Do you want to take good care of your loved ones? Staying healthy is the key! A healthier mind, body, and spirit enable you to care for your family and spend more time with them.
Check out these 3 practical health and wellness tips that will benefit you and your family:
Tip #1: Take care of your physical health
You might be working so hard that you’re not aware of the consequences of unhealthy lifestyle and bad eating habits. It is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle! Remember that a healthy body will help you live a productive life.
How do you take care of your physical health?
In his interview with Beyond Small Talk, coach and motivational speaker LA Mumar said that eating right, drinking lots of water, and getting enough sleep are so basic, but they can make a positive difference to your health.
For Coach LA, observing a healthy lifestyle is really important. Being healthy and staying fit allow him to take good care of his loved ones.
He encourages men to exercise and advises fathers to engage their children while working out. For instance, he plays basketball and swims with his two boys. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone–he gets to exercise and bond with his kids at the same time.
This is a great idea for a busy person who juggles family, work, and other responsibilities. Try exercising or playing different kinds of sports with your family members. It will not only keep you in shape, but it’ll also let you enjoy the bonding experience with your loved ones.
Tip #2: Nurture your mental health
Many people are still affected by health issues, financial problems, and other challenges brought by the pandemic. If anything is weighing you down, it’s time to look after your mental health.
Inspirational speaker Carl Pascua shared tips to overcome anxiety, and suggested that reconnecting with your loved ones, spending time praying and reading the Bible, and looking for something that can give you fulfillment are all vital for a healthy mental health.
Tip #3: Nourish your spiritual health
Just as you eat, exercise, and keep your physical body healthy, you need to recharge from the ultimate source of strength—God. Carve out time to pray and rest in the presence of your Heavenly Father.
The 700 Club Asia host Erick Totanes shared the benefits of cultivating a prayer life, “A man connected to God through prayer, discerns well, hears well, understands well, and leads their lives well and the family that they have.”
Follow these health and wellness tips to stay healthy not only for yourself, but for your loved ones as well!
For many, the workplace can be a source of stress. While small amount of manageable stress can help motivate you and keep you focused, too much of it can lead to burnout.
Thankfully, there are some things you can do to help yourself break free from stress. Here are 3 tips to overcome your work-related stress:
1. Revisit your purpose and priorities
Why do you work?
There is a greater purpose why you are working and that is found in Colossians 3:23 NIV, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human master.”
You give your best at work not because you want to please men, but because you want to serve God above all. To manage stress, list down your purpose and priorities then ask God to help you focus on what truly matters to Him.
2. Improve your work-life balance
You can love your job but still get stressed if you don’t practice a healthy work-life balance.
Do not let work steal your time with God and with your loved ones. Schedule a time for rest and relaxation without feeling guilty. Go to your quiet place. Take days off and allow yourself to breathe, recharge, and rest in the presence of God.
See how it can bring refreshment to your soul and strength as you face tomorrow. Find comfort in God’s Word in Philippians 4:6 NIV, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
3. Seek help
If you’re one breath away from burnout, here’s something to comfort you: You don’t have to go through everything alone.
God wants you to seek help from others and trust that they can really support you. Jesus showed this trait when He called His 12 disciples and gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease (Matthew 10:1 NKJV).
He could’ve done all the miracles but chose not to. Instead, He empowered His disciples to work miracles. In the same way, trust that God can help you through your workmates and loved ones! Reach out to someone and ask for help when you need it.
Above all, pray. Seek help from your Heavenly Father and trust that He will help you overcome (Isaiah 41:10).
Some Filipino husbands have an amusing and endearing way of calling their wives Kumander. It suggests that the wife is the head of the household. They are “the boss.” They call the shots.
While the term seems like an innocent endearment, it somehow reflects how modern couples have adapted the culture’s practice and structure for marriage.
Yes, husbands and wives are partners in the marriage. However, it’s also important to know that God has established an order and roles within the relationship to make it stronger and successful.
