2.    Read God’s Word

As they were praying, a prophet stood up to speak God’s word to them. Today, we have the bible in our hands. Read it! God speaks through His word. God’s word serves as our God, you’ll never go wrong when you follow it.

Psalm 119:104-106 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.

3. Godly Counsel

There are things that we can’t see that other people can see. We all have blind sides. Can you see your back? You can’t but other people can. Ask them! Ask your pastor, your small group leader or your friends in church.

Proverbs 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

V.4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord…

 

What I like about the people of Judah is that when they joined Jehoshaphat, they never gave their opinions but joined him to seek help from the Lord…

 

Sometimes, godly people around you can give you their opinion to help you make a decision, others just share their own experience, others just few words as advice and others ask questions to clarify and it’s good. But sometimes, even wiser, they don’t even give a word but they’ll just join you to seek help from the Lord…

 

Lastly,

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Other translation of this verse says, “Trust in the Lord… and he will make your paths OBVIOUS.

Don’t be in a hurry. Be wise and be careful. Take time to pray, read God’s word and seek godly counsel.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Faith

 

I AM…

…a Christian

As the song says, “I was once lost but now I’m found”. Jesus died for me and he redeemed me. I am now a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come. I have a personal relationship with God. I love Jesus and I’m proud to call myself a Christian. November 9, 2006, I surrendered my life to Jesus and since then God did a lot of great things in my life. And I know, even before that God was taking care of me even though I didn’t notice that time. If I were to enumerate all the good things that God has done in my life, it will consume all your time to read it. One thing is for sure, God is GOOD. Again, I’m a Christian but I’m not yet perfect. I’m a work in progress!

…a disciple

A disciple is someone who follows God, fellowships with others and fishes for people. I follow God. The Bible is my sole authority in everyday life. I am a member of Victory Laoag, a church that exists to honor God and make disciples. I disciple people, I help them follow God, fellowship with others and fish for people.

…a campus missionary

I believe that I’m called by God to reach the campuses in full-time capacity. I love the next generation and I believe in them. I love this job. I believe that if we will change the campus, we will eventually change the world. We need to reach out to the CAMPUS because:

1. The campus is where the future leaders of society are located.

2. The campus is where major movements have started.

3. The values of the campus will become the values of society.

4. The campus is where the most available, trainable masses are located.

5. Majority of those who become Christians make the decision during their student years.

6. The campus is where thousands of international students from unreached nations are studying and are very open to being reached for Christ.

7. God has promised to pour out His Spirit in the last days upon sons and daughters.

8. When you reach a student, you touch his or her family.

Source: http://www.lifebox.ph

 

I am a christian. I am a disciple. I am a campus missionary.

But.. all these are nothing apart from my Savior, Jesus Christ! Because in Him, I have everything.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in Faith

 
 
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