10,000 Reasons

Praise

When there’s no words to say

When your soul feels this empty space

When you want to pour out your heart

When you just want to cry and let it all out

You find yourself in this quiet time

Where it is only between you and God

When He’s calling you and you begin to surrender

You lose yourself and let your guards down

To the One who truly understands you

Who will never judge nor cast you away

You find yourself crying and singing His praise

Whatever it is you have been through

Your soul still yearns for the Lord

Your soul still yearns to bless His Holy Name 

For 10,000 Reasons and forevermore!

*My late night ramblings as I listen to a song by Matt Redman – 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord). Definitely been through and going through a lot lately. I linked the song below. Hope you find this song uplifting and I hope that in whatever it is you are searching – purpose, passion, people, paradise, peace – you find God. When you find Him, all other searching stops. The Lord loves you. Have a great day ahead 🙂

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

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Two Sides Of The Coin

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For every fancy ride you make, there’s a child who wants to take your place.

For every burger bite you take, there’s a beggar who has nothing to eat.

For every pair of shoes you buy, there’s a man who walks with crutches on his side.

For every splendid house you build, there’s a woman sleeping on the street.

For every wine and beer you drink, there’s a newborn baby who hungers for milk.

For every purchase of expensive clothes, there’s an elderly without a blanket for cold.

For every degree you get from school, there’s a poor kid wishing to be enrolled.

For every movie you watch on Saturday night, there’s a lass who has never seen a film in her life.

For every occupation you have, there’s a lad tired of looking for a job.

For every money you spend for luxury, there’s a family living in poverty.

For every sports car you drive along the way, there’s a girl without a doll to play.

For every parent you have at home, there’s a boy with no one to call his own.

For every fine jewelry you wear, there’s a toddler without a teddy bear.

For every healthy infant you deliver, there’s a couple longing for a baby on their shoulders.

For every loving person you now cherish, there’s someone crying from broken relationships.

For every chance to perform just any action, there’s a person who isn’t free inside the prison.

And for every gift to hear, speak and move, and see, there’s a blind deformed fellow who considers you lucky.

Therefore, for everything that comes to you,

Be contented and thank the Lord;

For somewhere out there,

Is a brother who is less fortunate than anybody else in the World.

-Anonymous

*Just want to share this beautiful poem I found on my brother’s stuff as I was cleaning up the cabinet. A very good reminder indeed to be grateful and contented for what has been entrusted to us and for what we treasure/enjoy at any moment. We sometimes take things for granted and realize their worth only when it’s gone. If we have been given the opportunity to bless people who are less fortunate than us, that is awesome! If not, we could at least show our gratitude by being good stewards. Refrain from complaining and comparing ourselves with other people. Refrain from envying others and thus failing to see the treasures/blessings we do possess. Pause, observe, share, bless, give, encourage… And remember always to look up and say to Him, “Thank You!”  🙂

SPOLIARIUM.

Spoliarium by Juan Luna

(As a background, this painting of Juan Luna depicts a scene of what Roman history  has also been remembered for – gladiator matches. At the center you can see the fallen gladiators being dragged away and on the far right, the people mourning for their losses. Spoliarium is a Latin word referring to the basement of the Roman Colosseum where the fallen and dying gladiators are dumped and devoid of their worldly possessions. This painting was made by Luna as an entry to the prestigious Madrid Art Exposition on May 1884, to which he won the First Gold Medal.)

I got to see in person this magnificent and jaw-dropping painting of Juan Luna at the National Museum of the Philippines. It was National Heritage Month and the museum’s opened for free, so I took the opportunity to be enthralled and just be blown away by the masterpieces displayed at the museum. And this my folks, is beyond words for me!

As I entered the hall where this giant painting of Luna is displayed, I just find myself staring and admiring it – not only for the detail that went into it, but the story and the emotions it managed to capture and encapsulate. I admired how the painting was able to take you into the past and let you peek and feel at the same time that it is as if you are part of the story.

I took one good look at it again before going to see the other paintings displayed at the museum. The day passed. I went home and I took Spoliarium with me. I took it with me through my camera and in my heart. It was the only painting that captured me in the most profound way I can imagine. Spoliarium struck to me as a mirror. It showed me a reflection of who I am, in this world, in my country particularly. That just as how one would be an audience of his painting, so have I become an audience of my surroundings. A spectator able to see and feel the carnage, the injustice, the loss of lives and the diminution of values – but can do nothing but simply, Stare. To be simply enthralled by the drawings but remain apathetic to the characters. To see and feel it all, but still do nothing.

Ending this on a lighter note, Juan Luna may not have wanted his painting to be construed in that way and he may have just simply wanted to highlight an important era of the past. Whichever this may be, it is of no doubt that he is superb in his artistry. Salute to you Senor Juan Luna!

*To you reading this, I hope you would have the time and opportunity to see this painting in person. 🙂

What You Want Done In Your Name

“Shall I be remembered for mediocrity and ‘what could have been of her’?

Shall I just live my life under the shadows of my failures and misdeeds?

Shall I waste my life and trade the ever present hope of change and improvement with the despair that fills me and haunts me?

Shall I give up and succumb to grief while the world awaits me in my awakening and promise of bringing hope and change?

Do I really just want to be forgotten?

Do I really just want to waste my time and my life wallowing in being rejected?

I want to accomplish great tasks and do great things.

I want to be relevant, valuable and purposeful.

But I also want to remember that greatness starts by accomplishing first the small things.”

Make a decision to change, move on, and never look back.

What the past may have branded you with is of no value.

Stand up strong, reach for the stars and start fulfilling your destiny.

Start small. Continue with small. Until you look back and see how far you have come.

Greatness is already within you. Run my dear, and seize the world. 🙂

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NAIAD.

Naiad (1964) by Jose Joya

(A painting of Jose T. Joya in 1964 entitled Naiad)

Kingdom of Heaven

So recently, I watched the movie Kingdom of Heaven (starred by Orlando Bloom) and I was admittedly disappointed with myself for not having seen it earlier. The movie was released back in 2005 and I’ve only seen it 11 years after lol! Anyway, I just want to share some of the lines in the film that I find very good to take as a principle in life:

“What man is a man that does not make the world a better place?” – Balian (played by Orlando Bloom)

“Be without fear in the face of your enemies.
Be brave and upright that God may love thee.
Speak the truth always even if it leads to  your death.
Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong.
That is your oath. *slaps Balian*
And that is so you remember it.” – Godfrey (played by Liam Neeson)

We may not be knights or crusaders or what not, but we can only choose to either live honorably or be on the wrong side of the fence. We can choose to be fighting for a righteous cause or be the cause of agony and pain of others. We only have one life to live so we ought to live it as best as we could. To not only look out for ourselves, but also for others. 🙂

The ‘Tunnel Vision’

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Whenever I hear the word tunnel vision, what pops in my head is the article I long read before about love and relationships. That sometimes we tend to have a tunnel vision, refusing to see that there are still other persons out there once we broke up with someone/got rejected. In short, we become close-minded/narrow-minded individuals refusing to see that there’s still more than the dot of light at the end of the tunnel.

Likewise, applying it in Life is pretty much the same. We cannot stay boxed, nor be stagnant in where we are, because life will surely pass us on by. 2015 is one hell of a roller coaster ride and I realized, there are things/people worth keeping for and there are also those worth leaving behind.

This year 2016, we must adjust our sights and overcome the tunnel vision syndrome. Think out of the box, live out of the box. If we choose to stay behind and live in past memories, it is only ourselves to blame in ruining our future.

We cannot be people of yesterday.

We are of today and for the future.

Have a nice week ahead 🙂