Rapha is an 18 year old boy who was born and raised in a Catholic faith. Having a family with such a strong faith, belief and practice, Rapha grew up to be a well rounded man.
One day, while Rapha was walking on his way to school, He met two guys who are in their formal attire, carrying with them their satchels, holding a bunch of pamphlets and flyers and a thick book – a Bible. Rapha, looked straight, continued walking and pretended that he did not see anyone. He walked quickly, thinking to himself that if ever these guys would talk to him, it would take a lot of his time and besides, his not interested to what these guys would tell him. He promised himself that he was born and would die a Catholic. But the two guys are so dedicated and passionate. They walked towards Rapha and blocked his way. Rapha has no way out.
The two guys asked Rapha if they could borrow some of his time. And as a sign of courteousness, and just the thought that he was already there and he has already been to something like this before, he agreed.
The two guys immediately introduced themselves to Rapha, one was named Bro. Jesse and the other Bro. Dom. They are evangelists from God is The Savior of the Latter Day Saints Church. An apostolic and missionary church which aims to make God known to the people and to correct wrong practices of the Catholic Church.
After introducing themselves, Bro. Jesse immediately opened his Bible and started blabbing verses to Rapha. He asked if Rapha already knew where he will go when he die. Rapha answered no, and Bro. Jesse continues mentioning Bbile verses explaining eternal life. Rapha nods, pretending that he was listening to every word Bro. Jesse was saying. He looks at Bro. Jesse’s eyes and nods almost after every word.
Bro. Dom interrupted when he noticed that Bro. Jesse was already thirsty. He continued talking about eternal life. That everyone who would believe will be saved. And this made Rapha interested to listen because he thought that this was the only part of their conversation that is essential.
When Bro. Dom started mentioning verses from Deuteronomy, this made Rapha a little uninterested. Bro. Dom tells Rapha that some practices of the Catholic church such as worshipping the images and statues are prohibited by God. Rapha thought that Bro. Dom is being subjective and offensive. He felt mad at Bro. Dom but he could not tell them about it. He loves his faith so much and he thought that these two guys are telling him to give up his religion because they believe that it is wrong and that being a Catholic is a sin.
After all the discussion, Rapha had a heavy heart. He felt like he has something inside him that needs to be blotted out. But he could not let it. The two guys insisted to pray for him and he just nodded. After praying, Bro. Dom handed Rapha a pamphlet about them and where Rapha could find their church. Rapha said thanks and bid good bye.
Rapha continued walking, crumpled the pamphlet and threw it away.
John Eric C. Cornelio, BBRC 2-3
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"I am beautiful. No matter what they say. Words can’t bring me down."
That line, from the song “Bautiful” by Christina Aguilera, perfectly describes how confident I was with my characteristics and how much I wouldn’t care on what others might think and say about me. But everything has changed. These “I-don’t-care-what-you-feel”, “this-is-me”, and “your-opinion-isn’t-needed” thinking of mine started to vanish as I grow up. I came to a point that I used to ask myself, “Am I being insensitive? Is that a right attitude? Should I change? Or what?” And I realized the answers to these questions ounce by ounce.
What is the Importance of you knowing yourself and what others think about you?
Everybody is born unique. The way one thinks, the way he dresses up, the way he speaks, the way he looks at the world or even the way he stands up. Everything. And these characteristics when combined will be your identity - your trademark.
I know myself. That’s for sure. All I don’t know is how well I know myself because at the end of the spectrum, there are a lot of things about you that you might not notice even if how noticeable they were for others. Take for example bad breath, You may not know that you actually have it unless the whole class would make fun of you, the gossipers would talk about you or someone would take courage, strength and might to tell it to you frankly.
Our class did a very cute activity last meeting on our course Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Communication which made us know how everyone see each other. O n a sheet of paper, everyone was tasked to right his impressions and perceptions about his fellow classmates a positive and a negative trait. Though this activity was done anonymously, we were trying hard to recognize who wrote this and that. And it was really hard.
It wasn’t an issue for me to read their positive and negative comments. As I said, everyone sees you differently and besides, I am very much open for criticisms because these are what make a person better. They improve you.
The positive side surprised me, they wrote creative, artistic, “pogi”,. joker, “magaling magmakeup” and mabait. And these words flattered me. In fact, I never thought that my classmates would actually have something to write on the positive side of the paper. Because all these years, I was thinking that most of my classmates hate me. And it’s flattering to know that I was wrong and that my classmates actually appreciates the little things I do.
The negative side is what made me laugh. Bully. I never know that I was a bully. *laugh*. I know that I’m bossy and mataray at times but I didn’t know that I am actually being bully. (Or they just have a wrong meaning of bully on their minds) Aside from that “bully-thingy” the others were expected and predictable. The “Walang-pakealam-sa-nararamdaman-ng-ba”, “Mapanlait”, “mapanghusga ng kapwa” and "mataray" are the traits I know people would write. Ever since I was in high school, those were my classmates’ problem with me. But believe it or not, I’m no longer as hard as I was during my high school days.
Thus, it is really important to know how much you know yourself because at the end of the day, you’re still you. You’re the one who’s in charged of your actions and of your whole being but let us not forget the fact that what others think of you is also a big part of what you are and what you’ll become.
Cornelio, John Eric C.
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