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.
Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
Every third week of January, the congregation (Christ’s Commission Fellowship) holds a leadership conference for all leaders of the church – these are not just the pastors, elders, ministry heads but also small group leaders as well as those who want to start their own small groups.
Last January 24-25, it was a privilege to be able to participate in the leadership conference entitled, “All HIS”. This is also the theme of the church for the year reminding us that everything we have belongs to God and we must be good stewards of what He has entrusted to us.
There were so many good things to take in and apply during the conference and I want to share some of the points which really spoke to me.
- The evidence that you love God is when you do your best for Him.
- God doesn’t need me to exist but God decided to need me to “co-exist”.
- We were created to be in partnership with God for His work.
- Our unbelief limits God to accomplish things through us because we are in partnership with Him.
- Leave your goals, ambitions, dreams in that workplace for God to be able to use you. (Because of our own personal dreams, we do things for ourselves only that we hinder God to use us where He has placed us.)
- There’s a reality that we “stereotype” people whom we can share the gospel with. (We think that there are people who are gospel-ready and there are those who are not. When the truth is, everyone should come to know Jesus.)
- Organize your finances: 1) Get out of debt 2)Don’t manipulate (how much you need) 3)Give
- Tithing is not giving; it is returning what belongs to God in the first place. (In the Bible, “give” tithe was never used. It’s always been using the word “bring”.)
- Giving is what is over and beyond your tithe.
- Mistakes: 1) Haven’t rested enough 2) Haven’t prayed enough 3) Haven’t studied the Bible enough 4) Haven’t trained enough 5) Haven’t lead my family enough
- About resting – If you don’t keep commandments 1-3, 5-10 – there are consequences. What made you think that by not keeping commandment 4 – Keep holy the Sabbath, there won’t be consequences?
- For leaders: walk – character, work – ministry
- If you focus on people, you will stumble. Focus on God.
- I am a “slave” of Christ. (owned, no rights, absolute obedience)
- Serve – We can serve without loving God but we can’t love God without serving others.
- The Principle of First – Return to God what belongs to Him.
- We are stewards of: Time, Talent, Treasure, Title, Influence, Relationships, Opportunities
- We are also stewards of God’s Truth. We are responsible to share the gospel.
My action points for this conference are:
– To be a good steward of God’s truth – share God’s love and the gospel to as many as possible
– To be a good steward of my time, talent, influence and finances – maximize my time for the Lord and to organize my finances
– To share God more to my family – in love, in truth, in words and actions
– To be a better small group leader – deeper study of God’s Word, evangelism and multiplication
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”― John Wesley
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ – Matthew 25:23
“I am all HIS!” – Pepay
When I was in high school, I used to imagine what my life would be after college. Asking myself, what my life would be when I turn 30? Will I even reach the age of 30? Did you ever have such thoughts when you were younger?
Tomorrow, my sister Amity turns 32. I’m just wondering how Ate would turn out to be. She could be one of the coolest and bubbliest teachers for special children. Or, she could be in a different part of the world living a fulfilling life. Or, she could be married (do you think?) to a Jewish-American, engineer-businessman with a little girl or boy and just be a house wife. 🙂
But one thing is for sure, she is definitely living life to the fullest and with a purpose. My sister never did things for no reason at all. There’s always a goal in mind, not wasting any time for unnecessary things.
And as I think about this, it also makes me wonder what my life would be when I reach that age. As I reach my 30’s soon, it really confirms how swift time has been as my imaginations during high school are still very fresh in my memory. It’s nice to dream about certain things that could motivate us to strive better. But it’s still important to always go back to what’s real and making sure it’s always aligned to God’s plan for our life.
Indeed, we will never know when our last breath would be. But what’s important is that we always leave a good legacy that when people remember us, it will bring them good memories of us. My sister could have left different impressions or marks to different people. But I hope that the important qualities they will never forget about her (well, aside from her very hearty laughter) are her love for God & family, strength, determination, and generosity.
Let each day of our life be always lived as if it is the last.
“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
Just some trivia about my sister… 🙂
Do you know what the name Amity means? It means friendly. My parents wanted to give us unique names that my father had to look into the dictionary.
My sister’s nickname was “Onsing” because she was born on the day that a typhoon hit Cebu having such name. Well, just good that it wasn’t her real name. Hehe…
Happy Birthday Ate! Enjoy the party UP there! 🙂