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“Where Have You Been, Kiko?”

So here we go. I have to write this “I’m back” post after months of not getting anything on my personal blog. It’s just that things have been crazy hectic since the start of the year. Not that I’m making excuses, but I did learn a lesson or two along the way that I want to share with you in hopes that my experience will teach you a lesson or two about goal-setting and pacing.

As far as pacing is concerned, mine has been crazy fast since the start of 2017. Since this year started, I’ve now racked up as many as thirteen huge projects spread across seven clients. The lack of finances was not a problem after I had grossed what I made last year in a whole year in the first three months.

And I’m extremely grateful for what has transpired in the last few months, but that’s going to end. I’ve just recently dropped my contract with Christian Media Corporation writing for Christian Today and The Christian Post to focus again on other things including more rest, more time with the family and more time spent on personal projects.

And so now here I am again in my personal blog, writing to you a few lessons I’ve learned the past few days out of this big transition of letting go of one of my biggest writing gigs and as well as a few other projects as well. Here are some lessons out of this big transition period.

Not all opportunities are God opportunities

I’ve received multiple opportunities the past few months, and most of them were lucrative and rewarding. But not all of them were God opportunities. They all promised fat paychecks and good exposure, but not every one of them brought me closer to God’s will and purpose for my life.

How do we know which opportunities are from God and which ones are just distractions and test? Proverbs 3:5-6 offers us the best answer: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” We can never know for sure whether a solution will bring us closer to God’s will, but God does. We then are to inquire first of God and trust in Him first and foremost.

I took a lot of opportunities that were not God opportunities and though God was gracious to still bring me back on track, I could have saved a lot of time, effort and even finances had I inquired of God first before jumping into an opportunity.

There’s  a time and season for everything

One of the major changes I had to make in my life was to end a big contract with Christian Media Corporation- one of the largest Christian blog networks in the world- as one of their staff writers. The main reason: God had instructed me that that season was over. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Our life is marked by seasons, and our job is to be sensitive to one’s beginning and end.

My season in Christian Media Corporation was a great one- I learned a lot and gained a platform to preach the gospel and share hope. But now God’s calling me to a new season, and I’m excited for it. What season are you in right now? Have you struggled with ending and beginning a season? We all have, but at the end of the day, that’s why faith is highly important.

Money is not the only treasure

The past four months have been some of my most profitable. I was raking in amounts of up to Php120,000 a month. But in the abundance of finances was a lack of many other treasures that were just as or even more important. I was failing health-wise- losing sleep, missing running sessions, and getting sick pretty often. I was working sixteen to seventeen hours a day non-stop. I was missing devotionals and time with the family.

Matthew 6:21 tells us, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What treasures do you have today? Money isn’t the highest treasure. Yes money has a trade off, but sometimes we trade too much time, health, relationships for the sake of money.

The Bible instructs us not to get weary getting rich. Money isn’t the ultimate purpose of life. It all boils down to things of higher value such as the impact we have over people, growing in our relationship with God and building our character in the process.

I’m thankful for the past four months. God has been faithful in allowing me to hit goals, exceed expectations and see His hand move in the midst of my weakness and failures. But a new season is coming up, not just for me but for many of us today. My hope and prayer is that we learn to be sensitive to God’s leading always, allowing Him to direct our paths as we acknowledge Him.

What season has God placed you in or what season is He bringing you into? Are you taking the time to remain sensitive?

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12 Tips To Making Powerful Faith Goals This 2017

If you’re reading this post, there’s a possibility that you haven’t gotten to writing your faith goals/new year’s resolutions/whatever you wanna call them yet, or maybe you haven’t finished up on them yet. And that’s okay! Only one day has passed in 2017 and you still have 364 more to get more done this year than you’ve ever done before. But it’s got to start with a plan. (more…)


Noisy Doesn’t Always Mean Influential

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of all routines, one of the most serene would have to be the time I spend running. I run inside our village which is very quiet and has a lot of trees and wide roads. But yesterday, while I was getting back from my regular afternoon run, I was startled by a loud roaring and banging from behind me. I thought I was going to turn around to see a huge truck or large SUV coming my way. But it wasn’t. (more…)


In The Spirit of The Season: How To Make The Most Of Your Christmas and The Remainder of 2016

It’s been almost a month since my last blog, and I feel so bad about it, but I just have to admit that I have been extra hectic the past few weeks- 4 big projects, so many changes to be made in the ministry come this 2017, a big gift giving program (where 300+ kids were the beneficiaries) and as many as 7 Christmas parties. Whew!
I have to say that 2016 has gone out with a bang, and I hope that the same can only be true with you. And yet everything boils down to these last few days- the dusk of the year and the closing scenes to what has yet been another great chapter to this life we all have the privilege of walking together.

Before we get to our Noche Buenas (and if you’re reading this), I hope to take the last few moments blogging and sharing just one thought with you before we all start the most awaited celebration of the year- Christmas is the best time to live out the greatest commandment ever given.

Jesus once urged us to live a life of love saying: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

It’s virtually impossible to live out the true meaning of Christmas- Christ- without living out this great command that He gave to us. Here are two simple ways to make the most of the Christmas season through the greatest command.

Make Christ the Center of Your Celebration

As we did our small gift-giving project for three-hundred plus kids with Camp Sonshine Center last December 17, I was reminded truly of what this season is all about- bringing glory to Christ. I was reminded of this once again as we joined all three hundred kids along with benefactors and missionaries in worshipping the name of Jesus together in a song in our native dialect.

Here’s a video of that event.

I have to admit that my eyes were “sweating” at the sight. It reminded me of the examples the heavenly hosts set for us in Luke 2:13-14: “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!'” We are all given this opportunity to lift Christ’s name this Christmas.

Enjoy Relationships More Than Anything

We were made by God to be relational beings. At one point, I thought that my life was destined to be alone until God opened by eyes to the reality of the blessing of relationships and how He calls us to enjoy them. We are surrounded by family, friends, church community and colleagues who care deeply about us and in return we are given this privilege to be God’s extension of love and grace to each other.

Christmas is so much more than just the gifts and food. It’s about whom you share them with. Let’s not forget to truly express our joy, gratitude and love for our neighbors- our family and friends.