by BCBP Editor

By Bro Mario “Mayong” Rodriguez, BCBP Ormoc

In October 1995, BCBP brought the Breakfast fellowship to Ormoc. But Saturday was my tennis time. After some arguments Janet had to go alone. I did take time and took stock of my life. I had a good life. I knew that I didn’t really thank God for all the blessings but I thought my wife could do it for me. Also I considered myself a good catholic. I never intentionally hurt anybody and I was a regular church go’er. However the breakfast affected Janet so much that there was no way she would let me miss the second one 2 weeks later.

rodriguez-mayong-2-255x300Since I was adamant in not going, Janet turned to the most influential person in my life – my Mom, as I lost my dad quite early in life – and so with the 2 of them ganging up on me I went though I was very sure that I would attend only one breakfast and that’s it. One breakfast. . . but 19 years down the road I am still here attending breakfast and now even sharing my life as well. It has indeed changed my life forever . . .Why? Because God knocked on my door a little harder that morning. In the Book of JOHN He says, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you.” And I said, “Lord, here I am.”

So today I live a busy and very challenging life. My government service takes most of my weekdays while the BCBP takes many of my weekends. In between I juggle my time for my other commitments – to the parish, to the 3 foundations, to my wife and family who are very important to me, to my medical practice (though now it is mostly ‘gratis’ ) and of course to myself as I try to keep my mornings open for tennis – I love the game, I enjoy the company and most importantly I need the exercise. . . .

God has seen to it that I have the time and focus to do all these activities while serving Him as a doctor, city councilor, multi-business investor and as a BCBP servant as CH, RCD, AMD/Mancom & BOT.

Our God is never done with us while we are on this earth. My relationship with my God is still a struggle and I know now that the struggle will continue throughout this life. I still fall very often. There are times when my prayer and scripture time are just a blur with no real meaning but I struggle on. God has made me realize through the Brotherhood that a Christian life is not just a circle where one ends up in the same point where he started. A Christian life should be a spiral where every year one goes up to a higher level of relationship with His creator, a continuous process of conversion. I believe that since joining the BCBP16 years ago I have grown to a higher level in my personal relationship with my God. I am now more attuned to His whispers.

Now I know for sure that my God will always be there with me and for me no matter what happens. But whatever comes my way I will accept and say again, “Lord, here I am” because I know He intends to use all these life experiences, both good and bad, to strengthen me in this journey and make me grow in Him.

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