Hope this brighten up your day

Got a joke for you:

A man is driving down a deserted stretch of highway when he notices a sign out of the corner of his eye….It reads:

SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION 10 MILES

He thinks this is a figment of his imagination and drives on without second thought….

Soon he sees another sign which reads:

SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION 5 MILES

Suddenly he begins to realize that these signs are for real and drives past a third sign saying:

SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION NEXT RIGHT

His curiosity gets the best of him and he pulls into the drive. On the far side of the parking lot is a stone building with a small sign next to the door reading:

SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS

He climbs the steps and rings the bell. The door is answered by a nun in a long black habit who asks, “What may we do for you my son?”

He answers, “I saw your signs along the highway and was interested in possibly doing business….”

“Very well my son. Please follow me.” He is led through many winding passages and is soon quite disoriented. The nun stops at a closed door and tells the man, “Please knock on this door.”

He does so and another nun in a long habit, holding a tin cup answers the door… This nun instructs, “Please place $100 in the cup then go through the large wooden door at the end of the hallway.”

He puts $100 in the cup, eagerly trots down the hall and slips through the door pulling it shut behind him.

The door locks, and he finds himself back in the parking lot facing another sign:

GO IN PEACE. YOU HAVE JUST BEEN SCREWED BY THE SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS. SERVES YOU RIGHT, YOU SINNER

If that didn’t make you laugh, I don’t know what will.

Effective Living

I have been reading “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey during the past 2 weeks. What is really striking is the way he puts forth the principles. I find them to be so true and timeless.

I think one of the most important thing I have learned so far is not to be reactive. Does it ever occur to you that a lot of us resign to life’s tribulations, blaming this and that and refusing to take responsibility? Or rather, giving up and living the life as how the situation or circumstance dictates?

I learned that when people or situation hurts you, you can choose to say NO and say to yourself, “I can choose my own response”. Most of the time people respond by “If it weren’t that person..” or “The situation is hopeless..” or “I can’t do this, I’ve tried so many times..”

So instead of responding blithely, we should instead be proactive and not be reactive to life’s difficulties. One should look for ways to focus on what he or she can improve. The saying goes, “Keep moving forward” and I cannot agree more. Instead of blaming the situation, or blaming oneself, the person should take responsibility and be courageous to march forward.

To be responsible for your life means to be “response-able”. Being responsible means able to respond to life’s challenges. It means being able to choose after getting a stimulus, and not act in a predetermined scripted way and resulting in a much-anticipated consequence.

So the next time you are hurt, or you are frustrated or desperate or lost or down, remember:

You can CHOOSE your response.

Child-like faith

Often times, it is really hard to get a grip on reality. You would wish the problems could all just go away.

I had that kind of feeling. When I became a Christian, that feeling was replaced with a sense of belonging, a sense of relief. Relief that you know even if the hardship is very difficult and you are up to your neck in problems, you know there is someone who is watching over you.

I really hold strong to the belief that God does not test us more than what we could bear. More often than not, my own faith comes through countless convictions that God indeed listens. The only thing I hope and pray for is for my faith to become more child-like. Instead of becoming more mature and older, I want to become ever more faithful and joyful of what and who God is. The faith that embodies trust in all situations, even in difficult ones, is the one I strive for.

The only way to let God into your heart is to confess that you are a mere mortal, and that you could not deal with everything on your own. And what gives greater joy than to know that God will always be there to help. It takes a lot to defeat pride, to relinquish the sense of control in our lives to some entity you cannot see.

I learned that I was not listening when I struggled within the first few months of me becoming a Christian. I shouted, “God, where are You?” I wanted to give up. Then a phrase from a movie struck me. I learned that it was not because God did not say anything, it was because I did not stay still enough to hear him.

So every time I fret, worry, or despair, I remember this. And I stay still.

Child-like faith means to let yourself become like a rock, leaping through the air and falling down, letting yourself spiral out of control. You are a rock, what can you possibly do to prevent your impending doom? Nothing. But you can pray and take heart in the knowledge that God is down there waiting to catch you with a gigantic trampoline.

When life gets tough, it is one thing to say “have faith” and another to actually do it. But for me, I say “have faith” then I jump.

Like a rock.

Then I pray, like a child, that there is a gigantic trampoline down there, sewn by God’s hand waiting for me.

This post is dedicated to you, my friend. I know you know I mean you. Yes you. =)

Blog’s new look

Had nothing to do so I decided to change the layout of my blog. I went finding for free, new, nice-looking WordPress themes and found a site that offers exactly that.

Anyway, did some tempering and changed the logo using GIMP. With some patience and free time, one could easily produce graphic or art comparable to Photoshop. Heck, you would not even figure out I did the logo with GIMP had I not told you, eh?

Suddenly ran out of ideas of what to say.