How To Slay A Giant


There was never a hint of fear as David aimed his sling at Goliath’s forehead. The stone penetrated into the giant’s forehead which caused him to fall down. David then took the giant’s sword and cut off Goliath’s head.

How did David got the courage to do this? To think, he was not a member of the king’s army. He was there because he was asked by his father to bring food for his brothers who were there for forty days to fight with the king’s army. The battle lasted that long as no one would want to face the giant for the fear of being killed.

David kept on asking the men as to what the reward may be if ever someone would kill the giant, until the king heard him. The king discouraged him because he was young and inexperienced. But David boldly related to the king how he killed lions and bears just to protect his sheep. Saul then approved that David would face the giant.

David faced the giant without sword and armor for it were too heavy for him to carry and he was not used to it. He boldly declared that when it is God’s will to deliver the enemy unto his people’s hands it requires no sword or spear. Eventually, he defeated Goliath.

Is David’s story applicable to the modern times? Absolutely.

Key Points:

  • David was trained in solitude. He was there all alone tending his flock because he was a shepherd. In solitude his character was formed. The solitude makes us face our self, our longings, our deeper issues. When all our issues are resolved, our character is strengthened. It is in solitude too, that we find God.
  • David grew up in obscurity. Men and women of God, servant-leaders in the making, are first unknown, unseen, unappreciated, and unapplauded. In the quiet context of obscurity, character is built. Today, with the advent of social media we may be seen and known, but when our purpose for being here is to gain popularity, we are not best qualified as God’s personnel. It requires time to build a character and credibility.
  • David lived a life of monotony. It is being faithful in the menial, insignificant, routine, unexciting, uneventful, daily tasks of life. Life without a break… without vacation in white sand beaches or a travel to famous places. Just plain life, constant, unchanging… with nobody else around to notice or to care. This one is a big challenge for us today. For every suggestion of ‘successful’ people, we tend to follow. Everything becomes a sensation. We do things because it is popular and we want to ride with the tide. We come to believe that our value lies in the number of Likes, Shares, or Follows in our social media account. We do things differently to avoid monotony.
  • David was disciplined in reality. He lived in his real world. He killed lions and bears when no one was looking. He did it because he was a responsible shepherd. Here, we are called to be real that we may defeat every lion and bear that would hold us prey. This is a reality that urges us to stand firmly on our ground and not let other’s twisted notions and convictions to sway us away from our right path.
  • David was confident. He believed he could slay the giant which he eventually did. Confidence is what the modern gurus teach us to acquire. They are right. No one could face life’s battles without the right amount of confidence.
  •  David used his skills and the right weapon that fitted him to kill the giant, instead of the weapons and armors of the trained army. ‘This is what the experts do and use, you must use it too.’ Sounds familiar right? In our modern times, we tend to follow the expert in order to become an expert. There may be nothing wrong with that as we do ‘need’ mentors in one way or another to get ‘there.’ What we must be aware though is the reality that we have different skills and we have different calling. We need to learn the specific skills for our specific calling.
  • David had great faith in God. He believed God would deliver the giant unto his hands. God did. This we must always remember. If there are giants looming before our path, we need to possess that great faith that God would deliver those giants unto our hands. We need not only the skills, but also the faith.

May we be able to slay all the giants that challenge us along the way.

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The Urgency of Our Answer

The Urgency of Our Answer

What if God would gather all His messengers, then would announce to them: Say this to all the people, “The road to salvation is available only for the next three days. Seats are limited. We accept only 1,000,000 people. After that it would be closed. Claim your spot now. Hurry!”

That would be a sensation, I suppose. People, including me, might leave all their tasks at hand just to claim their spot. Or else we would be doomed on earth.

Thankfully, God does not promote His kingdom that way. His resources are unlimited. He is not governed by time; for He has Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. He promotes in abundance and not in limitations. He promotes through the smile of a child, the kindness of a neighbor, the magnificence of the sunrise or the gentle glow of the sunset.

The road towards Him is always open. He calls us not in numbers, but one by one because He know us by our name. He speaks untiringly in our hearts. And always welcomes us back, even when we have squandered His resources in wild living.

