What keeps us from loving

... is our busyness.

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Loving takes time. It takes time to have a talk with your spouse. It takes time to play with your child. It takes time to pray, to listen to God’s voice in the silence. It takes time to help someone in need. It takes time to visit someone who is sick.

Time is the currency of love.

But when we are busy with work, with the urgent, but not important matters, or worst, with games or Netflix, our busyness keeps us from spending time with the important people in our lives.

I’m guilty of being too busy at work lately. But, I have to constantly ask myself, “What am I working for?”

I am working for my small family. I am working, hopefully, to glorify God and love Him more.

But no matter how much I say that I love them by working hard for them, nothing can replace the time that I spend with them.

Why are you busy? For whom are you working?

Spend time with them as well.

Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” — Luke 10:40-42

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What you spend your time on

... is your priority.

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I often tell myself that my priorities are God, my family, my personal growth, and loving other people.

Yet, in the course of a day, my “priorities” receive the least amount of my time or none at all.

We cannot claim that something is our priority if we do not spend time on it.

Priority equals time.

What we spend our time on is what we prioritize.

Last Sunday, we also visited our cousin who is a nun. While driving her and two other sisters to our grandmother’s grave, I heard them praying a quick prayer every 15 minutes.

When I am working, I take a 5-minute break after every 25 minutes of working. Yesterday, I tried praying on those 5-minute breaks. It’s a good start to having a consistent prayer time and to building a relationship with God.

If you don’t know what to pray, pray the Lord’s prayer... with your whole heart, your focus, and intellect.

What do you spend your time on?

Pray without ceasing. — 1 Thessalonians 5:17

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Problem-solving

Solving problems is how you expand.

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I am an emotional person. Whenever I face a problem, I get overwhelmed by my emotions that I cannot think clearly and logically. I have to take some time off to blow off some steam.

My initial reaction to a problem is to get frustrated, annoyed, or angry... rather easily. I react to a problem by overreacting.

But I have a friend who is a problem solver. Whenever he faces a problem, his initial reaction is to think of a solution. That’s why as the head of operations of our company, he has helped increase the company’s revenues by nine times at least. The team has also grown from four to 16.

Fortunately for us, his problem solving skills are rubbing off on us.

My friend is now letting me handle a department of the company. When problems arise, my first reaction is... to still get frustrated, annoyed, or angry. I am still emotional. But after venting out my emotions to the Lord and to my wife and to some confidants, our team sits down and thinks of solutions to our problems.

The culture of our company takes on my friend’s knack for solving problems. Without him, the company’s revenues and our team would not grow as large as they are now.

This made me realize that if you wish to grow as a person, in your career, in your business, and in your relationships you have to solve problems.

You have to solve your problems. And, especially in business, you have to solve other people’s problems.

Solving problems is how you expand. From solving the problems of less than 10 clients, our company is now trying to solve the problems of more than 80.

If you wish to have a happy marriage (two years in and my wife and I are still a happy couple), you cannot just ignore problems and hope they go away. You have to sit down, talk, and try to solve your problems. Our marriage is also stronger because of the problems we have faced and solved.

When solving problems, it is imperative that you have a bias for coming up with solutions (and implementing them).

What problems are you facing? Don’t just get stuck in your problems. Think of solutions and act on them.

Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. — Isaiah 41:10


P.S. This got me thinking. I really wish to grow my blog. But, what problem is it solving? What problem is it solving for me? More importantly, what problem is it solving for you?

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Light in darkness

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. — John 8:12

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The moon is such a captivating, yet humble creation.

It illuminates the night sky and gives us light in the darkness.

Yet, its light is not its own. It only reflects the light that comes from the sun.

Nonetheless, it shines our paths in the dark.

Our lights may not be as bright as the light that comes from God.

But if we strive to reflect His light regardless, we can be the light that shines someone else’s path. Especially when that someone is in the dark.

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The hardest person to believe in

... is yourself.

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Each of my blog posts is written, first, for myself.

I write the lessons I learn on the blog to help myself remember them more.

I also try to articulate my thoughts to help myself gain clarity on how I should act on my thoughts.

That is the magic of writing.

One of the things I struggle with is believing in myself.

It’s easy for me to believe in other people. I do not only tell them that I believe in them when they set out to pursue their hearts’ desires, but I believe in them from my own heart.

But, I just cannot seem to do it when it comes to myself. I have a hard time believing in myself.

Even as I write this, I don’t believe one hundred percent that I will be blogging for the rest of my life, that I can make a career blogging and drawing. I’m hoping and praying for it every day, but there is always shadows of doubt and fear at the back of my mind.

Before going to bed, one of my favorite things to do (or to mindlessly browse the internet on) is reading sports news.

Last night, I read an article about Mike Tyson’s giving a speech to a football team:

To this day, Tyson talks with reverence about his deceased trainer and manager, Cus D'Amato, and how Tyson was never the same as a boxer after D'Amato died.

"I remember thinking at first, 'What is this old, fat white guy going to teach me about fighting?'" Tyson recounted to Saban.

Immediately, Saban jumped in and asked Tyson how D'Amato was able to earn that trust.

"He made me believe I was a somebody when I was a nobody. He made me a somebody," Tyson said.

Sometimes, to believe in yourself, you need someone to believe in you first: a parent, a teacher, a mentor, a spouse, or a friend.

Thank those who believe in you as it makes it easier for you to believe in yourself.

But at times when no one seems to believe in you, know that God believes in you.

But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8

You are somebody to Him even when you think you are nobody.

He believes in you even when you don’t believe in yourself... at least not yet.

Believe.

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