Friday, September 5, 2014

Lead or Follow?


Have you been in a group where everybody wanted to be a leader? Everybody wanted to lead? Everybody wanted to be the boss, the big man, the one who calls the shot? If not, congratulations! You are in a perfect world! Lol…

Anyway, I attended a church last Sunday and the pastor explained how leadership is such an overrated word nowadays. In school, they teach you how to be a leader. At work, they encourage everybody to have a leader in each team. In sports, somebody has to be the team captain or the leader. And even at church, they teach you how to be a leader. I have read books about leadership and I believe this is also the reason why I am in my position right now. But I also believe that being a Christian, we don’t need to be a leader. We just need to be a follower. 1 Corinthians 11:1 and Matthew 16:24 states that we need to be follower of Christ. It didn’t say we need to be a leader for Christ. It just clearly states to follow Him. The ultimate leader, boss, manager, team captain in our lives should be Jesus Christ and we need to follow him.

In order for a basketball team to win, there is a coach, team captain and several different positions such as center, forward and point guards. Not everybody can be a coach and a player at the same time (except for Jaworski or Pacquiao), nobody can play all the positions. Guess what, somebody has to learn how to follow the coach or team captain. What is the key word there? Follow…

Don’t get me wrong here, being a leader is good. But when it comes to the church, I believe we need to be followers. I myself have been a leader at church and at work. But most of the time, I have lead the people in the wrong direction. Jesus didn’t recruit leaders in His ministry, He recruited followers. This culture that we have right now has created too much leadership obsession. Everybody just wants to be the leader and the voice of their team.

So if you are a leader right now, I suggest that you throw away all your leadership manuals, books and titles. The day has come for us to be a better followers.



Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ – 1 Corinthians 11:1

Then Jesus told his disciples, “if any would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me – Matthew 16:24


Friday, December 20, 2013

The Bridge @ Rockwood REHAB Team

We know that God did not send his son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior. Christ was born on Christmas day to give us life and to set us free!

So in line with that, The Bridge at Rockwood REHAB Team have decided to give this Christmas season. Yes, the Rehab Team gives out all year long by giving the best rehabilitation services they can give to our residents, but this year is different. The REHAB Team decided to help the Typhoon Haiyan Victims in the Philippines.  Instead of celebrating it with a fancy celebration, they decided to help and donate.

With the leadership of the Rehab Manager Ms. Tessa Perkinson, OTR, the REHAB Team collected a total of $540.00 equivalent to approximately Php 20,000.00. The Team will donate the said amount to a certain Filipino Family and will make their Christmas a better one. 

This Christmas season, decide to be like this team. Decide to be a blessing, decide to give, and decide to be the hands and feet of God. 

Merry Christmas!!!




And in behalf of the Filipino people. Thank you very much The Bridge at Rockwood REHAB Team for your help!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Help!!!


My conversation with Jett
I got a message from my friend from Leyte City, Philippines about what happened to them during the super typhoon Hayain. He told me about his ordeal. He lost his house, personal possession and two aunts. The good news is that both his children are safe and is now recovering from that horrific event.









2 Corinthians 8:7 says  in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you[a]—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

Jett's House

Photo (AP David Guttenfelder)
Paul said in that verse that “excel in giving!” Because it is in giving that we receive more! Every time we give something out, we have extra hands to receive blessings. God has blessed you not to keep that blessing for yourselves. He has blessed you to be also a blessing to others. I am now asking your good heart to bless this friend of mine. I know some of you have already donated to institutions, organizations and even went home to donate their time. But I am asking you now my friend to excel in giving. I am asking you to be the hands and feet of God to bless this friend of mine.


Let your heart’s desire to be a blessing, to leave other people better. I don’t care if you donate a $1.00, $10, $100 or $1,000 all I ask for is for you to bless other people in order for you to be blessed too!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Education

My daughter was asking me yesterday why I am still studying. I told her that learning is never ending. The moment we stop learning, we are dead. I saw a post at our work and it says “Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself. –John Dewey.” And a lot of people suffer from refusing to learn. I have encountered a lot of people who are envious of my position at work and I tell them to go back to school and earn it! A lot of people have reached a certain level in life that they just cruise after high school graduation. They will stop reading a book, stop learning and start complaining about life. They think, I’m done with school and I have a job and just start complaining about my life. But God never created us to reach at a certain position and then stop reaching higher? Whether you are 8 years old or 80 years old, God has a plan for you. That is the reason why I am actually back in school and finishing my doctorate degree. That is the reason why I push my wife to go back to school and finish her nursing degree and that is also the reason why I push my children to learn more every day, learn music instruments and read books for life is a never ending lesson. The key here is to take responsibility for your own personal growth, attend conferences, go online and get continuing education courses, attend church activities, listen to good audio and read books! So what are you waiting for? Go back to school!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I CAN'T!

A lot of people’s mindset are programmed by the people who are around them. Their parents, friends, co-workers, boss and love ones. They can be either good people or bad people. But some of their words are very limiting. And as long as you believe what they say about you, their words will be limiting you. In our house, me and my wife makes it a point to remove the word “I can’t,” because the more you say you CAN’T, the more you will never be able to do it. I like how their piano teacher supports our beliefs. She would always encourage my children to be the best they can be in playing the piano. As long as you keep believing what other people say about you, they will be limiting you. One of the secret to break those limitation is to change your mindset, change what you are saying and start meditating on what God says about your life. God said He will bless you, God said He will take care of you, God said He will get you out of that situation. As you meditate on His word, you will eventually get past of those limitation set by others. People may have spoken bad words over you, but the good news is that they don’t determine your destiny. You are not what other people say who you are. You are who God says you are!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Asking and Seeking.

