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Smiling, Thanking

Smiling, Thanking
by Danny Tariman

“Let the peace of Christ control your hearts… and be thankful” (Col 3:15)

I was navigating through the early morning traffic going to my work. At an intersection, a motorcycle was about to cross my way. The rider looked into my eyes with a cheerful smile and gestured to cross.

I stopped and gave him back a good smile. And as he crossed, I can read his lips saying, “Thank you”, while still wearing that joyful smile.

I am blessed with his very simple act: a smile and a thank-you.

In today’s traffic chaos, with car drivers and motorcycle riders trying to out-do each other, it was the least that I expect from a fellow road user. Almost every day, it pisses me off that motorcycle riders will just cut across my path as if they are alone on the road: crisscrossing (changing lanes like passing through a zigzag), overtaking at the wrong side, not yielding to traffic lights. It is indeed messy on the road, driving along with motorcycle riders.

But not this morning. And I thank the LORD for people who has the courtesy, and a grateful heart.

Thank you, dear Jesus, for this motorcycle rider who crossed my way early this morning. May many more follow his example.

Reflection: Do you have the road courtesy to yield to other drivers and to traffic signals? Are you grateful to the drivers who let you pass?

Prayer: Dear LORD, grant me the grace to drive carefully and defensively, and to yield to others when necessary. Amen.

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Working Full Time

Working Full Time
by Danny Tariman

“Obey your human masters in everything, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord.” (Colossians 3:22)

It was a usual morning: routine 1-minute chat with staff as I go around the office, getting status of tasks assigned.

I noticed that one staff suddenly closed his mobile phone. From a distance, I can see him viewing the Facebook. His direct supervisor who was seated behind him, was not around. He quickly put his hands on his computer keyboard, sensing that I was about to go near to him.

Days before this moment, his supervisor reported to me that this staff does not work “full time”. He frequently checks his mobile device, usually doing something on Facebook. This has resulted to delays in completion of his tasks.

This reminds me of the Word of God: that as workers, we are supposed to “do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best.” (Col 3:22 MSG)

We need to give our best! This means ensuring that we give the best quality output or result, finished on schedule if not earlier. Let us make our customers — both internal and external customers — happy!

Let us glorify the Lord through our work, by working full-time in our given tasks, and by giving our best!

Reflection: Do you give all your time and effort to the task assigned to you? Even when your boss is not around?

Prayer: Forgive me Lord for not giving my best in my work. Grant me the grace I need to glorify You in my workplace. Amen!

God Provides

God Provides
by Danny Tariman

“He said to [his] disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat… For life is more than food'” (Luke 12:22a, 23a)

My wife had a 2-day holiday with friends in an exclusive resort. Because we want her to just enjoy her moments, we told her not to bother preparing our food packs, which she usually does every day.

She left home early in the morning. My family had a quick breakfast without her and drove-off for our day in the office.

I did not have the usual food pack that I bring for the day.

To my surprise, a few minutes upon my arrival at the office, two of my staff gave me something I really do not expect: one gave me a cup of bean jelly/curd (taho, in Tagalog), and another gave me an apple! I have now food for my snacks!

Just before twelve noon, as I was about to go to the canteen, my staff told me that a member of my office team will be bringing in food for our lunch. Another surprise!

I was so touched at how the LORD provides. As I had asked my wife not to prepare food so she can enjoy her day with friends, the LORD touched somebody else — these three guys — to give me food!

Truly amazing! His Word is indeed real: “God will provide” (Genesis 22:8)

Reflection: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat… For life is more than food” (Luke 12:22a, 23a)

Prayer: Am sorry LORD for the times that I have not fully trusted in You by worrying. Grant me the grace to live a life fully trusting in You! Amen.

An Extraordinary Kindness

An Extraordinary Kindness
by Danny Tariman

“The natives showed us extraordinary hospitality… and welcomed all of us” (Acts 28:2)

My family were exploring a provincial town’s attractions. That afternoon, we would like to try a coffee shop that was recommended to us by a relative.

Upon reaching the town center, I asked a local — a tricycle driver — where this “Blue Cafe” is.

I noted his eyes scanned the surroundings and his memory.

And he replied, “Maybe in the other side of the town, sir”. Then he gave us street directions to find the cafe.

After driving for about a kilometer, we have not found the coffee shop. And so, we decided to just have our afternoon snack at another restaurant that we had tried the day before.

As I was navigating to park our car, the tricycle driver whom we had asked about the coffee shop, suddenly came rushing.

“I am sorry, sir. The cafe you were looking for was at the town center. My apologies for not able to guide you correctly”, he said.

We were just so touched by his show of kindness — driving fast to catch us up and give us the proper direction. He could have just let the situation go and let us find our way. But this man, in his kindness and hospitality, find a way to guide us.

Thank you, LORD, for these people! May their tribe increase!

As the Bible says in Romans 12:9a,13 “Let love be sincere… Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality”.

Thanking in Adversity

Thanking in Adversity
by Danny Tariman

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” (Phil 4:6)

Our car conked-out in a far-away city, almost 70km from where we live.

