Love Requires Commitment

So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of  oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.

I Kings 19:19‭-‬21 NKJ

Love requires commitment, and commitment requires abandoning our exit strategies.

One of my favorite examples of removing any exit strategy comes from the prophet Elisha. The Old Testament book of 1 Kings chronicles Elisha’s extraordinary story. God called Elisha into a life of ministry, but Elisha wisely understood that embracing his calling would mean letting go of his current career. He had to make a choice between his love for God and his need for the familiarity and financial security of his home.

Elisha was a farmer from a family of farmers. His cattle and his farming equipment represented his family trade, his heritage, and his income. Elisha didn’t want the temptation of a comfortable exit strategy in his mind on the days when his new life in ministry might get uncomfortable. Elisha wanted to go all in with God.

To simultaneously celebrate his new calling and publicly display his commitment to God, Elisha threw himself a very unique going-away party. He slaughtered all his cattle and cooked their meat by burning all his farm equipment. He was symbolically and literally lighting fire to his exit strategy.

As he celebrated his new adventure with friends and family that night, they all knew he wouldn’t be coming home, because he’d made sure he’d have nothing to come home to. He had removed the temptation. He had eliminated the exit strategy. His love for God moved him to make a dramatic commitment.

God honored Elisha’s commitment. Elisha went on to become one of the most significant spiritual leaders in Israel’s history. His love, faith, and commitment to God continue to inspire people around the globe.

Love thrives where love is rooted in commitment. Make sure your loved ones know your love isn’t just a fickle feeling; it’s a promise for your shared future. Embrace a deeper sense of responsibility for and accountability to your loved ones, and you’ll be cultivating fertile soil where lasting love can take root.

From: 7 Laws of Love ( Ptr Dave Willis and Thomas Nelson

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Baby William’s Chemo Fund

 

 

In the photo above is my nephew William Rayvhen Esguerra.

We call him “Babing” and he is 9 months old. It was on the 3rd week of December 2016 when he was having a low platelet. They rushed him to the hospital, and after 7 days, he was losing platelet again, and the doctor said he has Kasbach-Merritt and Kaposiform Thelioma. He did 12 times chemotherapy already. But this July 28, 2017, his doctor’s advice that he need to undergo another chemotheraphy because his platelet is getting low again and to remove blood from his right upper arm to prevent the clotting to spread.

If you were able to read up to this point, I hope we could ask for your kind help to share some of your provision to finance his treatment. The money raised will be used for the chemotherapy sessions that according to the doctor need to start immediately. Any amount would be a huge help to his full healing and recovery.

Please support this baby warrior for his chemotherapy.

If you are moved to donate to our family please refer to these details:

  • BDO Cash Card

Name: Jackielou Tabuada

Number: 6018539078621806

  • Money Transfer

Name: Janine Esguerra (Mother)

Mobile Number: +63 917 820 4104
Location: Davao City

Photography: Telling The Story

You’ve heard that saying ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ … what if it created a story? A story of the subject, the story of the artist, musician, or journey?

With every image created there is a God-story to be told, a person’s journey, a moment captured in history, a visual stake in the ground.

With every image you create, you are showing Him. Your images can be seen globally, on all platforms, so every image is a visual testimony; of our church, His power, His restoration, His love and goodness. It is key that they represent all we do in the truest form. The heart should always be “how could I reflect God’s creation and journey of this subject in the best way possible?”

Below are some points that stick out to me when capturing someone’s story;

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