2Chr. 24:1 Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba.
2Chr. 24:2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the years of Jehoiada the priest.
Joash was a young boy when he started ruling over Judah that’s why he needed a mentor. He did a lot of reforms including the repair of the temple. He did what was right in the eyes of God as Jehoiada the priest instructed him. Joash did a lot that was good. But he did not go far enough. The high places were still there and the people continued to sacrifice to idols.
2Chr. 24:17 After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them.
2Chr. 24:18 They abandoned the temple of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols.
As long as Jehoiada was living, Joash served the Lord but when the priest died, Joash started to drift away and worship idols. He started listening to the advice of bad people. We must be careful to choose who we listen to for advice. We need to surround ourselves with godly men who will give us good counsel.
In the end, Joash was killed by his own officials who plotted against him.
2Chr. 24:25 When the Arameans withdrew, they left Joash severely wounded. His officials conspired against him for murdering the son of Jehoiada the priest, and they killed him in his bed. So he died and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.
As leaders, we must have the tenacity to follow through. Its not how we start that’s more important but its how we finish the race. We cannot just ride on our past successes and stay in our status quo. Joash started something very noble and had great intentions. But in the end, his life was the total opposite of what he started. It was good (start) but not good enough (finish).

Source: Faith

Strength of Our Home

As the whole world celebrated Father’s day yesterday, we the Marquez family did our share of celebrating. My sister Tin-Tin organized an impromptu dinner in Amarula (a new resto in Prez Ave. in BF) for the three Marquez dads – my dad, me and Bernard.
I want to thank God for my dad. People call him Tito Bert or “groovy” because he is. (I’m not sure if the young ones know the meaning of this word). His grandchildren (eight in all) love to play with him. Who would not want to play with a fun loving lolo?
He is one reliable and very resourceful. I realize that every time I need something — like having the car fixed or bringing my daughter to school when I’m not around, he would readily volunteer and meet the need.
He is not a rich business mogul but he has given us three siblings a good education and a good name. He would remind us as we were growing up to always protect the Marquez name. At 67, he still has an active lifestyle – bikes, plays golf, swims regularly, etc. He takes care of our mom especially after she underwent angioplasty. He is indeed the strength of our home. He is our model father.
Love you dad. Thanks for always being there for us!

Source: Family