‘3 Questions in Life’-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
IT'S Friday again, and I haven’t written my article yet!
What motivates writers, columnists and media people to do what they do?
I am almost certain that for many of us, what drives us are the intrinsic rewards rather than the financial compensation.
As suggested by my daughter Jennifer, I am having all my articles since 2009 compiled and bound. And I agreed. For what? An ego trip? A source of ideas? A lasting legacy? Maybe for all of the above.
Imagine if my parents left me a bounded copy of their thoughts, would I read? I certainly would! So perhaps, that is what really motivates me and my wife, to write, week after week (except for occasional omissions) – to leave a lasting legacy to our children!
I am sharing a part of me, to all who read. No wonder, people I meet who say they read my articles, and our staff who take time to read the posted articles, seem to know a lot about me, and understand where I am coming from.
“Who am I?” is a question I ask of myself so often these days.
“What have I become?”, and “What will I leave behind?” are additional questions whose answers I now ponder upon!
Do these questions come with age? Perhaps they do! But smart and wise is the one who does not wait for old age to ponder and act on them.
It’s living in the light of eternity that keeps us hopeful and accepting of our mortality. It’s knowing that we are here for a purpose/s that guides us through life. Otherwise, life would just be meaningless, burdensome, and tiresome with all the challenges that come our way.
Thus, I chose to share my thoughts on these questions, rather than continue this week with the miniseries on “Be rich in 364 days!”
My Dearest Children,
Jessica, thank you for encouraging me to come out with a video, to be shared with our staff, on “Living Purposefully”, after you listened to me share about the topic I love to touch on, in most of my talks.
As I started preparing for it, I realized how inadequate I was on the topic, and had to continue referring to the book of Rick Warren.
What appeared to be a simple task has become a daunting project. It may take a while to finish the script, and much longer to video it, but it will be a lasting legacy that you have put into my heart and mind. I accept the challenge.
Preparing for it, revealed how much I have to pray for enlightenment and wisdom. I have to rely on Him rather than on myself.
This is another instance wherein a surrender of ourselves to Him is required. Doing so, humbles us, and allows us to find the right way and the right time to accomplish it, in the best way possible. Living purposefully allows us to use the talents given to us, and to others, who willingly and unselfishly share their gifts with us.
This holds true whenever we are faced with adversity and troubles that seem insurmountable. We have to first admit our inadequacies, then entrust them all to Him, who knows best! He works through other people and under circumstances that astound us. He is an awesome God!
To God be the Glory, in all that we do.
Romans 11:36 says, "Everything comes from God alone, everything lives by His power, and everything is for His glory."
1 Cor. 4:7 says, "If everything comes from God alone, why boast as if you have achieved anything on your own."
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 07, 2013.