Way of the Samurai

Ah! how in moments like these
Our heart doth grudge the light of life;
Had not in hours of peace,
It learned to lightly look on life.

Torn into shreds is the warp of the cloth.
Since age has worn its threads by use.

*lesson from Bushido



3 Decades

As I walk back home after the Nabe party held for my birthday, a friend send a text message saying: “Mike, maligayang 3 dekada ng iyong buhay. Tanoshikatta!” [Mike, happy 3 decades of your life. It was fun!]. Walking along the empty street, with only the lamp posts and occasional private cars passing by, it made me realize that I have lived this world for 30 years now. And with it comes the wisdom from pain and hurt as my teacher and the joy of triumph and successes.

As a child, I always wanted to have a birthday celebration. But never did it materialize since we don’t have much in life so I grew up accustomed to not celebrating birthdays. God, in His wit, had ordered so in my life that he gave me friends that made this childhood dream come true, wherever I am. These simple thoughts and actions just prove His loving presence through other people.

I am at the point where I’m too old to be young yet too young to be old, faced with tomorrow full of uncertainties. What I may know is what God has revealed in my heart, yet the road to be taken remains unseen. Only by trusting Him and his perfect plan and will for me will I be able to understand the road I am taking. Looking back, each chapter of my life has shown me, that God has always been there, and He will be as I ink the next pages of my life.

I thank God for the people, experiences and blessings that I am meeting and receiving. For bringing me to where I am today, and with it my testimony of using the talents and skills He gave me for His glory. My family, who always is my priority next to God, for you are my encouragement why I am doing what I am doing. For friends whom I shared laughter and tears with – which made our lives exciting to live. And for the people who have been praying for me. May the Lord of Peace and Bounty bless you more for being a blessing
Yesterdays will always be a testament of what God has done. Each waking day is the day that the Lord has made; therefore we shall rejoice and be glad in it. Tomorrow is the opportunity to trust the Lord for He knew the plans for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us. 3 decades of God’s faithfulness. Another chapter to write… ready for the next joyride.