We easily notice what we don’t have

My mind is wired to spot what's missing. I have this tendency to focus on what I don't have instead of being thankful for all that I have. And I'm sure there are many others like me. We struggle with discontentment. For example: You walk into a beautiful wedding ceremony, and moments later, you notice … Continue reading We easily notice what we don’t have


The Miss Universe 2016 fever continues to rage in the Philippines. There seems to be a never-ending stream of comments on Maxine Medina's response to the question, "What is the most significant change you've seen in the last 10 years?" Maxine had only a few seconds to come up with a response. The rest of … Continue reading

Blessed Subtractions

I just trimmed the bougainvilleas in our front lawn. It looks messy and ugly now--just like any other plant when you trim or prune it. But wait for a couple of months and you'll see the beauty resulting from this trimming. As you start the new year, your life might need some trimming. Some things … Continue reading Blessed Subtractions

The Best Deal of the Season

I was at the mall yesterday, two days before Christmas. It was full with people doing their last-minute shopping. They all seem to have a lot of money, and retailers know how to encourage shoppers to spend those last few pesos in their pockets. We see enticing deals like "Up to 70% off on selected … Continue reading The Best Deal of the Season

“Am I my brother’s keeper?” – Our Selfie Worldview

A few days ago, I was in this Uber car. I like using Uber because Uber drivers are normally excellent political analysts. And this particular driver asked some very penetrating questions as we talked about current events: “Why aren't we united?” “Why don't we care for each other?” “Why can't we set aside our self-interests?” … Continue reading “Am I my brother’s keeper?” – Our Selfie Worldview

A Monument to their Stupidity

I grew up being taught at home and in school not to call anyone stupid. It's such a strong word. It's insulting. It's demeaning. It's derisive. It provokes fights. In fact, the Lord Jesus said: "Thoughtlessly yell 'stupid' at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire" (Matthew 5:22 The Message). In spite … Continue reading A Monument to their Stupidity

I love my mother-in-law!

I am so fortunate to have an awesome mother-in-law. Ima, as we fondly call her, is an embodiment of the Proverbs 31 woman. Hands-down. Here are some verses that aptly describe Ima (vv. 17-20,25-27). She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the … Continue reading I love my mother-in-law!