Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

People follow me online for my travel posts. I’m just one of many content creators whom so-called netizens take the time to notice for relevant information on the blogosphere and on social media. I’m always considered to play a part in their online diet, even contributing to the emerging phantom vibration of everyone’s life.

Offline, my influence becomes part of my followers’ reality when they get to visit what I visited. The extent of the inspiration I give them is evidenced by the power to have choices. More than a hive mind, we all start from a single trail and end up making our own trails.

The Followed One Is Also A Follower

As a travel blogger for the past five years, I’ve explored destinations and experienced new things because I also follow other content creators. I do look up to a few other bloggers whose content I fancy and consider relevant, but it’s essentially just me when it comes down to my own journey. However, when I’m following no one but myself, everything becomes pointless.


At Odds In The World

A college mentor once commented on a photo of mine on Facebook saying that he thinks I have not stopped travelling since he first learned about my blog in 2012. And he’s somehow right in thinking so.

It's been years of meandering for me as a travel blogger. As a Christian, though, I always find myself at odds with my travel choices. In my experience promoting luxurious places, there’s always that thin line between a relaxing vacation and a hedonistic weekend. In most of my provincial trips, nothing is always too innocent when it comes to a pagan-related ritual that removes God out of the picture or mimics Him in the guise of revelry. As a result, I'm realizing more and more that traveling less seems to be the reasonable thing to do. This crumbling world will soon end anyway and no amount of nature worship or human intervention can save it from itself. Revelation 21 clearly states that there's going to be a new Earth and I take the word of God seriously. I believe it.

What makes me go on doing this travel blog then?

The One I Ultimately Followed

On my sick bed in 2013, I remembered my first love in Jesus Christ – that Someone whom I decided to follow way back in my college years. It was what the bible’s book of Matthew 16:24 says which stuck with me about what it takes to follow Him: “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

At one point in my sinful life, Jesus Christ became my Lord and Savior and I was changed forever. However, I soon found myself looking elsewhere for satisfaction and it was then when I unfollowed Him for lack of a better term.

I might have started my travel blog with ideals that mostly had to do with travel escapes rather than Him, but it was being a Christian that eventually gave meaning to travelling my homeland for me. That there’s no cause for having faith in humanity other than the cause that Jesus Christ had for me and the rest of the world.

In every new mountain or beach I visit, He's there. In every new community I come in contact with, He's there. He is immutable, omniscient, and omnipresent. Otherwise, He is not worth following. Unlike Satan, He doesn't need technology to perpetuate His character to mankind.


John 3:16 states: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Even if I walked away from Him after receiving His gift of eternal salvation, He simply can’t undo what He has done to save me from the wages of my sin (Romans 6:23).

Unchanging Promise and Lasting Influence

If you’re worried that you once followed Jesus Christ but have stopped for some time, worry no more because John 10:28 says this about His immutability: “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

Like me, continue to follow Him even after you’ve escaped to your own lost space in this world. Furthermore, the apostle Paul tells us all on Romans 8:38-39 that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Whether online or offline, Jesus Christ is worth following until He comes back again. And He will come back soon as He promised in the book of John 14:2-3, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

His lasting influence is the only thing that matters to me as a Christian travel blogger.


Check out more of my life-changing experiences:

Why Home Is In The Middle of Nowhere
The Measure of A Man

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