Category Archives: Christian Life

Work from Home

Work from Home
by Danny Tariman

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

It was one of my busiest weeks.

On a work-from-home arrangement, one would think that work-life at home would be a lot easier. On the contrary, it is not.

The usual 9-6 working hours is just not possible. As the head of operations of a 24×7 financial institution, the work-from-home just aggravated my working hours – averaging 12-14 hours a day!

The daily grind – requests, incidents, problems, and all of its related tasks was eating a lot of my personal and family time. To a point when even during weekends I have to coordinate with and chase all the stakeholders. It was literally too much of a burden.

I am so blessed that my family is very supportive. No complaints heard from them; only words of concern, words of encouragement – that held me to keep moving on.

Today’s verse reminds us to come to Jesus.

Indeed, during those chaotic weekends, I would devote my time praying and listening to Him. I would tune-in to a Christian preacher and take every word that is proclaimed. It strengthens me. It removes the heavy burden from my shoulders. And my soul receives peace.

Reflection: Are you heavily burdened? Is your work just too much to think about? Come to Jesus, He can remove your burden and your troubles.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for coming into my life. I lay down upon your feet all my burdens, all my troubles. Grant me peace and rest. Amen!

Believe and See

Believe and See
by Danny Tariman

“Unless I see the mark… I will not believe.” (John 20:25b)

For most people it is “to see is to believe”. They wanted to see, to get hold, and to feel it before believing. Just like “doubting” Thomas.

But for those who have faith, we first believe and then we see with our own eyes the manifestation of what we believe.

I remember many years ago, we dreamt of (and prayed for) our own house in a nice village within the city.

We have no savings that time. Not much resources, either. The prices of properties in the village we wanted to live were beyond our reach.

But we kept the faith. We believe that one day, the LORD will answer our prayer.

Indeed one day, I got an offer for an overseas job with a superb compensation package. The exchange rates to Philippine peso were in our favor almost every time I remit funds. I was also able to buy stocks overseas that I was able to sell at two-and-a-half times the buying price.

In no time, we saw what we believed — our very own house and lot in the city!

Reflection: Are you doubting that what you pray will come to pass? Just believe, and you will see.

Prayer: Dear Lord, strengthen my faith in you. Amen.

Awesome God

Awesome God
by Danny Tariman

“They were struck with awe and glorified God” Matthew 9:8)

During the period of pandemic, many cities were locked-down to prevent the spread of corona virus.

A lot of businesses closed shops. Thousands of workers displaced. No work. No income.

I had been out of job months before the pandemic. I had been trying to get a new project or a new job but to no avail.

But my family kept our faith. We know that the Lord will take care of us, in whatever situation we maybe in.

And just two weeks before the lockdown, the Lord gave me a job. It is truly amazing that He knows what is going to happen in the next few months!

While I read in the news that hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs, and are having difficulty meeting their daily needs during the lockdown, the Lord provided for all our needs. Not only that, we were also able to help those who lost their livelihood.

All we can say is “Indeed the Lord is truly awesome! Thank You Lord for all the provision.”

Reflection: Think of those moments when the Lord manifested His hand. How did you respond?

Prayer: Indeed, You are an awesome God! Thank You Lord for letting us see Your hand in our lives. Amen.

True Neighbors

True Neighbors
by Danny Tariman

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 12:31)

With the whole National Capital Region in quarantine because of the pandemic, it was worrisome for most people how to survive without going out of our homes.

In our village, we really do not know each other personally. We do meet from time to time attending village events but we haven’t actually reached out to each other as ‘neighbors’. Most do not even know each other’s name.

The quarantine however, somehow bound us, as neighbors. A number volunteered to coordinate the supply of food, groceries, and other stuff. One liaised with a supplier of fresh vegetables from the highlands, another coordinated the supply of fish and meat products, and still another offered to bring in fresh fruits.