The Bible uncovers “the secret” to a stronger marriage: Both of you should fulfill your role according to what the Word of God says.
Do you know your role as a husband or as a wife?
Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz and his wife, Christine, are here to help you discover your role in your marriage:
Husband’s role #1: Leader of the house
God has assigned the role of leadership in the home to the husband, just as Christ is the head of the church.
However, take note that, “Husbands are not dictators. They should not demand. They should not rule over their wives,” according to All About God in their article Role of Husband in the Bible.
As the head of the wife and of the household, Peter reminds that husbands have the responsibility to provide for the needs of the family and to protect your home. They are called to lead and influence the family with biblical values.
Wife’s role #1: Administrator
Running the household is not a walk in the park. Thankfully, God has equipped wives with gifts that can help them manage the home.
“All the talents, gifts, abilities, and disposition that were placed into me by the Lord helps me become a Godly and skillful administrator in the home,” Christine said.
From the Hebrew word Ezer in the Bible, helper means “helpmeet.” Ezer is a military word which means assistant to the commander. You are called to help and submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord (Ephesians 5:22 NKJV).
As Christine puts it, “God is our commander-in-chief. The husband is the commander, and the wife is the assistant to the commander.”
Husband’s role #3: Reflection of God’s sovereignty at home
The husbands should be the one to set the boundaries and rules at home. Setting dos and don’ts at home is part of leadership, and husbands must be firm in implementing them.
“The husband is like a judge. When it is sin, it is sin. There’s no gray area. You should set rules at home, that’s part of leadership,” Peter said.
Wife’s role #3: Lover and companion
Another God-given role of the wife is to be her husband’s lover and companion. Wives are called to be always ready for their husband.
“The wife’s mindset should be: she’s there for her husband. As a wife, you should always be ready for what your husband needs,” Christine said.
Wife’s role #4: Reflection of God’s love and forgiveness.
As husbands reflect God’s sovereignty at home, wives are to reflect God’s love and forgiveness.
“I have to have a heart that’s so loving and forgiving. We need to teach that to our children. Show them that we know how to forgive,” Christine shared.
Husbands and wives, God designed marriage to be this way that you must work—not as enemies—but as a team united with Him to carry out what He has called you to do.
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” (Ephesians 5:21-25 NIV)
Do you want more tips about marriage and relationships?
Feeling anxious after the election? Are you looking for encouraging words to lighten you up?
You’ve come to the right place!
Now that the election is over, Filipinos have different views on the results. Tension and anxiety affect many Pinoys these days.
If you, too, are experiencing post-election anxiety, take a look at these practical tips that can help you cope with your situation:
1. Identify your anxiety triggers
What exactly triggers you about the election? Is it the content of the news that you hear on TV and radio? Or the posts that you see while scrolling your news feed? Are you unhappy with the results of the election or worried about the future of the country?
Pause and think. Mayo Clinic says that you need to identify the source of your anxiety so you can start addressing it.
You can’t control what’s happening around you, but you can control how you respond to it. You don’t have to react on everything that you read or watch on the screen. If you feel overwhelmed by current events, staying off the news and discussions might be helpful for you.
2. Share your feelings with God
When you are bombarded with different reactions and issues nowadays, be intentional in being still in the presence of God. Speak out your feelings to God for He is ready to lend an ear without any judgment. As you open your heart, be ready to listen and respond to what He is going to reveal to you. Pray that He guides you and gives you understanding on how to deal with your situation.
Be still, and let His Word give you peace.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10 NKJV)
If you are anxious about the election results, remember that God is in control of everything. He is a sovereign God! He can change the hearts of the leaders (Proverbs 21:1), so, pray that God makes them righteous ones. He appoints leaders according to His plans, so pray that He helps you entrust the future of the Philippines in His hands.
