Facebook: The Christian Way

How to make your online presence God-glorifying in the age of new media and technology (A handout I made for Fundamental Baptist youth gathered in a recent December conference)

So you’re a Christian? Balancing how you relate with others through Facebook (and other social media) and how you live your faith is tough. Does FB have a place in our lives as Christians? How do I comment, like, post and befriend the Christian way? Let’s find out.

Writer’s note: These insights and practical tips are results of my experience on Facebook and in class. I handle a DevCom major subject called DC157: New Media and Technology, where we discuss topics like this for one semester. I talk with my students about how computers, the Internet, its technicalities and new media work.

Insight: Your Facebook presence is still a part of your Christian testimony.

Facebook is a community where people gather online. Before computers and the Internet came, people knew you from how you behaved in public. Now, they will know about you even if you sit from your computer chair. If you have a Facebook account, here are some tips you shouldn’t miss.

1. Do not post something that you will not say in public. This includes angry comments and bad words even if you won’t name the person. Private conversations should be kept private also. Facebook is a public place. Avoid making chat boxes out of comment threads, especially when the topic should be only between you and your friends.

2. Ask this before you post anything: Would I post this if Jesus was my Facebook friend? Would He “like” it if He sees my post on His news feed? Or how about my pastor?

3. Do not complain about your family, school or work publicly. There are recorded cases of family splits and employees being fired because of what they posted online.

4. Choose who could see your posts wisely. Choose only “Friends” instead of “Public”. Don’t court confusion or misunderstanding by letting anyone see what only your friends should see.

5. Only share content that are good and God-glorifying. Do not post links to articles and photos that have bad language, green jokes and sexual content (or anything worldly in general). Do not share photos of dead people ran over by trucks, or other gross content. Choose the music and videos that you share online wisely. The Bible says that friendship with the world is emnity with God. Love the music that honors God.

6. Handpick photos before you upload them. Do not upload everything from your digital camera or cellphone. Bawal ang walang ka-art-art! What I mean is, you must be careful not to share the awkward and private moments caught on cam that only you and your family should see. This includes your bedroom, bathroom, what you wear when you’re inside the house, revealing clothes, intimate couples, awkward surprised faces and repeating poses.

7. Use an appropriate profile picture. It is public and it is the first thing netizens (Internet citizens) see. Avoid making faces, or showing yourself awkwardly or in revealing clothes.

8. Do not tag friends to draw attention. The rule is to tag only people included in a photo or post. (Of course, there are exceptions).

9. Do not express too much emotion on Facebook. “I’m having a hard time moving on”, or “I’m so in love with ___”. Instead, share it to your mom, dad, Bible Study Leader or pastor. Ask for advice on your feelings and let them pray for you. Or instead, keep a diary. Not on Facebook.

10. Spell your name correctly. Do not spell it backwards or a la jEjEmOwHhN. If your name is too long (or unstylish), you can use a nickname, which is cooler. But do not murder it. The book of Proverbs emphasizes the importance of a good name. Your parents gave that to you for a reason too. What if Jesus used ‘SuSeJjj’?

11. Do not put too much information about yourself. There are recorded cases of women raped and murdered because they put their address and contact numbers on Facebook, so be careful. Do not invite stalkers or “secret admirers” kahit na. Avoid posting your whereabouts or “things to do”. You can put your birthday, hometown, school, but not everything.

12. Do not fake information. Do not pretend studying at “Harvard University” or that you “Worked as a Sniper at Counter-Strike”. Or you know how to speak “Spanish, Ilonggo, Waray, English, German, Portuguese and 18 other languages”. That is lying. Man fell into sin because the serpent lied. Tell the truth.

13. Be honest about your Relationship Status if you want to show it. If you’re single or in a relationship, tell the truth. It’s not really Christianlike to say you’re in an Open Relationship or It’s Complicated. If you’re a girl, do not say you’re In A Relationship with one of your girl bestfriends. Or, you can just hide your relationship status if you have nothing good to put in it.

Insight: Facebook can be an idol.

14. Do not spend too much time on Facebook. If you can’t read your Bible for 10 minutes or pray for 15 minutes, or take time to share the Gospel to a friend for 15 minutes, think again. Some people have resolved not to stay on Facebook (or any other website) longer than their quiet time, unless it’s really necessary. Do not skip Sunday School, Prayer Meeting or Youth Fellowships for Facebook.

