I can do all things with God who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

What I am is a gift from God. What I become is my gift to God.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 23

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:16.

May 31, 2011

What matters most

Found a very special message from an old forwarded e-mail...



The happiest people in the world are not those who have no problems,
but those who learn to live with things that are less than perfect.

May 30, 2011

INVICTUS

Arrived home from work and found out that OSN - Orbit Showtime Network broadcast center in Dubai had a small fire that resulted to most channels not to be broadcast today. The family missed watching the usual programs including the Filipino news. For lack of something to do, we found ourselves watching an old movie entitled Invictus, a movie directed by Clint Eastwood starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The story is based on a book by John Carlin Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

After watching the movie, I promised myself to start reading Nelson Mandela's biography lying somewhere in one of our bookshelves. Just like Nelson Mandela and many others, I also found inspiration in William Ernest Henley's poem entitled INVICTUS (Latin word meaning unconquerable or undefeated).

INVICTUS

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.