By Lilli G. Morales, BCBP Alabang
I have been privileged to be among those called to work in their respective capacities for manifesting the love, the power, the Spirit of God to as many people and to faraway places where the Lord will lead us with the fullest support of our community.
As with all groups, communities or associations, there will be distinctive workers with their own convictions on how God ought to work. More often than not, the dependence on the Holy Spirit was desired by the Father so that we can experience the reality of the sacrifices and intercession of the living Christ. As often mentioned, there are no lasting results in answer to our prayer, unless that prayer is offered in total surrender of self to allow God to use us according to the gifts of the Spirit and our respective talents and treasure. It has been said: “The greatest achievements are those that benefit others.”
Everything in this world has that innate trait of wanting to connect or be attached to another fellow being. I, for one, from my young years up to the age of maturity, can affirm that my closeness to my mother was most ideal. I can claim that everything was the result of the affection, the tenderness and mutual awareness of being a part of each other. Having a near-to-perfect relationship with my family also gives rise to my unceasing thankfulness to God. But then, there are occasions in our personal relationships, particularly with our loved ones, when distance and time cause us to be absent or separated with inadvertent reasons which create frustrations and disappointments — whether these be calls of duty or other external demands of our availability or usefulness in business or various organizations. But throughout all of these, we still belong to each other, as family, as fellow human beings, brothers and sisters in Christ.
For all the years that passed me by, I had the mistaken notion that I had made it – not through some connections or attached strings, but because of my own best judgment and foreknowledge of good things and big opportunities in store for me.
For a couple of times friends and colleagues came to me for consultations or advice, and I responded to their enquiries with open-mindedness and perceptive concepts. Of course, they appreciated my bits and pieces of advice and for this I was exhilarated. Successes came one after the other and during all those times the acknowledgments or the accolades were mine to have and to own, omitting intentionally perhaps, or unintentionally, to give due credit to the others who had worked with me along the way.
By our word and by our actions, we are recognized – be they in any situation or place or time. Through our body language we unconsciously reveal our personality or trait since these are outward expressions of our physical and mental and emotional responsiveness.
I had been to many places holding several positions. During all those years, but specially these past recent times, I had been aware of people’s reactions. I know that I had not been spared of squirmishness and scrutinizes of many people as well, including the people I deal with and members of the staff of the company I managed. It was also in these positions that of the many responsibilities I have, mainly involving public relations and personnel management, there was the demand for me to have a close watch and discernment of people’s attitudes and subsequent behavior. It is commonly said and heard, “It is not all a matter of aptitude but of our attitude in order to reach our altitude!” (The mastery of this subject can be also attributed to John Maxwell.)
Other people find Christian brothers and sisters eclectic in so many ways – being conspicuously different than others because they bring out the good, the right, the beautiful, the positive and true ways of life, bearing the attitude of Christ. And this should always be our goal – to belong to Christ and to have the attitude of Christ.
In His time and gentleness, God tapped me on the shoulder and convicted me of this with the reminder that successes are allowed by Him alone and can only be achieved through people in our respectively defined areas of responsibility. We are but channels of God-given wisdom, knowledge, and creativity to accomplish His purpose for us. And so it was, and is, and will be.
This Christmas He is tapping us on the shoulder and saying, “Hey, I’m here. Do not forget … I love you beyond compare … more than anyone else … you are my child … you belong to Me!”
Excerpted from the BCBP’s publication PRAYERTIME, pp 10, 24, 34, 80.