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LIFE 101: DEEP FOUNDATION, My 2011, the year to remember!
2011 I could say is one of the BEST YEAR for me. I can never ever forget all the hard earned LESSONS I learned in this very meaningful year. At the start of the year, like everybody would do, I asked God to bless me with a very successful year. My FAITH was so STRONG, and as backed up by one whole CHURCH where I belong, 2011 will be the YEAR of God’s FAVOR! I worked as hard as I could and released my faith on my goals.
As the initial months go by, my networking business got a bit tougher and tougher. The network company I have been working on with, which I was pioneering, seemed went to a direction I never want it to go. DOWN. My income STRUGGLED big time. Thank God, another opportunity came. I pioneered another very promising company and everything seems well on the first 3-4 months then just about after we launched it, challenges came in, from the operations side to the system which I personally has no control of. Of course you know what happened…it slowed down BIG TIME. Company needed to fix all the bugs in the system so they have to make a long and silent pause. How about the bills? the house rent? the food on the table? the tuition fees? can they wait? can they accept my reason? You know the answer I am sure.
This is the time when, I just felt wow! This is it…the YEAR OF GOD’S FAVOR! Abundance! Success! Prosperity! and literally, I would go home and eat rice and soy sauce…not one day..but lots of days. Seeing the family experience the same…it just crushed my heart. The PROVIDER not being able to PROVIDE, is like a CELLPHONE not being able to call or text. What would you do with that phone?
Praise God! another way out, God blessed me with a buy and sell business. I bumped into an electronic gadget from China that I can distribute here in Cebu. True enough, It was good! Enough for me to pay (some) debts I incurred during the struggling months. A few more money left to buy a decent food ONCE IN A WHILE. Business was continuous day in day out. Month after month. Started dreaming again…dreaming that this business will make it BIG. Then one day, competition came in. The bigger names got into the same product I have. Boom! sales went down like crazy in just a few days. I had ordered a good number of stocks projecting its growth. I struggled to sell it. Every sale went directly to the bills, payables, daily expenses. In short, I have to put it in sale and consume every money I have including the revolving capital.
The year was like a roller coaster ride! we forgot about the old lifestyle we had. We would go to the malls very, very rarely. We have not bought anything new. Any appliance or equipments we have, if it gets broken, we have no money to have it repaired. Everything was just changed. I can go on and on and on telling you the details and probably you wont believe me. WE HAVE LEARNED TO VALUE EVERY LITTLE THING and the SMALLEST DETAILS OF GOD’S BLESSINGS. I have to say this specific lesson, coz I am heavily burdened to see SOME PEOPLE leaving food on their tables. We NEVER had any left overs, ever since. We learned to value even the last piece of rice. If you see how we learned to eat the meat out of the bones, you’ll feel sorry for the dogs and cats. ITS ALL CLEAN. Why? because we have learned how to have none. We learned the value of .25 cents. We learned the value of the last pair of shoes. We learned the value of that last pair of torn jeans. This valuable lesson is so expensive! We have shied away from UNNECESSARY expenses. Very rarely went to the mall, cinema, party night outs, outings, bought anything other than the BASICS.
But with all these UNBELIEVABLE events, I have to tell you this. WE WERE JOYFUL! and that made the extreme difference. It totally convinced me that God is with us all throughout the ride! Yes He did say that THIS YEAR is his Favor! Everything we experienced, He showed favor upon favor. All bills were paid, tuition fees are paid, house rent paid, we still have food on the table. He never failed to provide the basics.
As I write this blog, I still have the bills all lined up. We never had anything to eat this Christmas eve. He provided the food thru our neighbors. Never even bought any gift to give to anyone. We also learned BIG TIME the TRUE meaning of REAL CHRISTMAS. Wow! This year is a full COURSE!