However, our time on earth is limited. May we come to know Him before our candle burns out.

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I Am Valuable Because

I am valuable because

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Luke 12:6-7

Seems Bible verses are my favorites this time. I did not plan actually to write them for a number of days. The inspiration sparks. My heart and soul follow.

So how do you value yourself?

As for me, I value myself based on the following points:

  • I am valuable because my value is more than many sparrows.
  • I am valuable because my life is worth more than the life of my Savior; He died for me even before I repented for my wrongdoings.
  • I am valuable because I am created in the image and likeness of God. (This likeness for me, is the one that could not be seen by the eye.)
  • I am valuable because even if everything else leave me nor forsake me, I am always cherished in the heart of God.
  • I am valuable because even if I fail or commit the most grievous sin, God always welcomes me with open arms.
  • I am valuable because God considers me, as His own precious child.
  • I am valuable because even if I am not perfect, I am perfect in God’s eyes.
  • I am valuable because even if I don’t have specific plans for my future, God holds them for me.
  • I am valuable because no matter how small I am in the eyes of the people, I am big in the eyes of God.
  • I am valuable because my value is not with earthly things, where rust and moth could corrupt, but in heaven which is my true destination.
  • I am valuable because my  soul is the breath of my Maker.

What about you? You may share how you value yourself in the comments below.

Have a purposeful day!


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Radical Overhaul

radical overhaul

I woke up this morning feeling a little bit offbeat. Perhaps it is depression looming again? Before the illness, I was on cloud nine, counting the stars, watching intently what star shone the most.

Now that I am back on my feet again, a burden seemed to weigh on my shoulders. Was it frustration for failing to come up with my expectation of myself? Was there an imbalance in the chemical composition of my body that left me a little bit sad and bored? Or was depression playing hide and seek with me?

Haha! One thing I forgot, instead of asking what goes wrong, it must be better to look for what seemed right. I am getting healthier again, despite the acidity in my stomach. The ginger root tea is getting its mission. Sooner, this acidity would normalize. Sooner I would manage to get back to my ideal routine again.

It matters much how we see things; what are the lens we use to see things. If we look at things using the lens of negativity, negativity is what we see. But if we choose to see through the eye of positivity, we feel better; we are quite assured that Someone out there is looking over and making sure we are okay.

Someone out there carried me through my days of pain. I could have asked where had He been. Then I remembered, I was already okay because He came running to carry me. Had not it been for Him what would I be but a sick little earthling? I could not command the tides. I could not command the disease to go away. I could not command my food to grow. Everything is – because of Him. My duty is to recognize Him in everything I do; to thank Him for giving me another beautiful day to be spent with my loved ones. For if He should say, “Your time is up,” who am I to say No?

I may seem to be stripped of everything (my active thoughts, my positive outlook, my determination to follow my dreams, my energetic body), all because He wants me to focus on the most important thing at the moment. That is – to put my gaze solely on Him. He wants me to undergo a most radical spiritual overhaul. He wants me to deepen our connection. In the pursuit of my goals, I seemed to have put Him aside. Now, He is speaking clearly to me in my emptiness. In this emptiness, nothing comes in between. Just Him and me.

In my emptiness I bow down before my Master. In my emptiness, my God hold my hand so tight that I may remember, He is the most important goal of all. In my emptiness there is no sadness; for my emptiness speaks of His fullness. My God fills my emptiness with His assuring love and His loving Presence.

Now, need I complain? No. I Thank God. I praise God. My spirit has just gone through a love overhaul. And it is very beautiful.


