Hi Carlos, this is Mark. Got a minute?
I WAS BROWSING YOUR BLOG...
HOW R U DOIN PAL...
Thanks, I've really been doing some reflection today.
My heart is so broken and weary right now.
Over the last few days, I've reached out to have help and guidance in these discussions taking place
I AM SURE YOU ARE OK..?
OH U MEAN THE RH BILL AND LIKES..
Thanks, I'm sure things will eventually work out, I truly do have faith that Jesus Christ will make thing work for his good.
Well that's part of it, actually the RH bill should be the least of everybody's worries right now. There is a much bigger problem that has to be fixed.
And it's not just corruption, it's actually the root cause of corruption and many of the other problems being faced by you good, hardworking people.
OF COURSE, GOD IS IN CONTROL...BUT HE IS NOT A CONTROLLING ONE..BUT EVERYTHING WILL FALL INTO PLACES, ACCORDING TO HIS MOST PERFECT TIME AND PLAN...HIS WILL IS TO MINISTER ALL THE NATIONS..
I AGREE WITH YOU, TOO...
I totally agree, God is in control, although he sometimes places some of us as his messengers, I certainly believe that you are one of them.
I GET WHAT U MEAN...
Lately, I've reached out to places you might not believe. I've reached out to my home church, White Mills Baptist Church, to our leadership the Southern Baptist Convention, to one of my idols His Holiness the Dali Lama, to my kids back in the US, we have always had a very strained relationship after the divorce with my wife of 8 years.
I've reached out to the new group We Are One Filipino, I've contact some of my favorite Christian Musicians, I've reached out to contacts on the Kuro-Kuro site. But still there is an underlying problem that it hurts me to discuss.
I see it here in our community, I even see it in my own family. It is something that has been discussed before and I went back to that earlier discussion and became even more troubled.
I've suffered today, because unless these things are fixed, I see no hope of fixing any others. I'm so worried.
Core values are missing everywhere here, and it is openly displayed in so many actions of people I've met and experienced. It's there when I see that everyone is late for everything, I rebuked my wife for it then had to think, what kind of examples have been shown to her to make her any different?
Core values are missing when a police officer here asks for a Christmas Gift, when DENR officers ask for SOP, when road checkpoints fight over how much of the SOP each one of the will get.
Oh My Lord, look down on these people.
I love the Philippines and I think your people are good people, but you need that one thing that will make you great. And unfortunately it's not the Roman Catholic Church and it hurts me so much to say that, and scares me at the same time.
I'm really in a dilemma right now from my earliest years I've know a certain way, a way that while I think it is the best way, there are problems with it here in the Philippines.
That way I speak of is the path and values taught by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I really want those things for you good and deserving people, but my friend this is a fight that is much bigger than I.
I can teach my message, which I always do through my actions and my life, I can spend sleepless nights and days as I've done for the last 18 days, I can go without food for lack of time to eat, but nothing I do is enough
My friend let me tell you, I AM NOT a minister. I'm just a sinner, a terrible sinner who has asked for and received forgiveness from my Master.
How can I, just a good old country boy from White Mills, Kentucky USA get a message this important out to everyone that needs it.
Romans 3:23 (NIV) - "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"
Ignoring my modesty for a moment, I am a pretty intelligent person, very well educated by my standards, around 400 credit hours of college with 4 degrees, hardworking all my life from 14 years old on to this very day at 54.
But as smart as I feel I am I'm hung right now, don't know which step to try next, don't have a clue whether my actions would help or hurt. I'm, minute by minute talking with my Savior and still the answer is not there.
So sorry you have to listen to my ranting but I really needed someone to listen and maybe offer any suggestions.
IT SEEMS THAT YOU HAVE ALL THAT THS WORLD ASPIRES FOR, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU LOOK FOR?
Let me think,
I look for hope, not just hope for me, but hope for the good people of the Philippines. I look for prayer the humble pray of good people who believe in what they pray. I look for encouragement to each and every person each one of us meets. I look for an instant change, only that can be permitted for if you leave any of the problems in place they will fester and infect the whole body.
The question is: Am I looking too high, too far up? Am I looking for things that are impossible? My Bible tells me know, but always you have to consider freewill, even though its a gift from God, all throughout history it is that freewill that has prevented the Kingdom of God to reign.
Actually My Bible tells me no
JESUS BROUGHT THE KINGODM HERE ON EARTH AND THEN WAS CRUCIFIED...PETER AND THE 11 PREACHED THE GOSPEL AND WERE ALL INCARCERATED OR
JAILED, MURDRED, EXILED...
PAUL DID NOT REACH SPAIN...
I'm not a martyr, I'm a fighter, I grew up fighting, I was taught well how to fight as well as when. and this test I will fail. It's not in me not to fight.
BUT THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE, IN THE NATURAL LIFE SPAN OF MAN WHO CONTINUES THE MISSION AND THE GREAT COMMISSION. WE CANNOT DO ALL IN ONE LIFETIME...FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD IS FROM GENERATIONS TO GENERATIONS...
WE WERE NOT CALLED TO CHANGE THE WORLD, BUT TO PREACH TO ALL THE NATIONS THE GOOD NEWS..JUST AS CHRIST DID IN HIS EARTLY LIFE TIME
I guess the one thing I would want, if I could have anything right now, is to get some of the good right-minded people together and let us sit down and fight out the solution. I know they are there, I know that this race of humans with the help of God can succeed and prosper.
BUT WHILE STILL ON EARTH, LET US PAVE THE WAY, SHOW THE WAY AND LEAD THEM TO THE RIGHTEOUS PATH..
SUCESS IS PROGRESSIVE...
Then my friend, let's do it, all of us together, along with your President a man that I truly admire. Let's fix this.
I'm a stranger here in this beautiful land, I don't have the connections to put much of anything together like is needed right now. Who can be contacted? Who can be counted on? Where can they be found and how?
WHAT WE DO TODAY WILL BE THE NEXT DOOR STEP FOR TOMORROW...THEY WILL DO THEIR PART THEN...MEANWHILE, FOCUS ON WHAT YOU HAVE NOW...BE HAPPY FOR IT AND MAKE THE MOST OF IT...FOR TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY...
A Beautiful hope that must sustain me for now, but I fear this fight in me will re-emerge with a vengeance tomorrow. I've decided to take the day off from the fight for some much needed reflection and introspection. But I really needed to get my words out to someone. Thanks so much for listening and your advise is appreciated and will be utilized during my respite.
GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU WARM AND IN PEACE...
God Bless you my friend and the peace of Jesus be with you.