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” (Daniel 2:20-21 NKJV)
3. Share your thoughts to a trusted person
If election matters continue to bother you, talking to a family member, a friend, or a counselor can help you, according to Mayo Clinic.
Share your feelings and thoughts to a trusted person who is willing to listen and even guide you in handling stress and anxious thoughts.
4. Accept the reality
After giving yourself enough time to sit with your feelings and praying for them, it’s time to accept the reality of life.
It’s time to move forward after the election and accept the newly appointed officials. Pray for the leaders and let God work in their hearts. Pray for the nation, that all Filipinos may live a godly life.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1–2 ESV)
5. Seek professional help if needed
Feelings of anxiety come and go, but if your post-election anxiety gets worse to the point that you can’t handle it anymore, Mayo Clinic suggests that you consider consulting a medical professional.
Take care of your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, and allow God to do the rest.
No one is a stranger to the brokenness of this world. Physical illness, emotional pain, and conflicts leave everyone in need of healing.
Thankfully, the Scriptures share how you can experience healing from God in your body, spirit, and community.
Here are 11 Bible verses about healing to help you stand on the promises of God for your own life and on behalf of those you love:
1. Pray for God’s intervention and healing
“Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.” (Hosea 6:1 NKJV)
If you need healing, draw close to God and receive the comfort He freely gives. He tears and strikes down imperfections, but His promise of grace will help and heal.
2. Pray for peace
“I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will lead them and repay them with comfort, creating for their mourners the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and the near, says the Lord; and I will heal them.” (Isaiah 57:18-19 NRSV)
God has seen your brokenness, yet He is always willing to rescue you from it. He doesn’t just heal—He can lead you, comfort you, and reward you with eternal peace.
3. Pray for God to deliver you from sickness and distress
“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!” (Psalms 107:19-21 ESV)
When the sick and distressed cry to God, He hears them. He delivers them. Even in common cases of recovery from sickness, God in His love speaks, and it is done—the body and soul are restored to health.
4. Pray for restoration in every area of your life
“I will restore your health and heal your wounds, declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 30:17 BSB)
You probably have experienced firsthand the pain of loss, illness, and injustice. Do not worry, God sees you. And your Heavenly Father—being a God of new beginnings—declares restoration upon you.
5. Pray that God blesses your soul
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:2-5 ESV)
In the psalmist’s mind, the most important thing was to be forgiven by God—even more important than physical healing. Thankfully, God both forgives and heals. With that, may all creature praise and thank Him!
6. Pray for the heart to receive God’s healing
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3 ESV)
It is God’s pleasure to heal you of all your diseases, mend your broken heart, and to set you free from the hand of the enemy. Open your heart. Cry to Jesus. He is always there to lift you up during your lowest point.
7. Pray for everyone’s revival
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV)
In the middle of crisis, division, and chaos, God desires to revive the nation and save His people. His healing can come when people learn to humble themselves, pray, and turn from their earthly ways. Pray for their hearts to be touched and souls to be saved.
8. Pray that God surrounds you with people who can pray for you
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14 ESV)
God doesn’t intend you to suffer alone. He doesn’t want you to suffer in private. He uses people to help those who are sick and calls everyone to pray for each other to bring about healing—may it be a physical, emotional, or spiritual need.
9. Pray that God increases your faith
“A woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, ‘If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.’ Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well.” (Matthew 9:20-22 ESV)
Physical healings don’t always happen, but God always sees the condition of everyone’s heart. Jesus saw that the bleeding woman had great faith that His power could heal her—and He did heal her, according to His will. So, ask and keep on asking with great faith and determination. Remember, everyone whom Jesus wills to be healed will be healed.
10. Pray for a heart that seeks Jesus more than anything
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 ESV)
Everyone wants healing. You’re praying for healing for yourself or for your loved one. Although God can grant miracle healing, He wants you to focus on Him, not just on the reward. May you pray for a heart that seeks God more than anything. Seek the Healer, not the healing. Seek the Miracle-worker, not the miracle.