There was something in common in all these neighbors: they did not do it for profit. It was, I believe, the love for neighbors that drove them.

When the quarantine was relaxed, I was touched by a lady who sent a message in our village chat group, “I am at a hardware store right now. Anyone who needs something, just message me.” Wow!

The fact is, we do not know each other. We are just bound together as neighbors.

This I believe is the essence of the verse “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Reflection: How do you express your love for neighbor?

Prayer: Lord Jesus grant me that grace to love my neighbor as myself. Amen.

[Photo credit to the owner]

New Normal

New Normal
by Danny Tariman

“The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior, Who will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love… I bring about your restoration before your very eyes, says the LORD” (Zephaniah 3:17,20)

With this world-wide pandemic, almost everything in the way we live has changed. The way we work, the way we interact, and even our usual family activities have changed. No unnecessary going out of home, no travels. Suddenly the whole world stopped. As if the Reset button was pressed.

There are a lot of talks about the “new normal” when we return to our usual activities. Social distancing, washing of hands, cleansing oneself before entering home, wearing of masks, and many others.

In our daily lives as Christians, can we practice these New Normal?  The verse above reminds us that the Lord will renew us… will restore us to the life that He originally planned for us.

Sharing some insights on how we can keep this new life in Christ.

Social Distancing

“My son, should sinners entice you, do not go if they say, ‘Come along with us!'” (Proverbs 1:10 )

In the new normal, we should keep distance from people of bad influence. Let us not associate anymore with people who live in a life of darkness and sin. Socializing with these type of people will push us back from attaining this new life in Christ. Let us maintain social distancing from this type of people, otherwise they can drag you into a sinful life.

Washing of Hands

“Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts.” (James 4:8)

This tells us to come to the Lord whenever we have displeased Him, or have committed sin, and ask for His forgiveness.  We acknowledge before our loving and merciful God our sinfulness and repent of our sins. A true repentance means turning away from sin and the sinful life.

Wearing Masks

“They will wait while I am silent and listen when I speak; and when I shall speak the more, they will put their hands upon their mouths” (Wisdom 8:12)

As Christians, we are to be channels of God’s love. We say words that encourages, and not dishearten; words that lifts up, and not put down. And if there is a temptation to utter hurting words, we better cover our mouths with our hands – like putting masks on our mouths.

New Way of Life

I read in the social media that in the new normal, people will sanitize oneself before entering his home: remove sandals, change clothes, wash face and hands. Indeed, to ensure that before he comes into the home, he is clean.

“Let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God” (2 Cor 7:1)

We have been redeemed. The Lord had paid the price for our sins. Being Christians, we need to constantly remind ourselves to be clean before the eyes of God. Let us remove from our midst anything and everything that will keep us away from God. Galatians 5:19-21 says “the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

We should get rid of the sinful life that we have lived in the past. The Bible says “whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor 5:17). We have been renewed in Christ, and therefore, new creations. Let us avoid going back to the old ways of life – a life of sin, of darkness, of misery. Let us avoid sin, and all occasions of sin.

I pray that in this “new normal” we will all experience what the Lord has promised us in John 10:10B “a life to the full!”

Working Behind the Scene

Working Behind the Scene
By Danny Tariman

“The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.” (John 14:10c)

I have never doubted that the LORD is doing something good for me, in the background.

I recently acquired my “dual citizenship”. I became a senior citizen late last year. And I am jobless.

I had been looking for a job after the expiration of my consultancy work, but for over 9 months I was not successful. I had applied through internet job sites, through network of friends and still no work. My thinking that my age being the reason weighed in much more when I turned 60.

But I always kept my faith. I know the LORD is preparing something good behind the scene.

In middle of February, a person whom I have never met had invited me to connect with him in a social media platform for professionals. I wasn’t inclined to accept his invitation, but I noted that we have a common friend. I accepted him.

The following day, he messaged me if I am interested to Head the IT (Information Technology) Operations of a bank. I assessed the job description, and I believe I can do it. And so, I responded “Yes!”

