inner ramblings, spiritual devotions

Who Are You Pleasing

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. – Colossians 3:23

Oftentimes, we lose sight of the essential reason why we work hard. We get distracted and blindsided by the immediate things that the world offers like money, promotion, leisure and other forms of pleasures and success that we expect to receive if we work hard. As a result, when things don’t go the way we imagined them to be, we get disappointed. As if all our hard work had gone to waste. So, we lose the enthusiasm to do our best.

At this point, we have to ask ourselves, why do we work hard? Where do the drive and enthusiasm come from? Why do we do our best? Why do we go the extra mile? Most importantly, who are we pleasing?

There’s really nothing wrong if we’re working hard to please other people or even ourselves, if that’s where our motivation come from. The problem is, not everyone, not even ourselves can constantly meet our expectations. Hence, there comes a time that we get tired of doing our best because everything just seems pointless.

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” What do people get for all their hard work under the sun?– Ecclesiastes 1:2-3

The greatest motivation that we can have is the meaning of our work. Beyond the material rewards and selfish pleasures that we could get from working hard, if we do meaningful work, nothing else matters. We could work the extra mile because we believe that there’s meaning in what we do. We know that the work of our hands will make a difference that will make the world a better place. There is purpose in what we do that will serve others.

From a Christian perspective, this meaning is easily found in Christ.

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. – Ephesians 1:11-12 (The Message)

Standing on the Lord’s promises, we never run out of expectations and motivations.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

By committing our plans and work of our hands to him, we can rest assured that everything will go according to his will.

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. – Proverbs 16:3


inner ramblings, spiritual devotions

Divine Strength

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. – Isaiah 40:29

Succumbing to weakness is as easy as falling to a pit. It’s like a blackhole that sucks in all light in proximity. Including you.

We all have our moments of weakness. I, for one, have the tendency of putting myself at risk emotionally, then struggle fighting the consequences afterwards. And in those moments, when I’m at the end of myself that I realize the strength I possess by praying and seeking God. He always fulfills his promise:

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. – 2 Corinthians 12:9

In times of utter weakness and powerlessness, soaking in the Lord’s presence and reminding myself of his promises always give me peace that transcends all understanding and strength that makes me feel like a lion. His words always leave me feeling like I can face any challenge that would come my way. I can go through any pain and suffering without giving up. I can get defeated in my battles but I will keep trying until I win. I may stumble, fall and cry a river but I will keep moving forward even if I have to crawl my way through it. His promises light my path. He is my strength.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13


inner ramblings, spiritual devotions

Divine Protection

He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. – Proverbs 2:8

Oftentimes, it’s so easy to lose sight of where we are coming from, the things that keep us grounded and hold us together. We keep pushing through our limits, moving forward despite all the warning signs that we encounter along the way. Somewhere deep inside, we knew we’re headed to a place of disappointment. And when we get there, we question God with our many despairing, heartbreaking and hopeless whys. 

At times like these, it always feels like being saved by grace hearing or reading something that reminds us of how safe and secured we are in God’s love. We’ve got nothing to worry about. Every disappointment, setback, failure and heartache is God’s way of rescuing us from danger and redirecting us to where we’re supposed to be. His best is better than ours. We may not understand the path but we are sure that God has our best interest. Our plans may fail, but it’s comforting and exciting to know that God’s plans will prevail.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

inner ramblings, poem


I sit in front of my monitor
And stare
And stare
And stare
I poise with a pen to write in my notebook
And stare
And stare
And stare
I stand in front of an audience
And stare
And stare
And stare
I sit on the bus
And stare out the window
I lie in my bed
And stare at the ceiling
I sleep and dream
And stare at nothing
Couldn’t find any difference
Between a dream and reality
Staring at nothing
Thinking, unthinking
inner ramblings

Dear Me

Dear Me,

You are enough. You are worth it. You are beautiful as you are. You are you. There’s nothing wrong with being you. You are good enough. God made you beautiful. Don’t be anxious. Don’t be afraid. Don’t lose hope. Don’t give up. You are your own person. Don’t lose faith in yourself and your God. Okay, you may lose faith in yourself sometimes but never ever give up believing in God. He never left you. He never forsook you. He’s always there. Watching you. Guiding you. Guarding you. Many things didn’t turn out the way you wanted them simply because you are meant for better things. Never lose hope. Hang in there. Your journey hasn’t ended yet. You still have a long way to go. Keep going. One step at a time. Isn’t it exciting? The road you’re walking on isn’t boring. So celebrate every step, every mile. Celebrate life. Celebrate… YOU.



inner ramblings


How does it feel like when the one you’ve been missing ignores you? How does it hurt when the one you wanna talk to doesn’t respond? How much pain does it make you feel?

You know better than hang on to that one person who takes you for granted. You’re smart. You know what to do. And I see you’re trying. And you’re failing. Can you try harder?

Oh, come on! You deserve much more than this. Those are just emotions. You are not gonna make yourself be eaten by your emotions, are you? No, I won’t let you! Don’t make this any harder. Let it go. Let him go. Do this for yourself. You don’t wanna start the new year with a broken heart, do you? So, let go.


I beg you.

Let go.

Let. Him. Go.