This year, 2019, has been flooded with threats, changes, and choices, locally as a country and globally. These may have contributed to people using “existential” in their daily grind and mind. Let me write something about this word for a few minutes where we can all look into as we welcome the new year.

Existential can be defined in two senses. Here is how Dictionary.com expounded these senses.

  • The first is “of or relating to existence.” Entering English in the late 1600s, this existential is often used when the fact of someone or something’s being—its very existence—is at stake. – Dictionary.com
  • The second sense of existential is “concerned with the nature of human existence as determined by the individual’s freely made choices.” First recorded by the early 1900s, this existential is related to existentialism, a philosophy that affirms our individual agency in making meaningful, authentic choices about our lives. – Dictionary.com

Existential was on the top among the searches in Dictionary.com. This word painted the emotions as humanity fought for the survival of the planet, the people and life itself. 

Good read was,

“But, existential also inspires us to ask big questions about who we are and what our purpose is in the face of our various challenges—and it reminds us that we can make choices about our lives in how we answer those questions.”

Dictionary.com

Here are my thoughts about this word for 2019, existential.

Survival

This year brought us to a process of surviving and the reason for doing so. As the world faces its own crumbling, we fought unknown enemies, won unheard wars, defy unseen battles. Let me say this to you. As you read this, know therefore that “YOU ARE A SURVIVOR!” God has brought you out of where you thought was killing you, crushing you down as a hopeless case to live at this moment. That is grace beyond explanation.

“God has brought you out of where you thought was killing you, crushing you down as a hopeless case to live at this moment. That is grace beyond explanation.”

Suicide cases in Iloilo even spiked the national reports. Yet, you are still alive. You made it through the perils and have gone through the fire and high water. Life is never easy with the world we have today. But – “YOU ARE MORE THAN CONQUEROR!”

Night of Freedom Iloilo CIty Anti Suicide Campaign
Photo by Jesus Is Love Church

This unexplained phenomenal report of suicide was NOT taken lightly by Iloilo City. October 2018, Iloilo City rose to challenge this life abductor through a united movement among Christian churches, business people, schools, TV media, and the local government offices – Night of Freedom – which gathered about or more than 2,000 people in Rose Memorial Auditorium in Central Philippine University. The event was a mixture of real-life testimonies of people who have gone through anxiety, depression, sickness and suicide, an exhortation of the love of God and purpose of life and a whole concert of gospel songs. This campaign is said to be continued until Iloilo City and the Philippines will be a suicide-free city and country for all the Filipinos.

Donation Ursula Capiz Western Visayas

Recently with the damage done by Ursula visiting the Visayas regions on Christmas day, Filipino again rose to show resilience, bayanihan (collective effort for a cause), and survival. The latest disaster by Ursula sets up an embodiment of 2019 Southeast Asian Games themesong “We Win As One” written by Floy Quintos and was officially launched on 11 July 2019. Several organizations both from private and public groups stand up to the challenge to conduct donation drives and activities for a cause to finance and send help to Ursula victims in the Visayas.

Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

Purpose

Another thought on this word is the very purpose of life. Why did we ever exist? What is the essence of this life? Why should I keep on living and make a living? With the death tolls around the world, someone may have asked these questions. Here is why we have to slowly discover life and our purpose as days go by.

  • Purpose will help us embrace life in its best or worst situation.
  • Purpose will secure our self-esteem despite the spiral downfall we see in the world.
  • Purpose will direct our choices toward the greater good.
  • Purpose will create meaning for our existence. 
  • Essentially, purpose will connect you to God – a divine being. (for believers)

As you step into the new year, let me help you have a glimpse of your purpose. Look back in your years of existence and discover the indicators for your purpose through these questions.

  • When have you experienced an inexplicable sense of joy, usefulness, or value?
  • What have you done or what was done to you when you have experienced that inexplicable sense?

If you have realized that it was never about you in that very moment or series of circumstances, that there is someone bigger, greater and divine, consider that as an indicator to your life purpose. Collect those indicators for they will help you see the bigger picture of life for you.

Let me just emphasize, “YOU HAVE A PURPOSE!” The God who created you is a purposeful God and He has a good and perfect plan for you no matter how life would look like from the human eyes. God’s purpose is for you to experience Him in the life that you live more than just human experience.

“God’s purpose is for you to experience Him in the life that you live more than just human experience.”

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

If you are reading up to this part, let me tell you this. God has so much plan for you. If you only see His heart through His Word, the one thing that cannot be denied will be His love. He loves you. Your existence is never a mishap, happen-stance or a mistake. No one in all humanity can explain the wars, famine, accidents, and death. But it does not nullify that God loves you just like we cannot nullify that there are other planets outside our world even if we cannot touch them with our bare hands. 

God has a future for you, good and perfect for His will. May you welcome the new year filled with hope and joy.