Do The Boring Basics

         I do a lot of incredibly exciting stuff in my life.
I preach an average of 200 talks a year.  
Each year, I take numerous airplane rides, hopping around islands and nations.  Right before my eyes, I see lives changed, souls converted, families reunited.
       Each year, I […]

Learn From Your Tears

I was in Grade Five.
One of my teachers was young and pretty, and I thought she liked me too.  Why did she look at me every time I looked at her?
       After extensive research in the faculty room, I found out that she was only twenty-four.  […]

See Each Person As A Gift

When my son Bene was only three years old, he was already a brilliant philosopher-theologian.
Because of this, I sometimes felt he was an alien disguised as a three-year old boy doing espionage work.
Let me give you an example of what I mean.
When the little guy turned three, […]

Know The Story Behind The Story

One day, I was giving a retreat to a bunch of bigwig executives.
      As a whole, the group was very happy to be there.
      Except for one guy—one of the Vice Presidents—at the back of the room.
If horses suffered from menopause that was what he looked like: […]

Choose Your Pain Wisely

“I wish I…(gasp) didn’t start… (gasp) smoking at the… (gasp) age of seventeen…(gaaaaaaaasp!)”
It was tiring to just watch Joe breath.
Every act of inhaling for him was pure torture.
Joe has severe emphysema—an incurable lung condition, often caused by prolonged smoking.
The way he breathed, you’d think he was having […]

Your Past Does Not Define Your Future

“Where are you in the photo, son?”
       I was just five years old.  I showed Dad my kindergarten class photo—a free-for-all scene where kids were elbowing each other for more photo exposure.
Where was I?  At the back of the pack, peeking over someone’s shoulder.  You could only […]

Open Up Your Life To Love!

       Have you ever wondered if fish drank water?
       I know what you’re thinking.
      Only a crazy guy like me thinks of such lunacy.
       Well, think of a tiny fish right smack in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
       Now tell me.  Wouldn’t it be […]

Live Your Life With Presentation

       Have you recently dined in a five-star restaurant?
Let me refresh your memory.
First, the waiters wear tuxedoes and toupees.  The tablecloth is immaculate and the orchids in front of you are fresh.  The ambiance is gorgeous.
       Second, the dishes aren’t called on a […]

Don’t Hide Who You Are

       Let me tell you one of the greatest mysteries of the world.
When a woman puts on blush on, mascara, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, eye-shadow, eyelashes, lipstick, lipgloss, toner, powder—and then turns to her husband and asks, “Honey, do I look natural?”
       Now tell me, how does […]

Learn To Say No Sometimes

“Can you bring a tiny package to my family in Manila?”
 “No problem!” I said to the petite Filipina in front of me.
This happened many years ago in a preaching trip in Europe when I still didn’t know about the Balikbayan* Phrase Dictionary.  In it, the term “tiny […]