Bro. Eddie C. Vilanueva
Making a choice is man’s daily staple. The minute we wake up in the morning until we retire at night, we have to choose among many options. What to eat for breakfast, what to wear, what specific work to prioritize in the office, whether to sleep early or watch late night television programs.
Hence, the challenge we all face daily is to make wise choices.
The Holy Bible strongly, clearly and lovingly teaches us the value of being wise. Wisdom covers all areas of life: From the way we value ourselves, to building relationships, to enjoying God’s bountiful provisions, to living and dying happy.
For this coming new year, 2013, allow me to share with you some lessons on wisdom from the Book of Proverbs. They could guide us on making wise choices in life:
“For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold” (Proverbs 3:14, New Living Translation).
“Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe” (Proverbs 28:26).
“Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life” (Proverbs 9:11).
People from all walks of life believe in the value of making and keeping their personal “New Year’s Resolution.” This list of what we want to change and/or achieve for the new year varies in terminologies from “New Year’s Resolution” to “Prayers for the New Year” to “New Year’s Wishes.” But whatever one calls it, the motivation behind making such a list is to look forward to a better life for the coming year.
And yet again, the better life is dependent on how wise we become with the choices that we make.
In the Philippines, 2013 is another year of making choices for its citizens. The midterm elections will take place come May. As early as January 2013, Filipinos will get to know again candidates who are offering themselves as public servants.
This humble being filed my candidacy for Senator to offer myself as an alternative candidate for the Filipino people. I am running under Bangon Pilipinas Party, a nationally accredited political party which has been participating in Philippine national elections since 2004. Since then, Bangon Pilipinas’ platform has consistently offered hope for Filipinos. The name of the party itself, translated into English as “Rise Up, Philippines,” believes in the Filipinos’ ability to rise and stand with honor and dignity in the midst of difficult situations.
In this year of making a choice, may Filipinos be wise in the candidates that they would elect.
For this new year, I join the rest of the Filipinos in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world in praying for God’s continued blessings for the Philippines! May God bless us all with wisdom in all the choices that we will make!
And I join the faith of our kababayans in declaring that Jesus is Lord over the Philippines this 2013!
Happy, victorious 2013!
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Jesus Is Lord Church is a Philippine-based, Christ-centred Full-Gospel Christian Church that is doing ministry work since 1978. It is currently present in 55 countries around the world. In 1987 Jesus Is Lord Church started its ministry work in Canada and found a home in 8 of its provinces today - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.