A self-reminderBy Florence Joy L. Maluyo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Dear Beautiful Me,
You know very well that there is nothing to be anxious about. You are serving the Author of time, and what you think is too late for you is just His perfect timing of working out His plans.
I am glad and proud of the woman you’ve become. Looking back, I didn’t know you would be as strong as you are now and I smile every time I look at you. I know the journey has not been easy. You’ve had your fair share of the bumpy and winding roads but dear Joy, you’re hanging on and for every narrow way, you always come out victorious, glory to the God who sustains you.
You are beautiful, don’t you ever forget that. The standards of the world can be deceiving, but I know that you know how beautiful and wonderful God made you. You are a princess, the daughter of the Most High and when earthly things begin to take toll on you, I know that you will always overcome.
Protect your heart; guard your thoughts. I understand it isn’t easy but everything starts with the mind. I pray that you will never be misled by emotions. Do not rush my dearest for love knows its own time. Do not work things out on your own for you very well know where it will lead you. Wait patiently. It will come.
Never get tired of being good. No matter how unfair the world may seem, you’ve got to make a decision every single day to be the child that God created you to be: long-suffering. Keep that love; keep that heart because at the end of it all, it’s always between you and your Master. Do not let the pains of the past rob the goodness in you but let it keep you going.
Keep exploring. Let the world surprise you with its grandeur. Stay curious. Keep learning. Be brave enough to take challenges. Savor life for you were made to explore and see how beautiful the earth your Father has created for you is. Study. Travel. Go and make the world your own!
Cherish time. You know that no one has yet invented a machine that will transport you back to yesterday. Live each day as if it’s your last. Love fully and let each day be an expression of your appreciation of life. Stay connected. Reconnect if you must. The people you value need to feel valued. The people you love need to feel loved. Don’t hold yourself back. Express. Make your presence felt. You are not getting any younger and every moment wasted is forever wasted. Don’t rely on “making up” because you can never really make up for the lost times. Each day will always be a new day.
Time is precious. It’s a scarce resource. Use it wisely. Spend it right.
Keep dreaming. Keep hoping. God placed in you a dream and He has equipped you to make it happen. Don’t give up when circumstances would say otherwise. Keep on. Keep fighting. You’re getting there and each day would remind you that you are a day closer to the answers.
Never give up on love. Someone is kneeling before God and praying for you. Keep believing in it. Never distance yourself from its magic. Allow your heart to feel it again; to celebrate it again. You are looking at the same sky and like you, God is preparing him for your meeting. The dreams you once dreamed will all come to pass, probably not with the person you dreamed it with, but it’s definitely with the man that God created exclusively for you. And trust me, he, himself will be the definition of love to you.
Keep writing. This is you. This makes you YOU. Let your mind free itself from everything and let it explore the world of words. Then write. Bring life to it. Inspire the world. You are a writer but more than that, you are God’s pen. Write your story the right way!
Lastly, keep the faith. Never lose it. Keep the fire burning and know that God will always see you through. When trusting becomes so hard, remember that He will never leave you nor forsake you. Fight the good fight of faith. Take part in the kingdom. Be a testimony of God’s power and love. Four years ago, you were telling the world through this same Young Blood page how torn you were between your dreams and your convictions. Look at you now, God finally reconciled the two. You’re now on track, doing the things you love most.
My dearest Me, I want you to always remember that you are good the way you are. The angels rejoice with you. The heavens celebrate your uniqueness, your being you. And even when troubles come, I know we’ll always make it. We’re more than conquerors, aren’t we? Whatever life brings us, we choose to live a life that is for Christ. You are beautiful, more than you’ve ever known. You are blessed, more than you can ever imagine. And yes, you are what your name says about you. Joy. You are a perfect masterpiece created by the Maker of heaven and earth. You are a sight to behold.
And don’t forget we’re partners, okay? We’re in this together: mind and heart united, until we hear our Master say, “well done my good and faithful servant.”
Until next time beautiful Joy.
Florence Joy L. Maluyo, 24, is a development communications specialist at World Vision Development Foundation Inc.
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