32 na ako… wala na sa kalendaryo ang edad ko. Hmm… pero ok lang kasi na sa lotto ticket pa rin naman. Hahaha 😀
“Growing old is mandatory but growing up is always a choice.”
Every year, each one of us celebrates our birthdays and another year adds up to our age. We have our different ways on how we celebrate our special day and we have been used to waiting once a year for this wonderful day to come. I have a message for you… You don’t need to wait once a year for you to celebrate your life. Each day is a gift of life. CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE NOW!
A Chinese proverb believes that whenever we sleep we partially die but when we wake up it’s a rebirth for us. Kaya tama nga ang sabi nila na: “Every gising is a blessing.”
Kaya nga every morning, BE FILLED WITH JOY & GRATITUDE for another day to live life to the fullest. BUT YES, if it’s your birthday, make it even more special to really CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE.
Let me share with you on how I celebrated my 32nd Birthday in 4 different, meaningful & FUNtastic ways:
- SILENT RECOLLECTION
- SURPRISE B-DAY PARTY
- SHARING MY HEART FOR THE STREET CHILDREN
- SERVICE & PREACHING AT THE FEAST
ONE. SILENT RECOLLECTION
“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” –Mark:31
It’s been a dream of mine to celebrate my birthday by going back to heart of God. And for this year, I made it possible by staying at the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Quezon City just for a whole day of silence, prayer, reflections & solitude. I allowed myself to experience God like never before. I listened to Him. I spoke to Him. I shared my thanksgiving, my hurts, my desires & I left this place of solitude with God in my heart.
Now, I’m ready for God’s New Adventures & Surprises for my life.
TWO. SURPRISE B-DAY PARTY
“The moment you celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” -Oprah Winfrey
I was only expecting my wife, Milen to cook & prepare dinner for us (Effort ito since she’s not really into cooking because both of us are into eating. Hehe) and that alone is so special for me already BUT lo & behold, I was blessed with a surprise dinner party. It’s all about Family, Food & Fellowship.
p.s. Thank you, Milen for making this happen. I feel your love. Ikaw lang sa buhay ko ay sapat na. Yiheee! #KiligMoment
THREE. SHARING MY HEART FOR THE STREET CHILDREN
“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” -Matthew 19:14
I really wish for this outreach service to happen but since I was not able to organize an event like this, I was grateful because our couple friend, Audee & Kristel sponsored this Fun Feeding Program for almost 200 plus street children in Quezon City through He Cares Missions where I was one of the volunteers who made time & shared my love for these kids. We took care of them, we facilitated a lot games for them, we served food for them & we gave them gifts to close our service.
We’re praying that they experience the love of Jesus & that they will live out the love they have experienced from us. Thank you, Audee & Kristel for making this happen. I salute the people behind this advocacy of taking care of the lost, the least & the last (God bless you, Brother Joe Dean Sola, Daryl Tamon, Marco Victoria & to all the awesome volunteers who gives their heart for the kids.)
p.s. If you want to volunteer your time, talent & treasure to bless these kids, kindly get in touch with me & I will connect you to the organizers 0r you can call #928-8910 (Calls accepted from 1-5pm) or you can give your donations via Bank Deposit Thru: He Cares Foundation, Inc. at BPI SA #1953-093-053.
FOUR. SERVICE & PREACHING AT THE FEAST
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” –Mahatma Gandhi
Years ago, I used to teach in a classroom with 40-50 students but last Sept.6,Sunday, I shared my story & preached to more than 4,000 people at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia giving them inspiration & encouragement to hope again as Filipinos & as a nation. From just an audience years ago, now I’m blessed even more to be on stage as God’s messenger. PLUS this was the 3rd time I co-preached with Brother BO Sanchez (The 1st one was 2013 during the Pre-KCon Talks then the 2nd one was last 2014 when we spoke about GOD Exposed). Grabe si Lord! Parang dati lang I was just a fan (Well, up until now starstruck pa rin ako sa kanya) but now, I’m not just a friend but a fellow servant as well. Lord, iba ka talaga! Thank You,Bro.BO for sharing the stage & spotlight with you. Ang totoo naman talaga ay mga front acts lang tayo ni J.C. as in Jesus Christ. Oryt! RakEnRoll4dLord!!!
Finally, i want to close this by sharing that OUR GOD HAS A LOT OF SURPRISES FOR US. HEY, BE READY TO EXPERIENCE THIS NOT JUST ON YOUR BIRTHDAY BUT IN EVERYDAY OF YOUR LIFE.
CELEBRATE LIFE LIKE NEVER BEFORE <3