Eyes on the Road

If all you can see is just the road...

If all you can see is just the road...

“Keep your eyes on the road boy” and so the mantra goes in my head in every step that I take.

One of the things that I’ve noticed about running is that I tend to run with my eyes on the road and more than half the time I’m mentally measuring my steps. I could be running past a beautiful sunset and I’d miss out on it which is very uncool.

... sometimes all you gotta do is just look up

... sometimes all you gotta do is just look up

Life turns out to be like that sometimes. Our eyes are so focused on the task at hand and all our problems that we fail to look up and realise that there’s that beautiful sunset that’s before us. It pays to time out to enjoy what we have already. Challenges will still get us down but there’s always something good to look forward to. All we need to do is look up and receive the  good things He has for each one of us daily.

Get your eyes off the track and look up. Maybe you’ll see something that was always there all along. In the meantime I’ve gotta learn how to enjoy my morning runs more by looking around me more.

Oh! Wish me luck cos’ I’m running my very first 21km run at next weekend’s Energizer Night Run. I’m not feeling very confident as my pace as been pretty slow and the furthest I’ve run so far in these 2 months has been 7km. If I finish this run it’d be the furthest I’ve ever run in my entire life… I hope my legs hold out. 😉

Till next time. Vaya con dios amigos.

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Beautiful in His Time

Spring Time

Spring Time

How do I keep my eye on the big picture? Here’s something that I read just this morning as I spent some time with God:

I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God.

That bit about everything being beautiful in its time gets me; especially in this season of my life.

Turning 32 & More

I know, I know, I haven’t blogged in ages so I guess I better say a few words after turning 32 last Tuesday.

Before I ramble on I really wanna thank everyone who were a part of making my birthday a really good one this year. I’m overwhelmed by the number of Facebook messages and SMSes that came in. Some were early, some were on time and some were late but the thought that went into it really showed.

Here are some highlights in bulleted form so that I don’t bore any of you with too many words. 😛

  • An early birthday cake on the 3rd of March when I popped by a cell group that was meeting at my buddy J-son’s house.

An early birthday cake!

  • A feast of gourmet sausages and pasta with the members of my Mentoring & Accountability Group on 8th March. Thanks guys for all the birthday wishes and the eat the cake with candle challenge! And thanks for the blessings that you wished upon me.
  • My actual birthday started off with a boatload of Facebook messages, SMSes and the present of a laptop bag from my brother Luke. There were some calls throughout the day too. It was marred somewhat by my cough but on the whole I had a great day with the treat of a banana chocolate cake and a Star Wars Homing Spider Droid from my colleagues. I capped it off with a nice black pepper crab dinner with my family before succumbing to my cough that had me sick leave on Wednesday and Thursday.

    I spy a laptop bag wrapped in paper...

    A companion for my lone Trade Federation droid at home

    A companion for my lone Trade Federation droid at home

  • Last but not least, my subzone mates celebrated my birthday on Friday with some pressies and really awesome Birthday Tag Book that was handmade by my best bud’s wife. She’s even got a YouTube video up that explains what it all means. Thanks guys!
12th March pressies!

12th March pressies!

A really nice G2000 shirt!

A really nice G2000 shirt!

The awesomely crafted Birthday Tag Book

The awesomely crafted Birthday Tag Book

Last but not least I wanna thank God cos’ my mom (who has been struggling through a very bad eye infection) was a whole lot better on my birthday; which is the best birthday gift of all. There were many other things that I could’ve asked God for but I decided that the best birthday gift would be to have mom better and I’m thankful that He answered that prayer.

Anyways, thank you everyone for making my birthday a good one. I wish all of you many good things too in whatever place of life you’re in!

Like Rats in a Maze

Caught in a trap.

Caught in a trap.

It’s easy to get caught in a performance trap. How many times do we find ourselves comparing ourselves against others? We’re like rats in a maze trying to outperform one another. It’s not enough to just be us but humanity somehow finds it needful to put others down to stroke one’s ego. The other extreme is true too. Some of us feel constantly down when we look at the successes of others.

What is the answer? I often write about contentment in this blog and I think the answer to getting out of the the performance trap can be found in these verses that I read today.

If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing,
he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions.
Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing
himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.

Don’t get me wrong. I think we should look around us and still take stock of our lives but I think there is a huge need for us to stop putting others down or feeling really crappy about ourselves if we aren’t doing too great in some areas of our lives. The bottom line is that the only person who can do something about anything is us and the route we take to get to any destination in life is unique to each one of us. The question we need to ask ourselves is this.

“What would we come to regret on our deathbeds?”

It’s a somber question but asking it would help us determine our priorities and what we wanna do with our lives today. Life doesn’t pass us by cos’ we are the ones who choose to sit on the sidelines in our obsessions.

Just a lil’ something to think about as we head into the start of a new work week tomorrow. Have a great Sunday and if this post is too heavy for ya have a read of my last post on comic books and video games.

