Category: Hope



Jesus said, you must be born again in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”  By this, he meant  that you had to be born once to the world, and once again to the knowledge of God through Him.  I have come to believe that we must be born three times — once to the world, once to God, and once to ourselves.  Because only when we can see who we are and what we stand for — what we want to be about in the world — does every action we take suddenly seem significant.  That is the point at which we have realized a vision for ourselves and our path through this world — a path that defines success. – Laurie Beth Jones

This quote clearly defines where I am now.

It’s been a while since I have been having a question in my mind of why I feel happy and content despite the more pressures at work, difficulties of doing my field work with my expanding belly, swelling feet, and sleepless nights.  I thought of many things like the blessing of having our baby at the perfect timing, my supportive bosses now after a series of.. shall I say.. crappy politics and emotional stress from my previous job, lots of opportunities coming my way, supportive team at work.   All these I’m thankful for.  But really, when I thought about it really hard, I wouldn’t be this happy if I didn’t know my purpose in life. I was truly born again when God showed himself to me and even became more intune with myself when my creator revealed to me what my life is for.  Now truly, as laurie says it, everything I do becomes much more significant and thus, I am content.

Content that doesn’t sit lazily but content thinking that I am where God wants me to be.  When everything that’s happening makes sense.  🙂

We have closed recently a project that is close to my heart: The DSWD‘s NHTS project.  It’s a multimillion project that will impact how our government provides to the 9 Million poor households in the Philippines where 5 Million are considered poorest of the poor and will become beneficiaries of the government’s 4Ps project.  Take note that’s 5 Million HOUSEHOLDS! Multiply it to an average of 5 people per family, that is 25Million people! I am happy that through my job I am helping impact the lives of these people.  There are so many projects in line still which I am very excited about like the project we have with PAG-ASA and DENR about climate change, and the potential solutions we can provide Department of Education and Department of Energy.  They say handling the government in the Philippines is very hard and most sales people will shy away from it.  But as for me, I am excited to cover it because the solutions are exciting and I know I’ll be making a difference in the lives of my fellowmen especially the poor and my country’s environmental state.  I know it will not be easy but I am more hopeful now with the new government.  🙂 and I’m much more purposeful because not only am I following God’s leading in my life but I am creating a better future for my baby Solara.  I’m excited to tell her all the things we can do to help the poor and the environment.  With her name connoting the Sun, I am excited to see how God will use her to brighten people’s lives. 🙂 Can’t wait to see you my little darling.


TED Talks Jacqueline Novogratz tells a moving story of an encounter in a Nairobi slum with Jane, a former prostitute, whose dreams of escaping poverty, of becoming a doctor and of getting married were fulfilled in an unexpected way.

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I needed this to be inspired again.  This is a great reminder of how empowering the poor through Aid or Loans will help them get out of poverty.  I truly admire all the Jacquelines of this world.


I totally agree with Mr. Neric Acosta’s article below, that the climate is truly crazy and damaging. Fatalities are increasing in millions around the world. 😦 And, it’s a direct consequence of a long time neglect. Mr. Acosta couldn’t have said it better that “our work is patently cut out for us citizens of the earth. We delay and dilly-dally at our own peril.” Nobody can solve it alone, it should be a concerted effort of EVERYONE. From citizens to business owners to government leaders.  We should all be good stewards.  May it be as simple as conserving energy, or recycling, or implementing policies, or creating greener innovations.  It should be acted upon NOW, else, fatalities will increase.  I just hope and pray we are not next.

Brazil 2010-2011
Australia 2010-2011
USA 2005 (Katrina)

 

Pakistan 2010

Philippines 2009

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CLIMATE CRAZY by Dr. Neric Acosta

by Neric Acosta on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 8:05am

ASTUDENT IN a recent climate change forum remarked, “The earth has gone berserk!” Another asked rather perplexedly, “Are we being punished by God?” Such are common and plaintive musings of those who wonder with a strange sense of foreboding and helplessness what all the catastrophic events of the last several weeks mean.

Floods of unprecedented magnitude leave swathes of Australian territory, including its third largest city Brisbane, vastly inundated for weeks. Months earlier, floods in Pakistan destroy villages and regions larger than Western Europe. The same scenes come out of calamities in China, Sri Lanka-and strangely, even in the flooding of the desert city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia!

2010 was declared the hottest year on record and forest fires raged from Moscow to Athens to California. Meteorology explains that the warming of the poles causes cold air to rise, setting off more precipitation and greater rainfall, severe winter storms and freak blizzards earlier or later than usual.

The earth has perhaps gone berserk, indeed, even considering that nature has had perpetual cycles of hot and cold, wet and dry weather changes throughout human history. And while some circles insist climate change is a hoax and that the science surrounding it is inconclusive, there is no denying that more and more places on this planet are increasingly vulnerable to calamitous climactic occurrences.

