Sunday, May 31, 2009

Daily Digest #293

We have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us. —1 John 1:2

I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with the SFC family here in Bangkok. We had a Discovery Weekend where we spent 2 days pondering on purpose, passion, pain, pleasure and power. It was very enlightening. Not only did we gain more knowledge, but we also got to see God working through our brothers and sisters. We got glimpses of His wisdom and hope in the words of our speakers, and inspiration brought by Jesus from our sharers. We saw Jesus' face in others.

Indeed, the more we love Jesus, the more we'll talk about Him. The more we count our blessings than our misfortunes. The more we endure in our pain and see the brighter side of it. The more we help rather than waiting for others to help us. The more we listen rather than be heard. The more our weaknesses become His strength.

For this, join me in prayer: Thank You, Lord, for all the blessings -- our families, our friends, our jobs, our talents, our passions, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and opportunities to serve You. Thank You for letting us experience Your love in many ways so we may also practice love in our lives. Lord, help us love the unlove-ables, or what our tito termed as "extra grace required (EGR)" people. We ask for forgiveness for all our sins and shortcomings. Please give us courage and strength to face the day with a smile in our hearts. May we always look up to You, especially when our character is being tried, or our faith being persecuted. We ask these, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Have a great week ahead! :D Pray always. God bless!

Note: The term "unloved" or "extra grace required (EGR)" was used while we were discussing passion (meaning "endurance"). It led us to talking about struggles in loving others. That term is NOT meant to mock others but to address that certain personal issue, which is having that unloving feeling towards another person. Meaning, the term is never intended to highlight the 'unloved' person, but the one having that unloving feeling/s for another. And that's the reason for that prayer: "help us (each of us) love the unlove-ables, or what our tito termed as "extra grace required (EGR)" people". Some of you might have gathered the self-righteous interpretation of the term ;-) Certainly, it is unacceptable to use the term to mock others.

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