The Eulogy of time

The Eulogy of time

This morning as many of us did, I woke up thinking about 2017, what I would like to accomplish or happen. I brewed my coffee, and read my bible, then read a chapter from Michael Hyatt Book “Living Forward”  (I highly recommend it for your 2017 Reading List)  and it made me reflect and ask myself, what’s really important in life?-A while back I wrote a personal note about Time in reflection to my sister’s passing, which was the note that spurred me to start blogging, Here it is:

Don’t miss out on something great, just because it might also be hard. The time we spend discovering the things we treasure says a lot about the type of person we really are. Never give up discovering who is worth spending time with. For they will be the people, to help you realize that your time was not spent in vain.

In life, many times we have many questions about why, or how things happen, to us or people around us? Sometimes we think that we have everything under control, yet we forget to look around and acknowledge that there is someone in control greater than who we are. He is greater than any situation we can go through, in this journey we call life. Life brings us many uncertainties, many desires, many dreams and goals to achieve, but who really can search inside and say that they have everything planned out for their lives. Can we really be certain that it will happen that way?

At times, in our lives, does not matter our age; could be early on, if we are lucky, or later on, when we have been on many “life trips.” When we reach a point, where we reach the one thing that satisfies us, the one thing that “complete” us so we come to believe that’s the case. We come to pursue careers, fame, and power and any other ambitions, besides those that really matter and last.

However, interesting enough, are they really satisfy? Because ironically, once they have found the career of their dream or the fame of social media or the power, I believe at that point it’s just become a rat race to satisfied something intangible, with the tangible…they neither would be satisfied. We can seek, discover, study the universe, and never be completely happy because we will be always lacking the control over the one thing that we’ll need to spend the most consumed by…which is time. TIME- time is precious, it was given to us, by the one who holds this world in His hands…it’s His gift to us…what we do with it, is our gift back”

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

-James 4:14-

There are many times when we don’t spend time with those people that we need to love, treasure or show appreciation for. Because after all, the most precious gift you can give someone, is of your time. Time is something that can not be bought, given back, taken or advance, it takes its natural course in life. Whether we use it wisely or not, is up to us.

There are people that use their time for self-interest, self-satisfaction, or sometimes just simply self-benefit. But I believe that is precious, when we spent our time to the interest of others, or to bring satisfaction to others, or to benefit others. Because looking at life from that perspective shows that you do not value the time it of itself, but you value the people around you. They may be a friend, a co-worker, a father, a mother, a brother, an aunt, an uncle, a husband or wife, an uncle, a cousin, or a sister. I believe true value is express when it comes to the time when we do not spend it on ourselves, but on others. The honest truth is, We do not know when that time will come to an end.

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

-Psalms.90:12-

Time is precious, think wisely, for it is here today…and gone tomorrow, for time is not an adjective to be described, or a noun to be given a secondary name, but a subject in which is represented by the people that we truly love, and care about. Time spend together, is the only trace of memories we are able to keep in our hearts…once that time is gone being together, would we be able to look back and say that time was well worth it.-Remember, Time is here today and gone tomorrow, how will you spend it?

In Him
RenovatioMoe

 

 

A Special Christmas

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As we find ourselves taking a moment and thinking about how fast the year has gone. I know I have, we come in a time and season, where there are jingles being played everywhere we go. All that is on our minds is the Christmas; decorations, list, get together dinners. We may be overwhelmed with the amount of traveling we are needing to make to visit those that we love and want to spent the most exciting season of the year, Christmas with. However, I find myself thinking about what goals have I accomplished, what do I want to add to my “New Years” resolution for next year. The Christmas list of those that I have to get a gift for, or make it to New York City. I will just pause here for a minute. There is no place like NYC for the holidays; the lights, the busyness, or the thousands of people, the Rockefeller tree, ice skating in Central Park or Bryant Park. Ah, so many memories, now, that I think about it, that’s what it’s all about, making memories. If your childhood was anything like mine, we had a tradition to watch Christmas movies every year around this time of year, one of them was a “Charlie Brown Christmas” there is a quote from this movie that I want to share:

    ” It’s not about what’s under the tree that’s important, but who is around it.”