15. Facebook addiction is real and scientific. Scientists say that we Facebook users are “doped”—we release a hormone called “dopamine” too much. This is resonsible for that nice feeling when we find out something new. In Facebook, there is an unending desire to know more about what’s happening to friends. Later on, we increase our tolerance to this hormone, and we will want more and more everyday. We become addicted but we deny it. We shouldn’t be like what Apostle Paul describes as “busybodies”—concerned too much with other people’s matters that we forget to work for God. Anything that takes the place of God is an idol. Like computer games, TV, music, cellphones. Your time in Facebook can rob your attention and time from God. That makes it an idol.

Insight: Make a Facebook environment that encourages you to continue living a Christian life.

16. Be discreet about who to “friend” and “unfriend”. Some people prefer to Confirm All Friend Requests. If you share a lot of personal things on Facebook, that is a bad idea. See first if you know the person. Avoid mysterious names or pictures. You have the right not to befriend them if they you don’t know who they are.

17. You do not need to add or confirm ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends. If you get hurt from bad memories, do not torture yourself. You can pray for forgiveness and reconciliation but help yourself too. This also applies to people you had misunderstandings with.

18. Do not pore over photo albums that give you bad thoughts. This incudes sexy photos of good -looking friends, or people you’re not in good terms with. The Bible says we should bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

19. Interact with friends politely. Do not argue online. If you want a post deleted, ask them in a private message, not in a comment. Do not insult people. The Bible says that our words should minister grace to the hearers.

20. Interact with Christian friends more often. Form a Facebook group for your youth group, choir or Bible study group. If you’re away, you could communicate with them there.

21. Post verses and testimonies instead of pickup lines or wordly quotes. The world is dying to hear grace and truth that only comes from Christ and the lives He has changed.

22. Do not be afraid to show your faith. But show it in a way that they will understand.

23. Hide posts from friends that you do not like. This includes gruesome photos or any content that doesn’t make you happy in God. The Hide option is at the right side of every post. If your friend keeps on sharing inappropriate content (and you don’t need to be his/her friend), you can just unfriend that friend, okay, friend?

Insight: Facebook-to-Facebook communication cannot replace face-to-face communication.

24. Not everyone is on Facebook. Your lola, a church worker, or even choir director may not be online, but you must still interact with them.

25. There are conversations that should be personal. Whenever possible, talk to real people in the real world. Say “I love you” to your parents in person, not only on Facebook. Give them a hug. Encourage a brother, shake his hand and give a good, hearty smile. These are things that Facebook posts cannot replace.

26. Don’t make “online evangelism” as an excuse not to do “offline evangelism”.

27. Do not judge people who do not want to use Facebook. They might have their reasons for not using FB. Reach out to them in other ways.

Insight: Keep your profile clean.

28. Don’t subscribe to apps that fill your profile with unnecessary posts. Do not use horoscope apps too. Horoscopes don’t have a place in the Christian’s life.

29. Review previous posts and erase those that do not make God smile.

30. For college students and jobseekers: Think of your Facebook profile as your online resumé or curriculum vitae. Future employers look at the profiles of their applicants. Sanitize your Facebook accounts of whatever can make them think you are not up for the job.

31. Do not “like” pages just so you can tag them.

32. Do not be ’emo’. Don’t use gloomy or bloody fonts and designs to make “I Love Jesus” graphics. Give formality and respect to your faith. Make it different from the world.

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The Bible is the answer

How can a young man cleanse his way?
By taking heed according to Your word.
With my whole heart I have sought You;
O let me not wander from Your commandments!
Your Word have I hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:9-11

I haven’t been in a habit of sticking to a devotional guide in Bible reading. I have a number of devotional guides at home, at my bedroom, at my office. I only fumble to the one nearest me (or the one I feel I can relate most to at the moment) when I have my quiet time.

I’m in Hilongos at what they call the ABWE House (ABWE stands for Association of Baptists for World Evangelism…I think). It’s a guesthouse behind the school, church and hospital where we’re having our annual youth conference.

Ptr. Do, one of our church’s associate pastors and the speaker for the conference, lent me one of his Bibles. So ironic, the conference was about valuing God’s book and I forgot (my bad, sorry God) to bring my Bible. I just forgot it and I’m so sorry. (I could have all the reasons but it won’t bring my Bible 40 km away to my very hands).

