A 43 Kms Run For A Cause: “Run For Children With Cancer”

29 04 2012

Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food. -Joseph Butler

 

On Friday June 1, 2012…I will run a 43 kms from Naic Km 50 to General Trias km 28 and vice versa (Total 44 kms=43 kms) and when I reach the finish line, I will donate a certain amount for the benefit of those children suffering from cancer. I did the same thing few years back where I ran for the benefit of the ‘chosen children foundation’. And now, as a way of celebrating  life, I have plan to do this regularly once every 2 months. And this is my first major step.

This Run For A Cause will start at exactly 4am and cut-off time is 7 hours.

If you want to be a part of this worthy cause, you can donate in cash or in kind and all your donations will be given to those little angels. List of donors will be posted here. Update with pictures can be expected  after the event.

Email me fol.forever@gmail.com if you want to be a part.

Thank you and God bless.

 

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Running In Ayala Triangle

20 04 2012

Date: April 15, 2012
Distance: 9.8 kms
Time: 1 hr 10 mins

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Sunday Special:The Red Rose And The Cactus

21 11 2010

“Appearance rules the world.” –Friedrich Schiller

Let me share with you this nice story…
One beautiful spring day a red rose blossomed in a forest. Many kinds of trees and plants grew there. As the rose looked around, a pine tree nearby said, “What a beautiful flower. I wish I was that lovely.”

Another tree said, “Dear pine, do not be sad, we cannot have everything.”

The rose turned its head and remarked, “It seems that I am the most beautiful plant in this forest.”

A sunflower raised its yellow head and asked, “Why do you say that? In this forest there are many beautiful plants. You are just one of them.” The red rose replied, “I see everyone looking at me and admiring me.”

Then the rose looked at a cactus and said, “Look at that ugly plant full of thorns!” The pine tree said, “Red rose, what kind of talk is this? Who can say what beauty is? You have thorns too.”

The proud red rose looked angrily at the pine and said, “I thought you had good taste! You do not know what beauty is at all. You can not compare my thorns to that of the cactus.”

“What a proud flower”, thought the trees.

The rose tried to move its roots away from the cactus, but it could not move. As the days passed, the red rose would look at the cactus and say insulting things, like: This plant is useless? How sorry I am to be his neighbor.”

The cactus never got upset and he even tried to advise the rose, saying, “God did not create any form of life without a purpose.”

Spring passed, and the weather became very warm. Life became difficult in the forest, as the plants and animals needed water and no rain fell. The red rose began to wilt. One day the rose saw sparrows stick their beaks into the cactus and then fly away, refreshed.

This was puzzling, and the red rose asked the pine tree what the birds were doing. The pine tree explained that the birds got water from the cactus. “Does it not hurt when they make holes?” asked the rose.

“Yes, but the cactus does not like to see any birds suffer,” replied the pine.

The rose opened its eyes in wonder and said, “The cactus has water?”

“Yes you can also drink from it. The sparrow can bring water to you if you ask the cactus for help.”

The red rose felt too ashamed of its past words and behavior to ask for water from the cactus, but then it finally did ask the cactus for help. The cactus kindly agreed and the birds filled their beaks with water and watered the rose’s roots.

Thus the rose learned a lesson and never judged anyone by their appearance again.

Charles Swindoll once said: ” Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.”

So the next time someone says that appearance rules the world, tell him that it is not. Attitude is.

Today is Sunday, don’t forget to worship God.

See you at the road my friend.

God be Praised!





Can’t Join PAU T2N

12 11 2010

“Hear what others say to you, but remain in tune with your own inner voice.” -selected

Sad news for me: I can’t join PAU T2N this coming Sunday.

Reason: My request for swapping of schedule was disapproved so I can’t have my rest day on Sunday.

I shared my dilemma to a running buddy of mine and a bosom friend, Jack Marcos during my visit to Laguna.  We talked for more than 2 hours  and I’m so enlightened with what he shared to me. He told me about his spiritual journey and his breakthrough as a runner and Christian worker.

Everything that happens to us is with a purpose although we can’t understand it at this moment.

Jack is an outstanding runner. We ran together in our first marathon way back in 2006. We ran  side by side in so many races. Until I relocated in my new home,  I have never seen Jack for almost 6 months now.

He told me about his running program and  his life now as her mom passed away. When her mom died, he became closer to the Lord.

