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Kiltepan Sunrise

Kiltepan Sunrise, Sagada, Mountain Province. Image // Cherry Joan Bionson

The sun comes up
It’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes
― 10,000 Reasons, Matt Redman

There are eight simple things that I always love and enjoy doing for a number of reasons. First, they keep me in constant physical and mental motion. Second, they let me travel to my inner thoughts and feelings. Third, they make me see a fresh, new outlook in life and re-connect me with my purpose.

And what could be a better way of doing them than having a trusted someone with you, while sharing your stories? Assuming you are that person, these are a bit of stories I like to tell, and you can share yours too…right here.

If we were running around the park, I would tell you that my heart is filled with joy. I attended our church service on Sunday and my brothers and sisters were happy to welcome me back. No one has ever asked where I’ve been or what has happened to me. They just rejoiced in my presence. Standing among the fellowship of believers, I realized how much I’ve missed the sound of the trumpet and guitar, the beating of the drums, the melody of the organs, and the uplifting songs that make all the lips sync in praise and worship. Whatever troubles you’ve gone through the week, Sunday will always come. Be thankful for this blessed day!

If we were swimming in the same lane, you would know that there is a pain in my calves down to my ankles. It is because I am back again to running and the Saturday evening set a good start. I noticed that part of my motivation comes from the feeling of having something new, and in this case a new pair of Wave Inspire 11. I marked the training days on my calendar which consist of two-hour run on Saturday afternoons and Monday mornings. This is in preparation for the New Balance Run (22K) on November 6. If you’re running the same race, let me know in the comments and I’ll be glad to see you at the finish line.

If we were walking along the powdery beach, you would notice that I’m smiling a lot lately even for no apparent reason. I believe that it stems from the renewed confidence that leaves me feeling light and calm. Last Monday, I strolled in the mall without anything specific in mind, but I found myself picking a new pair of jeans. I’ve thrown away my old, faded jeans and I thought it’s a perfect time to replace them after years of wear and tear. The one I got was of size 34, which is four inches smaller than my previous waistline. I expect to gain a flatter and tighter tummy as I continue with my running. I’ve finally stepped out of my tiny world of introspection and I’m ready to explore life again.

If we were watching the bleeding sunset, I would invite you to reflect on the words we use in the mainstream social media. Are we generous enough in giving encouraging words? Or are we yielding to the temptation of spreading rumors and hate for the fleeting seconds of limelight? As we do our updates, likes, shares, tweets/retweets, and hashtags, may we all be reminded by this verse:

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Ephesians 4:29 NIV).”

If we were listening to the beautiful music of Easy Rock Manila, I would confess that I still remember my first love, but I don’t remember the feeling anymore. Cheesy, right? I’ve learned to let go and I’ve gone far moving forward. I don’t want to go back and there’s no reason to do so. The most important breakthrough in my healing is giving myself the forgiveness that I deserve. I’ve forgiven myself for the things that I haven’t done and for the things that I’ve done wrong.

If we were having a steamy cup of milk tea, I would tell you that I’ve returned to my usual eating habits. I’m cooking my foods again for the day. Not only does it save me money from dining out, but it also helps me watch and control what I eat. The cooking process also helps me relieve my stress and learn new things that I can apply to my life, inside or outside my humble kitchen. Recently, I discovered that my adobo tastes better and healthier if I use calamansi juice, instead of vinegar. It’s a great way of incorporating the unsavory calamansi in your diet, which is a good source of Vitamin C. Give it a try!

If we were sitting under my favorite tree, I would share with you an important lesson that I re-learned. It’s about defeating temptation by focusing our attention to something else. Basically, what captures our attention gets us. We don’t usually succeed when we try to resist temptations because it only intensifies its power the more we give our thoughts to it. When we stop giving temptation our attention, it loses its power to suggest and it eventually leaves us. So, when I feel tempted, I lace up my running shoes and “run from anything that gives me evil thoughts, but stay close to anything that makes me want to do right (2 Timothy 2:22 LB).”

If we were praying together, I would request you to please pray for the Philippines, my beloved country. Since the present administration assumed office, there has been an increasing number of reported deaths and alleged extra-judicial killings in connection with the war against illegal drugs. May the wisdom of the Lord guide those in the position of authority in their exercise of power, and that justice and truth shall be accorded to those who fell victims of abuse. Let’s all work in harmony to make this country a better place for us and for our future generations.

What has been happening in your life lately? What sort of new adventures have you accomplished or are contemplating to try? Like me, have you also revisited some previous unmet goals and now working your way to make them happen? There’s no such thing as too late, right? You’re better than when you started. Keep it up!

12 Comments on Relaunching

  1. You should write more, Jayson 🙂

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  2. I’m running with you my, dearest friend. Am I already registered? LOL. Congrats on the new Wave Inspire II. I was also thinking of getting a new set of running shoes but can’t afford it now. But still, I can’t wait to see you in it on race day.

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  3. Glad to hear you’re over your heartbreak. 🙂

    I would like to walk the powdery white sand, watch the bleeding sunset, sip some steamy milk tea too. Talking under a great tree and praying ain’t that bad either.

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  4. Hmmmmm.. I’ve been struggling lately about my specific call in my life. Ganito pala kapag nasa age 25-28, hmmmm. But I just trust the Lord. I think I need some relaunching. Hehe!

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  5. There are a looooot of challenges going on in my life right now. Tough, tough, tough.
    But as always, I keep on keeping on.

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  6. Jayson, the road your traveling currently seems full of light and love, as well as being a prosperous path! You paint a time where the fruit of an introspection season is bursting forth and dripping on to others now, as you ‘run’ into the next moments. I love all your points–temptation being one that resonates most for me currently. I can pull myself away from focused activity and ‘piddle’ away in small temptations instead of where God wants me to focus. Great post!

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    • Thanks Lynn! It’s The Light that shines upon me that has made me see all the goodness and beautiful things that lie ahead.

      I think we have and will always have temptations lingering in our lives; it’s part of the fallen world we live in. But in our encounter with temptations, we can grow by manifesting our opposite attitude/behavior, like being patient when we’re being asked to wait or being humble when we’re blessed with great success.

      As always, I appreciate the value you’re adding to my post.

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