After a month-long leadership training in 2017, I gradually gained weight. I stopped working out, and I just ate what I wanted to eat and when I wanted to eat it. I justified my actions with lack of time but in reality, it was lack of discipline. I could not see self-indulgence and laziness as problems because I did not want to acknowledge them for … Continue reading My Struggle Against Overindulgence and Laziness
I recently shared my athletic background to a group of highschoolers I am Bible-studying with. I am not sure how the conversation got stirred towards that direction but I think it was because we were talking about career development concerns (e.g., which Senior High School strand should they take, which school should they consider studying at next year). After I shared with them that memorable … Continue reading Surrendering My Tennis Player Identity
One of the most frequent questions I get from Christians who happen to be student-athletes and/or graduating students goes something like this: “Ate, gusto ko naman talaga din mag-disciple like Jesus pero nalulunod napo ako sa acads at training.” (“I actually want to disciple like Jesus but I am already sinking from my acads and training”) Often times, I would also hear them say: “Ate, … Continue reading Is It Still Possible To Honor God Make Disciples Even If I’m A Stressed-out Student-Athlete or Graduating Student?
I have traveled 31 times internationally and 67 times locally (as of date). That’s a little over 110 flights around 4 continents and across the Philippine archipelago. About 80% of these trips were because of tennis competitions, and the remaining 20% were for vacations. The list of memorable experiences (both the good and the traumatizing ones) from these trips could go on and on and … Continue reading Traveling is Great But It’s Not Everything
It is often challenging to obey our coaches. We know how good their intentions are since they are like our parents while on training or during competitions. But we just do not obey them all the time. I understand this because I have disobeyed my coaches a couple of times too when I was an athlete. From not going to training on time to not … Continue reading If You Love God, Honor Your Coaches