It was Pentecost Sunday when we went to Singapore this June, and I remembered one of the things I'm thankful for this year - joining a fellowship at work.
My faith has always been a big part of me. Growing up in a religious family, attending a Catholic school up to graduating from a Catholic University. My faith helped me grow through the challenges that life has brought me, and guided me when others, too, needed some help or an advice. The hunger to know more about God, and being marvelled everyday by the fulfilment of His promises to us have been driving forces for me and my family.
Something that keeps me energised in the morning and grateful in the evening is the fact that despite the tests and some setbacks, God never fails to bless us. There is always something to be thankful for. Like the apostles who were tasked to preach the good news, we are all given gifts by the Holy Spirit. Knowledge and wisdom to understand and be certain about life - even simple ideas like what to write on a report or what to say to a customer, to the decisions we are able to make, keeps me grateful.
We are also blessed with so much strength. Being able to open our eyes each day is already a gift. More so to actually carry out tasks, travel, and discover things.
God also ensures that we are never alone. The right people are always there at the right time to support and guide us. In those environments we continue to develop as individuals and as His children.
Truly, He never fails to provide and to envelope us with so much love. John 14:26
Last May 17, I had the pleasure to lead one of our sessions, and this was the devotion I shared with the group:
"Don’t ever think that you are wise enough, but respect the Lord and stay away from evil."
Sometimes because of age, experience, privilege and education, we think we are wise enough that we become full of ourselves. We forget that the things we know, and the things we think we know best are still incomparable to the vast wisdom of our Lord.
We sometimes think that the wisdom we possess entitles us to shoot down other people’s thinking and actions. Their beliefs. To call them names, thinking we are better than them. That we are above them. We allow our egos to eat us, pride to fill us, leading us to sin.
During the last election, I felt I was easily swayed by my experiences and moved by my emotions. Anything that differ from them, triggered my anger. And although my opinion on the matter may be partially true, it is not the whole truth and an absolute wisdom. Still on the matter, when Filipinos started calling fellow Filipinos stupid, imbecile, and others. Those are hurtful words that make us judgmental of our neighbours. But who are we to judge them? Even the Lord, our God whom we betrayed by sinning, suffered and died for us, did not judge his accusers nor those who have crucified him to the cross. Instead, He asked the Father to forgive them, for they did not know what they were doing to the Son of God.
The Lord wants us to be vessels of His grace. To be instruments of His love, of peace, and of truth. But by placing ourselves on a pedestal, we move farther away from His likeness, and walk towards sinfulness. Remember that how we make others feel is not a reflection of their being, but a reflection of who we are as a person. If God is in everyone, does this kind of action represent God? Even Socrates once said that “True wisdom is knowing we know nothing.” True wisdom comes from humility. From following the Lord.
If emotions and challenges come to us, let the Lord’s guidance and grace shine upon those challenges. Do not let them be faced by our words and knowledge alone, but through God who is full of love and above us all.
Hope you're all having a great weekend. Stay inspired, and later days!
Niguel is an experienced creative and marketing professional pursuing his dreams while growing with infinite possibilities.