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OPINION | We must continue with vigor to rebuild our island infrastructure

“AT one time we, too, were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passion and pleasure. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when kindness and the love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of the righteous we had done, but of His mercy.” — Titus 3:3-4.

Whether you grow up in a church or just learned the good news of salvation through Christ as recently as last week, there is a point in your life when you have a decision to make.

Will you continue to live according to the whims and desires of the flesh? Or will you give yourself over to the Lord and become new through Him?

When you make a choice to be reborn in Jesus, you will realize the incredible gift of kindness He has given us all. He can save us.

God can rescue us from our own nature and instill in us the ability and desire to become more and more like Him, and that is how He designed us to be.

If we’re not reflecting on the truth then we’re going to pay a high price.

When we accept Christ as our Savior and begin to seek Him in every area of our lives, something will happen in our hearts: kindness.

As we begin to change we begin to see needs which we may have missed before. We start to notice a friend in trouble, children who go hungry or that single mom who could use a helping hand.

To deny that we see these needs around us, and do nothing about them, is also to deny the love of God.

We cannot call ourselves Catholics or Christians and not act when we know we can do something to help our diverse CNMI families.

In fact, we should be actively searching for ways to lift up and encourage others so we can share the love and kindness of Christ with everyone we know in our lives.

CNMI lawmakers should open their eyes and ears to see the need of our most vulnerable families.

It’s human nature to know what to do when a situation or real-life problems affect us all.

Let us not love in words or talk but in deed and in truth.

As a CNMI son I share the pain and sorrow that our local people are going through right now. I myself lost my aunty Mary on Nov. 1, 2018. I gave myself a break from writing to honor the passing of my aunty Mary who was my godmother when me and my wife Shuchun got married.

Whenever we lose our loved ones to illnesses, it should reminds us all  to make a difference in people’s lives.

I dread the holidays because my wife is still in the hospital. It’s been hard for me to cope with life, but as a husband I need to stay strong for my wife every single day.

Our families come first  and we need team-spirit to support our CNMI governor. I know he is not perfect but he doing his best.

The same with all our lawmakers. We need to support them to do their best for the whole CNMI. Let’s put politics aside and work together to help our native people.

I want to acknowledge the honorable Rep. Ivan A. Blanco, a good decent man and lawmaker.

The scariest part of life is the unknown and unseen mystery of life itself.

Super Typhoon Yutu is a real warning from our Father up above. He is reminding us all of our family values and the fundamental principles that we must live by daily.

We must do everything to help our diverse community. The U.S.  and China must ease trade war tensions.

The Google search engine came crashing down because of tech rebels. The many eyes of U.S. spy technology are needed today.

Everything can be shut down by technology intruders who want to harm the U.S. We know who they countries are. They are testing the U.S.

Will China take responsibility for information theft?

As for Mueller’s Russia investigation, will it affect the CNMI economy?

In conclusion, CNMI lawmakers have a lot on their hands, and it will take total cooperation to alleviate short-term losses and get more people to work.

Get involved and engaged with your community and your lawmakers to make your voice heard. We must all help  meet the needs and concerns of our people. We must not lose hope.

The state, county and local mental health department officials want me to be happy, but how can I be happy if Oregon health authorities took away my visiting rights to my wife?

Happy Holidays!

The writer is a resident of Portland, Oregon.