Lifestyle blog by Chelsea

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Choosing to be Brave


The year 2014 has been named as the “Year of the Laity” by the church as the start of the 9-year preparation of the celebration of the 5th centennial of the Christianization of the Philippines, with the tagline “Choose to be brave” the church is encouraging the catholics to be more brave in sharing their faith to others. And as a young catholic myself, this is my way of choosing to be brave.


When I hear my friends say that they don’t have a solid relationship with Christ, or they don’t appreciate the sacraments, or they don’t believe in the teachings of the church, it honestly breaks my heart. To hear such things from the youth of today, the youth who will be entrusted with the future is utterly disappointing. Being in a catholic community since I was a child, I was very exposed to people living their lives in complete devotion to the Lord and due to that exposure, I myself have started developing that lifestyle too.

When you think of a church community you think that people there are raising their hands singing (and sometimes even crying) to worship songs and saying “Amen.” all the time, well let me tell you something… its true. But if you think that to be in a community you have to be clean and pure you are entirely wrong. EVERYONE in the community is a SINNER, from the attendees to the preachers and I myself, we are all sinners even if we already are attending church we still sin. But what makes us go back? Even if we know how UNDERSERVING we are to stand in front of God, it has been engraved in our hearts that we are still accepted and loved by the person who created the universe.


There are people who call themselves catholics but don’t appreciate the teachings and practices of the church. This is a main problem with us catholics, we treat the sacraments as if they were ceremonies not as gifts. They find it boring and dragging only because they don’t understand the meaning of it. They don’t see the beauty in the sacraments. And as for the beliefs, I hear people say that their faith makes them feel “constrained” because of the many things to follow. Well, to put things in a more simple perspective, catholic teachings are all about choosing the better option and if you choose the wrong one? Its okay, God is a forgiving God and he will be there to put you back on track. 

I will be honest and say this, if you think being badass and all of that is cool then fine, think that way. Does drinking, smoking, partying at a constant basis bring you satisfaction? Yes, maybe but only for a short time. Does doing vices and other wrong things make you happy? Yes, but also only for a short time. I am daring all of you out there to choose to be brave and establish your relationship with God today and I PROMISE YOU that the next time you will look at life, you won’t look at the missing pieces, but appreciate the pieces that you have and realise that you have more than enough to complete the puzzle.

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So if you tell me you’re tired, stressed, problematic, drained, negative, pessimistic, confused, unmotivated, stuck or too sinful and ask me what you have to do? 

Look for Christ. Talk to Christ. Listen to Christ. Follow Christ. It is when at you are at you’re lowest is the best time to go back to the top. Choose to be brave

Want to take the first step? 
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Well, I encourage you to attend The Feast a weekly prayer gathering for those who wish to find blessings in every part of their lives led by Bo Sanchez,It is a very fun way of appreciating your faith along with thousands of other empowered people. My family has been attending even before I was born, I was literally raised in the community and I assure you their doors are more open now than ever to welcome anybody, believers and sinners alike. 
Look for a feast near you! Click HERE

Cheerio,
Chelsea

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