But again, going back, I have this habit of randomly flipping through the Bible’s pages and land on a random chapter or passage. Then I’d start my Bible reading. (I sometimes do this a number of times to make sure I don’t land on chapters about who “begat” who, or something like that–you know, the boring ones.)

But this time, I landed on Psalm 119. Obviously, the book of Psalms is at the middle pages of most Bibles. The thing is, I found myself reading that passage I quoted there. And it’s something that speaks much of this conference’s theme.

True enough, we often neglect the Bible. No wonder we feel to far from God.

Ptr. Do said in his message today: Your relationship with your Bible is very much like your relationship with God.

How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word…Your Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

My prayer is for daily cleansing, that my life be a worthy sacrifice everyday for God. How do I do that? The Bible has and is the answer.

More on that on my next writing (but maybe not online). TTFN.

My Greatest Day

I would not say that my greatest day was yesterday, for it would be downhill from there. I would not say that it is somewhere in the future, for I’ve always been living in the present. So I would say my greatest day is today, then it would be everyday. That is, as long as I live my life well.

The Breakup of a Successful Courtship

Everyone wants a happy ending. Filipinos are suckers for this especially in TV series and movies. I remember myself avidly following but eventually hating one tagalized Koreanovela. It turned out that the guy died in the end. And do I hate Shakespeare for what he did with Romeo and Juliet!

For us, deaths and breakups do not qualify as successes in love stories. Let’s concentrate on breakups. Breakups are as common as relationships. Boyfriend-girlfriend relationships at that. Hey, did you know that they broke up? Who? Who?

Let’s face it, we don’t think people who break up have had their share of a successful courtship. “It just didn’t work (sigh)”… It was not meant to be. Bummer. Too bad to hear. Sorry for that. A wedding ring is our idea of a successful courtship.

But did you know successful courtships can also lead to breakups? You probably haven’t thought of that, have you?

Now let’s pause for a moment and have ourselves rethink. Let’s think anew about courtship.

Courtship is the prelude to marriage. I may rightly or wrongly attribute that sentence to Joshua Harris, bestselling author of books “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” and “Boy Meets Girl.” But anyway, courtship is by principle the time when two people—boy and girl—find out if it’s God’s will that they eventually say “I Do.”

Does a courtship always have to end up with marriage? Not necessarily. It is a platform of finding out: soul-searching. In Christian circles, suitors often replace the invitation phrase “Can I court you?” or “Could you be my girlfriend?” with “Can you pray with me?”. It sounds weird, but the essence is there. Prayer is one of the ways that we can know what God wants to happen in our life—by asking Him.

Courtship though, shouldn’t be done for the sake of being romantically involved. Simply put, it is not a free place to express what you feel and have your feelings reciprocated. It is not “an end in itself” or a dead end.

As you go along finding out, God will reveal His will in many ways. Is the person right for you? One way to find out is what James refers to as the “wisdom of God” that is “peacable” (Jas. 3:17). I’d like to see it this way—that if you are meant to be, God gives you the peace to go along through the weeks, months and even years of your courtship. He will give you that special kind of peace and joy to continue and make the romantic involvement grow. And it will deepen.

However, God can also reveal the opposite. If you are not meant to be, He will surely impress it to you, that is, if you do not play deaf to Him. It may be in your quiet time, your devotion, your prayers. It may also come as a remark from a Christian brother. It most especially will come from within: a feeling of restlessness, lack of peace and joy will haunt you if you are stubborn. The Holy Spirit from within will convict you that it’s not right to continue.

Are you asking for answers? Or you deliberately won’t listen so you wouldn’t know?

A successful courtship ends when God wants it to end. After all, everything we do is just the daily following of what God wants. Relationships are no exemption. If God wants it to go “all the way” (I mean marriage, not sexual immorality), so be it. That’s good. But if He makes it clear that you should end it, so be it. And that’s good.

Joshua Harris’ advise that romantic involvement grows only in proportion with commitment is true. “The joy of intimacy is the reward of commitment.” Unless God impresses in our hearts that we are doing His will by staying with the person, we ought not to commit to the relationship. That way, we minimize the hurt—of course there will be—when we break up. That’s why it’s always important that we guard each other’s purity. We give the other person all the respect, the love, the care that they deserve (especially women).

