I prayed to God before that someday the SFC ICON will be in Metro Manila and praise God because He answered my prayer. It is an honor for me to be a part of the biggest SFC event and this is my very first International Conference. I was happy because even some parts of the world have also SFC community especially in Southeast Asian countries (I was hoping that there will be South Korean or Chinese chapter hehehe). Allow me to write down all of my sharing and thoughts that I had.
The first session talked about rekindle which is the theme of Couples for Christ this year. A simple conclusion was made here: Continue to be the light to everyone especially for those people who are still trapped in the dark. The first session thought us to rekindle our faith and love in all aspects of our life (Mt. 5-14-16) so that others will follow and getting to know Christ more and more.
I attended a workshop called “Post-worthy.” I was guilty of posting too much melancholic and disparaging thoughts because of the overwhelming adversaries in this world. But that workshop reminded me not to use SNS as a personal journal because it can affect your good image to everyone. Nowadays, It is almost there to make my posts positive and well-balanced. SNS is a helpful tool to keep in touch with one another but it can be also harmful in the sense of using too much social media that can affect family relationship. I remembered a photo before that if Satan cannot make you bad, he can make you busy and that is through spending your whole life using SNS rather than building a strong relationship with someone. Posting is also an indicator if we are showing good or bad image to everyone so before posting, let us reflect and think very carefully.
The second session (2-17-18) was about serving the Lord sincerely. In my case, there are times that I serve half-heartedly because there are some cases that I think of anything while worshipping God in our CLP for example. This is quite alarming for me so I always trying my best to focus totally on the Lord without any distractions. The second session also reflects in Luke 10:27 that we should love and serve God with all of our heart, mind, body, and soul. Also the second session made a reflection wherein I heard some people who are crying. I also cried not only in pain but in anger because of the bad experiences this month and more adversaries to come. I grieved to the Lord in anger because I was so vulnerable in facing the giants, my faith is as small as a grain of sand, and because of those people who hurt me so much especially to my online students at work who are so demanding and intimidating. I always ask God not to introduce those students to me but I don’t know why they are still there, anyway… During that time, only God touched my heart and He always reminded me to be strong always and follow His commands very well. To stay calm no matter what and always execute compassion.
The third session talks about trusting God. The pray over session in the third talk was my favorite part because I fall into categories like healing (I pray for my health because I am diagnosed with Pulmonary Tuberculosis as well as my mother.), God’s gift (I pray for my right woman but I guess the Lord God is still training me to be a right man first. It is very painful for me to wait but I have to because the Lord God is just taking me away from wrong women), and bondage from addictions (until now, I really cannot escape from masturbation, fantasizing,and pornography due to I don’t have a girlfriend. I cannot take this anymore and I always ask God to make me free from this bondage. I really cried this out in that session).
The final session I think is the heaviest talk made by Bro. Noli Manuel. He is challenging all SFC community to embrace the other people like widowers, single parents, LGBT, and divorced. You know what, I have two coworkers. One is a single mom that I had a crush on her before but she didn’t like me without any reason because she liked a guy who is also my coworker and former friend of mine. That guy was tried to be friendly to me but
I didn’t entertained him because he was a crowd favorite due to his humorous attitude and I don’t want him as my friend because I don’t have sense of humor. So that single mother had a clingy attitude to that guy which at the end it didn’t work because that guy is a gay. I judged both of them. I judged a single mother because of her past and some worldly lifestyle and I judged a homosexual guy because I cannot see a brotherly trust on him. I feel guilty for not being open to those people and I was distracted by my emotions. I thought before that those people don’t deserve God’s Kingdom. I was so judgemental to those people but because of that talk, the Lord God is inviting me this year to welcome them, to have an open mind and heart to them, and to love them. This is the only way to release them from bondage of worldly distractions.
Forgiveness, comfort, and brotherly advice was experienced in SFC ICON 2018: Relentless. I like the quote made by a worship leader in which he said God is crazy — crazy in loving us. So he encouraged us to be crazy (Caring and Relentless from A to Z which starts from You). Overall, SFC ICON 2018 and SFC at 25 made me a very good impression in my life and I believe that through this event, the Lord Jesus encourage me to avail the “sale” of repenting and returning to Him.