He gave me another WONDERFUL ONLINE BUSINESS that is SOOOOOO PROMISING. The BIG TIME PROGRAM was supposed to be launched Nov 28. Just in time for Christmas and New Year. Guess what? IT GOT DELAYED. 🙂
But thru all this, as I approach the END OF THE YEAR. The YEAR that I released my FAITH that it is the YEAR of GOD’S FAVOR, this is the WISDOM that God want me to share to you…
When I prayed for the BEST YEAR EVER for 2011, He answered YES! and He started the work on me. He needed to make sure that the BLESSING will be APPRECIATED to the last drop. HE WANTED TO MAKE SURE that the BLESSING will make me a better person. So what He did, is to break me. So the foundation will be very deep. Just like a big establishment to be constructed, before even it is raised up, the deep foundation should be established. The deeper the foundation, the stronger the ESTABLISHMENT. You don’t see anything rising up on the initial development, on the contrary, you see work going deeper and deeper. You just see dirt, mud and nothing so pleasing.
As I enter 2012, I CAN NEVER FORGET this VERY EXPENSIVE LESSON from God. This is the time of my life when I FELT SO CLOSE to Him. All the strength, smiles, joy and reason for living all came from Him during this CHALLENGING times.
As I end, I would like to share one bible verse that I held on, that always put a smile in my heart all througout this challenging 2011…
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
BLESSING : God’s favour and protection. God’s gift.
CURSE : Something that inflicts harm or punishment on someone.
As I course thru Life and all its wonders, I got curious to take a closer look at this subject above, I AM BLESSED! or I AM CURSED!
It reminded me of one story that my dear Pastor shared to me, it goes something like this…
There was a man who was so active in church because of a certain prayer request. Even going to the point of going forward and asking the pastor to pray over him for this specific prayer request, that he would land a JOB. He was jobless for quite sometime and really is very important for him to have one specially in this economic crunch.
After months and months of praying and believing, finally he got a job!
Approached the pastor, Pastor! May trabaho na ako! (I already have a job!). They both prayed and thanked God for the answered prayer.
As days go by, the pastor noticed that the said christian is no longer active in church activities and would only attend on Sundays. In one occasion that the the pastor and the brother met ways he asked “why is it that you are no longer that active in our church?” the man replied “busy na kase pastor” (“i am already busy pastor“) then he left in a hurry.
As months go by, the pastor noticed he no longer sees him in church at all just as he was so faithfully active when he was jobless. Curious, the pastor intently visited him and asked what happened. His reply was, “I am so occupied and very busy now with my job and I don’t have time even to go to church coz they have assigned me to work even on Sundays.” Then the pastor reminded him, and asked him this disturbing question that was never replied.
“Isn’t it that it was God that gave you the JOB coz you were so faithful in PRAYER and asking for it?
“Yes Pastor” he replied.
“Now that you He granted you the job, why is it that it seems you have forgotten him?
WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO PRAY FOR YOU AGAIN THAT YOU LOSE YOUR JOB SO YOU CAN HAVE TIME WITH HIM AGAIN?”
The last question was not replied. There was total silence after that.
End of story.
Do we get the point? MOST OF US can be guilty of the story.
We faithfully and persistently prayed for success, prosperity, material things to come but when it comes…WE EASILY FORGET GOD. He becomes the LEAST PRIORITY because WE ARE BUSY.
The JOB entails too much responsibility!
The business needs 100% attention!
The car needs to be maintained and cleaned!
The house needs a lot of things to be done!
I have to go to HongKong to shop coz its SALE!
on and on and on…WE MIGHT BE TRAPPED AND FOCUSED ON THE BLESSINGS and forget all about the BLESSER.
Is God for us like a genie in bottle? After we get what we wanted, we cover it again put it in the storage box until we need something again.
Friends, I am writing this SO WE BE REMINDED AND WARNED. We could LOSE everything when we LOSE GOD…who was FAITHFUL in providing us what we need.
The good news is…HE IS PATIENT. This blog is not to condemn us but to REMIND us…
HE WANTS TO CELEBRATE THE VICTORY with US. Please let us not LEAVE HIM out on the back room after WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED.
I will close with these POWERFUL WORDS from God.
My very FIRST REVALATION SCRIPTURES when I started this JOURNEY TO SUCCESS :
“But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you DO NOT FORGET THE LORD YOUR GOD and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.”
“REMEMBER the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.”
“But I assure you of this: IF YOU EVER FORGET THE LORD YOUR GOD and follow other gods, worshiping and bowing down to them, you will certainly be destroyed.”
All these words I quoted ARE FROM GOD thru His BIBLE. I never INVENTED anything.
Hoping and praying this blog inspires and directs everyone of us in our pursuit to excellence and wealth.
I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.