I Learned that line from an executive who once persuaded me to join their company, dream big, and earn big. Although I did not like what they offered, that line stayed in my mind for so long. Perspectives, they make a big difference in one’s life.
Matthew 5:13-16 is one Bible passagethat stayed close to my heart.
You are the salt of
the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and be trampled by
men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither
do people light a lamp, and put it under a bowl. Instead the put it on its
stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your
light shine before men, that they may se your good deeds and praise your father
I have been very familiar with this passage, yet it’s as if my heart gets stabbed everytime I read it. More so this semester, as God seems to point out two weeks ago that this is to be my ‘personal vision’ for this semester. Tough.
Back in highschool, we had an experiment in food science where we made Christmas ham. Prior to smoking, it was soaked in brine, until saltiness permeated the very core of the whole slab. I got to take home our group’s finished product, and indeed, it was equally salty from the outside-in.
Salt is like that. It changes the taste anything you put it in, to make it like itself. The brine did not taste like pork afterwards, the pork tasted like salt. As for me, it’s as if the Lord is telling me that I shoud influence the ‘world’ rather than be influenced. It’s quite obvious, but Jesus did give a stern warning agains those who have lost saltiness. Far be it from me (us) to be "thrown out and trampled by men."
Light allows everything to be seen. It exposes. It makes darkness disappear wherever it is placed. The brighter it burns, the farther the darkness ‘moves away’ from it. Your light allows others to see and glorify God for who He is. Context aside, I remember writing an entry in my journal. It went a little something like this:
Kung sa gitna ng silid ng aking puso, umiilaw ang liwanag ni Kristo, at mawala ang lahat ng dilim, maging ang mga anino ng tanikala ay mawawala.
All this, for God’s glory…
Mahirap, pero kaya…
Sub entry: decisions
Part of my resolve to stop being indecisive is to stick to decisions i’ve made. Call it legalism or dogmatism, I consider it as my way of trying to improve. Sooner in life, there will be bigger decisions to face, some will be irrevocable, and most will have consequences. There are times when we can’t just press ‘undo’, so in a way, i’m just trying to live with the consequences…