11. Pray in the name of Jesus
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13 NKJV)
Keep praying in Jesus’ name, because God can do what you ask in His name if it’s according to His will. Praying in Jesus name is acknowledging that He alone has the power to heal. So, pray and declare healing in Jesus’ mighty name!
Have you ever received the news? Yes, the one that drastically changed your life that is about a loved one who suddenly passed away.
If this has happened to you, you are very much familiar with the tears and the extreme pain that followed immediately after. You might feel like that lingering feeling will remain with you forever.
Thankfully, it’s possible to find peace amid grief. Actress and Beyond Small Talk host Bettinna Carlos-Eduardo can attest to that after she suffered a miscarriage early this year.
If you are grieving, know that God’s comfort is always available for you. Here are 3 thoughts to ponder that can help you find peace when you are grieving the loss of a loved one:
1. God is sovereign
Have you ever asked God why He allowed your loved one to die?
You are not alone. People who grieve and mourn try to find answers and explanations on why their loved one was called home soon. The answer to those whys may be obvious now, or they may never be answered in this lifetime.
But whether those questions are answered or not, you can find peace in the truth that Jesus Christ is sovereign. He is in control of everything. So, take all your questions and pain to God in prayer. Ask Him to help you trust and embrace His divine purpose and plans.
“God is the Creator; He controls everything. He was the cause of that life, and He is all powerful to continue that life if it’s His will,” Bettina said. She also shared her realizations after undergoing the procedure, “When my fallopian tube was taken out, there was pain. But there was peace even with that pain. There was peace knowing that God knew what He was doing.”
2. God is good
The world will tell you that there’s no good in goodbyes and there’s no good in grief.
The Word of God tells otherwise. During your brokenness, God is near to you (Psalm 34:18). During your times of mourning, He calls you blessed and promises that you will be comforted (Matthew 5:4). In times of grief, God’s goodness is magnified—and because He is good, His plans for you are good, too.
To find peace amid your grief, Bettinna suggests that you submit to God’s will and choose to see God’s character: That He is a good, gracious, and loving Father.
“And as painful as it was, it was good. I received it as good because I know God is good. It’s really up to His will. If it’s His will to give it, He will. But if it’s not the will of God, whatever we do, it won’t happen. God is wise and God is good! He knows what’s best for us,” Bettinna said.
3. Appreciate what you still have
Dealing with grief is not some scientific problem that needs to be solved. It is a complex emotional journey and process you should not rush.
As you journey toward your healing, may you find comfort knowing that there are people, things, and many blessings that God has graciously given you throughout your life.
“What helped me during that time is to see what I have. You don’t want to let the pain blind you from seeing what you have. I know you lost someone, I lost someone too. But don’t let that loss make you lose sight of what you still have right now,” Bettina encouraged.
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away (Job 1:21). Whether He gives or takes, whether you grieve or rejoice—may you find peace in the truth that God’s grace is always sufficient for you.
“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NKJV)
Do you need uplifting prayers to help you cope with grief?
Whether they’re problems at work, financial concerns, or a medical issue, sometimes going home to a stable and loving family can make all the difference.
But what if the place that you consider as a sanctuary becomes more like a battlefield? What if your family is struggling with problems and you don’t know how to face them?
Through God’s help, you can overcome. Discover 3 ways to resolve problems as a family:
1. Forgive generously, love unconditionally
If you have a conflict with a family member, ask God to help you love and forgive just as He loves and forgives you.
Forgiving anyone who hurt you is hard, but it’s always better to mend relationships than give up on them. It may be hard, but it will be worth it.
Can you imagine how amazing it would be if parents and children would extend God’s grace through unconditional love and forgiveness toward each other?
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 ESV)
2. Believe that God can make all things new
Sometimes, family problems and conflicts can make families feel like they’re at a dead end.
Thankfully, God is in the business of restoring families. As Deuteronomy 3:30 says, “God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered.”
