Charles Morris: A Friend On The Air
August 3-9 Edition
Chariots of Fire
I began tuning in nightly on DZAS 704 AM around August 2011 when I was in General Trias, Cavite. I'm a radio guy: I have deliberately avoided buying a TV because I keep moving from place to place.
I'm in Cebu as I write this on June 16, 2013. Charles Morris again became part of my evenings when I found it in DYFR 98.7 FM, "The Life Changing Radio." It was their Fathers' Day special episode.
Fathers, says Charles, are watchers, using an imagery from Ezequiel as a metaphor. But how many of us really take our roles as sentinels seriously? he asks. We seem to beat our own drums rather than blow the trumpet of love for our families. But no matter how irresponsible we may have been at times, there is a Watcher who protects us with the love and loyalty we can never equal. "If that doesn't humble you," he says, "I don't know what will."
I may not always "come back again tomorrow," but I know I will always return to "hear the great story that's all about Jesus!"
Eric's latest book is Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness, a collection of stories that need to be told, that need to be known, to every generation. Among the seven are Chuck Colson and Eric Liddell
He has let Jesus enter his life, and "I can't lie," he said.
He's got to be crazy! In a way, he was, in the eyes of the world, because his transformation was genuine and really inspiring.
See Huggybear's earlier story on Chuck Colson. See also stories on Christian evangelists Chuck Swindoll and Greg Laurie here on 2Rivers
What is told in the book is not in the movie. It happened later, during the war.
It was only revealed to the world during the 2000 Beijing Olympics.
Eric had been a prisoner, suffering the physical, mental and emotional agonies of torture. Then, finally, blessedly, the day came for his release, but he made the unparalleled sacrifice of giving up his freedom to save the life of a dying pregnant woman, a complete stranger
"You came to see a race today, to see someone win," Eric Liddle (Ian Charleson) tells the people in the life-changing movie Chariots of Fire.
"But I want you to do more than just watch a race," he goes on. "I want you to take part in it. I want to compare faith to running in a race. It's hard. It requires concentration of will, energy of soul. You experience elation when the winner breaks the tape - especially if you've got a bet on it".
"But how long does that last? You go home. Maybe you're dinner's burnt. Maybe you haven't got a job. So who am I to say, 'Believe, have faith,' in the face of life's realities? I would like to give you something more permanent, but I can only point the way.
"I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within."
"Jesus said, 'Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me.' If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race."
Jonathan Aquino's Journal
July 21, 2013
June 17, 2013
10:06 p.m., Monday
Lahug City, Cebu
I'm reading a biography about Barack Obama's remarkable mother. I'm going back to the basics, fixing my goal-setting mindset with help from videos of Brian Tracy and Bob Proctor that I studied earlier. I will completely rewrite my screenplay for director Joey Agbayani because I'm learning a lot from his inputs in our correspondence earlier. My training schedule for my latest call center is today but it was moved next week; they're so rigidly bureaucratic that I want to walk away. But I need a job asap and I already have two good friends there: Eric of Singapore and Harvey of Cagayan De Oro.
On the radio now is Nite Chat (See my story on Tsongkibenj). The quote today is "Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated." Here's my text: "Big world out there. I rather be a small fish in the ocean than the biggest frog in a canal. Please greet film director Chris Novabos. Request HT & E Beatles."
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