To My Younger Siblings In Christ,

This is my first school year that I am not in the campus anymore. The first year without minding my time and my subjects for enrollment, my home works and thesis, what kind of food I am going to eat during lunch break, how long I am willing to wait for the next professor because I don’t know if he or she is late or absent and what kind of style I am going to do with my hair.

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            And because school or college life has been a memorable season of my life, I want to encourage you with some things that I’ve learned and realized during that season. Lessons that God taught me and I believe somehow will bring encouragement and brotherly advice to you. Because I care for you.

1. BE FAITHFUL IN SMALL THINGS.

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

(Luke 16:10)

Practical application. Ipantay mo ang tingin mo sa minor at major subjects. Wag mong magiging motto yung “Minor lang naman yan” dahil sa apat na taon ko sa kolehiyo, napatunayan ko talaga na yung maliliit na bagay, nakakapuwing. Hindi naman masamang pahalagahan ang major pero sana wag mong maliitin din ang minor. Dahil mamaya sa kakafocus mo sa malaki hindi mo na napansin yung maliit na bato na pwedeng pumatid at magpadapa sayo.

For me, hindi rin yung mga professors yung nagbibigay saten ng grades, si God din yun. Kung mababa man yung grades mo or feeling mo you deserve higher and better than that, yes, you can question your professors pero kung yun talaga, at the end of the day, remind yourself that He is the source of everything. God is more concerned with your character and your heart than the numbers in your report of grades. Even in small things in leadership, kahit simple, unseen and small task yan, be faithful with that because when God sees your faithfulness in small things, He will entrust you with bigger things. May promotion kay Lord!

2. HUMILITY IS A MUST 

“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”  

(Matthew 23:12)

Humility brings success. Sa mga moments na nahihirapan ka sa exams, thesis, admit your weakness to God. He will sustain you and He will supply everything that you need. At makatanggap ka man ng iba’t-ibang awards, continue to be humble knowing that it’s not from you, it’s from God and it’s not about you, it’s all about God.

Apart from Christ, we are nothing. (John 15:5) Bumalik ka palagi sa truth na yan para iwas entitlement. Nakakatuwa dahil nung una hindi ko naman gusto mag-aral sa University of Makati at pinangarap gumraduate ng may honor, kaya nung oras na dinala ako ni Lord sa mga puntong ‘yun, alam ko na hindi galing at dahil saken lahat ng ‘yun, plano ni God yun lahat sa buhay ko.

Same thing with you, alam ko na maganda yung promises at plans ni God sa buhay mo! Different but better than what you think and desire. But at the end of the day, remind yourself that you are not the source of it, you are just the bearer.

3. KEEP THINGS BALANCED

 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

(2 Timothy 1:7)

Naalala ko yung mga oras na pinapagawa kami ng essay, activities, group works at reporting. Hangga’t maipapasok namin yung relationship namin kay Lord, gagawin namin. I’m blessed to have classmates sharing the same faith and serving the same Lord in my college life. Mga tao na hangga’t kayang tapusin ang activities at assignments sa bahay, gagawin na. Kung lahat ng kaklase namin pumupunta sa likuran pag final exam, ako at kasama yung mga kaklase kong followers din ni Jesus, kami ang pumupuno ng front row. Pursue excellence. Again, excellence is the word, not perfectionism. Discipleship/Ministry and Excellence in the school should be like the wings of any kind of bird, pareho silang lumilipad.

“Studying is one way of glorifying God.

It is a proof that the servants and students of the Lord

never get left behind because Jesus is their wisdom.”

*Quote Not Mine

Same thing in your time with God, Wag mong papabayaan ang personal time mo with Jesus. Take care of your quiet times with the Lord. Kung may pinakaiingatan ka man, yan yung relationship mo kay Jesus. Oo, magiging busy ka. Pero tandaan mo na iba ang busy sa productive. I remember those moments na inspired at motivated akong pumasok sa school because I had a great time with God. I remember those tiring, faithless and discouraging moments but it all made sense to me and fears removed as I spent time with God, casting all my cares to Him knowing that He cares for me. He is your refuge, an ever present help in times of joy and trouble.

4. KNOW YOUR SEASON AND PURPOSE 

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Enjoy the season where you are in. It’s okay to think about the future but please, enjoy the season where you are in. Wag mong madaliin. May mga ilang bagay na nanghinayang ako pagkagraduate ko dahil hindi ko inenjoy at sa iba ako tumingin. For me, pag minamadali mo kasi yung season mo, nadadagdagan din yung mga bagahe mo. Mapapagod ka. Tao ka lang din. Learn to embrace your season.

And there is really a blessing and direction if you know your season and purpose. Taking care of your relationship with God, with your family and with your friends. Honoring God through your studies and lifestyle. Making disciples and winning your generation for Jesus.

 

5. BE SECURED WITH YOUR IDENTITY    

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to Sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

(Romans 8:15)

Yes, darating yung oras na magffail ka being a leader, a disciple maker and a student pero palagi ka lang bumalik sa una mong identity. Being a child of God. Ito yung identity mo na hinding hindi mawawala sa’yo. Ito yung identity na hindi nakabase sa ginagawa mo o sa narating mo, madapa ka man, magkamali ka man, mananatili kang anak Nya.

All my life, I believe God has been fathering me. That’s why if you’ve read my previous blogs about my college life journey, it’s entitled “Sonship”. It always reminds me that God already loved, loves and will continue to love me for who I am.

Darating yung oras na iiyakan mo yung pagod at disappointments na nararamdaman mo. Machachallenge ka financially sa sandamakmak na gastos at requirements. Maiinis sa mga professors at classmates mo. Maiinsecure sa iba.

Pero sa gitna ng lahat, wag mong kakalimutan na ANAK KA NI GOD.

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

 

If you have a personal relationship with God, you have everything you need and He is more than enough.

Galingan mo sa school ah! Ilaw ka sa campus na ‘yan. Many people will be blessed through you. You are born and you are there to make an impact. Do not become part of something that reduces you to less than who you are.

Alam ko na ang armas ng isang estudyanteng katulad mo ay hindi yung Report of Grades mo na puro uno, suot mong bagong damit at sapatos kapag wash day, yung perfect na exams at quizzes…

Ang tunay mong armas ay Pagmamahal. Ang Bible. Ang Prayer.

Si J E S U S.

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land.

I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

(Genesis 28:15)

In Christ, 

Randy

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