Carl Marvin Licaros
CFC SFL Cebu
Recently, I experienced a period of hardship that never happened in my life before. Due to this sudden and dramatic change, I decided to pause from all the things that I am busy with and just turn to the Lord.
While I was praying and asking the Lord why such things are happening to me, He enlightened me and allows me to see that I am just like the Israelites who have forsaken God and also like the prodigal son who left his possessions and look for earthly enjoyment. As a result, they become thirsty and unsatisfied.
Last weekend I was financially blessed and had the opportunity to experience Christ in a new way. Praise God for letting me participate in the CSW 2012 in Albur, Bohol. The Lord has been faithfully leading me in my Christian life and puts precious patterns on my way. He made me realized that many times I have been busy with many things, I felt tired and I didn’t even have the willingness to go out. However, the Lord has also been reminding me to seek first His Kingdom and put Him first in any given situation. I must exercise my will to choose what the Lord wants and not to focus solely on myself, my feelings, and my own needs. It’s an unspeakable joy to be able to pursue the Lord with my brethren! It’s been a privilege to lead my brothers and sisters in worshiping Him. I was also moved by this verse (Gal. 2:20) “No longer I but Christ who lives in me.” I have made a decision to choose the Lord every single day, by denying myself and giving up the world and to start living like Him.
Finally, I was struck by this verse from Bro. Jepoy’s talk (Rom 10:13-15) “How beautiful are the feet of those who brings the good news.” I learned that we need the Sender’s blessing upon us to do his works here on earth. We need to talk to the Lord every single day, breathe out all that is within us – our lives, the flesh, our failures, defects, boredom, sins, trespasses and all of those difficulties, sickness, joy and sorrow. We need to lift it all to God, to breathe it all out, in order for us to breathe Him in again.
I believe that it’s not an accident that the Lord brought me in Bohol to experience the CSW. He talk to me personally and comforted me with His great and unconditional love. And now I understand what Jesus was telling me. Being with Him that weekend made me even more convicted to Meet HIM again and again, to push myself to Live like HIM and to Share HIM to the ends of the earth.
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