The country itself, of archipelagic make-up, is battered by over 20 typhoons a year, several of which, like Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009, are characterized by growing ferocity and destructive power. The eroded hillsides and barren mountains, long stripped of vital forest cover, become frightening geo-hazard zones, prone to deadly landslides and fatal flashfloods. The tableaus of displaced communities and inundated cities in the Caraga region, known as the country’s “timber capital,” and in Eastern Visayas and the Bicol region speak of woe and despair-and deepening poverty. The stark irony is that the regions most endowed with natural and mineral resources are those with the highest poverty indicators in the country. And these regions, because of having relied almost exclusively, if perilously, on extractive industries like logging and mining for their local economies, exacerbate their vulnerability to the impacts of natural disasters.

Something ostensibly does not make sense when a patch of God’ good earth, a land so rich in biodiversity, finds itself facing an unsustainable future because the very ecosystems that should abundantly give us life and livelihood are gravely threatened or depleted. Why, pray tell, should there be poisoned rivers in Mindanao, or why should hunger stalk its towns and hinterland? This is, after all, the long-heralded food basket of the Philippines, that could well feed its millions and far more.

Instead, we have intermittent corn and rice shortages-and an ever-expanding pool of undernourished children in Mindanao and the rest of the country. And when their parents’ marginal or traditional farming ways are imperiled by periods of El NiÒo drought or small-scale fishing affected by dwindling fisheries brought about by coral bleaching and warming ocean temperatures, we know what is said of a new phenomenon of “climate refugees.” Not simply refugees displaced by war or conflict, but hordes of poor farmers and fisherfolk dislocated by the ravages of climate.

Beyond the arguments for adaptation, which was a breakthrough in itself in the recently-concluded climate change conference of parties in Cancun, Mexico, a new, serious global rethink is imperative. What is at stake is survival and life itself, but solutions towards sustainable development can only be hinged on a consciousness that sees the emergent trends in the ecology and economy of the planet and acts from those reference points.

As to the bewildered student’s question itself, “Are we being punished?,” we can possibly say that images of divine wrath and cosmic retribution ought not be the way to cause this ecological rethink, as it were. If anything, the climatic imbalances should engender a reawakening of our intrinsic connectedness to the elements and rhythms of nature.

In physics we learn that for every action there is a reaction, a dynamic of clear cause and corresponding effect. We do something to upset a delicate balance, a universe of energies seeks to reorder and restore it. We tear down ecosystems and foul up the atmosphere, we pay a high environmental price with nature striking back. We put a higher premium on economic value at the expense of vital life-support systems like clean water and clean air, we reap the non-linear and exponential repercussions of ecological damage.

Our work is patently cut out for us citizens of the earth. We delay and dilly-dally at our own peril. Across sectors-infrastructure, investments, insurance (risk management) and institutions-there must be a defined, common thread of climate resilient policy thinking and action. This is needed not only for more effective adaptation to a “planet going berserk”-but also for the imperative of seeking a way to a greener, truly sustainable future.

http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/opinion/39250-climate-crazy

 


I think everyone should watch the inconvenient truth. I should have watched this 5 years ago. The predictions are happening now and the 2050 prediction is so grim that I fear for the future generations. We owe it to our children to improve the way we live now.


The story is told of a water bearer in India who had two large pots. They hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck, but one of the pots had a crack in it. While the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots of water to his master’s house.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”

“Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?”

“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

In his compassion, the water bearer said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

It is an amazing thing (but true) that God is able to accomplish some wonderful things through our efforts, in spite of our imperfections. Paul said of his role as a preacher of the gospel:

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2 Cor. 4:7).

Though we may often feel inadequate and useless, if we will continue about the task that God has given us, we will produce fruit and influence lives in ways we may not even be aware of.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Cor. 15:58).

May your life “abound” this day in the work of the Lord! Though you may feel like a “cracked pot”, your efforts are not in vain.

Received as a “Thought for the Day” from Alan Smith, Boone church of Christ, Boone, NC.
http://www.weiady.org/illustrations.htm

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This story caught my attention because of it’s title. I have been boiling in my vision for so long wanting to cook it so bad but feel like it’s taking too long and sometimes doubting if I can really make the difference I want. I just happen to encounter this story when i was looking for a picture for previous post.. God probably knew i need to be encouraged.. This story reminded me that God can use me, no matter how many cracks I may have, or even if it may be taking too long, I should remain steadfast, for my labor will never be in vain if its done for the Lord. 🙂


TED Talks What do you think of people in poverty? Maybe what Jessica Jackley once did: “they” need “our” help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. The co-founder of Kiva.org talks about how her attitude changed — and how her work with microloans has brought new power to people who live on a few dollars a day.

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