At home, while watching a Christian preacher, it hit me hard when he said “immediate blessing is coming!” My heart jumped! And I claimed it.

Indeed, the same day I responded that I am interested in the job, I was immediately called for a face-to-face interview with the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). But before I accepted the interview, I asked if my age would matter. The HR said “No, it doesn’t matter”.

It was a nice casual meeting with the CTO. It was like an old professional acquaintance reconnecting with each other. I told him my work experience, and he was telling me his. After almost an hour of exchanging ideas, he had me wait as he left the lounge. The HR Officer approached me and said I have to meet the CEO for a confirmation meeting.

In my heart, I was shouting “Praise be to God! This is it!”

Indeed, after meeting the CEO, I was offered the job to Head the IT Operations.

I know, the LORD Who dwells in me, is doing His work. Thank You LORD!

Reflection: Are you praying for something that haven’t come to pass yet. Know that the Father is working behind the scene. Just have faith.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, strengthen my faith in You. Grant me the grace to wait for Your answer to my prayers in Your perfect timing. Amen.

My Light, My Salvation

My Light, My Salvation
by Danny Tariman

“I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.” (John 12:46)

“I was living in darkness before, Bro Danny.” the man told me.

“I was a drunkard. I was almost always intoxicated with alcohol every night. I would go home very late, which would bring me into quarrels with my wife”

“I played with girls too. I have the ‘looks’, you know. There was this girl in my workplace who would frequently offer me lunch for free. I believe she is infatuated with me. When my wife learned of this, we almost had it quits.”

I know this man’s story. He narrated this a few times to tell the world that things have changed when he came to know and accepted Jesus as his personal Savior and Lord.

In a “Life in the Spirit” Seminar, he realized that he was living a sinful life. He repented and made amends with the Lord, with his wife, and with his family.

The light of Jesus finally shone upon him.

Today he lives in the light, the life that only Jesus can give. He continues to be a living witness on how the Lord had saved him from the darkness of sin. He now serves in various ministries.

Reflection: Are you still living in the darkness of sin? Let Jesus’ light shine upon you. He can transform you to live a full-life!

Prayer: Lord, let you face shine upon me. Amen

Listener

LISTENER
by Danny Tariman

“The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to answer the weary a word that will waken them” (Isaiah 50:4)

“I am so distressed. I don’t know who to talk to, bro,” my long-time friend texted me.

He had just moved to a new apartment but ran into some difficulties. His unit had no provision for a telephone line and his car pass was having some processing issues, among other small but compounding matters. He had been following up with the property’s caretaker but to no avail. “Am so tired and weary,” read his last text to me.

He’s a retiree living alone so it must be physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting to deal with his problems by himself.

I didn’t know what to reply except, “Praying for you, bro.” Then I quoted to him Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” And when I sensed he was at the verge of giving up, I shared with him 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

Sometimes, we feel helpless when we can’t offer anything to alleviate other people’s problems. But I’ve learned that listening to them, praying for them, and sharing God’s Word with them goes a long way.

Reflect: How do you awaken a weary soul?

Prayer: Dear Lord, teach me to strengthen the weak and give hope to the weary. Amen.

Of Fake News and Posts

Of Fake News and Posts
by Danny Tariman

“See that you not be deceived…” (Luke 21:8a)

Every now and then, I would see in our chat group posts that are of questionable source and questionable truth.

When this happens, I usually search the Internet to check on the validity of the post. Most often, or even as always, the questionable post is indeed fake!

As a reply to a fake news, I had once posted an article that verified the fake news, and the poster remarked in arrogance.

Truly saddening!

I tried to correct the misconception on item in the fake news, and I got a negative remark.

The Bible is very clear in John 8:32 “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”.

In this age of social media, we should be cautious in posting or re-posting items of questionable source or doubtful integrity. As Christians, we should uphold the truth, and stop the spread of lies and fake news.