 I have a confession to make, I haven’t been praying lately to God. I’ve been working so hard that I tend to forget to have a quiet time. Most of the time, the only prayer I get to have is when I go to my kids room and tell them to pray. Often times, I will hear them asking for something like toys or clothes that I can do something about. But just recently, my kids Alyssa and Akeisha started asking God to let Zeyah the youngest of them all to be able to attend their school. Here in this area, pre-kindergarten is only for the less fortunate. People who have higher incomes (yeah yeah, I earn so much!!! Lol) are endorsed to Day Cares who can afford to pay them. One of the reason why we wanted Zeyah to be in that Pre-K school is that it is the same school were her siblings go to. When we visited for the registration day, they said she cannot attend due to certain income brackets, they said we shouldn’t expect and we are on the waiting list etcetera etcetera. Well guess what, last minute they called and said that Zeyah was accepted and she should come and go to school this week. My children told me that their prayers were just answered and that God is just so awesome.  The situation has touched me and my wife that we realized how prayers are so important.



A lot of times, it is easy to think we are not supposed to ask from God, a lot of times we just go along with what is happening and forget the importance and meaning of a good and sincere prayer especially from a child. The Bible tells that God longs to give the desires of our hearts and give His blessings to you. Actually, God has said “You don’t have because you do not ask!” Every time we ask God for favor, blessings or provisions, you are training your faith. When you pray, make sure you ask it sincerely and with faith. It is very important to have an attitude of faith and expectancy. If you want to move God into your lives, you need to believe in Him! He has given you everything you need to be successful in life. Your Faith!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father. -Pope John XXIII



Daddy,

I love you very much. You are the best dad in the world. I am happy and thankful to Jesus for giving me a dad like you. I will forever be grateful being your daughter.

Love,

Alyssa



Daddy,

I love you! You will always be my prince and I am your princess. You are my hero and you are the best daddy.

Love,

Kishi


Daddy,

I Love You!

Zeyah






Saturday, April 13, 2013

Patuloy Ang Pangarap!


PATULOY ANG PANGARAP
by: Angeline Quinto

Isang pangarap, ako'y naniniwala
Ako ay lilipad at ang lahat makakakita
Sa isang pangarap ako'y naniniwala
Hindi ako titigil hangga't di makakaya
Unti-unting mararating, tagumpay na makikita

Patuloy ang pangarap
Di pa makakapaniwala sa aking makikita
Lahat ng panalangin ko, ngayon may kasagutan
Lahat ng pinagdaanan at pinaghirapan
Nagbigay ng kalakasan  upang marating ang...

Kahit saan, kahit kailan 
Alam kong ako'y patuloy
Sa marami pang tagumpay

Patuloy ang Pangarap!


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Jelly Bean Prayer


Red is for the blood HE gave.
Green is for the grass HE made.
Yellow is for the sun so bright.
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sin that were made.
White is for the grace HE gave.
Purple is for the hour of sorrow.
Pink is for the new tomorrow.


I love you Aly, Kishi and Zeya!


Saturday, March 30, 2013

DENIED!



My family and I have been watching the Bible series in the History Channel every Sunday. And one thing I have learned while watching is that God is the same YESTERDAY, TODAY and TOMORROW. When He says something, He really means it. When He says that He will curse a place or a person, He will fulfil it, however, when He says, He will bless you and prosper you, He will fulfil it too! And just recently, I was a little worried about my Green Card application. I was denied of my green card. According to USCIS, my education is not equivalent to the first professional degree for physical therapist which is a Master’s or Doctorate. Nevertheless, I believe God is working behind the scene and has been guiding me on how to be a better physical therapist. And guess what, God has been preparing me to be not just a good one, but to be the best by letting me enrol and be accepted to a doctorate program here in the US last year. One of the reasons why I applied to a doctorate program is for me to learn more about the US practice, to learn the latest trend in evidence based practice and to be the best clinician I can be for my patient and the company. Hopefully I will be finishing it next year and will have the title of Doctor of Physical Therapy. Yes, you can call me Dr. Michael Chua next year. Lol...  Having said that, I will have the degree that is equivalent to a US PT degree and hopefully will get my green card next year too! Is that a coincidence? Or is it God who is actually working behind the scene?

Maybe you are like me, who have been denied of a green card, a visa, or a job. Don’t be discouraged, because God is working behind the scene. We will all have challenges in life. During those times, it is very easy to talk about your problems. I myself am like that, I would call other people, friends and co-workers about my situation, I would complain to them about my issues in life. I would actually talk to my wife about my problem. Maybe you received a bad report; maybe you are facing financial problems. But one thing I realized is that, the more you talk about something, the bigger it becomes in our mind. I have this friend who keeps on complaining about his car, he actually has a pretty decent new car, but he keeps on complaining about it. Well guess what, it finally broke down on him. It’s because of the power of attraction. He kept on nagging and complaining about it and he got what he wanted.

Remember that, even if you don’t see how things would work out. God does. You have to speak positivity in your life. You’ve got to speak goodness instead of mediocrity in your life. Instead of talking to God how big your problems are, talk to your problems about how big your GOD is! So Dr. Michael Chua, here I come! GreenCard here I come! Blessings here I come!