If we become so romantically involved and emotionally attached to the person, a danger looms. When God wants you to let go, you have to.

Being obedient has its own reward. We are not in the position to assert what we want. Obeying His will save us from hurt or pain beyond what’s necessary. Think of it—letting go would have saved you from a lifetime stuck with the wrong person in an unfortunate married life. Pathetic boyfriends make pathetic husbands. But if you want things your own way, go ahead. Be my guest. But remember, obedience will prevent us from unnecessary consequences. God forbid, like violating the other person in your confusion.

After all, courtship is the time of finding out. If it’s a yes or a no, it’s not our business. Our business is to do the right thing based on the right information at the right time.

A breakup is as good as a courtship that leads to marriage. That is, if it’s the will of God. Both are successes.

It also follows that a courtship that leads to marriage is not always a successful one. Even a courtship that continues after it should have ended.

People who desperately hold on to people are in trouble. They ought to understand this: No human relationship can ever satisfy. We only find completeness, peace and joy in God alone.

If this is not understood, relationships will be a mess. It will not do its job—to lead us to the right person prepared for us. By refusing to break up, we deny blessings from pouring in.

One is growth. Elisabeth Elliot writes in her book “Passion and Purity” about this:

“There is no ongoing spiritual life without this process of letting go. At the precise point where we refuse, growth stops. If we hold tightly to anything given to us, unwilling to let it go when the time comes to let it go or unwilling to allow it to be used as the Giver means it to be used, we stunt the growth of the soul.

“It is easy to make a mistake here. “If God gave it to me,” we say, “it’s mine. I can do what I want with it.” No. The truth is that it is ours to thank Him for and ours to offer back to Him, ours to relinquish, ours to lose, ours to let go–if we want to find our true selves, if we want real Life, if our hearts are set on glory.”

Looking back, I could just be thankful of my breakup experience. Did it hurt? Yes. Would have I wanted to have her back? Yes, but that was years ago. *wink. Did I have a hard time moving on? Like who wouldn’t? But would I want to prevent it from happening if I could go back in time? No.

I could only look back and reflect on my immaturity and shortsightedness back then. The breakup gave me the opportunity to grow. When I look at how far God has brought me, I thank Him. I wouldn’t want to go back to the past and change anything.

When we refuse to let go of the wrong person, we also withhold ourselves the coming of the right person. We cannot put water in a glass that is full. Who would want that?

Therefore, take the time of courtship to find out what God wants. As you go along, seriously ask questions. Don’t shun answers because you don’t like to hear them:

Am I learning to love the right way (see 1 Corinthians 13)? Is the relationship helping me grow? Or is it stunting my spiritual life? Is it sucking up the joy that I find in Christ? Am I depending too much on the person? Remember God wants first place in our lives.

Do I have peace? Do I see the qualities I want of a Christian husband or wife in the person? Does he/she share the same vision and appetite for the ministry?

Does he/she share the same faith as mine in the first place?

And how about this: Does this person love God first, before me?

Take note of misguided priorities, wrong notions of love, and unwillingness to listen to God’s will.

And lastly lemme ask, how do you view God? Is He someone who is kill-joy, who doesn’t want you to be happy? What do you know about His faithfulness and promises? If we know God as the Author of love and romance, we would trust that His Will will always lead to successful courtships. Breakup or not.

Know and love your God first.

“A messed up theology leads to a messed up life.” —Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep

Breakups Don’t Kill

Breakups don't kill. Only blindness to immaturity will.

A high school boy was crying. Face down in a lawn by the sea, he whined, cried, pounding his fists. Beside him was his girlfriend. She was trying to break up. He was avoiding it. He cried. He acted like a child. His emotions even choked him literally.

He has a medical condition. It chokes him, gives him allergies. It gives him a hard time breathing. He used this as his ace. You couldn’t leave me with this. Haha!

The boy was resolved he’d die if she left her. But she did. They made the breakup official.

A few years later, the boy grew up.

The boy looked back and thought. What made me think I’d die?

He wasn’t really being a hopeless romantic then. He was sweet. He was passionate. He’d make up poems, dream about what will be, what house to build, how many children to have. And (chills—this is too much for a high school boy, huh?) even what vows to say at the altar.

