Vessel of Emptiness


I missed church today. And my sister and I had a ferocious fight regarding me waking up early just so we can go to church by commuting for two hours. I woke up late. Well not really. I woke up with a depleted motivation, a tired body and a complaining attitude because of the six days of work without an official off-day. I missed out God’s assembly for today.

First thing I was sure about is that the argument I had with my sister seemed like the consequence of not attending church. It’s not like my reason wasn’t valid and so was hers. It’s just that my relationship with God brings me a sting of guilt for not persevering for Him. But God was still gracious enough to tell me that despite my absence in His assembly, He knows my heart best. He further taught me that the unnecessary fight isn’t a ‘punishment’ but the outcome of my decision for this morning.

And so I am writing this like a God-given homework, for this conclusion.


Our life of freewill is like a vessel of emptiness. The emptiness is that hollow area of our life where we get to choose who fills it in. And this freewill is the gateway and permission God needs to fill us with His purpose (Deuteronomy 30:16). But the nature of His love for us forbids Him to force us. That is why he never forces us to pray, do good or walk on His will (Genesis 1:26). Our life, to be in God’s purpose, requires a heart that invites and permits Him.

“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:21)


While it’s a good thing to have this kind of freedom. The spiritual reality of life is that even though we get to be in control of our choices, circumstances around us do not necessarily agree with this kind of God-granted goodness. For the word of God tells us that “the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10) so even if we have the freedom to choose or not choose God to enter our empty vessels, the thief of the spiritual realm always waits for its opportunity to ‘force’ its way in our life.

1 Peter 5:8 tells us “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

Just like the opportunity it had to me this morning.

When I decided to use my time apart from the will of God, I had my vessel left empty. But I did not know I had left it open. Seeing the opportunity, the enemy was fast enough to push me into using the time to pride myself when my sister rebuked me for waking up too late and not persevering for God. Hence, the argument went on. When my vessel (my time) was not given to God’s purpose, whether my reason is valid or not, the luxury of having my vessel empty for other things I wanted to do, did not come in handy.

Freewill does not equate with sovereignty to life.

Hence the word consequence. The enemy, seeing I did not let God in, used the opportunity to condemn me for being unrighteous.

Despite the promise of Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”, anger and pride filled me instead of humility and love. I know I am not being legalistic. Writing this compels me to journal how this experience needed to remind me to be “spiritually realistic”. That my life in Christ is assured in heaven but my living on earth compels me to live responsibly–that is to know God, know his word and know how to fill and ‘defend’ my life according to God’s word.

For God intends our lives to be filled with his grace and goodness. He designed us not be empty because we were never meant to be. But I had to painfully admit that even though I wasn’t an empty vessel this morning, I was filled but not for God’s glory.

NEXT: This History of Human Emptiness as Told by the Bible

Vessel of Emptiness

Overheating Blackberry Curve 9220

I have had my blackberry for almost 6 months now. The model is curve 9220 and for many months I never encountered any problems at all.

But just recently, I experienced an unusual glitch in my experience with the phone. My phone suddenly was overheating (as hot as a mug full of hot coffee!) and the battery that is full charged gets drained in just 2 hours! (Mind you, as in dead batt and not the usual radio off feature).

And some possible reasons I have found from threads are as follow:

1. Falling from a high surface:
Your fault. Something inside might be causing some short-circuits thus making the device heat up. The only thing you can do is take the phone to the service center.

2. Defective batteries: 
This is covered under warranty. You can see that there is a battery warranty document stated inside the phone. Other people even found their battery bloating after their phone overheated. Take them to the store where you purchased the phone.

3. Not updated OS
In some cases, the OS 7.0 has had many negative feedbacks. Try updating the software of your phone but make sure you know what you are doing. One mistake could render your phone useless afterwards. If you’re not sure, contact your service provider and ask them for further instructions in doing so.

4. Media/Memory Card
This is what caused my device to overheat. I was really surprised that such a small card that does not even have cords in it would cause the problems.

I found out that the Blackberry OS as compared to its competitors OS, seemed much more unstable. Unlike other Operating systems, the Blackberry OS is easily affected by bad apps. One example is when I downloaded a flash light app. I did not know that the app was programmed to use my led indicator as the light source. After installing the app, the end call button of my phone started malfunctioning. I solved the problem by doing a security wipe to set my phone into the default settings. And the end-call button was functional again.

And without knowing that my memory card was infected/corrupted, the “mini-machine” that runs my blackberry had to work double to scan the files. Using more power, the overheating starts thus draining the battery easily.

When I removed the card, the surprise was greater as the overheating stopped.
More so, I did not have to take my phone back to the store and undergo all the hassle and waiting. I know that it is the best thing to do but most blackberry after sales experiences in the Philippines proved to be discouraging for many. Since there is no RIM authorized service center here, all phones are shipped back abroad for repair making the wait go from 8-70 days!


If you had the same overheating blackberry experience and used a different troubleshooting method, you are free to share how you were able to fix the problem. 🙂
Overheating Blackberry Curve 9220