Forget what you did or did not accomplished this past year, forget about the goals you will need to set for next year. Forget, about buying the biggest and most expensive presents, be creative, be thoughtful and just give from the heart. But, most importantly share with love in the moments that we would get to share with those around the Christmas tree. Whether they are family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, or those that we interact at church with. Reflect on our relationships, because at the end of the day people is what matters. Who are those people that uplifted you, encouraged you, challenged you, loved you, those that called, texted, or meet up to check up on you and ask how were you doing? –I know I am thankful for those people in my life. One of the goals I have set for this next year is to become that person to many others.

Now, I want to leave you with two things; first, enjoy every moment this upcoming two weeks; laugh, get out of your comfort zone, make things right, and share in the joy of getting together, sharing the gifts and continue to make memories for years to come. In closing, this year, Start thinking how you can make possible in setting the environment for next year that will make it possible to reach your goals, develop, strengthen, challenge you in ways we have not been challenged. Remember, is not so much to focus on the presents under the tree, but the people around it that make life special.

The Empty Chair

unnamed          As the season’s change, the leaves are falling, and the temperate decreasing. All we can think about is the holiday season is quickly approaching. The flannels, sweaters, mittens and boots are taken out of the closets. Many of us change the way we order our morning coffee to Pumpkin spice latte. We have more gatherings around campfires, while we hold a marshmallow over the fire to make that perfect s’more. For many of us, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. As we get into the Thanksgiving spirit of having those that we hold dear to our lives to gather around a dinner table and reflect on the many blessings we have experienced the past year. Moreover, to tell about the many struggles or the hardships the year has brought. For a few of us, there will be an empty chair this year, and nothing I can say or think can fill that void for you this holiday season. I tell you this because I have experienced that feeling of emptiness, sadness, for the past five years.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

            But what has helped alleviate the pain of losing a loved one is to reflect; on the times you laughed, the stories you have told, the times you cried, the moments you shared love, the places you visited together, and the memories you have made. I want to also tell you, it’s ok to cry, to mourn. I just hope that you understand, time is a healer, how long would that be? I don’t know. But that is the beauty of life, the time it takes for us to (heal) will bring new wonders, new seasons in our own lives. I want you to know, I will be praying for you. Be comforted, be hopeful, be blessed, because there is still love to be shared around the table this thanksgiving.

“Blessed those that mourn, For they will be comforted” -Jesus-

Champions of life

Champions of life

What defines a champion? Is it’s the outer appearance or the physique to conquer obstacles or challenges? Or is it that individual that wins medals or awards? Because his intellect has met certain standards set by institutions years and years ago? What defines a champion? Is it that person that can look back at his or her life and say that they have not made a mistake? well, here I am trying to figure that out myself? Who am I, am I a champion?-Because if I define being a champion by my physique and or athlete ability to conquer obstacles and challenges, then I would fall short. Moreover, if you gauge my intellect and being smart base on my academic accomplishments only, I fall short. I know, but is it base on not making mistakes in life, and living that fairy tale life?–It’s a battle within, is a crisis of identity. ( Here is a quote from my favorite movie series Rocky.)

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”

-Sylvester Stallone-

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Aha! No! A champion is someone that knows who he or she is, in the one that created them; God. A champion is someone that despite the obstacles or challenges whether physical or mentally has confronted them and has fought through it, maybe they have won, or maybe they know their limitations?–a champion is someone that pursuit education in all aspects as you have defined it, because who can tell you that education is only confined to the walls of a classroom, being address by a professor who has the same struggles as you and me? I ask the question, what defines a champion?

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

-Albert Einstein-

Listen, we have all perceive a champion by the metals achievements and accomplishments because we only see the end results. But if we were there from the begin…fighting the mental thoughts of not mounting to anything, the fear of failure, having the perspective of the short end of the stick; because of social, physical, economic, mentally, emotional, or spiritual status. The decision to devote the countless years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds. The amount of physical, emotional or spiritual heart aches that you and I have had to endure?–I ask again, what defines a champion?-You are that champion, say it; “I am that champion” because no one can define your life, your struggles, no one. Remember continue to fight and don’t quit, don’t give up, because there is a champion in all of us. 

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course,I have kept the faith.”

  2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

I Quit…

img_2547-3Quitting can be defined as giving up, no longer trying, walking away, abandoning, leaving, or resigning. Choose your definition, but who wants to be known as a quitter? Well, I do…

Today I say “I quit”. You want to know what l’m quitting?

