Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Being Rich Is Not About How Much You Have, It Is About How Much You Give

"Being rich is not about how much you have, it is about how much you give." This is now my favorite quote. The video below explains why. It moved me and reminded me that we are called to serve others not just ourselves. 

(Published in The Huffington Post)

It shouldn't take a seven-minute video to make us appreciate what our parents do for us, but we've found one anyway.

The clip above is from Viddsee, a company in Asia that curates and shares powerful short films. In this one, titled "Gift," a son feels neglected by his father for most of his childhood. But when he grows up, he learns his dad's cold exterior was hiding a soft (dare we say, funny?) interior all along.
It's a simple reminder to not judge a book -- or a dad -- by the cover.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Filipino Daddy Blogger Observes Lent for the First Time

I’m observing Lent for the first time this year. My wife inspired me and gracefully challenged me into fasting and committing the next 40 days for self-reflection, sacrifice and prayer. This article from writer Nathan Finn also articulate what I was thinking and feeling about it (excepts posted below).

I'll keep the details of my fasting to myself. But one thing I made sure before deciding to do this is to set the motive of my heart right. Am I doing this to please others, myself or God? I started to prayerfully reflect on this question the other day and will continue to do so during Lent. I'm a dad, a husband, I'm religious, a Baptist, none of these labels matter before the Lord. In the next 40 days of Lent, the only identity important to me and will humbly practice before my Holy Father is "beloved son."