(At the bottom photo are Yang’s beloved parents, whom I highly respect: Tito Jack and Tita Minet. This was taken after we sought their blessing and affirmation to enter into a relationship.)
Within less than 24 hours, I did not have to “boost an ad” on Facebook (which was never our intention, by the way) to get such undeserved response, encouragement and affirmation from people across our circles.
Thus, on Yang’s behalf, we give our sincerest thanks to everyone who prayed with us and shared their kind words of blessings in this journey we are starting. While we are yet at that early stage of being “boyfriend” and “girlfriend”, I think it is good to pause, reflect and share a few principles that we have learned from the Lord and what we have been affirmed of, so far, as we seek His leading.
Below, you will find 5 lessons from me and another set of 5 lessons from Yang. The number five (5) essentially represents the number of years of our friendship. You would notice that our writing styles are quite different, so bear with us a bit more as we share our hearts to you.
As a mentor-preacher, I try to keep things concise and my thoughts alliterated. So here are my two cents.
- Keep Christ at the very core — always!
- Keep a solid friendship as the bedrock.
- Keep a lifetime commitment (i.e. marriage, family) as the end goal.
- Keep “pushing” and “sharpening” one another towards his/her unique God-ordained calling.
- Keep yourselves connected to godly authoritative structures (i.e. family, church, leaders, accountability partners) where you can glean wise counsel.
Yang, being a doctor on the other hand, is able to articulate herself well in greater detail. Let’s learn from her.
- Honor God. — Do not get into something that would decrease your appetite for His Word or presence. If it does, that’s not His will.
- Wait. — God makes all things beautiful in HIS time, so wait on His timing. Do not let love unravel until it so desires.
- Guard your heart. — For women, don’t fall for an “I love you” not backed up with marriage as an end-goal.
- Love. — Do not base love on butterflies in the stomach, pulses racing, or giddy feelings. It is a decision to always place another’s highest good first. We can, only because Jesus did it first.
- Strive for everyday purity. — Psalm 119:9-11 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
While the lists we wrote here are not meant to be exhaustive, we share them out of a grateful heart, cheerful heart and… a hopeful heart.
By the Lord’s grace, we hope that we can be a good testimony to this generation and the next ones — to become a kind of people and foster a kind of relationship marked by Christ-like love, purity, joy, faith and a firm desire to honor God.
At the appropriate time, we shall share more of our story to you. But for now, we humbly seek your prayers as we grow in this God-ordained relationship — all for the sake of Christ and all for His renown!
Oh, may our Lord bless you and keep you, our dearest friends!