Okay, Now What?

When something good happens to you, you try to keep holding your breath and make sure you’re not celebrating too much or too soon.

You brace yourself for what’s coming next because you know this drill all too well. You know that there is always something bad that’s gonna happen in the midst of the celebration… It’s as if life keeps tabs on you and you can’t have more than a day’s worth of euphoria because somewhere along those good and right lines beckon troubles.

Somewhere in your bubble of happiness, a dark cloud of bad news is lurking around, waiting for you to fall right off your guard and into the dismal place called complacency going further down the hole of oblivion before it sneaks up on you and gets you running through the tunnel of fear–again.

You play this so often that you crafted a name for it–your favorite hide-and-seek game.

You hide behind your metaphors, run around the bush when someone asks how you’re doing, escape to the familiar comfort of your old habits you thought you still need, try to keep your cool, act like you don’t care, pretend everything’s fine until you’ve convinced yourself that you are safely hidden from your fears and that you don’t really feel anything anymore. Your body numbs itself as a defense against pain. Yes, cover up the pain with those photos showing your big fat shiny smile. But don’t beam too much… some people would suspect there is something shady behind it.

And now, life has finally caught up on you and here you are again playing Peek-a-Boo, but not the kind that you want to giggle over when you hear the words, “I. SEE. YOU.”

Because when reality enters the room, punches you in the gut and glares at you as if to say, “Haven’t you learned your lesson yet?”… That’s when you scream inside and with shaky hands, fidget on the keyboard and inflict the world with your story nobody really cares about just so you can feed your selfish desire to get attention.

 

 

 

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The Flesh

A Poem for Joshua Harris’ Illustration of ‘Feeding the Flesh’

 

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Once there was a man,

Stripped of righteousness and stricken with sin.

His name is Christian,

A sinful wanderer he’s always been.

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Once there was a monster always ‘round about,

Lurking in the darkness of this man’s past.

A sinister power, he’s possessing, no doubt.

His evil clutch sure do last.

Skin and bones he had none,

Yet “The Flesh” is what he’s called.

He is living inside the heart of every man,

Including that of Christian

Whose story we’re always told.

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Clasping around poor Christian’s neck,

Is the chain of sin and harrowing guilt.

Withheld from liberty, he is at his wit’s end.

With The Flesh holding tightly, he couldn’t break free.

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When Jesus came and so did the Light

That snuffed out the darkness

He alone couldn’t fight,

At last! his burden was lifted,

 free from the shackles…

Now he can walk uprightly,

no longer shambles.

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But The Flesh still lingers, does not go away.

He’s promised to always be right here to stay.

He follows him around, in every nook and cranny.

He annoys, tempts, and tests him daily.

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But Christian refuses to lose.

So he picked a fight against

the Enemy of the Light.

He learned there are only two sides

 from which to choose.

So, talking to Jesus day and night

Is his valiant weapon to counter his plight.

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But after sometime he grew tired and weary.

The Flesh offered comfort, he seemed harmless and friendly.

Enjoying his company, Christian feeds him.

Slowly, his light of judgment is getting dim.

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Day after day and week after week,

The Flesh becomes bigger and stronger

While Christian sinks smaller and feels weaker.

Everything now seemed so hopeless and bleak.

As The Flesh outgrows Christian every single day.

Christian wants to get rid of him right away.

So opens his Bible and begins to pray.

And discovered what Jesus had to say.

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 “Make no provision for the desires of The Flesh…”

Is what Romans 13:14 says.

For The Flesh is his sinful desires

to which he shouldn’t say yes.

Starve The Flesh as he would starve a pest.

That’s the thing with Jesus he could do best.

 

7 Pathetic People Scattered in Social Media

7 Pathetic People Scattered in Social Media

You’ve created an account in social media and started to participate in the social pool to meet a whole lot of different personalities. Congratulations, for like me, you’ve finally decided to step out of your cave and avail a dose of “modern civilization”…. So let me walk you through this whole new jungle called the social media and warn you about the 7 people you’ll surely meet along the way..

1. People who share their private and intimate stuff in public which no one understands because it’s contextual and no one really cares about it because it’s personal. ‪#‎fad‬

2. People posting how they are too busy that they don’t have a life–and yet, amazingly, have the time to post about that. ‪#‎frontAct‬

3. People in love rubbing their relationship on everybody’s faces like they are the least miserable ones. Fine, you’re the sweetest couple on earth. Ok already. ‪#‎thefeeelss‬

4. People who think they are naturally beautiful and post their “prettiest” photo after taking a hundred selfies on Camera 360 and put hashtags implying they woke up with that look. ‪#‎fake‬

5. People who broadcast every little detail about their pathetic existence–from whining about a nail polish color to ranting about a random experience and everything in between. ‪#‎facade‬

6. People who do what everyone else does just so they don’t fall out of fashion and are not left out. Then brag it to the world like they’re the only one who has or does it. ‪#‎fool‬

7. Lastly, people who purposefully hit the LIKE button on others’ posts in the hopes that they’ll return the favor. Kind of like fishing for Likes. Yikes.‪#‎fastidious‬

And there you have it. You never know you might be one of them someday. Or you already are one of them now. But the only sure thing is you’ll meet one or two of these. And yes, you’re welcome.