The seemingly impossible situations are the exact ones that build our faith. Do not miss out on what God is building in your impossible situation.
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Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.
“God has no pleasure in afflicting us, but He will not keep back even the most painful chastisement if He can but thereby guide His beloved child to come home and abide in the beloved Son.” – Andrew Murray
His Airness, Michael Jordan, never fails to inspire me. Since my childhood days up until now, he always has that magic to make me believe I can do things, great of some sort.
“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
Very strong words from the greatest basketball player of all time. Strong words but his life and accomplishments makes this statement very true, and possible.
Believe first in yourself, then greatness begins.
“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” – Bill Cosby
The most important things in life aren’t things.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” (from The Little Prince)
Gilas Pilipinas bounces back from a heartbreaking loss yesterday against China, and defeats Lebanon with a score of 78-68 in the FIBA Asia Cup 2012. Naturalized center Marcus Douthit paced the Philippine National Team with 25 points and 21 rebounds.
China and Lebanon are considered the strongest contenders in Group A where the Philippines are also part of. Last night, it was a tough loss but today, it’s a sweet victory. Against a squad like Lebanon that is taller, bulkier and more experienced, the Gilas Pilipinas found ways to avoid a 0-2 start in the tournament. From executing the dribble-drive offense, to making jumpshots, free throws and contested lay-ups, the Philippine Team was resourceful enough to once again show resiliency and get a much needed win. By the way every game counts in a short tournament like this so it’s a do-or-die scenario every game.
This is what Filipinos are known for, RESILIENCY, and Gilas Pilipinas best exemplified that. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back and successfully adapt to adversity. Coming from a loss, of course the National Team bounced back and win. That’s the Filipino spirit! Though it’s beginning to sound as a cliche, well it’s really what defines us Filipinos and separates us from other nations. It’s our ability to adapt no matter the difficulty of the situation. Whether it’s storms, or floods, or poverty, or lack, or oppression, or mistakes, we all know the next part of the story if you’re a Filipino. You will always find that rainbow after the rain. You will always be a victor no matter what you’ve been through. Setbacks are just set-ups for greater things.
I like how Robert F. Kennedy put it, “Only those who fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.” That’s what Filipinos do. After failing greatly, then it’s achieving greatly. Remember the higher you fall, the higher the bounce.
Tonight Team Gilas Pilipinas showed that, and everyday, an ordinary Juan shows that.
“No matter how many bad choices we have made in the past, they are redeemed by one good choice — to follow Jesus.” – Max Lucado
God has not promised skies always blue, flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; God has not promised sun without rain, joy without sorrow, peace without pain. But God has promised strength for the day, rest for the labor, light for the way, grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love.” – Annie Flint