I was recently made resource speaker to the Leadership Training Program for High School Students of the City Division of Masbate, held at the Student Center of the Masbate National Comprehensive High School last November 12, 2011. (It's my Dad's bday on that day. I was supposed to join my family for a trip but due to this noble task that has been given me, I chose not to go) So, I was assigned the topic "Planning and Organizing Meetings".
The photos here are of that event while I was there. The captions however that I placed are totally different as it was really a quite long talk I made to the students which took me about 2 1/2 hours without break, so I think that is quite lengthy to even discuss here. So, I'd rather talk about a few things in light of some of the happenings around.
I happened to come across a video talking about why we need to know "the Why" of the things we do, rather than "the What" or "the How." I pondered and searched within and somehow I agree that "the Why" which usually gets not talked of nor considered especially when we do our planning is actually the most important of all. Truly in the hustle bustle of our lives, it may be that we tend to not have time enough to really ponder on why we do the things we do or why we need to do the things that we have to do.
I believe that each of us has our own set of "Whys" in our lives. I believe however that we need to examine carefully the most important "Why" of all.
Here are some "Whys" worth considering--
Why are we driven to do all that we do?
Why do we prefer to not do some of the things we might need to do?
Why do we want to have these and those and not this or that?
Why can't we move on and rather get stuck at a quagmire we don't even want?
Why do we seem to not find joy despite of all the good things that are happening to our lives or to our loved ones?
As a kid, I remember being full of whys and even now as a mother I find my children doing the same. As a mother guiding young children, I know that I need to be equipped with knowledge and wisdom.
To be a mom, especially of four is no easy task. Apart from the physical and emotional demands needed of me, I also take responsibility for their spiritual upbringing. All these I cannot do on my own nor through the help of only my husband Vince. Because truth is it is only through Christ our Lord and through His grace that I can honestly say that I am able to cope with all the demands of life on earth.
It is only through Him. There's no other way. The happenings around, the actions and thoughts of others, the magnificence of creation and the universe are just a few of the many things our minds cannot fathom in full. And that is why we need God's grace in all the things that we do, in all that we are and in every waking moment of our lives.
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."- Hebrews 4:16
"This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."- Romans 3:22-24
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."- Ephesians 2: 8-10
I hope we realize and always remember that God's grace is always available for all of us. Whatever may be our circumstances, He is the same God as He was to our forefathers and now for us and even for the future generation. Whatever it may be that we are going through right now, we can choose to lift it up to Him and He will surely give His answer.
From the moment I have realized that it is through knowing my life's purpose (the Why of my life)- that is to honor the Lord all the days of my life, that I gained real joy. The "Why of my life" is not something that differs from time to time, whether I'm at a high or low point of my being, for truly there is only one real purpose, which I've said is to honor Him. To honor is to accept Him as Lord and Savior. And when we accept Him, we will be guided according to His plans and purposes.
In my personal case, let me share that by the Grace of God...
I have learned to LOVE...
the Jose Zurbito Sr. Elementary School, no matter the politics;
the Masbate National Comprehensive High School, despite the differences;
the University of the Philippines Diliman, despite all the highs and lows.
the Ateneo De Manila University Law School, despite all the challenges;
the Rule of Law, the Philippines, the Government and its People, despite of all the nuances;
the Province of Masbate regardless of all the sacrifices;
my family, my roots, my heritage and my future, although I might not fully understand.
Because, I love God and God is Love.
"For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose."- Philippians 2:13
But remember, we love because He first loved us.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."- John 3:16
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