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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Just recently, I’ve been spending an enormous amount of time playing and practicing the guitar. Truth be told, I love it. I truly enjoy every challenge and new discovery. Even when I don’t have my guitar with me, I’m thinking about it and visualizing patterns in my mind.

I thank the Lord for this incredible gift that he has given me. I also thank him for the opportunity to make a living from it. I thank him that I get to play guitar every day and I get to help people learn and enjoy it too.

But today I’m reminded that pursuit of (excellence in) music or any gift that the Lord gives is not as important as my pursuit of personal holiness. As Hebrews 12:14 says, “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” …

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Cliff diving in Balangkayan Eastern Samar, Philippines — photo by Zeno

“The longer you look at it, the harder it will be”, Jameson said to me.

We were on top of a cliff with a diving board facing the ocean.

There were six height levels. I easily jumped off the fifth level but now that I’m on the sixth, I looked down and it scared me!

I ran towards the diving board ignoring my fears but I always stopped just a few steps away from jumping.

My friends Jameson and David went ahead of me. …

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Photo by Ümit Bulut on Unsplash

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 6:1

The gospel encourages me to be real because the temptation to pretend to be something I am not is common. We can show an outer shell that seems spiritual and orderly but we are actually spiritually shallow and chaotic inside.

Do you ever feel this way?

Truth is, God already knows and sees.

The good news is there is hope for the pretender to have a real righteousness. Through Jesus, we can be changed from the inside out.



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