“Temporary Setbacks” – New Life Daily Devotion – Nov. 15, 2009

this devotional spoke to me.  one week on the job and i’ve been quite bored.  in my first two days, i tried my best to beat a deadline set by the partner.  i turned over my work to our cluster’s director on time.  yet in the next succeeding days, i almost did nothing (although at least, i was able to complete all of my requirements for work na).  i was so bored and was feeling so blah…i wasn’t learning anything.  although i loved the niche field of law that i had entered, early dissatisfaction was starting to creep in for the following reasons:

1.  i was starting to compare SGV with P&G in terms of compensation and processes.  of course, the former is no match.  the latter is of course, for me, the best employer there is, which pampers its employees (while killing them with work).

2.  i still didn’t have a laptop and other work tools…and they did not allow employees to bring their own.

3.  i was feeling quite lost…such a big organization with a lot of people and with no orientation yet, i was truly unfamiliar with the way things should be done.  i basically learned through trial and error.

4.  there are times that i regret why i was so discontented back then, why i didn’t press on in my old career.  tuloy ngayon, i have to start from scratch again.  but then again, this also reminds me of the need to persevere now more than ever.  life is short.  i can’t just keep on experimenting.  i can’t just waste time.

5.  i had almost nothing to do for 3 days!  and it didn’t help that facebook, gmail and other sites were disallowed too.  boo.

but each time, the Lord would make me recall the brief message shared to me by pastor VJ when i asked for prayers last week.  he gave me an assignment: to read the book of esther and check out mordecai’s experience.  mordecai guarded his post as the gate keeper of the city, not minding that his younger cousin, esther, whom he brought up, was already the queen.  even while he gave a tip to the king, which saved the king’s life, he went unrewarded for a long time.  eventually, however, the king remembered his faithfulness and made him 2nd in command.  pastor VJ then exhorted me to guard my post, to be faithful in small things till what i aspire for comes to pass.

this devotional entry, i believe, is also a way that the Lord is giving me a fresh encouragement for the week ahead.  thank You, Lord!  🙂

“Temporary Setbacks” – New Life Daily Devotion – Nov. 15, 2009.

Temporary Setbacks

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance…

Ecclesiastes 3:4 KJV

The occasional disappointments and failures of life are inevitable. Such setbacks are simply the price that we must occasionally pay for our willingness to take risks as we follow our dreams. But even when we encounter bitter disappointments, we must never lose faith.

When we encounter the inevitable difficulties of life-hereon-earth, God stands ready to protect us. Our responsibility, of course, is to ask Him for protection. When we call upon Him in heartfelt prayer, He will answer—in His own time and according to His own plan—and He will heal us. And, while we are waiting for God’s plans to unfold and for His healing touch to restore us, we can be comforted in the knowledge that our Creator can overcome any obstacle, even if we cannot.

As long as a man keeps his faith in God and in himself nothing can permanently defeat him.
Wilferd Peterson

The enemy of our souls loves to taunt us with past failures, wrongs, disappointments, disasters, and calamities. And if we let him continue doing this, our life becomes a long and dark tunnel, with very little light at the end.
Charles Swindoll

God is a specialist; He is well able to work our failures into His plans. Often the doorway to success is entered through the hallway of failure.
Erwin Lutzer

God sometimes permits us to experience humiliating defeats in order to test our faith and to reveal to us what’s really going on in our hearts.
Warren Wiersbe

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, even when I’m afraid of failure, give me the courage to try. Remind me that with You by my side, I really have nothing to fear. So today, Father, I will live courageously as I place my faith in You. Amen


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