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Rainbow Painter: Sid

 

Sid of the movie Ice Age is not just a funny sloth, but a source of hope. Sid paints a rainbow by saying this to Diego and Manny:

“bad news was good news in disguise… even though things look bad, there’s a rainbow around every corner… and nothing but smooth sailing ahead.”

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How To Find A Job?

“Why should we hire you?” is a very popular question in applying for a job. Unfortunately, if you cannot answer this intelligently, I am 89% sure that you will not be hired. I thought finding a job is a piece of cake, but it is not. The hardest part is getting nothing after consecutive interviews. If you fail in your first try, there is a second try. And if your second try still fails, then you have to read this:

“With our limited foresight we select the route that seems best – only to find that the temporary advance has led us into a course filled with delay and heartache. But how reassuring that we can look to One who is above everything, who knows the end from the beginning! This is why the writer of Proverbs could say, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6)”” – Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries

“Remember the Lord in everything you do, and He will show you the right way.”

Proverbs 3:6

Part of every day is a sunset. Every book has a last page and every story has an end. The same thing in my ministry in our church. I love doing my ministry, but circumstances in life sometimes give us choice. A choice in prioritizing activities in life. In my point of view, I know that a ministry is a good work and if I stop, it’s like I stop serving or giving back to God. I asked for this ministry 4 years ago so I also let God to decide when will sunset come. In this way, it’s not my entire choice but there is an approval from Above. Last July 29, 2012, God answered my prayer. The equipment I’m using in my ministry failed to operate. I know that this is God’s way of answering my prayer. I probably end my ministry, but serving God has no limit. I know that there are many ways to give back to God. And with our loving God, small good works are really appreciated by Him. I am happy that for 4 years of my ministry, God has been constant in letting me feel that I am appreciated. For me, that is the most important part of my ministry, it’s the feeling of appreciation from God when you felt no one notice you. It is because I know that when you have nothing but God, you have everything!

Decision is one of the hardest parts of life. It will define the end of something for the beginning of better part of your life. Just have faith that if God let sunset in your life, it is the best time to come. It is probably an end, but it is God’s way of saying “okay, I have better plans for you“.

Day 23 of review for the board exam, I am using a ball pen which is erasable. The characteristic of a ball pointed pen that is not its usual purpose. The purpose of using a ball pen is to write things permanently in a sheet of paper. I use this erasable pen so that everytime I have corrections, I can still erase it without messing the paper.  Ironically, whenever I use the pen, I do not experience any corrections. The opposite situation when I am using a permanent ball pen.

There is a lesson in this simple story that can be your life’s turning point. I paint a rainbow in this way: I do not experience corrections because I do not care with errors, for I am thinking what I need to write and when I am using the permanent one, I focused not to make errors so I fail to avoid it. When we know our goals and focus our eyes in what we are doing and believing, we can avoid erasures in our life. And when we are focusing on the gloomy side of life, we cannot see clearly so we cannot avoid erasures.

Fixed your eyes to your dreams and disregard the destructions and failures. Always believe that God guides our every action. We do not need to focus in not committing errors because God never fails providing the best path for His children. Instead of focusing in the possibility of your failures, focus in the certainty of your goals and dreams through God. Use a pen of faith and great dreams will be written.

Colton Dixon was the 7th eliminated contestant in American Idol Season 11. His message in the Curtain Call: Colton Dixon video from americanidol.com made him a rainbow painter. This is his inspiring message:

“I’m humbled and thankful… It has been an amazing journey. It really, really has… and I’m so glad that I got to proclaim His name one last time on the stage in front of twenty million people. We’re all messengers. We’re all called by God to share stories and to inspire one another. So don’t be afraid to step out… step of your comfort zone… step out of your box. It’s been so amazing.. to see how God has used me to lift you out of the dark place and to inspire you to do the exact same thing that I’m doing. It’s just amazing and I just wanna thank you so much”

“A difficult hill” is the title of the passage that somehow encouraged me to start the review for the board exam with a smile and no worries. The board exam for an electronics engineering graduate like me, is the same in climbing on a steep hill, where you need to have a backpack of knowledge, one liter of hard work, and compass of faith to get over it. These days, I really don’t know how to prepare for the review, until the passage I read yesterday.

March 23, 2012, A Difficult Hill, from Our Daily Bread by RBC Ministries. I read this little book not by date but every time I’m in the mood of reading God’s word so that reading will be more effective. I consider it as God’s way of answering my prayers.  Yesterday, I felt to read it again since I’m worrying about the review, and this time, God provided me this great painting of rainbow. The passage changed my view in starting the review on April 23, 2012. It stated that God will always give us strength for the next step. I realized that our views in difficulties of life are different in the way God sees it. Sometimes, due to the way we sees situations in our life, even small burdens can seem too big to handle. This is probably the reason why I’m frightened to start the review. I’m looking in the situation surrounding it and not focusing my eyes in the real goal, which is to pass the October 2012 ECE Board Exam.

Whenever worries are knocking on your door, try to paint a rainbow through prayers. I can assure you that in different ways, God will strengthen you in your journey. Just remember that if you encounter the steepest hill on your chosen path, wear the eyeglass from God and try to look at it again. 

Part of every school-minded person’s life is the last part of pencil and paper chapter, one of the chapters in my life that I have been waiting for. I am talking about collegiate graduation day, the day to give thanks to the Painter of my life. I am really waiting for this day since my story in choosing my course is different. It is not as easy as the yes or no questions. Nursing was my choice, but unfortunately, I woke up one day in the direction God has painted for me. I took the direction with doubt. I am in doubt taking engineering course. But as the day goes by, I am realizing that I am on the right track.

Last March 27, 2012, at 4:00 in the afternoon, it happened, the day to be grateful to God, to give the biggest thanks that I can. I spent 3 semesters for Nursing, 1 semester for Computer Engineering, and the rest of the days for Electronics Engineering, but God spent every seconds of His holy time for my wisdom, health, relationships, and blessings beyond the sky. I am being foolish when I doubted God’s plan. I realized the reason why God made a U-turn in my decision. I am not saying that Engineering is better to Nursing but it is what God wants me to do. Probably, He let me took Nursing to meet great friends, which adds color to my life and lead me to Electronics Engineering to complete the scene. I am confident that God is at my back, to tell me where I must go and give me the choice to take it, freely.

To the students who are also waiting in the last part of pencil and paper chapter, just keep the faith and God will lead the way. Make this chapter worth remembering by letting God write this chapter for you.