I was with my family. We have no friends nor acquaintances in this place. And we have no one to run to, except to the LORD!

We stopped at about 6:15pm due to a broken engine belt. It was past 6pm and most, if not all, automotive shops were closed for the day. But we were still hoping to find one.

We prayed to the LORD and lifted up to Him our situation.

Despite this problem, we continued to thank the LORD.

We thank the LORD for a wonderful day at the beach! Yes, we had been from a beach.

We thank the LORD that we stopped not in the middle of a dark highway, but in the city, in a well-lighted road.

We thank the LORD for “Nomer” the tricycle driver who accompanied me in looking for an open shop as fast as he can, trying to beat the closing of shops. We went to over 5 shops – all closed!

We thank the LORD for “Noni” a café owner, who had extended his all-out help calling his friends from his mobile phone, and even knocking at his neighbors trying to help us resolve our situation.

We thank the LORD too for the complimentary coffee that “Noni” offered from his café.

We thank the LORD for the automotive shop near our stalled car for helping us; even contacting a car service provider to help us.

We thank the LORD for the mechanic who fixed our alternator belt; the LORD sent a skilled mechanic!

We thank the LORD for keeping us safe the entire night sleeping inside our stalled car.

We thank the LORD for bringing us back home safely!

As the Bible says “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” (Phil 4:4).

Yes, it was grace that despite the problems, we were able to say “Thank You LORD!”

“Noni”

“Noni”
by Danny Tariman

“Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers, especially for strangers… Please help them in a way worthy of God to continue their journey.” (3 John 1:5,6b)

We were driving back home late in the afternoon.

Suddenly, after about 57km of travel, at around 6:10pm, our car’s dashboard alerts lit-up. Something is wrong!

I tried driving a few meters but I noticed that the breaks were not okay, while the alerts continue to blink.

We stopped and parked our car at the roadside, in front of a café.

I called our mechanic who advised me to check the alternator belt. I checked, and it was indeed broken!

It was past the usual business hours (at past 6pm). But we were hoping we can still find an “open” automotive shop to buy alternator belt. After running around the city checking at over 5 shops, all were closed for the day.

Exhausted from running around, I decided to enter the café, to ask – out of courtesy – if we can park in front of their shop overnight.

The cashier said it’s ok and asked why. I replied, “An engine belt is broken.” She asked me to wait for a while as she tries to get help. She texted her boss.

After few minutes, “Noni”, the café owner, came out to help. He tried calling his contacts on his mobile phone trying to find a shop where we can buy a replacement part.

I watched him speak to his friends on his phone. Inside of me, I was awed at his kindness! I know calls using mobile phone are expensive, but he did it more than once just to help.

Having no positive response, we, together, went on to knock at his neighbors who have business connections. Unfortunately, no positive result too.

My family were all in admiration for his kindness. It was one-of-a-kind show of kindness, helping a total stranger get out of his problem.

To top it all, he offered us brewed coffee famous in his province, the “barakong kape”.

Truly awesome!

As Christians, we should indeed be faithful in all that we do, especially in helping strangers (3 John 5,6).

I pray that the LORD will pay back “Noni”, not just thirty, nor sixty, but a hundred-fold return!

Thank You LORD for giving us “Noni”.

Just Say No

Just Say No
by Danny Tariman

“We are concerned for what is honorable not only in the sight of the Lord but also in the sight of others.” (2 Cor 8:21)

“Hi Danny, can we meet this Wednesday?”

“Sure! What is the agenda?”

“Will discuss when we meet.”

This was the exchange of text messages between me and my friend of many years.

Over lunch, we updated each other. He did most of the talking. He told me a lot of stories about his growing business.

In the last few minutes, he requested to me go to a bank for a meeting, where his team will see a manager to discuss a project that his company is proposing to do. He asked me to pretend that I am a Software Architect/Business Analyst representing a competing technology company. I was also told to pretend not to know his team.

I was just listening to him discuss the meeting room scenario. He told me that I have no business card to give because I am supposed to be a new hire of this company that I am “representing”. He further asked me to give my mobile phone as contact number of the company I am to represent.

After about 5 minutes briefing of what I am supposed to do, he said “Bro, you have to go now as the meeting is to start at 2:30”.

I told him that it will be difficult for me. But he insisted.

And so we parted ways, with me walking toward the direction of the bank.

While walking, I prayed to the Lord to guide me as I was not at peace: these are all lies and pretensions. I also called my wife. She too was not at peace and felt that this is not pleasing to the Lord and very deceptive to the client.

With a very clear message from the Lord, I texted my friend “I am sorry bro, I can’t do this.”

He quickly called me to once again prod me to do it. But I insisted and asked for understanding. At this point, he did not press me anymore.

Although I needed a project for a job, I felt free and released from the burden of pretension when I said “No!” As the Bible says “Better to be poor and walk in integrity than rich and crooked in one’s ways” (Proverbs 28:6)

I know and believe that the LORD will honor my trust in Him and my obedience to His Word. I know He will answer my prayers and my dreams will come to pass very, very soon!