She was the “simple” type of girl. No fuss. She dresses okay. She wasn’t idealistic. She doesn’t really dream (literally, non-REM). She was caring though. She cared for him enough. To some point, she was realistic.

For the boy was dreamy, she couldn’t live up to his expectations. He wanted her to be always there. He wanted constant attention. He wanted to be the center of her universe! She knows she can’t do that.

And as high school relationships often go—petty fights. A lot of sulking, tampo, little arguments, passing on angry notes even in class, and silent “cold war” treatment even when they’re together. They were even facing the beautiful sunset! But they do not see it.

Until the time the relationship was, by then, beyond repair. No choice left but to end it.

“I was so immature back then,” said the boy. “I look back and cringe at all that I’ve done.”

“Because I was immature, I wasn’t able to treat her well. I just went after what pleased me. I didn’t realize my demands choked her. I even demanded her to change!”

Everybody has a Pygmalion within. Remember this sculptor in Greek mythology? He wasn’t really “interested in women”. In his own studio, he sculpted his ideal woman in ivory.

And so did the boy. He had an ideal woman in mind. He sculpted her to what he wanted.

“I grew up with principles I believed was right. I wanted her to change, no, demanded was the right term. That is wrong, so she must change that. This, this and that. Almost everything about her must be stripped down and changed the way I wanted to. I was like that back then,” he recalled.

But real love isn’t like that. Much of his frustration grew because he didn’t get what he wanted.

And so the conflict set in. And again, it came to that point. Breakup.

“Looking back, I really thought—more appropriately, wished—I would die. But I didn’t!”

“To be honest, that breakup was the right thing to do. I woke up and saw how immature I was! I am a boy, not a man. I didn’t really love. Love isn’t like this. In the larger picture of my life, that breakup was a small, emotional interference. But that small, emotional interference taught me much. I grew. It taught me life lessons I thought I’ve already learned.

“Now I know I can love and care way better than before.

“It also taught me a lot about faith. My immaturity showed me I had so little of it. I forgot how God orders the good and bad in our lives to bring us closer to Him. I didn’t acknowledge that. I was even resolved to take my life if she left. This life came from God. I was willing to have it cut short. I renounced the existence of a Master Plan, where blessings would pour in to and through me. Life was all about myself. And it wasn’t a life lived out in faith for His glory.

I smile as I listen to the boy think. Would I wish that girl didn’t break up with this boy? No! The insight he now has years after is priceless.

“And I thank her. If she didn’t break up with me, she would have withheld all the life lessons I would learn now. She would have prevented me from growing. I would have missed the opportunity to learn more about love, life and faith. I knew God more in pain than in the times I thought was “good”.

“It didn’t kill me. What made me think it will? Breakups don’t kill. Only blindness to self-immaturity will.

To the girls, do you have boyfriends like this boy? I hope you don’t withhold him the opportunity to grow up. Do what needs to be done.

To the boys, are you like that boy? Please…wake up! You won’t die. Be ashamed of yourself. Challenge yourself and grow up. Be a man. The world is short of men who are noble, loving and caring. Men who could give women the love, respect and care that they deserve.

Do you want to know who that boy was?

It’s me.

Defining victory

When does a Christian say that he is victorious? Some, in shortsightedness, think that because they are happy, and they have fulfilled selfish desires—they’ve won. However, God has a different way of defining what victories are.

When Lucifer rebelled against God, he lost his identity as an angel and he became the Devil, Satan. He started a war. This war has stretched from the beginning of time till the end of it. It will finish in a grand battle between good and evil. The Bible says he will be defeated and cast into the lake of fire.

There is always a spiritual battle taking place around us, though we cannot see. If you’re a Christian and you’re reading this, you understand what I mean. Our daily ordeal is a part of that battle—whether we do right or wrong is part of it.

I think we all should be aware of this. Sometimes, we base our Epic Wins or Epic fails by earthly standards. We win when we get what we want, we fail when we don’t.

However, God sees things differently. We win when we obey Him, we lose when we don’t.

Jesus claimed the victory when He obeyed the Father—He came to earth and died for us. He claimed victory over death and sin. It was because of this victory that people can now go to heaven. Trusting Him and his victorious work at Calvary is the way to be saved.

Living a life of victory requires that you trust Christ as Savior. When you do, the Holy Spirit comes into your life and helps you to become victorious. When you let the Holy Spirit fill your life, He will help you in doing things that God sees as wins, not fails.

