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Dealing with ‘d Speed Virus

I’ve been driving since 2004. I started rather slow, allowing drivers to cut on me because during my first few months, I had difficulty changing steps with gas and clutch.

 But as I grew more comfortable driving, the speed “virus” has caught up on me. I like driving in the fast lane, especially when my wife and I travel to the province.

Today, the speed virus is changing the face of our world. People will try and buy anything that offers the speediest result. Just consider the following:

* Federal Express promises to deliver, that’s why people all over the world bring their parcels and boxes to the nearby FedEx outlet.

* Lucky Me! The cheapest way, especially among the students, to feed one’s hungry stomach. Just open the styro container, pour hot water into it, and in a matter of minutes, your ready to satisfy your hunger pangs.

* Jollibee and McDonald’s—two of the world’s giant fastfood chains, boast of their “speedy services” to time-conscious customers.

* DSL connection…No more dial-up connections. Just ready your airborne access or LAN equipment and you could access the web anytime.

However, I realized that speed isn’t the only thing. There will always have to be times when we have to slow things down, and pause for more important reasons.

Take for example this Bible text in Mark 1:35

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

The speed virus had been, existing since Jesus’ time. People rushed to have their sick loved ones touched by Jesus. Blind men, who heard Jesus passing by, were calling out His name, hoping that their eyes could be opened.

All over Galilee and wherever Jesus would go, people are in need. In need of His touch, in need of His life-giving message and in need of His miracle.

Yet, Jesus never lost His sight on His priority. He was certainly tired after healing people and ministering to them prior to verse 36, but He took the time to be away from the concerns of the people. For Jesus, more than just the ministry, Jesus valued His relationship with God the Father.

The cares of this world at times, could sap our passion and zest for life. And like Jesus, it’s vital for all of us to stay connected with God.

The world we live in demands a lot of things—deadlines in our work, family responsibilities, exams in school, chores to attend to, among others.

But we can be like Jesus everyday, who chose to “close the door” to the speed virus

the Speed Virus can drive people crazy

the Speed Virus can drive people crazy

because He had a more important date with His Father in heaven.

How about you? Are bugged by the speed virus? Got a date with your Heavenly Father?





8 Responses to “Dealing with ‘d Speed Virus”

  1. haha.. life is slower-paced in Davao. I realized how impatient I have become haha, coming from Manila. I miss speed. Here things happen slower than what I got used to. However, being away from “speed virus'” prevalence is a blessing because it gives me more time for things that really matter- time with God, relationships, time at home 🙂

    • Sometimes, being away from Manila is good because it really gives you the time to think, to meditate and even to ponder on many things. I know that God is speaking through you the past eight months. Hope you are growing continually and enjoying your time there as a single. The speed virus can be very dangerous at times because it saps the life out of us. But if we know when to step on the brakes, we’ll prevent damage 🙂

      • as a single.. u say that a lot hehehe…

        nabilang mo ah, 8 months.. actually, turning 7.. 8 if it includes cagayan de oro days….

        yes, agree. we all need to slow down at times 🙂

      • we are happy for you sa “new life” mo diyan sa Davao. What are you handling now sa office niyo diyan? HR? Accounting? Mas mabagal talaga sa Davao ano? But for sure, life is enjoyable there. Daming mga magagandang makikita diyan. One of the places in the Philippines gusto kong dalhin si Ava and the kids is Davao. Di pa nagbabaha saka di naman affected ng bagyo according to Tom and Erica. 🙂

  2. HR and accounting po.. hehe.. that’s why there’s so much responsibility and still learning my ropes. Typhoon winds don’t pass by Davao because it’s surrounded by Mt. Apo and Samal Island on both sides. 🙂 Yeah, I’ve heard from Kuya Tom that u were classmates in SWM 🙂

    • HR ka pala, Ava holds the same function in their family business now. she handles job interviews for applicants, makes memos and talks to employees regularly. enjoy mo naman work mo? I think you do…hehe, exciting yang part ng work mo kasi you still deal with people 🙂 which is very natural for you bec. you’ve been to campus ministry, where people is our “business”

      • Oh yeah.. d naman po natural.. mahirap din yun hehe… it’s kind of challenging bec HR and finance are 2 big responsibilities but as of the moment since we’re starting… i gotta handle both. it’s nice to learn.. though there’s a heavy pressure to learn it fast, compressing what’s being studied in 4 years in a shorter time 🙂

      • when Ava started to help out in their family business sometime in Aug. 2007, I realized na hindi rin talaga madali humawak ng HR. HR is such a huge department and one person just can’t do it all. kailangan talaga ng patience at saka wisdom din in making decisions na minsan eh crucial. Si Ava pa naman, kung may question, sa akin tinatanong, as if may alam ako sa HR. hehehe. but then, she got hold of the Philippine Labor Code, which helps her familiarize with the country’s “rule book” in dealing with employees. Maganda ma-familiarize ka din sa Labor code, just in case you handle people directly. malaking bagay yun, pertaining to the employee’s benefits from SSS, PAG-IBIG or different types of Leaves. 🙂 Say, san ka this Holy Week? Did you just stayed there in Davao area or nag-ikot ka sa Mindanao area? Kami, dito lang muna sa Manila. We went to Tagaytay last Mon-Tuesday for the U-Belt staff outing and I bought the kids with us there and one Yaya. Masaya, daming mga bata kaya si Bea at David happy kids din. dami kasi nilang kalaro. 🙂

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