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A Letter To A High School Student

 

Dear High School Student,

I am writing this to you because I want to let you know that life after college is not just the life you are imagining right now.

The different professions you know like nurse, engineer, accountant, programmer, teacher, doctor, or banker are not the only jobs out there. There are a lot. Too many that you never thought your personality, talent and skills would be suited for that job.

So while you are still in high school, you need to do your homework.

On school days, be good in every subject you have.  Listen attentively. Study hard. Take note of the subjects you are good at.

On weekends, do something that will develop your other potentials. Get a hobby, read a book, build a webpage, make little inventions, do sport, write short stories or cook your favorite food. Do anything that will not waste your energy and time as long as it is something you enjoy doing.

On your summer vacations, explore different activities. Serve on a fast food, be a cashier of your parents’ business, volunteer in a charity, teach in Sunday school or join a summer camp. Don’t let summer breaks be over without experiencing something that will help you in your future someday.

You need to understand that your college years are crucial to the kind of life you want to have someday. Your parents will not just invest on you with their money but you will also invest your own time and effort for it.

As early as now, you must learn to set a vision for yourself. What kind of work would you want to end up with when you retire? Mostly, the first job is not really the kind of job you want but it would be the first step that would bring you to that vision you have set.

While you are still young, keep the balance of having fun, learning and developing your potentials.

And lastly, always remember that God designed you for a purpose. Don’t ever feel that you lack or you are no better than your classmate. You are unique. All you need to do is to discover what that purpose is.

Think about it. 🙂

Just me, caring for the future generation.

 

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Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  (Psalm 90:12)

Work, Walk With Conviction

Nobody likes difficulties, failure or disappointments in life especially when it comes to our work.  As we spend most of our day in our workplace, we only can wish that each day gets smoother and better. But then, reality is, sometimes, it gets worse than the previous day.

I can’t say that I have fully maximized my experience working in corporate. I might have not tasted yet the much deeper hardships others have been through especially those who have worked for how many decades in different fields and companies.

However, one thing that will always be common for everyone regardless of the years of experience is principle. As much as we don’t like a stressful, challenging, difficult work, these are times that we can choose to be grateful because we get reminded of what we truly value, what we truly stand for. These are the times that our convictions are re-affirmed or formed, our principles are re-aligned, our character molded to be better.

In one of the leadership programs I had attended two years ago, we were asked to create our own Teachable Point of Views (TPOVs). These are the things that you stand by no matter what circumstance you are in, not just in work but in life as a whole. As I formulated my own TPOVs, I realized they were the values I have formed and lived by because of my own disappointments, frustrations and failures. These values are aligned to the principles in the Bible that God has asked us to follow and obey.

My Teachable Point of Views –  The 5 S

Stewardship

If you can’t be trusted with little, how can you be trusted with more? Trust.

“Well done, my good servant!” his master replied.  “Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.” (Luke 19:17)

“I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.” (Luke 19:26)

Submit to Authority

If you don’t feel like doing it, do it as long as it won’t compromise your values. Respect.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. (Ephesians 5:5-8)

Show willingness

Don’t be a difficult person to work with. Show some care.  Relationship.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.  (Philippians 2:3-4)

Secure one’s self

Don’t let position, title, wealth or your physical appearance define you. Character. 

“Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

Let God define who you truly are.

Servant leadership

Go out of your way if you have to.  A true leader serves. Humility.

 “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28)

I hope this could also help you think about the things that you truly value. If you have compromised and failed at some point, just press on and re-align yourself again to what you believe in. I have failed for so many times but God has been very gracious to me. God helps me pull myself back again and make sure I will strongly stand for what I believe in. I’m a work in progress, still learning a lot but grateful that I am kept grounded by my convictions.