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Shivering No More

shivering no more

been a fearful duckling for quite a while,

when on the third grade the teacher said,

“the prayer you must lead

at our acquaintance party on July third”.

even with lots of fears i did obeyed

prepared the prayer and then i lead.

arriving home mom said,

“your voice shivered,

why were you afraid”.

in front of the family

i felt my confidence was dead.

never felt encouraged,

so discouraged why i quivered.

from then i was a shivering duckling.

in declamation contests the lines always forgetting,

wishing my name would never be remembered,

‘coz it brings memories of fears unwanted.

and so from the world i hid

the fearful fate accepted;

but such hiding never lasted

for a voice deep within shouted,

ENOUGH! ’tis a good life I wanted

fears, shivers, quivers I would leave

a happy life I long to live.

the journey to healing was long and winding,

yet, through all the ups and downs,

the bruises and bumps,

I have found at last,

a spirit free, happy and gay.

no longer defeated by fears and shivers;

for if you just believe

you could be a master of your fate.



My Most Awesome Encounter With A Butterfly

chasing butterflies

My charm worked so well this morning! I saw this cool butterfly along my way while I had my early morning walk catching the sunrise. I then followed it to get a photo. We had a little bit of a stalking game because it seemed to be aloof at first.

On my first attempt, it flew and transferred to another grass. On my second attempt, it stayed for a while and I was able to get some shots. But I was not contented with all those takes. It again flew. I followed it still. On my third attempt, it might be tired of my persistence or just simply turned nice. It did not move and allowed me to take shots of it to my heart’s content. It became so friendly, it just allowed me to come as nearer as I want. There was no need for me to set my phone’s camera to a zoom since my phone was less than two inches away from it. I took this photo with the phone’s normal settings then. I was even able to touch it. It allowed my fingers to touch its legs then flew after a second.

chasing butterflies

That was a very awesome experience for me. That was the first time I got that close with a butterfly. If anyone could see me at that moment, he might think I was an obsessed Pokemon Go player. Being in the middle of thick grasses, holding my phone so still. However, my obsession is not with virtual creatures that pretend to be present in the real world. My obsession is with creatures in the real world; moving creatures who delights in my presence; breathing creatures who give me an unforgettable experience just by allowing me to touch its legs even for a second. Moreover, this kind of experience gives more power to my spirit. The memory of my encounter with this awesome butterfly always curl my lips into a smile. By this, I could say with the Psalmist: How marvelous are God’s workmanship!

May you have an awesome experience today!


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A Journey In The Desert


A desert is a region so arid because of little rainfall that it supports only sparse and widely spaced vegetation or no vegetation at all; any area in which few forms of life can exist because of lack of water, permanent frost, or absence of soil. 

There are two great events that took place in the desert in Biblical times. One is in the Old Testament, and the other one happens in the New Testament.

The desert in the Old Testament

In the Old Testament it was the journey of God’s people led by Moses. It is said that they wandered for forty years in the desert with the purpose of arriving at the Promised Land.

While in the desert the people groaned and complained against Moses. They blamed God for their struggles and hardships. They thought God brought them to the desert to die of hunger and thirst.

However, Moses prayed and called on God. And God always heard him every time he prayed. God provided them manna for their bread, sent fowls for their meat and led them to springs to quench their thirst. God never abandoned them until they arrived in the Promised Land.

The desert in the New Testament

In the New Testament, the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After spending forty days and nights without food, Jesus was hungry.

Then the devil came to him and tempted him to show his power of turning the stone into bread. The devil failed.

Next, he brought Jesus into the holy city and set him on the highest wall of the temple. He then urged Jesus to prove himself Son of God by  throwing himself down that angels may rescue him and carry him. For the second time Jesus resisted the temptation.

Finally, the devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the nations of the world in all their greatness and splendor. The devil then told Jesus that he would give it all to him if he would kneel and worship him. But Jesus managed to set off the devil on his foot.

Then the angels came to him and serve him.

The desert in the modern times

In our times the desert is still an important part of our journey. Each one of us has to wander in each of our desert. This desert is presented by sickness, death of a loved one, frustrations, failure of relationships or any undertakings, being abandoned by family, friends or even loved ones, being mocked by people for our failures, weaknesses or shortcomings, and any unfavorable situations that we face where we feel so alone, so lost, so hopeless that our souls would groan and long for the promised land.

It is in this desert that time seems to stop and we feel our agony to be so long. We hunger for someone to comfort us; we long for someone to quench the thirst in our souls. We then start to blame everyone who seems to cause our difficulties. And as humans, we tend to blame God for not hearing our woes and listening our cries.