Seasons change and there will always be a season of testing your faith. The good thing? There’s also a season of building and mending for your family! (Ecclesiastes 3:3,7).
Pray that God would reveal Himself to you and your family members, and trust that He can make ‘all things new’ for your household.
3. Pray as a family
Opening up to each other and bringing all your burdens to God through prayers allow yourselves to experience His mighty works.
When you pray together, each family member learns what it means to be intimate with God. When God answers a prayer, each family member experiences His power and presence despite the struggles.
So, take heart and pray! Never stop believing that God can help you overcome family problems. At the end of the day, troubles go away but His steadfast love for you and your family remains forever.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10 ESV)
The Halalan 2022 proves that every election triggers either happiness or distress for so many people. Some are satisfied with the results while others express their disappointment and frustration.
Shouts of victories and clamor resounded not just online, but in homes, government offices, schools, and churches across the country.
As the shock wears off, you might be wondering, “What now?” How to move forward when the nation still seems divided over political beliefs?
Whichever side you’re on, the Filipinos can all come together to help heal the nation. Here are 3 ways to pray after the election:
1. Pray for your leaders
Whether you voted for them or not, believers are called to obey and pray for elected officials. (Romans 13:1).
Pray that God will give the leaders wisdom, grace, and a God-listening heart as they lead the nation. The Lord can turn hearts, so pray and be in faith that He can turn the hearts of leaders.
Pray that they would be righteous leaders who put the needs of others before their own.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV)
2. Pray for the right attitude towards your leaders
It’s true that you have the right to voice out your opinions. It’s also true that you can hold your leaders accountable whether they are able to accomplish their responsibilities for the country or not.
Just remember, you can disagree in a manner that is still gracious and in a way that still honors them.
You can air out opinions in a respectful way. And instead of condemning or bashing them on social media, it’s best to encourage them—by supporting government programs that will better the nation.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:12-14 ESV)
3. Pray for ways to get involved in nation-building
Government leaders have a huge role in the rise or fall of a nation. However, the success of the country does not solely depend on them.
A successful Philippines requires not only effective leaders, but also supportive Filipinos. Citizens who will pray together, dream together, and work together toward achieving a better future for all.
That means you too, as an individual, have the responsibility and privilege to be involved in nation-building. So pray for opportunities to serve your kababayans. Be aware of the current political and social issues then ask yourself what you can contribute to improve the situation.
God has given you gifts—talents, resources, and abilities—may you use it in serving others, spreading hope to the nation, and bringing glory to the name of Jesus.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV)
Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and our trained prayer counselors would pray for your concerns. You may also contact us through Viber, at 0943-144-4933.
They do what’s best for their child because they love them, but for some, those choices may not always necessarily be healthy.
As children grow up, things usually get complicated. Arguments may be frequent, differing opinions and misunderstandings increase, and parents begin to wonder what happened to the sweet child they used to play with.
If you are looking for ways to improve your relationship with the ilaw ng tahanan, here are 5 tips to develop a healthy relationship with your mom:
Tip #1: Communicate with your mother
Good communication with your mother entails more than just talking. It is knowing when to talk, when to listen, as well as what to say and how to say it.
Family Education suggests some points to keep in mind the next time you chat with your mom: respect her privacy and boundaries, listen objectively, and do not interrupt or use words that are accusatory.
Tip #2: Make an intentional effort to develop a healthy relationship
A healthy relationship with your mother is a two-way street.
Sometimes, it is not a lack of love that ruins relationships but a lack of effort. Thankfully, there are many ways to strengthen parent-child relationships, which means there are many ways to show constant love and appreciation to your mother!
Tip #3: Do your best to understand one another
No one is perfect; people make mistakes – including your mother.
During times of conflicts or misunderstandings, know that you have the choice to forgive. Try to understand why your mother does what she does. Ask God to give you the power to see right through any differences and see your mother through the lens of love.
