Instead of New Year’s resolution, I made it a point I have daily resolutions. One of those is updating my blog. I’ve always jotted my epiphanies and introspection in my prayer journal, in scratch papers; bits are posted in my Facebook and Twitter accounts. However, it would always boil down to feel a bit unfulfilled coz I haven’t updated my blog for more than a month.
I have written drafts, but due to busyness, I never uploaded even one. But I reached the peak today, I can’t afford to keep the blessings locked in my heart. The key is CHOICE. Though I’m too busy, I could still choose to devote some minutes in blogging.
For the past weeks, I’ve attempted to finish the leadership book, Winning with People by John C. Maxwell. For novel books, it would take me hours to finish one. But with spiritual books, I take time to thoroughly masticate the messages so I would understand it well and it would make an impact on me; and a ripple effect would occur later on as I apply the precious lessons gained.
I’m still reading it today. I’m enjoying it a lot. I just wished I’ve read it then. One of the most inspiring quotes I got is about choice:
“I believe that attitude is the second most important decision anyone can make. (The most important is faith) Your attitude will make or unmake you. It’s not the result of your birth, your circumstances, or your bank account. It’s all a choice.” ~John Maxwell, Winning with People p.12
Everything is about choices. Good choices are really essential in our daily living. Somebody could command, demand and impose something, but it the end, it’s your choice that would matter. No one is responsible for your choice except yourself. Every choice has consequences. Thanks God for the FREE WILL and for the guidance in making good choices.
As I reflect with the choices I made, I realized how I’ve made hasty and some wrong decisions in the past years. But I also appreciated God in helping me learn and understand His will, to unlearn and make good decisions. It’s never late to improve and grow in the garden of His grace.
As I contemplate, I reflect on the poem I’ve written during my struggling moments years ago. (Click the title to read the background in the old post). I consider myself the CLAY, and I’m willing to be molded in the person God wants me to be.
A lump of clay, dirty and dull
In His delicate hands, He carefully molded.
With patience He pressed;
In the potter’s wheel, He wonderfully created,
A delicate vase, so fine and yet so fragile.
The vase, so lovely and yet stubborn,
Jumped off the potter’s wheel.
Trusted herself; she fell, got broken.
With pity, the loving Potter took notice of the vase,
Not totally wrecked, not a worse case.
His delicate, molding hands took the cracked vase,
With wisdom He uttered:
“I can’t just patch by covering the cracked parts, lovely vase.
You have to endure,
You should go again the painful process because I love you so.”
“Please let me fully grasp Your wisdom My Potter…”, she answered.
…let me submit and never retaliate.
After all, it’s my fault.
I was too excited, I jumped off, I faltered.”
His miraculous, creative hands crushed the cracked vase,
Forsaken and feeling bitter, the once lovely vase reacted:
“I thought You love me, why did You crush me?
I felt worthless and senseless.
I trusted You, but You made me worse!”
“Trust me more, I am molding again another you.
A cracked vase won’t work… just trust me, I love You so!”
It seemed forever, she couldn’t almost endure another process.
This time it was more intense,
But she felt the care escaped the hands of the Potter.
Then suddenly she felt the heat.
“Why need the fire and the scorching sun?” she muttered.
“It was for your own good –
To refine you more and to strengthen the mold.
So if you fall again, in case you choose to fall,
Or some careless people make you fall,
You won’t be easily cracked;
You’ll be the strongest earthen vessel,
Then I would be glorified.”
The Potter gladly uttered as he painted her with the glorious tints,
Added embellishments for finishing touches:
“Because I love you so, I can’t care for you less!”
In connection with this poem, I am more than grateful for an answered prayer! I’m happy I made an important decision to be involved in the youth ministries. Since I was a child, I’ve always longed to reach out to other young people. Grateful I was involved in our youth ministries in our local church in Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro til I studied in the Adventist University of the Philippines and even as an alumna, I’m still enjoying the privileges of service. Early on January 2013, I was able to register to the Philippine-wide Youth Summit dubbed as “CLAY”.
“See you all in Baguio for our Youth Summit 2013. Bye Anthony Stanyer for now, see you after 6 months. We’ll pray for your safe travel to New York to represent the youth of Southern Asia Pacific Division and North Philippine Union Conference.” ~Pastor Ron Genebago
two posters of CLAY
Kindly include this meaningful event in your prayers. May the Holy Spirit empower the guest speakers and delegates, and the community outreach in Baguio City.
© LAF 2013
Note: Photo credits to Pastor Ron Genebago. This blog has a copyright . The poem should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.