How do you define victory? Is it all about yourself? Check your heart.

The world sees things so differently. Others will see your obedience to God as worldly failures, and your disobedience as worldly wins. But who has the right to say you won or you failed? Only God.

So this is my challenge: win for God. Live a victorious life everyday.

 

Sincerity

Girls often ask (or try) guys a lot in the aspect of sincerity. The Filipino way of starting romantic relationships is through courtship. More often than not, men who ask out girls are often plagued by women’s questions on whether they are sincere or not.

What do they really mean when they ask about sincerity? One definition goes this way, “Sincerity is generally understood to be truth in word and act.” This means whatever is in a person’s mind and heart, that is what he speaks about and how he acts out.

I can’t really go on discussing about what the word is, but I definitely know what it is not. Over time, I have come through misconceptions about the word. People seem to equate it to things that it is not. Here are some:

  • Sincerity is not necessarily doing the right thing. You can be sincere but sincerely wrong. Case in point: religious cults. A more contextualized case in point: relationships that God forbids, but still people go on coz they’re ‘sincere’…the feeling is real.
  • Sincerity is not necessarily being too outspoken or emotional. There are people who are not so open about relationships but are sincere. There are also people who fill Facebook with their romantic shoutouts but are not really true about what they feel. What I know is this: no matter how outspoken or not a person is, as long as what he feels and thinks is consistent with what he expresses, that’s sincerity. The person may have reasons for not (excessively) shouting it out to the world. However, anything that fills the heart will overflow to words and actions. Eventually, it will.
  • Sincerity is not necessarily determined by your track record. For people who have played around before, others might not trust them, no matter how sincere they are this time. They will think that the ‘sincerity’ is an isolated case. And be careful with goody-two-shoes. They also have a tendency to be insincere this time. It’s really difficult to determine which is which. Though it’s not really about your track record, there is something to be said about your lifestyle. What have you used to doing? People who are insincere and want to change usually find it difficult to get their act together.

There are many questions and misconceptions about the word. (I think I’d be ending prematurely here, but anyway…) Sincerity is a virtue. No matter what we think it is, it is still important when we start, nurture and maintain relationships with people, especially with romantic ones.

But for me, sincerity in relationships is something like this: It is knowing that what you feel is true, that the feelings are founded on what you believe is right, and that your expression of what is right and true is appropriate, that the expression is seen appropriately by others, and that the expression that you know others see is completely consistent with what you think and feel in the first place.

That’s quite long. Let’s just stick with the first definition: “Sincerity is generally understood to be truth in word and act.”

A Test of Character

In a few hours, I will be going on for an interview and test for a job I’m applying at my alma mater. Earlier today (or yesterday coz it’s past midnight) I had an argument with a friend. This friend is part of the school. The argument was so intense it threatened to end our friendship.

I didn’t want that to happen a day before my job interview. I tried to ignore it but it kept on messing with my head.

But then I realized it was a test. Even before my interview, it was a test of whether I’m really qualified. Far more than aptitude, of skill, of intelligence.

It was a test of character.

And I realized what the right thing to do was. Make amends. It was just similar to what the Bible teaches about going to worship and something’s wrong:

Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. (Matthew 5:23-24)

So I resolved something in my heart. I texted, and made amends:

I am not going to the interview unless we are in good terms. Our friendship is more important than the job.

Our High School Graduation Song

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Together One Last Time
Words and Music by Jed Asaph Cortes

Feels like a happy ending
But my heart’s burning sore
Pleading heaven’s gates
If I could ask more

But this is all I have
And this is all we can take
Cherish everything
That this moment can make

Now here we are
Setting on a journey
One more precious moment
Endearing emotionally

I know our lives must change
But I keep your hopes dear to mine
Now I long for your sweet embrace
Together one last time

I know this won’t be easy
Going on sep’rate ways
But you will stay in my heart
For the rest of all days

And here we are
Setting on a journey
One more precious moment
Endearing emotionally

I know our lives must change
But I keep your hopes dear to mine
Now I long for your sweet embrace
Together one last time

As we go on, we remember
All the times we had together
And as our lives change, come whatever
We will still be friends forever

And here we are
Setting on a journey
One more precious moment
Endearing emotionally

I know our lives must change
But I keep your hopes dear to mine
Now I long for your sweet embrace
Together one last time