Reflection: Did you help in the spread of lies by re-posting fake news?

Prayer: Father, grant me the grace to be discerning before posting or re-posting items of questionable integrity. Amen.

Blessings of a Son


Blessings of a Son
by Danny Tariman

“Those who fear the Lord honor their father, and serve their parents as masters. In word and deed honor your father, that all blessings may come to you.” (Sirach 3:7-8)

It was a 2-week absence for my wife.

After a family travel overseas, she stayed for a couple of weeks with our daughter who is working abroad.

Back in Manila, it was only me and my son at home. We haven’t really been “alone” this long.

I was not at the peak of my strength: both my hands are in pain due to trigger finger. I can’t do the usual chores I do at home. My son would assist me even a simple task of opening a bottled water.

A few days later, I had my left-hand trigger finger surgically released. At this point, the more I wasn’t able to perform much activity with my right hand only, which was also in pain.

At home, I had been almost always together with my wife. And I haven’t really seen both my children do ALL household activities.

But during these times, I am so touched that my son will prepare for me all that I will need for the day until he comes back from work: my breakfast, my lunch, my snacks, and others. He wouldn’t even allow me to menial tasks while my wound was still fresh.

He had shown to be a truly responsible son: taking care of his father, and ensuring that household chores are done. He would wake up early to prepare the food, and upon arrival from office, he would do the unfinished chores, staying late at night.

Thank you, son, you are indeed a blessing! May God’s abundant blessings be upon you.

On Marriage and Parenting

On Marriage and Parenting
by Danny Tariman

“I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness.” (Colossians 1:25)

We were meeting in the Vicariate Commission on the Family when a parish leader asked me, “Can we invite you to give a talk in our Festival of Families?” I was pleasantly surprised with the opportunity to share the Word of God.

I prayed that the Lord would speak through me in my talk. I prepared a good deal: pondered on Bible verses on marriage and parenting, and read Amoris Laetitia by Pope Francis. I lifted up prayers for a Spirit-filled sharing of the Word of God.

On the appointed day, my wife and I drove to the parish. When we were ushered into the church, I was beaming with happiness deep inside of me because the attendance was excellent: a complete mix of fathers, mothers, and children. This is exactly the audience that my talk was focused on!

As I delivered the Word of God on marriage and parenting, the audience listened attentively, even reading with me the biblical verses flashed on screen. After the talk, the attendees were asked to reflect. I was glad to hear that the Word sank deep into their hearts. I praised the Lord for allowing me to present His Word in its fullness!

Reflection:
“Do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 13:11)

Prayer:
Dear Lord, continue to use me as Your mouthpiece of love. Amen.

[This reflection was first published in Didache — both hardcopy and online — on July 21, 2019]

Faith in Action

Faith in Action
by Danny Tariman

“If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:15-17)

In a gathering of fellow Christians, I noticed a little girl singing in front of the karaoke. I was told by my wife that this girl is an adopted daughter of the host.

The party host told me later that they found this girl sleeping in makeshift cart, malnourished. Touched by the situation, her family took care of the little girl, clothed her, feed her and treated her as their own.

She further told me that they have another adopted child who is now studying in college. A victim of a broken family, this student had no home nor a family to go to and had to stop schooling. The host’s daughter asked her if they can “adopt” her. And the family did.

This wonderful story amazes me so much, as I see this as faith in action. This host family is simply living out their Christian faith, practicing what the Bible teaches.

I know in my heart that this family will be greatly blessed. As the word of God says “…sharing your bread with the hungry, bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house… Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say: ‘Here I am!'” (Isaiah 58:7,9)

Reflection: Would you lift your finger to help a needy person? Or will you just pray for him?

Prayer: Dear Lord, pls forgive me for not helping the needy as you would. Grant me the grace to be a channel of Your love, and a channel of Your blessing. Amen.