People often think that being kind should be one’s life mission. After reading many books and the bible, I have learnt that the goal is not to be kind. What I mean by this, kindness should just come out naturally like it’s part of your genes. Some people try hard to be kind and it’s not really being kind; It’s called being fake and dishonest. Some people say fake it until you make it, but not with kindness though. It doesn’t work that way. Based on my experience, trying hard to be kind resulted into making me angry, bitter, depressed, and always expecting a return from others. I kind of expected gratitude. Since, I’m trying so hard to be kind I expect the same thing but in reality, that’s not how it works. However, I have learned to rely on Jesus and always fix my eyes on him because knowing Jesus makes me lose sight of looking into other people that are flawed just like me but looking to Jesus makes me more compassion and understanding which results to kindness to other people without expecting any returns. Looking to Jesus fixes my eyes to see Love and peace in this messy world. I’ve learnt that the goal is to always look to Jesus.
~ 1 Kings 19:1-9
I have been thinking about Elijah’s story. Elijah has been one of my favourite prophets because of his accomplishments. The most exciting story about Elijah is his showdown with the prophets of a false god which in result God in heaven was glorified through Elijah (Elijah won). I’ve been reading many accomplishments in the Bible but I haven’t really notice the period of depression some have gone through (Except for the life of Job, I’ve read his story a million times) because I realise that sometimes I have always viewed prophets, apostles, or biblical people as unstoppable, fearless, courageous, bold, or sometimes perfect – I think that’s the problem with just seeing what my eyes think is positive, it conceals the mind from hard truths which can be positive in a way. With hardships I face everyday, this is one of the most eye opening stories I’ve encountered and it actually made my faith more mature than ever.
In the story, Elijah flees and ran away from wicked people to save his life. As he left, he soon had a journey in the wilderness. He went through a broom bush (juniper tree) and he sat down underneath it and prayed to God to take his life away and he fell asleep. Then an angel said to Elijah to get up and eat because the journey is too much for him. Then food was provided for Elijah; and he ate and drank and lay down again. For the second time the angel came back and told Elijah to get up and eat for the journey is too much for him. Once Elijah was strengthened, he recovered and went on to his journey again.
The story is simple, but I know there’s a reason why I stumbled upon his story. I learned that time, company, honesty with oneself can really help me, you, and people recover. I also learned that a journey can be really too much and people can be really limited. It took some time for Elijah to actually get better. There are also some factors why his sadness was magnified and maybe it’s because of hunger, exhaustion, fears, and pressures of his mission. Another thing, I really liked that this story is in the Bible and it really did highlight how God will always accompany us when the journey is too much.
If you find yourself sitting underneath the tree, it’s okay to rest – cry, sleep, lay down, or even pray. It’s time to be honest with oneself and with God. Destroy the idea that crying out is negative or bad. Crying gives relief and releases emotions that cleanses are minds and soul. End the thinking that crying must be stopped. Remember that people are limited; remember that Elijah did find himself sitting underneath the tree too; But, never forget to remember that God accompanied him and strengthened him.
Trying to reflect,
I looked at myself
I see struggle
I see pain
I just can’t help
but notice darkness
So I remain silent
I want to share
all my secrets
It is twisted
It is from hell
So i just accepted
that the attempt
Won’t just happen
So I observe
So I wait
Im now in chains
into the deepest
part of well
I want help
What is sane?
What is the answer?
In my death
would I be replaced?
I just need rest
to rest forever
I am now
is this heaven?
Watching the end
of skies and water
I just want to stay
Experience a moment
out of nowhere
~ M. Salonga
I just want to fast track everything
where everything is a beautiful dream
I want to see myself flying free
and stop myself from asking and thinking
when will misery stop chasing me?
what if I start singing, dancing, or painting?
would my life be better off with these
I would love to end the following years
that does not look good for me
fast tracking everything where hardships
would probably not be haunting me
Too bad I can only see it by imagining it
I guess I could be more positive and believe
I could probably foresee the possibilities
The problem is wanting it immediately
Welcome to the frustrations of being me
so much to expect and believe
To die is gain indeed but so is living free
Here I am again, contemplating and reflecting
but that just how it is, so I say so be it
Just let life to keep on shaping me & molding me
into something precious like the amethyst
I just simply want to reach and achieve
that desire I have in me: beautiful dream
~ M. Salonga
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AUSTRALIA — Today, I would like to share one of my favourite content creators – Nuseir Yassin. He is currently traveling and he shares a one minute video about his everyday journey in facebook. Also, He has a big number of followers in Facebook which is currently at 5.3 million.
Today, many people love to travel for pleasure and in some ways, in my opinion, it’s also a measure of success especially in the millennial generation. You are probably thinking that I admire Nas (his nickname) because of his daily travels; While that is a bonus point, I admire Nas because of the lessons he is teaching and sharing some discoveries in his everyday videos. I could probably say that he is living the life I wanted. He is traveling with his beautiful girlfriend and influences the world with common sense, opinions, positivity, and paradigm shifting experiences; He also meets extraordinary people and share their knowledge in Facebook.
I discovered him when he made a video that went viral about my home country (Philippines) which I would want to share ..
I am actually really glad that there’s content maker like Nas because I am tired of seeing and watching nonsense videos in youtube especially the trending ones full of entitled people. I also like his blunt and sensible comments regarding stereotypes, stigmas, political, and world problems. We are honestly align when it comes to politics, I haven’t seen anything I am against with all of his opinions. I could truly watch his daily uploads and give him views and RESPECT. This person is spreading light!
So I’ll share more about NAS and more reasons why you should watch his videos!