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By Mike Del Rosario

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Friday, August 22, 2014


WRITING does concretize what one believes in, what is right, and/or what one wants others to believe in. When what is written fulfills all three “criteria”, that is sharing from the head, the heart, and soul.

That is HOW I want to write. It takes special grace from above, to do so, as the temptation can arise to make oneself look good, make a biased report, or state half truths or outright lies. There is, however, that special grace of position, as a writer, to do what is right.

Wisdom, which usually comes with age, but is also given to some others early on, is a gift that should not be kept to oneself. Otherwise, it will be like another gift called “knowledge” that is quite “useless”, unless applied. Like the lights from a city on a hill, it must be shared, shown and allowed to shine forth.

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Prov. 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and Knowledge of the Holy One is understanding”.

The crimes against humanity that we read about in the newspapers and watch on TV, show no fear of the Lord. Beheadings and torture against people simply because they belong to another faith, is so barbaric, repulsive, and defies reason. But because of the latter’s faith, and their willingness to die for their faith in Christ, we see martyrs, and modern day saints in our midst and in our generation.

Knowing more about Christ allows us to understand why they are willing to be martyred.

Having read about the beheading of a journalist, I asked myself, if and when faced with the same scenario, “Will I be willing to die for my faith?" Or will I be like Peter who denied Christ, not just once, but thrice?

If I deny Christ, I can only look with hope towards Peter, whom Christ still handpicked to be the Rock upon whom His church was to be built. In the end, Peter was able to redeem himself. He was tortured. He hung on the cross for three days, with his feet up, and his head, down, and then beheaded. Peter redeemed himself in his own eyes, in the eyes of others, and most importantly, in the eyes of God.

Prov. 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

I once heard that the pain of discipline is less than the pain of regret And, Hebrews 12:11 says, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. “

My Dearest Children,

I have always wanted to write about wisdom, knowledge and discipline.

While I did not intend to write about the above three heavy words together, plus about “writing”, this article turned out this way. There must be a reason for this.

Pray for the gifts of wisdom and knowledge. And may I have not failed in instilling discipline in each of you, that you may harvest its fruits as you go through life.

Write down your thoughts and ideas. They will form the backbone of your guiding values and principles to live by.

And finally, may we all have the grace and the courage to stand by our faith when put to the test.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 23, 2014.

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