The harsh reality is, in this situations it is not the devil who will tempt us to turn our backs from our good self. Most often it is our loved ones or the people whom we look up to, who would crush our spirits, say nasty things, adding insult to injury.

And the inevitable happens, some are not able to stay in the desert any longer and shorten their agony by taking back their life. Very painful reality indeed.

At times too, the devil speaks to our minds. He would say he could give us all the power on earth when we kneel and worship him. Sounds familiar? It is the material world speaking of fame and power

.Well, when we are so down we are often tempted to rise up and fight back. We will try to acquire the power used by people to bring us down. When we have that power, we believe we are able to say: it is payback time. Then do to them what they did to us. This is a very familiar scenario-in movies and reality as well.

But this is not how God designed humans to be. That is why, people who do this are never, ever happy nor fulfilled inside. Outside they seem to be; but inside their spirits are slowly withering.

As we can see, we do not really know why we have to go through this journey in the desert; why we have to wander in the wilderness. God could bring us to heaven in a snap without allowing our spirits to be crushed. But no. God wants us to claim our birthright of withstanding temptations. He wants us to overcome our desert victoriously. He wants to hear us say like Jesus: Be off, Satan!

And when we are able to do this, His angels would then come to our aid. See? The desert is just a process of refining our spirits.

Yeah, not all of us can see it. We just have to do our thing. And when we are victorious in coming out from the wilderness, others would see the difference in us without us convincing them to. They just see, because God’s angels are on the move. May we be victorious until the end that the inspiration we bring may help save a life.

Have a purposeful day!


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No Fence At All


Dear extrovert,

Yes, I am an introvert. I am not making a fence to keep you out and keep me in. My silence does not mean I do not like you. If I do not share your interests, it does not mean they are uninteresting, I just have different interests than you. If I decline your invitation to your party, it does not mean I snob you. I just do not love parties and rather prefer to be alone. Please don’t assume that I am negative or there is some problem about me. Let us just accept the truth that I am not at ease with your company because more often than not, I always feel an outcast in your group. And I have no intentions to become like you either. I also do not have any intentions of learning your interests just to be accepted by your group and have your approval at last. But I do respect you. And I am happy to have you around in the community.  May you feel the same way for me too.

Thank you,

Your introverted neighbor.

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Half Empty? Nope

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“Is the glass half empty or half full?”

I encountered this question in a personality development seminar years ago. What I knew then was there were only two types of personality who would answer this question, and that I fall either of the two. They are the pessimist who would say the glass is half empty; and the optimist who says the glass is half full. Well, I just stumbled upon this site whose debate over this question goes on and on. And there is humor added to it. Let me share some of it below:

 The optimist says the glass is half full.

The pessimist says the glass is half empty.

The project manager says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

The realist says the glass contains half the required amount of liquid for it to overflow.

And the cynic… wonders who drank the other half.

The school teacher says it’s not about whether the glass is half empty or half full, it’s whether there is something in the glass at all.

Anyway… Attitude is not about whether the glass is half full or half empty, it’s about who is paying for the next round.

The professional trainer does not care if the glass is half full or half empty, he just knows that starting the discussion will give him ten minutes to figure out why his powerpoint presentation is not working.

The ground-down mother of a persistently demanding five-year-old says sweetheart it’s whatever you want it to be, just please let mummy have five minutes peace and quiet.

The consultant says let’s examine the question, prepare a strategy for an answer, and all for a daily rate of…

The inquisitive troublemaker wants to know what’s in the glass anyhow… and wants the rest of it.

The homebuilder sees the dirty glass, washes and dries it, then puts it away in a custom oak and etched glass cabinet that he built himself using only hand tools.

The worrier frets that the remaining half will evaporate by next morning.

The fanatic thinks the glass is completely full, even though it isn’t.

The entrepreneur sees the glass as undervalued by half its potential.

The computer specialist says that next year the glass capacity will double, be half the price, but cost you 50% more for me to give you the answer.

