When God Asks You Put Something Down, Believe That He Has Something Better

There are things in life that we have a strong grip on – a job, a person, luxury material possessions. We hold these things dear to our hearts as if life depends on it. They have become idols, and at times, the center of our lives.

If you have such bondages, be warned. Know that anything that keeps us away from putting God first is dangerous.

God thinks these things can distract us from being the best we can be. Because he loves us so much, He takes them away one by one, especially if it starts to take a toll on us.

Like a True Father

Imagine a father cutting off his child’s gadget time. The child loves the gadget so much and plays it nonstop. The father knows the gadget gives happiness to his child, but he is also fully aware that it can distract from studies, duties, and many other more important things. While it pains the father to see his child sad, he still uses his authority and take it away.

It’s because he knows that in the long run, it is for the best.

The child does not get it at first. He questions his father’s ways. Does my father really love me? If he really loves me, why does he take away things I like? Why can’t he allow me to be happy?

Be Alert For Red Flags

Like a true parent, God sometimes uses warning signs too – first, second and final warnings.

Initially, He might send a person to talk us out of our obsessions. He might orchestrate a circumstance to make us walk away from danger. Later on, He might stir our conscience and disturb us so dramatically, the message suddenly becomes so loud and clear:


His Voice, Our Call

But then again, God can only do so much. I mean, He is all powerful and can make all things possible, but He also gives us free will. The final decision still lies within us. Should we heed the call, or ignore it?

Be very careful during these times of discernment. It is when the enemy is strongly present. He will try to lure us away from God’s plan. He might persuade us into thinking that holding on to our bondages is not that bad.

Remember, a cheap present that’s wrapped in shiny paper and fancy ribbons does not change its value. It remains rubbish.

For example, a job that tolerates vices. I know of someone who used to work in a gambling-related account of a big company. Compensation was hefty, benefits were attractive, and location of work was very convenient. At first, he thought it was ok. But God continuously stirred his heart. He made a decision to look for other jobs, and with God’s grace, he landed in another position that’s way better and more helpful to society.

You see, when we decide to follow God’s instructions, no matter how painful and difficult it might be, He will equip us.

Stop Looking For Trash And Go After Real Treasures

One more point before I end this. Let me share with you the Parable of the Rich Fool. For those who are not familiar, here’s the full passage from Luke 12:16-21:

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Notice that the “fool” in this story is a rich man who has everything. He might have worked all his life to build up earthly riches and obsessed himself into working and working. Clearly, his focus was on his treasures. What did God do? Take his life away that very night.

Don’t let that “fool” be you today. Be receptive to God’s voice and act on it. Walk away from that relationship that’s dragging you down, uninstall that social media app that constantly wastes your time, release the unforgiveness in your heart, and give up controlling everything. Let go, friend, let go.

When God asks you to put something down, believe with all your heart that He has something better for you.

Happy new year, my dear readers! I hope this first blog post for the year has inspired you to look for nothing else but God’s best plan for you this 2020.

2019 was great as it was when I finally decided to go back into blogging. I hope to reach out to more beautiful souls and spread God’s love through my writings and musings.

See you in the next!



Smile And Hope Even When Life Is Hard

The Holy Father has the simplest advice for those who struggle.

When times get rough, and nothing seems to go right, what do we do? Pope Francis says, smile.

According to the Holy Father, one of the most essential values that humankind should never lose is hope, which is vividly expressed through the simple gesture of smiling. Feelings of abandonment, resentment and rejection may plague our hearts, but as long as hope is not lost, the battle is not yet finished.

“Let us also smile even if it was a difficult day, because we see the hope,” Pope Francis said.

Keep On Smiling

Flashing those pearly whites is a struggle when we are enveloped in darkness. But then, there is the hope that teaches us to smile on that path to find God.


If we are observant enough, we can notice that the trademark of those who break away from the Lord is the absence of their smile. While they may fake a laugh or throw in some jokes, the genuine smile that only God can give is missing.

Smiling Through The Pain

In the Bible, the desert was a popular setting. It was in there that the Israelites spent 40 years before they got to the promised land. The desert symbolizes hardship, pain, and anything that is uncomfortable.


Life can sometimes be compared to a desert. It is hard to walk on, but if we put our full trust in God, He can turn it into a beautiful highway. This wide path is not necessarily free from pain, but those who tread it are able to see past the difficulties, knowing God’s got them.

Sometimes, God puts us in desert-like situations because it is necessary. From experience, I can say that it is only through the painful chapters of my life that I was able to learn the most valuable things. If God did not put me through those situations, I would never have learned how to trust Him with all my heart. I believe that just like the Israelites, God placing me in the desert, was His way of calling me back to His arms. I’m glad He called me to return home. I’m happy I heeded His call.

“It’s enough to never lose hope, it’s enough to continue to believe, always, despite everything,” Pope Francis said.

Spreading Hope

It is insufficient for us to have hope just within us. God wants us to spread the promise of hope to others as well. As a father, God consoles his children by raising up comforters, who are destined to inspire other people by declaring that their pain is over, and that their sin is forgiven.


We do not need to be popular, intelligent or rich to be able to encourage others. In fact, God is in the habit of choosing the “little ones.” David was the youngest and weakest-looking son of Jesse, Elizabeth was infertile, Mary was condemned for carrying a child before marriage, Paul despised Jesus, and the list goes on. You see, it is the meek ones, made great by faith, that create the most unforgettable impact.

Therefore, the Holy Father is calling us to teach hope and to look forward with faith, trusting that God will turn any desert into a beautiful garden.

Smile, and keep on smiling. You got this.

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