I RAN THE RACE

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By Rod Ngo, BCBP Cebu South

raceFive years ago, I was called to head the Music Ministry. I was probably the most ill-suited for the position. The only leadership experiences I had revolved around business, and here I was, leading a group of musicians and singers, singing song of praise for God.

Three years ago, I was called to lead a BCBP chapter. Then again, I was probably the least pre-pared for such a position; but when God calls, you answer – and there lay the greatest crash course of my life.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. 2 Tim 4:7

What did Paul mean when he said this? Clearly this reflected his struggles in preaching God’s word. By declaring “I have finished the race”, Paul gave us an insight into a believer’s life. It will not be easy – but with the grace of Cod, we can be victorious.

THANKSGIVING: I thank the Lord for the race He set before me; for leading me throughout; and for allowing me to finish. Last week, a great portion of the world celebrated Thanksgiving Day. It was Abraham Lincoln who set aside a day ev-ery year to celebrate God’s provision and grace. As Christians in a brotherhood of businessmen and professionals, we have even more to be thankful for. Let us not set aside a single day to thank Christ for his faithfulness. Instead, let us set aside a portion of everyday to do so. God’s faithfulness has never ceased; neither should our thanksgiving and praise for our Provider. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Th 5:18

As I write this last article as Chapter Head, allow me to not only encourage everyone to finish the race, but to do so with thanksgiving without complaints, but with joyful hearts.

LOVE AND PRAYER. From my run as Chapter head, I realized that leadership cannot come with-out love and care for his cause, his members and constituents. The most challenging aspect of leadership – simply put – is leading with love, through His love. It is loving people – despite their faults, shortcomings, weaknesses, resistance and pressures. It is having the courage to love people – despite my own faults, short-comings, weaknesses, inner resistance and outside pressures.

Leadership involves constant prayer, sacrifice, humility and forgiveness, and above all acceptance.

In the beginning I found it difficult because I wasn’t sure if our members trusted my leadership. I could feel the resistance and doubt. I began to see faults in the system and shortcomings in the people. I began to complain. But as I saw more and more shortcomings, I only felt weaker. Again, leadership is about love. And love is constant.

Leadership is about acceptance of the weaknesses of our members of my own weaknesses. It is about accepting who our members really are who I really am. Looking at the bigger picture, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us be thankful for that. Again, leadership is about love. And love is acceptance.

To everyone reading this, who have accepted my faults and shortcomings, thank you for allowing me to be your leader, for trusting me even when I have done wrong, for constantly encouraging me whenever I grew tired and for forgiving my failures.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever” 1Cor9:24-25.

Let us keep our eyes on the prize – not the temporary medal or worldly glory, but the eternal life with Christ. Let us run our race with constant diligence, let us look ahead with thanksgiving, and like Paul, let us finish strong.

Source: Kaigsuonan

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Joey Avellana December 30, 2014 - 7:29 am

Bro. Rod:

The race is never quite finished until Jesus takes us by the hand to cross us over to claim our prize– His company for eternity.
Let’s just say you have run this lap in your race to eternity. Not only have you finished strong. More importantly, you have finished well. And the race was not an individual one, but a medley, and you have brought your brothers and sisters from your Chapter with you to victory in Jesus Christ!
Well done, Rod! Looking forward to run more races with you in your next service! Joey

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topy vasquez December 23, 2014 - 1:14 am

Thanks Brother Rod for this beautiful article about finishing the race STRONG!

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