I quit looking at my life as if it is some mistake or without meaning or purpose; it’s simply not true! I quit making excuses for why my life is not the perfect social media life, fit for public display, for sharing my thoughts, and my experiences, because my friends everything, and I mean everything happens for a reason.

I quit giving myself titles or categorizing myself by society’s standards that tend to define my life more by my mistakes than my triumphs. I quit looking at others and wanting what they have, or comparing myself to others; all that does is bring down my self-worth and demean the values I hold with my identity in Christ.

You see we all try to fill a spiritual void with the tangible, temporary, and worthless things this world. I quit buying the lie that I have to have a certain degree, or have a certain lifestyle or maintain a particular social status in order to say that I have reached some goal. Who is the establisher of that mentality? Who said you need to be doing this, or in that job, or have this amount of wealth to be called successful or have value?

I quit living from my past because all that does is flood my present with guilt in an attempt to drown me in the past I don’t want to or need to dwell upon. I know I am forgiven by the Grace God has shown me. So I quit at looking at my past, except to realize that I cannot and will not make those same mistakes. I quit leaving the door open to the depressing burdens of the past, and will only allow it to be reminding me of the moments I saw God working to bring me to this moment, this day that I choose to quit.

I quit living in the future, in living in the dreams of what could be, realizing that they are primarily based on my selfish desires, dreams, and goals, and are rarely God-centered aspirations. I quit merely dreaming dreams, and I determine to continually ask myself first, what would please God, how can I bring glory to God? Looking at life this way makes it not matter if we live in a shack in a third-world country, a small apartment in the inner-city, or a house in the suburbs. Staying focused on God’s will makes us beyond satisfied.

Today, I quit walking away, from the decisions I have to make. I will face them head-on and make firm decisions. Today, I quit on looking for meaning and purpose elsewhere and only seek t find it within the calling and purpose given to me by God. I quit on telling myself I will try it later, or do it some other time. NO! I will try it now! I will do it now! Today, I resign, trying to re-design my life, making me feel like I am in control of my life. I quit trying to answer the questions about my career path, marriage, where I will live, or how my life will be.

If these questions consume our time to the point that we are not enjoying what we have and get to do right now, then life has become a worthless cycle my friends. Quit that mentality. Quit that habit. Words are powerful, this journey called life is not easy. But if you and I start quitting on the right things, we will begin to live life to the fullest–the kind of life that we were truly meant to live. Now, it’s time to quit just talking about it…

The Power of ONE

 

img_2312This morning, what would happen if we made one decision different than what we custom ourselves to? what would happen if we change ONE perspective on how we are seeing in our lives. I bet all of other things would change, but what if that’s the ONE change we are looking for. Let me take us back in time, and show you what ONE decision, one change can make just a huge impact. It was ONE creator or cell that created all that we see and call it the universe and the place we call home, earth. It was ONE man that changed the paradigm of how we date history B.C or A.D. It was ONE man that paved the way for us to relate to physics, science, and math (I don’t know what he was thinking, must have been bored). It was ONE man that paved the way for us to see the world around us with electricity and light. It was ONE man that saw the journey too long to walk or ride on a horse, and explore the horsepower an automotive can take. It was ONE man that saw, it wasn’t sufficient for him to drive around, but saw beyond the horizon and wish he could fly above the skies.–It was ONE man, that believed in a free world for freedom and government and sailed across the Atlantic. It was ONE man that fought for the rights of human beings. It was ONE man that believe in a dream to give us an opportunity many wouldn’t have. It was ONE MAN/WOMEN that discover the biological coding that defines you and me scientifically. It was ONE cell that changed me for the rest of my life.

