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The One Thing I’m Most Grateful for in 2017

Looking back at the past year, there are so many things that I’m grateful for. So many blessings that I thank the Lord for. My mom came home after years of living in the US, the wedding of Alec (my brother) and Anj, our family reunion, Jong’s marriage proposal, we put up our 2nd branch of Gamers Enclave, our growing Truly Wealthy Team, our expanded Truly Wealthy office (we now take up an entire floor)… And the list goes on.

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And yet, if there’s one thing I thank the Lord for most in 2017, it was my mom’s total acceptance of Christ as her Lord and Savior. You see, although we come from a Catholic background and we knew of Jesus. We didn’t really “know” him. Not in the real sense of the word. My mom is a worrier. She worries about all sorts of things – even things that she doesn’t really even need to worry about. And because of that she gets stressed out.

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Being a Christian is not about religion. It simply means that you are a follower of Christ. Being a Christian means trusting Him fully and surrendering everything in you – all your worries and fears – to Him.

And so I stared to pray that my mom would fully surrender her life to Christ and join a Discipleship group. Being part of a D-Group would allow her to have a spiritual family to grow with and be accountable to.

When she came back home in Iligan, I tried to encourage her to join a D Group at CCF but she was resistant at first, saying that she wasn’t ready and that I shouldn’t “force” her. It’s ironic, but it’s often easier to invite other people to join a bible study group. So I stopped encouraging her but continued to pray about it instead. Then one day, during church service, we met Tita Susan. She was very friendly and after finding out that mom didn’t have a D Group yet, she asked for her number and continuously texted and called her. After months of non-stop texting/calling, my mom finally relented and agreed to have coffee with her. And the rest is history.

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Now my mom regularly attends her discipleship group meetings once a week. We actually have the same Dgroup schedule which is every Thursday. She also started doing daily quiet time. I can see how she has grown spiritually. She doesn’t get worried as much anymore and is now more dependent on God for guidance and strength.

When you truly know the Lord, you really don’t need to worry about anything. Your future is in his hands and he has promised to take care of it. The bible has so many promises that you can hold on to.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition and thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:6-7

I have acknowledged that Christ is the source of everything and He is all that I need. Everything else is just a bonus.

May you live a Truly Wealthy life.

Alex Zeta

PS.
If you want to join a discipleship group, feel free to contact me. I promise that you won’t regret it.

On Finding True Love

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Sometimes you don’t know what you’re missing until you find it.

Before I met Christ, I used to think I was ok. I was basically a good girl who did well in school and only broke a few rules. Being a very goal oriented person, I tried to find fulfillment and happiness in achievement. But no matter what I did, there always seemed to be something missing. Coming from a Roman Catholic family, I’ve known about Jesus since I was young, but I’ve never really had a personal relationship with him. I felt like God was someone you praised and admired from afar.

Then a friend of mine invited me to a Christian church. I was still a college student in Silliman University then. That was when I first had an encounter with Christ. I was amazed by how happy they all seemed, how fulfilled.

Time is God’s paintbrush as he paints his masterpiece in the hearts of humanity.

-Ravi Zacharias

I had no idea then, but God was already painting his masterpiece in my heart. My personal relationship with God didn’t happen in an instant.

Like most relationships, it blossomed through time. My first impression of Christianity, was wow, they have nice music here. They had a full band and all the musicians from the drummer to the bassist to the singer were so good. I’ve always loved music and the excellent playing of that church’s music team was what kept me coming back. I became friends with band and eventually joined the music team. I guess you could say, music lead me to God. When I accepted Christ in my life as Lord and Savior, it was only then that I realized what I was missing. The joy I felt in having a relationship with Christ eclipsed everything else in my life.

After I graduated college, I was in a limbo as to what I really wanted to do with my life. I tried a lot of things. Eventually, God lead me to real estate and together with my partners, we founded Truly Wealthy Realty. At the time, I didn’t have a church here so without meaning to, I started to lose my way. I began to focus again on trying to achieve fulfillment thru worldly success: Through winning Toastmaster contests, closing deals and making money. And yes, I achieved these things. But the happiness was not only shallow, it was fleeting. I was like a dog running after its own tail – chasing dream after dream with no end in sight. No achievement, no matter how lofty, seemed to be enough to make me happy. Then a friend of mine, Eddie, invited me to CCF. It was here that I found the Lord again. I started attending Dgroup and eventually, with the encouragement of my Dgroup leader, I started to lead my own Dgroup.

I remember what Ate Mel Santos told me, “Lex, start leading. You’re ready. Trust me, leading your own Dgroup is more fulfilling than closing deals.”

You know what, she was wrong. It doesn’t even come close. Through being part of a Dgroup and leading my own dgroup, I regained my balance. I started to focus on what is truly important – Jesus Christ.

Sometimes you don’t know what you’re missing until you find it.

Being a Christian all these years has made me realize 3 things:

First, a Christian cannot be a lone ranger. We need each other to grow in Christ. Even super heroes have their own groups. Justice league, Fantastic 4, even Batman had Robin. Superman had Louis Lane. We need the intimacy, accountability and the emotional support of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. That is why it is crucial to be part of a Dgroup. When you’re part of a discipleship group, you can watch out for each other and help one another during tough times.

Second, we need to share the gospel and disciple others. As believers, we need to bring as many people to Christ as we possibly can. It is both our burden and privilege. It was only when I started discipling others that I became more committed to honoring and obeying God. A teacher must practice what he preaches. Being a discipler has allowed my faith to mature in ways I could never have thought possible. Many are content to accept Christ as savior but not as Lord. But God calls us not to be timid disciples but bold witnesses. That is the great commission. That is our mission.

Third, God + 0 = more than enough. Everything else is just a bonus. A great career, financial security, a Godly husband… These are all just bonuses. I’m not defined by what I achieve, the amount of wealth I own or in having the ideal husband, but in Christ Jesus alone. He is my rock and my salvation. And in Him, I will not be shaken.

Sometimes you don’t know what you’re missing until you find it.

I have found my identity in Christ-and never again am I letting go.

This is love, in the highest and truest form, in every sense of the word.

May you find Christ like I did and live a truly wealthy life.

-Alex