Faith that can move mountains

“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” — Matthew 17:20

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I wish I have the faith that can move mountains, the size of faith that will allow me to do what seems impossible in my life, the size of faith that will allow me to reach my dreams.

I wish I can have the size of faith that gives me courage in the face of my fears, discouragement, and hopelessness.

I wish I can have the kind of faith that can help me trust God more.

I really wish to move mountains, that is, to do what seems impossible in my life.

I guess it doesn’t take much faith to move mountains. Faith the size of a mustard seed will do.

But how hard it is to have even that small amount of faith!

But more than faith that can move mountains, I wish I have the faith that allows me to love God more, to seek Him more, and put Him above all else.

And one day, I wish I can have the faith that will allow me to love others more, the faith that allows God’s love to overflow through me.

Wait, maybe I am measuring my faith by the wrong thing, by the results that my faith produces.

Maybe I should start measuring my faith by the love I give (and the love that I allow myself to receive from God).

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Life is difficult

But life is good.

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There will always be trials, failures, rejections, sickness, and death.

Every one of us has his or her own problems. In our hidden or private lives, behind the smiles that others see, each of us has a cross that we carry. Each of us has a burden that we bear that others cannot see.

Life is difficult.

But life is good.

In times of trials, there is perseverance. There is endurance that hones our character.

In times of failure, there are lessons to be learned.

In times of rejection, there is redirection to something even better.

In times of sickness, death, and suffering, there is redemption. There is a participation in the sufferings of Jesus. There is healing not just for the body, but for the heart and soul. There is unity. There is hope. There is resurrection.

In times of war, there are selfless, courageous, and inspiring acts of heroism. We also learn how resilient the human spirit is.

In times of immense hatred, there is even greater love. As Saint John Paul the Great wrote:

Where the greater the anger, the higher the explosion of love.

In times of darkness, the brightness of God’s light shines even more. And sometimes, the darkness is what we need to finally notice God’s light that is always with us… and in us.

Life is difficult. You can grieve. You can despair for a moment. But, you can rise up and find the good amidst the difficulties of life. You can also find God.

Life is good.

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The main role of art

The main role of art is to bring us closer to God. Anything less is distraction. — Hugh MacLeod

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This is a good reminder for us not just in creating art, but also in everything that we do like our work, hobbies, and activities.

If our work, hobbies, or activities are not bringing us closer to God, then they are taking our time and focus away from what is truly important. They may even become a source of pride, vanity, or self-centeredness. They can be distractions.

Instead, our work, hobbies, and activities should allow us to love God and our families and neighbors. They should bring us to more prayer, not less.

With the proper intention, they can be a form of prayer by allowing us to glorify God through them.

Which of your activities are taking your time away from praying?

Which of your activities actually make you pray more and love more?

Remember your purpose in everything that you do.

Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. — 1 Corinthians 10:31

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Learn how to see

Learn how to see the trials and failures in your life not as dead ends, but as the fire that refines you and brings out the gold in you.

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Art is not just about drawing, sketching, painting, acting, dancing, or sculpting.

Art is about making people see what you see.

But before you can make others see what you see, you have to learn how to see.

Learn to see the sun not just as a bright ball of gas. Learn to see it as a mother peeking through the dark clouds of despair to give you light and warmth.

Learn to see the ocean not just as a body of water. Learn to see it as the friend whom you run to when life’s worries weigh you down.

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Learning how to see does not only help you create art. It also helps you see and live life differently.

Learn how to see the trials and failures in your life not as dead ends, but as the fire that refines you and brings out the gold in you. Learn how to see them not as a rejection, but a redirection that can help you discover who you are and what truly matters to you.

What are you going through right now?

How can you see it differently?

Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope. — Romans 5: 3-4

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Crawling to the weekend and to some other things

If you cannot run right now, you may crawl if you want to.

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It’s finally Friday!

Are you finishing the week strong?

Or are you, like me, crawling to the weekend?

It may have been an exhausting week for you, but the important thing is that you’re still inching towards the finish line.

It’s the same with our goals.

It doesn’t really matter how fast you’re moving towards the finish line of your goals, as long as you’re moving towards them. Even if you are merely crawling.

You’ll be surprised at how many have already given up. But as for you, you can make it to the end. You can reach your goals.

Most importantly, it’s the same with our faith.

Trials, disappointments, rejections, and failures may have left you and your faith shaken. Maybe not just this week, but for a quite some time now.

I know how it feels to experience one disappointment after another. Every disappointment wears you down. Every failure weighs heavily on you. It seems like there is no end to the dark tunnel that you are in.

But, continue moving forward in faith. Crawl if you have to.

There is an end to this. Things will be better and the best is yet to come… as long as you keep moving forward.

If you cannot run right now, you may crawl if you want to.

I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 3:14

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