Make the Most out of 2015

It’s the first Sunday of the year yay!!! Saw my excitement right there? haha. Well, every year, I really look forward to our year-starter ...

It’s the first Sunday of the year yay!!!

Saw my excitement right there? haha. Well, every year, I really look forward to our year-starter message in church. It reminds of the things that I need to prioritize – my God and His perfect will in my life – and inspires me to move forward with my seemingly far-fetched goals.

Today’s message was on “Making the Most Out of 2015”, and I was so happy it was our senior pastor, the epitome of a pastor, one of the best preachers I know – apart from my daddy, of course (father-daughter bias hahaha!) – Dr. Felipe ‘Jun’ Ferrez (hi Pastor!) who delivered the message.

It’s the start of a new year and most of us have mixed feelings towards it – hopes and fears, joy and apprehension, challenges and opportunities. We’re scared of the uncertainty that is tomorrow. But as our pastor said, “The only preparation for tomorrow is the right way of living today”.

With the right way of living today, we get to make the most out of our 2015 – make the most out of TIME. Pastor Ferrez shared with us FOUR points on how to make the most out of 2015: (Hope you finish reading this ‘til the end, I know its getting long but I actually tried to squeeze in here a 40-minute sermon ;) )

First is to REALIZE. Realize that our time here on earth is limited. We only have one life to live and so we have to ‘handle it with care’. Life is something precious but fragile. We need to walk carefully and strictly along this path called life by looking around and watching our every step. Ask God for guidance. When you feel that you’re lost, always remember that there is a God above us and a purpose for us :)

Second is to MAXIMIZE. Buy up every opportunity! The idea though is not to buy time (because, obviously, we can’t buy time) but rather to use it wisely and not waste it as life is a gift from God. We must take advantage of the opportunities that arise throughout the day. Because as the say, you can never cross the same river twice. Let’s not wait for that moment wherein we’ll express regret because we know in our hearts it would never come back again. Sayang! Make the most out of life because the days are evil, thus we need to stay alert to keep from falling or failing. Guard your time because the devil works in the minds and the hearts of the idle.

Third is to ANALYZE. We are to understand what the Lord’s will is. With all the decisions we need to do with our lives – do I take this job? Should I invest on this? Should I stay away from this? Etc. – we need to be sensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We should know who to run to in all things, in all aspects of our life – God. Now, how do we know if it is the Holy Spirit guiding us? If it is God’s will we’re doing? Follow the universal will: We must read God’s word. As Pastor Ferrez added, we need to look at Facebook less, and more at the face of God (ouch haha). Kidding aside, we need to understand God’s will for us. Let’s not be foolish, because life can’t wait for us. If you are faced with temptation, know the ‘guidebook’. If we don’t have God’s word, we’ll get lost.

Last is to PRIORITIZE. With so much things going on in our lives. We need to know what really matters. We have to be filled with the Holy Spirit. This may be difficult to take in for starters but here are marks you can look for to see if one is a spirit-filled person:

  1. A spirit-filled person has a singing spirit (a ball of sunshine with all smiles and laughter to offer)
  2. A spirit-filled person has a thankful spirit (a person grateful to God who can face any storm in life)
  3. A spirit-filled person has a submissive and respectful spirit (one who is humble and obedient) 

Pastor ended the sermon with this prayer, “May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet, enough trials to keep you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough failure to keep you humble, enough success to keep you eager, enough friends to give you comfort, enough wealth to meet your needs, and enough enthusiasm to make you look forward to tomorrow” :)

Sorry for the lack of visuals! :( I was too shy to take photos during the sermon or hmm I thought it was inappropriate to take one. Anyway, in case this stirred your curiousity, you may look it in the Bible yourself – Ephesians 5:15-21 :)

Btw, I attend church and am a member of Capitol City Foursquare Church. It’s along F. Castillo st., perpendicular to Aurora Boulevard (across Hi-Top Supermarket). We have four services every Sunday: one from 7am to 9am, another from 10am to 12 nn, one more from 2pm to 4pm, and then lastly from 5pm to 7pm.  Let me know if you’re interested to attend one of our services, and I would be more than glad to help you out :)

Whatever your situation might be right now, believe that the best is yet to come. Believe, and from now on, celebrate every date! :D

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  1. Oh!! I saw this just now :( anyway, thank you Pastor Bong :)