Del Rosario: 4 Cs

I HAD the privilege to speak before close to a hundred kindergarten public school teachers of Baguio-Car Region on May 24, during the culmination of their Continuing Education program.

Earlier when invited, Ma’am Susan, my coordinator in MDC Life Seminars, asked their coordinator what they would want me to speak about, and she was simply told, “inspire them”. That is a tall order for any speaker. Most of the time, being given a topic makes the preparation easier. Why? It limits the topic to research on and ponder upon.

Kindergarten? Do you remember the names of all your schoolteachers? I can possibly remember at most, half of their names, and about a tenth of their faces. But I do remember my kindergarten teacher, her name and her face! She was Ms. Avelino, a beautiful young teacher at St. Louis Center over 55 years ago. She got married when I was possibly in Grade 1 or 2. Sadly, she passed away within a year or two after marriage.

My dad used to bring me to put candles at her tomb each All Saints Day, until I was in high school. She did make a good impression as a good and caring teacher to both my dad and me.

Along with my other teachers, she contributed greatly to making me who I am today and what I will become. My eternal gratitude to Ms. Avelino and my teachers at St. Louis and U.P.

As they say, teaching may not be a financially lucrative career, but it certainly is a most fulfilling one. That is why I fondly look back to my years as an instructor at U.P. Baguio. It gives me great satisfaction that I have at least helped equip for life, guided, and built the confidence of many young teenagers during their college years. How I wish I had been better equipped and conscious of sharing the 3 C’s with them.

3 C’s? That was what I challenged my “co-teachers” to focus on.

I shared about what I believe should be taught, in addition to the 3 R’s of “Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic”.

For easy recall, the 3C’s are:

1. Competence

2. Character

3. Christ-Centeredness

Competence is about sharing knowledge, developing human relationship skills and other skills that are needed to face life’s many challenges.

Prov. 22:29 says, “Do you see a man skilled in his work, he will serve before kings; not before obscure men.”

Character has to do with developing the fruits of the Spirit, as mentioned in Galatians 5:22 “The fruits of the Spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.” Character is built when we repeatedly and habitually respond to challenging situations in a righteous, positive and appropriate manner, when tempted to respond otherwise.

Christ-Centeredness is being focused on the Lord, giving praise and glory to Him in everything, and seeking Him and gaining strength from Him.

1 Chronicles 16:11 says,” Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” This comes from believing that “everything comes from God alone, everything lives by His power, and everything is for His glory”. (Romans 11:36)

My Dearest Co-Teachers in School and in Life,

The 4th C is COMMITMENT to be teachers and mentors of others.

The joy and burning desire to share, turns Enthusiasm into Passion. Passion is contagious. Passion fires up our souls and lifts up our spirits.

The Passion to share begins with a commitment on our part to LIVE our lives in a manner pleasing to the Lord.

Do we COMMIT to inspire others, not just by our words, but by our actions?

P.S. In one brief conversation with a local businessman this week, I was inspired by what transpired. Thanks, Pete (Loy), for inspiring me to be a blessing to others.

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