PERANG HINDI BITIN: How to make your 2017 the ‘best year ever’


Mayroon akong kaibigan na nagpadala ng email asking me what tips I could give to make this year 2017 the “best year ever.”

Nag-isip ako, and I thought that I could give some encouraging positive thinking kind of tips, but when I thought about it, na-realize ko na that every year or any year, no matter what happens to you, can be our best year.

Paano? You could have what to others would look like the worst year ever because of trials and disasters, but the same could be a best year ever for you with a change of mindset and perspective. Ganun? Magpalit lang ng pag-iisip, best year ever? You might be asking, “paano ‘yun?”

Four years ago, nu’ng January 5, 2013, I had just become a widower. Maraming beses, sobrang tindi ng kalungkutan, gusto ko sana magpakamatay. The grief was so intense, the thought of driving off the skyway to join my late wife crossed my mind.

Pero mabuti ang Pa­nginoon. The Lord, like a gust of wind under a wounded eagle, falling and crashing to earth, promised that He would restore me. In fact, He said, “you will love again. I’m going to give you one more great love.”

Isa sa mga pinaka-­favourite kong life ver­ses comes from the Book of James which says that we should consider our times of trials as times of pure joy. He says that ­trials tests our faith, and that the testing of our faith deve­lops our endu­rance for this marathon called life.

Handa ka na bang tumakbo ng marathon?

My encouragement to you is to consider the flipside of a so called ‘bad year.’

The Lord restores after a trial. Consider this promise:

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. – 1 Peter 5:10 NIV

So kamusta ang nakaraan na 2016?

Kung puno siya ng trials, financial challen­ges at problema, if it didn’t turn out too well or as expected, view it as a blessing and learn from it. Look forward now and have a mindset of joy when you face more t­rials or problems.


You are due for some restoration. That’s for sure!

Iyan ang pangako ng Panginoon.

Alam ko, kasi the Lord has so renewed me.

Happy New Year from the Roberto family. The Lord is Faithful!


Si Ardy Roberto ( ay isang entrepreneur, speaker at author ng 8 libro inclu­ding Money and Marriage, Heart of Healing, Real Men are POGI, and Pera na Hindi (pa rin) Bitin (coming soon!).

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