This post will be the first among a new series I’ll have on this blog. The first series I ever did here was “Bakit Single Ka Pa Rin?…” 

One fine day, I was looking at my old journals and Sunday notebooks then I decided to “recycle” my notes from there to here thus the series title “Archive Notes…” I want to re-use these notes now and share it with others while I still live for fear that my family might just trash them when I’m gone.

This series will showcase excerpts from books I read and loved, notes from Sunday preachings and some Victory Group lesson materials I made and those I listened to as prepared by another leader/Pastor.

My first offering is a very special one because it’s a Victory Group lesson I made and shared to our group of mountaineers atop Pico De Loro in Ternate Cavite back in March 15, 2008 (Saturday) while I still serve as Secretary of Champions For Christ Quezon City (QC) and while attending church in Victory QC.

Pico De Loro, Ternate Cavite. March 15, 2008. Photo by Richard Lee.

“Living & Leaving A Legacy”

Warm-up Question:

Who is your favorite famous personality and why? It could be a hero, celebrity, athlete etc.

“Then He said to them all: “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?”

-Luke 9:23-25

“Those whom we can truly call successful are people who have in some way enriched the lives of their fellow human beings [like] Shakespeare, Bach, Monet, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr…No matter where we are, we can do something to add to the quality of life of those around us.”

-Michael Lynberg, author: ‘Make Each Day Your Masterpiece’

Sacrifice for Success

There’s an element of sacrifice in every successful person’s story. These people mentioned in the quote have sharpened their skills and service that involved a lot of discipline and focus just for them to have a lasting legacy even after they’re gone…Had we not sacrificed in this climb, we won’t be able to enjoy the view from the top.

In light of the Holy Week, we’re preparing to commemorate the sacrifice of a Great Person, a loving Servant Leader…Jesus. Our Lord Jesus sacrificed himself at the cross for us to learn to live life to the full.

There’s a price to pay in every goal. In my goal to show God’s love to my brother, I’ve sacrificed a lot…Those married people have sacrificed their liberty in exchange for devotion to their partner and responsibility to their children.

There’s a certain level of “dying to self” at every stage of growth. If I want to be promoted to become a Team Leader in the office, I have to avoid being late, take more calls for incentive’s sake and be willing to take more responsibilities.

Think about your big goals this year. Are you willing to sacrifice in exchange for the reward?

I’m not saying you flagellate or hang yourself at a cross or walk on your knees towards the church altar. What I’m saying is let’s follow Jesus’ example.

Let’s forgive those who’ve sinned against us or ask forgiveness from those we offended. Let’s be generous to people, live a life of excellence and obedience to God who knows what’s best for us because He created us for a purpose. Let’s give up our sins and follow Christ.

Pico De Loro, Ternate Cavite. March 15, 2008. Photo by Richard Lee.

One Great Man’s Legacy

One TV program aired in on PBS featured a little blue box from a small closet of the Library of Congress—the label on the box read: “Contents of the President’s pockets on the night of April 14, 1865—the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated…

5 Things In The Box:

1.)   Handkerchief embroidered “A. Lincoln”

2.)   A country boy’s pen knife

3.)   A spectacle’s case repaired with a string

4.)   A purse containing $5 bill—confederate money

5.)   Some old and worn newspaper clippings. The clippings were concerned about the great deeds of Abraham Lincoln. And one of them actually reports a speech by John Bright saying that he was “one of the greatest men of all times.”

“Life is short,” said Danny Gokey, an American Idol finalist. This past two weeks, Jenz Rivera’s dad just died, Joni Dionicio’s grandfather passed away. We don’t know when we’ll leave this earth so we better make each day count. Let’s make each day a masterpiece. Let’s count the cost and pay the price for success and for following Jesus.

“It’s by those who have suffered that the world has been advanced.”

-Leo Tolstoy

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

 -Matthew 7:13-14


Application Question:

What’s one thing from our topic that you can apply to your life right now?

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