Archive for March 2008
*This was supposed to be posted last night.. but didn’t finish it.
I received Jesus Christ as my savior today. For the first time in years, I could hear my heart speak truly of what I feel about my relationship with God. I have accepted Jesus Christ in my heart a long time ago but it was the first time that I had someone give me preachings about it. And it was really enlightening. I thought I wouldn’t be affected by the testimonies I heard since I am very well aware of it already. But then, I felt this gentle yet moving tugging at my heart and I was overwhelmed by it.
It was my first time to attend a service in years. A colleague of mine (who has been patient and kind enough) invited me to their church and since I have been seeking for spiritual growth for a very long time, I decided to go. My heart was all for it – I really wanted to be reunited with my faith.
When people ask me what my religion is, I can’t give a straight answer. I usually say that my family is Catholic and that my mom is a devoted servant of the Catholic church. And I, myself, used to be an active member of the Catholic Church until I was disheartened *big time* by the magnitude and gravity of hypocrisy I’ve witnessed. I didn’t want to have anything to do with that particular church anymore. I stopped attending church. Don’t get me wrong, that didn’t mean I’ve turned my back from God. Ironically, this has strengthened my faith in Him even more and deepened my personal relationship with Him. I thought as long as I have given Him my heart and accepted Christ as my savior, I’ll be fine. I love talking to God and I found I could talk to Him whenever, wherever I want to… in whatever situation I am in. It’s like I’ve made prayer a habit that is too hard to break and I’ve no intention of doing so.
I learned today the three ‘songs’ that a person can choose from in taking his / her direction in life. The Song of the Hypocrite, the Song of the Happy and the Song of the Heavenward. As the speaker was rambling the things that make a person less of a hypocrite, I wonder if I was one. He said there are two kinds of hypocrites – the religious and the self-righteous. I thought I fell under the latter. Those were the people who don’t go to church, who do good and moral things but don’t have any “real” relationship with God. At the back of my mind, I was fully convinced that I do have a personal relationship with God and my faith is very much in-tact. Little did I know that there was this tiny little thing that is lacking – repentance. I believe I am a good person despite the fact that I don’t go to church and I distant myself from anything that would make me look religious. I forgot that I am a sinner. Aren’t we all are? And I haven’t done anything about it. I acknowledge God but I refused to acknowledge my sins. So, it hit me hard; that probably, it’s true… the relationship that I have with God is not as sturdy as I thought it was. I felt lost all of a sudden, but it didn’t take long before I found my path. That path that led me straight to Him.
I can’t believe that it’s been more than a month since I last wrote here. I guess I was too pre-occupied with keeping myself busy and meaning to be really busy that I refused to visit my blogger until I saw a spider crawling out of the ‘web’ already. Funny pun, don’t ya think?
It’s quite unusual that I choose to write tonight, at exactly 11:30pm on the eve of Maundy Thursday about something that has not anything to do with Lent. Some people would probably think I should be writing about reflecting on my sins and all those activities that we do during this time of the year, but I think it’s just not me. I have a very high respect on the Holy Week considering that I grew up with a family that so strictly observes it, with such passion and tradition. I could probably say I am not really a fan despite the fact that there’s a guilty tugging on my conscience about it. Here I am, typing on my laptop, while everybody else out there are singing the ‘Pasyon’. I may not be really religious but I do believe in Christ’s sacrifices…
Okay, going to the true idea of this blog… I put ‘Cat talk’ in the title ‘coz I wanted to talk about my cat Miyo and how we are quite worried about him having rabies. About two Saturdays ago, he bit me and my sister while we were giving him a bath. I know what you are thinking right now: why the hell did i gave a cat a bath? (Here in the Philippines, it is a stupid superstition – cat’s are not supposed to be given baths since they could lick themselves). I just don’t believe in that thing. Again, I would revert to my same and only argument – if cats aren’t supposed to have baths, why did they ever invented, cat shampoos and cat soaps and all those ‘cattoiletries’ eh?
Anyway, Miyo is acting quite different. I wouldn’t day strange or weird; just different. He’s not his usual annoyingly super hyper self. He’s always sleeping and he’s drooling at times. But the thing is he still eats like a dog and he drinks water. He still plays but not as enthusiastic as he does before. He’s just probably growing up, some people here say but I can’t still help but to get worried.
Now, if you’re gonna ask, if we are taking anti-rabies shots, the answer is a painful yes! We’ve had two already plus an anti-tetanus vaccine. We missed the third one because of the holiday, but we’re definitely getting it as soon as things get back on schedule. This is quite scary if you’ll ask me but whatelse can I do, right?