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! 🙂
It’s this time of the year again! Aside that September is the first month of the “-ber” months, this is also the time for promotions, ratings and increases. 🙂 This is the time of the year that there will only be two types of people at the office – happy and disappointed.
As for me, I even forgot about ratings until I was scheduled to have the discussion. And nothing new, God’s ways are really amazing. I received a rating that was really way, way beyond my expectation, which meant better rewards package starting this month. Such a privilege to have the God of “how much more” in my life!
I didn’t get a promotion this year. Would it be a hypocrite to say that I really didn’t want a promotion? I really didn’t. I just know that I’m not yet ready for the role. And I know that when I’m ready, God will be the one who will make it happen.
A lot of things happened lately that I even forgot and didn’t even ponder about all of these ratings, etc. At the start of the middle of this year, things were unexpectedly challenging at work. God has blessed me with a role that I really wanted, thinking that it would be impossible to have. Indeed, if God wants to bless us, He will make it happen. That’s who God is. 🙂
God has allowed me to be into difficult situations, balancing work and dealing with people – to be able to give my best in what I need to deliver and at the same time to be very patient with the people around me. When I started this role, I was very excited and really happy. I guess I was being naive. Little did I know that the opportunities I have been praying to glorify Him would be this tough. And sadly, there were days that my heart and thoughts were never glorifying to God.
For more than seven years, I was in a comfort zone wherein I know what I need to do, I do what I need to do and I decide what I think is right. I never realized how difficult it is to adjust into something that is totally different from what I had been used to. (The reason why I even forgot about ratings and salary letters. )
But then I realized it is during these times that I will experience God more and see more of what He could possibly do in me and through me. All of these difficulties and challenges were never about me in the first place. Everything has always been about God. How He will make me overcome, how He will sustain me, how He will protect and preserve me, how He will grant me favor from men, how He will uphold me, how He will change and renew my mind each day.
The more I realize that, the more I feel peace because I really don’t have to try so hard to please everyone around me. All I need to do is to give my best to please God because what matters to Him is what’s inside my heart.
No matter how excellent the output of my work is but my means to it is not pleasing to God, it’s worthless.
I always hold on to my work verse, keeping me grounded and reminded the reason why I’m doing what I’m doing.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23 – 24
I praise and thank God for the wonderful blessings, for the trials and for the people He put into my life to mold my character more. All glory to God! 🙂