Former Ways

Former Ways
by Danny Tariman

Do not act in compliance with the desires of your former ignorance. – (1 Peter 1:14)

“Buddy, this one mug is for you!” I was in the company of old-time friends and I had just completed a Christian renewal seminar. It was our usual Saturday get-together in the neighborhood where beer and gin overflowed. I couldn’t abruptly turn my back on these friends who had been my drinking buddies for years.

But during that seminar, I surrendered my life to Jesus, including my drinking habit.

“You will undergo persecution,” my seminar facilitator warned. “People will insult you. But if you really want to stand up for the Lord, you should share His name.”

Remembering the advice, I told my drinking buddies, “Sorry but I just surrendered my life and this drinking to the Lord.” They laughed at me but I stood firm in my decision.

My drinking buddies later abandoned me little by little. And the Lord gave me a new set of friends, my Bible sharing group.

Indeed, “the old things have passed away; new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). And with its passing away, I no longer indulged in my former desires.

REFLECTION:

Do you still gratify your fleshly desires? You have been redeemed!

PRAYER:

Holy Spirit, continue to guide me and give me strength to resist temptations. Amen.

[This reflection was first published in Didache 2012]

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HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY, my beloved wife Niña!

by Danny Tariman

Let your … mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice. (Prov 23:25)

I like to honor the mother of my 2 loving children.

HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY, my beloved wife Niña!

Our two children whom you had bore and reared are truly wonderful — loving, kind, obedient, and God-fearing!

I thank the LORD for your courage and dedication to be a full-time mother & wife when you decided to forego your budding corporate career early in your motherhood. I salute you for your choice! Many women out there may find it difficult to give-up a corporate career; but this was never the case for you. I believe it is because of your love for our children!

It was truly a wise decision. You had nurtured our children so well; you had guided and taught them personally. We thank the LORD for home-schooling for this has enabled us to indeed teach our children ourselves.

The fruit of that decision can be seen in the upbringing of our children. They are truly superb, fantastic! I am so proud of them. And you are part of who they are now!

Thank you my loving wife! Thank you LORD, for giving me a great wife. Indeed, “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband” (Prov 12:4).

May the LORD continue to bless you!