Tip #4: Keep your relationship God-centered
Oh, how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
A God-centered relationship with your mother means Jesus is at work between the two of you. You speak and act with God’s love, joy, and kindness. It is a relationship where respect and grace abound.
You can have a healthy relationship with your mother despite differences, because you have received God’s love. Share that love with your mom and allow her to see Christ’s unconditional love through you.
“With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3)
Tip #5: Pray for God’s grace and strength to sustain you
The flesh and heart may fail, but God’s sustaining grace will hold you together.
This piece of truth comes in handy when you want to develop a healthy relationship with your mother.
This Mother’s Day, pray for your mom and with your mom. Seek God and ask Him to give both of you mouths that speak life, hands that are gracious to comfort, and hearts that love unconditionally.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV)
Are you struggling to have a healthy relationship with your mother?
Every voter—young and old, rich and poor—will all have the same power to change the nation.
Many Filipinos dream for a better Philippines, but the real challenge lies on electing qualified and dignified people into government positions.
How do you step up in picking out the best candidate among the rest? How do you make a God-honoring decision on whose name to shade on the ballot?
Here’s the key: Know the traits of a good leader and choose a candidate that possesses those traits!
So here are 5 qualities of a good leader to help you make an informed and empowered decision on who to vote for this Halalan 2022:
1. A good leader has a good track record
A politician’s track record, qualifications, and leadership experience show that they can lead the position they are running for.
Look at their educational background. Is their education enough to run this country, your province, or town? Look at their track record. What have they accomplished before? What are the projects and advocacies they’ve been involved with?
Research and see if a candidate is capable of fulfilling the promises and the deeds they have included in their platforms.
2. A good leader is competent
Governing a nation requires more than just basic knowledge and familiarity with principles of political governance, economic and financial management, social and health mitigation, and justice system.
It needs a competent and capable leader—someone who makes courageous decisions and sees the “big picture” within the context of an overall vision for the country. If they held government positions before, were they able to deliver their promises during their campaign? Look at their platforms. Do they have concrete plans to solve issues and better the lives of their kababayans?
Competence goes beyond words. In The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, leadership guru John Maxwell adds that a competent leader shows up every day, keeps on improving, follows through with excellence, and accomplishes more than what’s expected of them.
3. A good leader has integrity and good moral values
You want a leader that has great leadership, but you also want a leader that has a great heart.
When a leader loves God and the country, they must have integrity. They value transparency in governance and accountability. So before choosing a leader, look at their sincerity of service. Do they have integrity, or do they have history of corruption? Were they convicted of a crime before?
Likewise, the values they hold greatly influence their decision-making, so see if they have strong moral values. Check if their platforms are morally sound. See how they conduct themselves during times of moral dilemma. See if they have the conviction to do the right thing even in complicated situations.
4. A good leader cares for people
A leader who loves God knows how to love others. They have the heart for the poor and powerless, they champion the cause of justice and truth. They treat their constituents with genuine love and care.
How to know if a leader really cares?
Check their agenda and know why they want to lead. How do they treat people under them? Who benefits from their projects? Good leaders mirror the servant leadership of Jesus (Matthew 20:25-28). They lead not for personal gain—but actually sacrifice themselves in service of the people.
5. A good leader inspires people
There is no perfect leader, but there are competent leaders who can inspire others toward a goal and attaining it. They are able to win people’s confidence, trust, and support as they pursue a government program.
Before you cast your vote, ask: Does this leader inspire people to do something for the country? Through their words, actions, and beliefs, can they unite others to take part in bettering the nation? Choose a leader who inspires others to dream more, do more, and become more.
This Halalan 2022, you have a right—as well as a responsibility—to elect good leaders.
It’s also a call to pray that whoever gets in the office, God will lead them and guide them, that they will be righteous leaders who will bring the needs of the nation first before themselves. Ultimately, pray that Jesus Christ will be their Lord.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (Timothy 2:1-2 ESV)