What Do You Live For?


Have you thought about the real purpose of your life? Why are you here? Why do you do what you do? Do you think this life is about you? Is it about helping others? Is doing good deeds for others good enough? Are you just one of the faces in the crowd that think getting famous will give sense to your life?

2 Corinthians 5:15 NLT says: “He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”

What do you live for?

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Ponder that question some more.

Please don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying I’m a saint here. Rest assured that I know I’m way far from being one; I struggle with being disrespectful of my parents, I spend a lot of time on social media, I can care less even when I know others need my help, I seldom appreciate what I already have, I can’t get enough of a lot of the things this world brings to the table, and at times I’m not grateful for the things I receive and for the good things that happen to me.

There are also times when I think and act like this life is about me. (Sometimes, consciously but most of the time, unconsciously.) Most likely, we struggle with the same things, and just like you and I, Jesus was once a human—flesh and blood (John 1:14). He felt what we feel (Hebrews 4:15). He even cried (John 11:35).

However, unlike us, He got out of this life without sinning. He was born to die—for you and me. Despite this reality, we need not mourn but rejoice all the more because the story did not end there.

After three days, He rose back to life. He overcame the grave! He is alive!

It is because of His death that we are alive.

Are you taking that in?

I’m imperfect just like anyone, but now I have the confidence to face everyone, for my Savior said: “It is finished. It is done” (John 19:30).

November 24, 2015


Today, I’m thankful because it’s my second time to express my gratefulness here.

I’m thankful because The San Antonio Spurs won during their matchup with The Phoenix Suns earlier today. Yiiiiiiiha!

I’m thankful for the songs of Elevation Worship particularly for THIS CITY IS YOURS. I’ve been reminded yet again of (1) what God wants me to do and (2) love as the perfect motivator in doing everything.

I’m thankful for being able to get a few hours of sleep in the afternoon. zZzzzz…

I’m thankful to God for letting me realize my weaknesses and reminding me that He is my strength.

I’m thankful for a family who always understands and never gives up on me.

I’m thankful for my LIVE Bible! I looooove it!


I’m thankful for 2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT: “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”

November 23, 2015


Today, I’m thankful even when my plans didn’t happen.

I’m thankful for being able to watch an NBA Game today (1st half in the morning, the other half in the afternoon for dozing off). I’m thankful that Golden State Warriors won! 15-0, ladies and gentlemen!

I’m thankful for S&R cupcakes. They’re so delicious. Rawrrr…

I’m thankful for the wisdom God gave while I reflected on John 1:1-18.

I’m thankful for once again being able to read 5 chapters of the Bible after two days of failed attempts. Thank You, God!

I’m thankful for having the time to chat with my best friend via Facebook. Yeyyy!

Book Review: The Secret Life Of A Pastor


Book Title: The Secret Life Of A Pastor (and other intimate letters on ministry)
Author: Michael A. Milton


I am not a pastor and I do not know if I ever will be, but this book has encouraged me to be one. This work has touched my heart countless times. I have wiped my tears as often during the read. I felt the shepherd’s heart of the author. It has encouraged me to continue serving God in all ways possible. It has made me realize how blessed and privileged I am to have been serving God to date. My heart brims with gratefulness.

This made me understand more what pastors are going through–the joy and the pain that come with the territory. I learned to appreciate and respect pastors more through this work. This even made me admire them.

If you’re not into reading letters, this will change how you view correspondence. You’ll realize that reading them is not boring at all. You’ll find yourself here. This will reaffirm that you’re not alone in your journey, and you’ll be glad that you’re in one.

It has taught me that love really goes a long way and must be our motivation in everything we do as we serve God.

I obtained a number of priceless reminders about doing ministry. Reading these letters was like sitting before and having a chat with a mentor who’s been there and done that but someone who’s grounded on God.

I love this work with “Broken Cisterns: A Word Of Counsel On The Matter Of Pastoral Self Care” as my favorite chapter.

Oh how I loved the author’s encounter with Dr. Eckley.

The author emphasized how important prayer is, which I liked. This also caused me to think about my “one sermon.”

By presenting 8 reasons, this book expounds the necessity of Expository Preaching.

I highly recommend this work to pastors, to church leaders, and to those wanting to be pastors someday though this work will not only benefit the aforementioned.

The publisher, Christian Focus, has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through Cross Focused Reviews.

Purchase The Secret Life Of A Pastor on Amazon.com.