That day of sharing was one of the best days of my life, for in there, he prayed for my anointing.

And I received it wholeheartedly.

I still have so many questions about life and  why my prayer to join PAU T2N was not granted.

“All things work together for good. You may not understand it now, but you will know. I’ll explain the reasons why someday. Just TRUST Me,” says the Lord.

Let me share with you about anointing. This topic is very important. I pray that you too will experience it -for your protection, blessing and empowerment.

“What is the anointing? What does it mean to be anointed?”

Answer: The origin of anointing was from a practice of shepherds. Lice and other insects would often get into the wool of sheep, and when they got near the sheep’s head, they could burrow into the sheep’s ears and kill the sheep. So, ancient shepherds poured oil on the sheep’s head. This made the wool slippery, making it impossible for insects to get near the sheep’s ears because they would just slide off. From this, anointing became symbolic of blessing, protection, and empowerment.

The New Testament Greek words for “anoint” are chrio, which means “to smear or rub with oil, and by implication to consecrate for office or religious service”; and aleipho, which means “to anoint.” In Bible times, people were anointed with oil to signify God’s blessing or call on that person’s life (Exodus 29:7; Exodus 40:9; 2 Kings 9:6; Ecclesiastes 9:8; James 5:14). A person was anointed for a special purpose—to be a king, to be a prophet, to be a builder, etc. There is nothing wrong with anointing a person with oil today. We just have to make sure that the purpose of anointing is in agreement with Scripture. Anointing should not be viewed as a “magic potion.” The oil itself does not have any power. It is only God that can anoint a person for a specific purpose. If we use oil, it is only a symbol of what God is doing.

Another meaning for the word anointed is “chosen one.” The Bible says that Jesus Christ was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit to spread the Good News and free those who have been held captive by sin (Luke 4:18-19; Acts 10:38). After Christ left the earth, He left us the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16). Now all Christians are anointed, chosen for a specific purpose in furthering God’s Kingdom (1 John 2:20). “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

For more info, kindly visit http://www.qotquestions.org/anointed

Recommended Resource: The Quest Study Bible.

We exist not only to live but to serve God. And in this world full of temptations and love for materialism, we need anointing for empowerment.

See you at the road my friend.

To God be the Glory!

“Watch yourself. The higher you are, the farther you can fall.”





Look Out For The Sunlight

11 11 2010

“It doesn’t matter how great the pressure is, what really matters is where the pressure lies, whether it comes between me and God or whether it presses me near his heart.” -Hudson Taylor

Since having a new work schedule  last Nov 1, 2010..I have now more difficulties in joining races. Guess what? I have a work during Saturday and Sunday. Normally, races in our country and in most parts of the world, it is being held every Sunday, and sometimes, Saturday. That new schedule will take effect until Jan.31, 2011.

The Tagaytay to Nasugbu Batangas 50 kms Ultramarathon is fast approaching and until now, I don’t have the go signal yet if I could join this one or not. I already sent a swapping of  schedule to my superior so that my schedule can be adjusted just for this week only.

Circumstances do change. Before, when I don’t have a job but with a business, I can join whatever races I want. But now, since I became an ordinary employee when my business collapsed, I have no choice but to accept what life has to offer.

If I can join a race, well Thank God for it. If not, thank God too.

Likewise:

In prosperity or in adversity, we must always thank God.

In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God. That verse is one of my favorites.

Although I’m praying for a better life, good health and success…God has a better plan. All we have to do is to TRUST Him.

Always look out for the sunlight the Lord sends into your days.

As I  ran a 21k yesterday in 2 hours 8 minutes.

See you at the road.

To God be the Glory.

“My country is the world and my religion is to do good.” -selected





Running In Malainen Bago…

10 11 2010

“Reflect on your present blessings, not on your past misfortunes.” -RFC

Nov. 4, 2010

Place: Malainen Bago Naic Cavite

Time: 2 hours 32 minutes

Awesome achievement for that day!

See you at the road my friend.

To god be the Glory!

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress no matter how slow.”





Bancod -Nice Place To Run

23 10 2010

“Life is all about risks and it requires you to jump. Don’t be a person who has to look back and wonder what they would have or could have had. No one waits forever.” -selected

Oct 19, 2010

Place: Bancod Indang Cavite

Time: 2 hours 36 minures 13 seconds

Distance: 24.66 kms

See you tomorrow in Adidas KOTR.

God be Praised!