You see I have pointed out ONE man for the past few minutes, but if you realize it was just not that ONE man that made it happen. It was the countless hours down to the one minute, the countless people, the ONE person that supported, educated, tested each individual idea. (ONE) in that being individuals in our own identity, with ONE core idea (minds, talents, dreams, and goals) ONE core group (colleagues, family, friends, church members, collaborators) a lot has happened, and still can happen. We can all agree on ONE thing, and that is, that we all long for a better world. Going back to my own story; “One cell change my life”- I am here blogging today as I have mentioned before because ONE person who was dear to me, inspired me to speak; spoke a word to my life that still echoes till this day….and that was my sister; Her name was Marcela, she lost her battle to breast cancer, and since her death, my life has change.
I currently work in Higher Education, never saw myself in Higher education, far from it actually. But I believe in educating ourselves; academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally. I believe in collaborative work in using all of our resources to bring about the best in us and in turn the best in others. We ALL were wired differently, but if you really think about; deep down, each and every one of us, have ONE common core idea to make things better.
I’m not here to present a project or a non-profit, or an invention. But if I can bring ONE thing to this blog, it would be an encouragement. We all need it, each and every ONE of us. Don’t give up, don’t give in…continue to pursue your talents, gifts, dreams for maybe ONE day, you will be the ONE that our kids, our grandchildren will be talking about in which brought a change in our communities, in our states, in our country or maybe, just maybe….Even our ONE world.

Thankfulness or Regret: A Misconception of Purpose

IMG_8349As we approach this week of thanksgiving, I just wanted to set our minds to reflect and share the purpose that you and I have in being thankful. I believe many of us have a certain perspective about what our longing desire of our purpose should be, how it should look. I’m here to propose like I concluded in my last post, our purpose does not necessarily need to be based on a location or a certain situation, it can start in the here and now. The aim of this particular post is to potentially encourage you to reflect on a miss-conception that we may have about the purpose of our lives, in which it may hinder us from pursuing our calling to the fullest. You see, growing up, I heard quite often that God has a purpose and a calling for everyone; which I believe is true. However, I have personally heard, “you should be a pastor or a missionary.” Just to clarify, being a pastor or a missionary are admirable callings to pursue if that is the burning passion God has given you. But I believe that a purpose and a calling goes beyond a title or an occupation. In taking an innovative approach in reflecting on our calling or purpose, can it be potentially that our purpose and our calling is a lifestyle; in which needs to be rooted in the fact that God has already established it; In everything we do; we get know Him personally, and make Him known to the world.

In changing the paradigm of what is our purpose, our calling to knowing God and make Him known. I believe first, it lifts a heavy load from our hearts in which it does not depend on us being in the right job, occupation or location. But in the fact of answering the question; is what I’m doing, helping me deepen my relationship with God, and making Him known? Now, this may be confusing and very wavering in honing in our purpose and calling, because then the thought we may have is, well, I am just going to stay here and just do the daily routine of my job…because if God knows how He wants me to get to know Him, and tell others about Him, then He will just work everything out for me. No! I believe God is sovereign and does work out everything for Good, to accomplish His purpose. But, one thing stands true, He did not create us to be robots. He created us humans with a free will to have a relationship with us. And in that, He created us with talents, gifts, passions and desires to pursue that which fires us up, to practice and excel in many of them. Have you ever asked yourself, How can the creator of the universe, the creator of the stars, the mountains, the seas, our complex human body, would want you and me to live complacent lives or just routinely ordinary? that sounds a little too plain and dull to me.—Just to help us out here, He wants us to live happy lives, to the fullest, exciting lives in which we get to know Him and make Him known.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life,and have it to the full.”

-John 10:10-

I am thankful that as I continue to deepen my relationship with God, He reveals to me that I should not regret anything that has happened to me, for they have been moments, in which I have seen Him work in my life, or met people in which have influenced me in ways that would not have happened otherwise. I do regret those moments in which I decided on what I wanted to fulfill me. I can not go back on those decisions, However, I can go back, learned from my decision and thank Him, because I can see that His presence was protecting me, have you ever felt like this? Be thankful for those moments.

As we look back, at those moments of the questions; I regret doing that instead of this? Do we regret not going for that degree, instead of the one we pursued? Do we regret not moving there, instead of where we currently live? Do we regret not taking that job, instead of the one we have? Let’s be Thankful this week for in the mist of the decisions we have made to satisfy ourselves, or pursue things that this world offers which leads to emptiness, confusion, and ultimately regret. Let’s be thankful for God’s purpose and calling in our lives. Let’s be thankful for our families, our current jobs, for the clothes on our back, a place we can call home…I am sure we can come with a lengthy list of things we can be thankful for. And I do not want to negate the fact that there is a chance that things are not going well for some of us, and I pray that instead of having a feeling of regret, that we may harvest a fresh perspective of thankfulness. I will leave you with this thought…we may have regrets, but God’s purpose and calling for you and I do not end in our regrets…it may have just begun.

In Him

Moises Santana