The first engineer says the glass is over-designed for the quantity of water.

The second engineer says (when the half is tainted) he’s glad he put the other half in a redundant glass. (Based on a Dilbert cartoon by Scott Adams)

The computer programmer says the glass is full-empty.

The Buddhist says don’t worry, remember the glass is already broken.

The logician says that where the glass is in process of being filled then it is half full; where it is in the process of being emptied then it is half empty; and where its status in terms of being filled or emptied is unknown then the glass is one in which a boundary between liquid and gas lies exactly midway between the inside bottom and the upper rim, assuming that the glass has parallel sides and rests on a level surface, and where it does not then the liquid/gas boundary lies exactly midway between the upper and lower equal halves of the available total volume of said glass.

The scientist says a guess based on a visual cue is inaccurate, so mark the glass at the bottom of the meniscus of the content, pour the content into a bigger glass; fill the empty glass with fresh content up to the mark; add the original content back in; if the combined content overflows the lip, the glass was more than half full; if it doesn’t reach the top, the glass was more than half empty; if it neither overflows nor fails to reach the top then it was either half-full or half-empty. Now what was the question again?

The Dutchman would suggest to both pay for the glass and share the content. Then tells you he will have the bottom half.

The personal coach knows that the glass goes from full to empty depending on the circumstances, and reminds the drinker that he can always fill the glass when he wishes.

The grammarian says that while the terms half-full and half-empty are colloquially acceptable the glass can technically be neither since both full and empty are absolute states and therefore are incapable of being halved or modified in any way.

The auditor first checks whether the empty half is material and then designs the audit procedures to obtain sufficient evidence to conclude that the glass is indeed empty.

The waiter will hurry to replace the glass with a full one. For him there are no doubts: the glass was empty when he took it away; it is full in the bill that he brings you.

The magician will show you the glass with the full half at the top.

The physicist says that the glass is not empty at all – it is half-filled with water and half-filled with air – hence, fully filled on the whole!

The musician says he/she is unimpressed with the promoter of the concert for not providing more alcohol.

The ineffective organization would discuss the question during the board of directors meeting, convene a committee to research the problem, and assign tasks for a root cause analysis, usually without a complete explanation of the problem to those assigned the tasks. The directors would consider the problem to be above the pay grade of those assigned root cause analysis tasks.

And more strangely:

The dog just wonders: can he eat the glass or will you throw it so he can bring it back… The cat wonders why the glass is only half full (or empty)… is it a trick… poison perhaps…

The eternally optimistic eccentric would say, the glass is consistently overflowing (or is that the neurotic?…)

The person who is no longer trapped in The Matrix (whatever one might call him/her) says: “There is no glass…”

More generationally:

The adolescent student says the glass is just another dirty trick played by the teacher to prove that students are dumb.

More scientifically:

The research scientist says that following initial observation and testing a working hypothesis for further research is: “The glass is both half full and half empty,” and that these findings warrant further investigation with a more representative sample of glasses and contents, which may or may not be liquid.

It made me smile too. Anyway, what is my take on that?

I am not so much of a pessimist but let me focus on the other half, of the empty side. Empty most often connotes a negative reaction. We do not like anything to be empty. We love abundance, overflowing happiness, overflowing funds. But when faced with emptiness? Oh, no, please not. Let’s face it. This world thrives in irony. It is there where it finds its balance. Life and death. Day and night. Love and hate. We do not know the meaning of the other without knowing the one opposite of it. Therefore, we must know emptiness in order to know the importance of fullness. It is then not either empty or full; it is knowing what is it all about.

In Christian perspective we must need to suffer a certain amount of emptiness in order to look for the one who can fill us to the full. It is God. It is His spirit that fills our glass into fullness. Our capacities fill the glass half full; it is God’s power that fills the other half. This shows we could not fill our glasses alone. That is what our lives is all about-to look for God everyday that He may fill our glass into fullness.

May I know what is your take on that? Please share in the comments below. And oh, if you want more of those funny quotes above, you may access it here.

Have a purposeful day!


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