Letting Go

Letting Go
I’ve been mulling about writing this for such a long time. I know what I want to write but somehow I couldn’t bring myself to put these thoughts to writing because I haven’t quite yet resolved releasing things to God.
One of the biggest things I have been grappling with in the past 5 years of life has been relationships. To be more specific … romantic relationships. It’s funny but love can be a painful burden to bear especially when the emotions tear you up inside. Being around someone you love instead of being a joy becomes an ache when things aren’t going the way you hope it’d go. In a mixed-up world, it is sad to note that loving and caring for someone just isn’t enough to win that person’s heart. I’ve experienced it time and time again but yet I still go about it the same way all the time.
Having said all that, my best friends’ advice to me has always been to let it go to God. Release it to Him and let the chips fall where they may. My head hears it. My heart knows it. But somehow my emotions don’t … and the more I hang on to my feelings the harder things are. I guess the reason why I’m able to write this right now is because I think I’ve gotten my head and heart aligned more in recent months. It’s way better to be contented and to leave the unknowns to God.
I’m not entirely out of the woods just yet but I guess I can trust the end result to God and one day I’ll look back at this season of my life; laugh and be thankful that I’ve grown through it. In the meantime there are a lot of things to order in my life and a lot more growing up to do now that I’ve settled down with work, my record label and also the things God has blessed me with at church. I’ve got everything a young adult would want … nifty hi-tech toys, a decent car and a condominium but yet all that doesn’t mean a thing without someone to share life with.
As much as I struggle I know God is telling me this “trust in me, and it’ll come to pass”. I just gotta keep on trusting and I just learn how to be content and thankful with the blessings that are being poured out into my life at this very moment.
I leave all my readers with this verse that has great meaning to me. Have a read and have a good week ahead of all of ya!
Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Letting go.

Letting go.

I’ve been mulling about writing this for such a long time. I know what I want to write but somehow I couldn’t bring myself to put these thoughts to writing because I haven’t quite yet resolved releasing things to God.

One of the biggest things I have been grappling with in the past 5 years of life has been relationships. To be more specific … romantic relationships. It’s funny but love can be a painful burden to bear especially when the emotions tear you up inside. Being around someone you love instead of being a joy becomes an ache when things aren’t going the way you hope it’d go. In a mixed-up world, it is sad to note that loving and caring for someone just isn’t enough to win that person’s heart. I’ve experienced it time and time again but yet I still go about it the same way all the time.

Having said all that, my best friends’ advice to me has always been to let it go to God. Release it to Him and let the chips fall where they may. My head hears it. My heart knows it. But somehow my emotions don’t … and the more I hang on to my feelings the harder things are. I guess the reason why I’m able to write this right now is because I think I’ve gotten my head and heart aligned more in recent months. It’s way better to be contented and to leave the unknowns to God.

I’m not entirely out of the woods just yet but I guess I can trust the end result to God and one day I’ll look back at this season of my life; laugh and be thankful that I’ve grown through it. In the meantime there are a lot of things to order in my life and a lot more growing up to do now that I’ve settled down with work, my record label and also the things God has blessed me with at church. I’ve got everything a young adult would want … nifty hi-tech toys, a decent car and a condominium but yet all that doesn’t mean a thing without someone to share life with.

As much as I struggle I know God is telling me this “trust in me, and it’ll come to pass”. I just gotta keep on trusting and I just learn how to be content and thankful with the blessings that are being poured out into my life at this very moment.

I leave all my readers with this verse that has great meaning to me. Have a read and have a good week ahead of all of ya!

Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Think Different

Fly-thanking frogs!

Fly-thanking frogs!

I’ve found that one of the ways to keep pressing on in life is to learn how to be more thankful. It’s so easy to take things for granted cos’ our eyes are always set on shiny things in life. The odd thing about the human condition is that we never truly appreciate what we have until it’s gone. Oddly enough, the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence.

Deep down inside I suspect we are ungrateful creatures; conditioned by the world to always want something more. It explains why all of us are always looking for something more and we’re never truly content. Why? Because always compare ourselves with others and end up wanting what they have too. The quest for the “missing” in life keeps going on & on. Will it ever end?

If you think about it hard enough no matter what your circumstances are or what you’re “missing” today; I’m sure there’s gotta be more than one good thing in your life now that you can appreciate more. It could be a friend that you have, it could be that PS3 sitting underneath your TV in the living-room; or it could just be something simple like having good health.

Stop. Think hard. Think different. Take a minute to be thankful today. Nuff’ said.

But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

Busy as a Bee

Small bee, big flower.

Small bee, big flower.

Oowah! I’ve been up today since 5-something AM. Started the day off talking to God a lot. It’s been a rough few weeks but isn’t that how life is? We are all just small bees and life at times can be like the above. We can be faced by the big flower that is life which is beautiful & full of colour and yet still miss out on enjoying it.

Humans are strange creatures indeed. It’s always never enough. The cup is almost always half empty and never full. The problem with most of us (I think) is that we can’t see the big picture most times because we’re too caught up to realise that we are thoroughly blessed by what we already have. We’re always looking away instead of looking at what is already close by. Go figure.

It’s a learning to process and I think I’m doing a lot better lately at taking steps back to see the big picture. I am learning too how to appreciate what I am blessed with already. So that’s a good thing. It’s always a good thing to be contented. The Bible says that godliness & contentment is great gain. I suppose that means that having a deeper relationship with God somehow goes hand in hand with being contented in life. I’m beginning to see how true that is in my own life.

Right now I’m really exhausted, physically & mentally. Even though I can still see the big picture it’s somewhat tough going with so many things fighting for my attention. Life. It sure is one BIG flower isn’t it?

Anyways, I was just looking in the mirror this morning and I can see the wear & tear on my face … I’ve never looked this tired before. It’s a sure sign that I need some extended time off. Soon. Or it’d be bad. Real bad. Ha ha …

Anyone up for a holiday some time soon?