As I stand between the past and the future, I look at the present and I am quite pleased at how things turned out for me. Not everything went according to my plans, but I am fully convinced that God’s plan for my life is still in progress.
There are a lot of things that I need and want to give thanks for, and let me just begin by saying “thank you” to all of you who has given me the encouragement to press on towards the goal, of living my life like I’m leaving; like heaven is in view. But like Paul, I do not say that I have made it already for I know that there is still a long way to go and much more to do. I am but just beginning on this road that I have to travel along; a road that I have walked on and off a lot of times before, which I hope I tread on faithfully in the days to come.
I thank God for my mom and dad, Cory and Rudy, for doing a great job in bringing me and my siblings into this world; thanks that also goes out to my twin brother, Jeg, who has and is always there for me; also to my beloved sister, Ria, whom I love like no other and to my youngest brother, Angel, who will always be my baby and my kuya.
I thank God for bringing an addition to our family: Charlene, my wonderful sister-in-law with her equally wonderful and intelligent son, Andre, the first love; and MY love, my niece Margaux Sophia, who is named like she is; and the new “bunso” of the family, Lhey.
I also give thanks to God for my wonderful aunts and uncles and cousins that I will forever treasure: Kuya Rey and Auntie Emmie with their kids Jessie and Angel; Uncle Arnold and Auntie Pining with the lovable Ira; Kuya Lito and Auntie Eleonor with their uber gregarious son, Eli John; and to my martial-artist uncle who I wished taught me everything he knows about martial arts when I was younger, Uncle Apol. Any relative: Lolo’s and Lola’s, Uncles and Unties, Cousins and "inaanaks" I have in the four-corners of the world... You (will be if not yet) are a gift to me too.
I also praise God for his faithfulness in the ministries that he has given unto us as our assignments: Lord Jesus the Living God Ministries; Fusion; my New Media Ministry; and the others that are yet to come... I believe God for more assignments this New Year.
I thank God for the People and the Ministries that has helped me in restoring my faith: the Holy Spirit’s ministering in my life through my personal discipleship; Living Faith Church, Gospel Light Christian Fellowship SF, Christ’s Commission Fellowship D-group and Open Doors Ministry SG.
I praise God for the salvation that he has already ordained for my friends; I claim his word in Acts 16:31... I know it shall come to pass.
I thank God for my best friend Chipi’s restoration.
I thank and believe in God for my friend’s, the lost sheep of the pasture, reinstatement of faith.
I thank God for the special people in my life who has been with me, for the longest or the shortest time, I am forever grateful that you have been a part of my life: Molina Family; Bantugan Family; Conception Family; Constantino Family; my Ka-Patid Larry, Atoy, Jade, Marci, Penny, Tin, To, Tinay, Abe; my Kapuso, most especially to Neil, Jacel, Abi, Bujoy and Macky; My KAPUSO who I have met and worked with; my AYS and AYS SP family; To the people of Emergency; my KOQ family; my BTW family; my one and only Kapamilya, Mori, who I will never forget; my Jorjs; the Project Labo girls and boys and to the people of GMA Corporate Communications; my brother Ronnie; my gurls, Tina and Zara; my Kamote Crew: Donna, Gem and Ice; my buddy Brian; my SG twin, Beh; my Solar Family + Bong; Kristel my Jedi for life; Iza, the only star in my life; Kuya Jason Cruz, Ali and Ayin; To the Buco family: Tita Julie, Tito Bhoy and the rest of the family; to Rome and Jean; And to my friends in Laguna; To Sassie, Murphy and Chloe... my bitches and hound; to Ate Malou, Kuya Joey and Micheal; To my classmates in college, high-school, elementary and preschool; to my Friendsters, Multiply contatcts and Facebook friends; to the people I pester with my emails; to Kuya Ricky and Family; to Ms. Juneth and family; to my housemates: Kuya Mon, Ate Jo and the kids; Ate Milet, Ate Marlene and Cherry and Bing; to Kuya Jason and Ralph; to my new found friends in Singapore: Anne, Kat-Kat and Janet; Din the doorman; Glaizel and Stephen and their churchmates; Ate Leah; Shela; Noel, Malou, doc Andre, Dindo and the people of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari; Leanne; Reynold the hair-cutter; Louie; Karl and Vincent who I pray is having a great time in Manila right now; To my new acquintance who I hope will bring good things in my life this coming year, Ken; to my kumpares, kumares and multitudes of inaanaks; and to those whom I am yet to meet... family and friends....
If I forgot to mention anyone of you, rest assured that you are still in my heart... just not in my head right now...
I thank God for the amazing things He did for me during the last quarter of this year: For bringing me out of my comfort zone, somewhere I am not comfortable so that I would find my comfort in Him; For proving that He is the great provider all that I need, in every aspect of my life; For making opening my eyes to the truth that I am his son and that a man as evil and as vile as I am is never beyond God’s love and salvation; For reminding me that he’s got the whole world in His hands and proving it to me by bringing me to the nations (more countries to go...); For teaching me things through experiences that started sweet, then turned salty, which became sour, and then bitter but still ended up sweet; For teaching me that faith really does move mountains... of doubts and unbelief; For filling me with the fruits of the Spirit and making me flourish even in times of drought;
But above all else, I give thanks to my maker, my saviour, my comfort and lover; to whom all good things flow; who deserves all the glory and honour and praise. And as I stand at the threshold of this New Year, I once again fully surrender and commit everything unto His mighty and sovereign hand, that He may, in my behalf, do things for the Father’s glory. My life will be an evidence of His existence; I will speak and I will not be silent; I will live and I will die for my saviour, Jesus Christ, my Lord who reigns victorious forever and ever.