This week was all sunshine, its great! What a blessing to have the sun out all the time! It makes it hot sometimes, but we've been blessed with a breeze the past few days. The weather here is fun, its always the right weather to do something fun, whether its raining, sunny, windy, or typhoon season. Like we say here "Its more fun in the Philippines!"
We have a pest problem now... Well that's what we call it. Our neighbors have a dog (who just gave birth) named "Jackie" and almost every morning she somehow manages to sneak in our house and wait for us to give her food. She is very sneaky, I'll just be cooking an egg, and when I turn around she's waiting there looking like I just cooked an egg for her. Sadly we can't have pets so we have to get her out of the house. We also have another dog in the hood named "Dino", he doesn't do anything, really. It always seems when I go outside he's standing on top of a gravel pile just staring at me, no moving, just staring, I had a staring contest with him for 5 mins. Not sure if he wants food or what, but he just chills on our porch most of the time.
This week I've been thinking about weaknesses and how its like light and darkness. We often hear the phrase "I 'have' a bad habit". When we want to fix habits we often say we are trying to "get rid" of the habit. Weakness is like darkness for me, you literally take away darkness, its just a lack of light. A weakness for me is open space for strengths to be made, and we should fill that space with good things. I recently watched the church's addiction recovery videos, and the things I noticed is that in order for these people to fully recover, it wasn't enough to just avoid the problem, but they had to fill their lives with good and wholesome things to heal. When we fill our time noble causes, we also dispel the darkness in us. We will see our life as a life, not just filling time.
Lastly, be happy! Learn to laugh at mistakes. Learn to seek joy from repentance. Too much time is used reviewing and grumbling on the past. See it for what it is, and use the precious time God has given you to be the children he knows you are!
Have a great week!
Mahal ko kayo!
Elder Trevor Kent Johnson (The Weirdest Missionary You Know)