Do you like being surprised? My friends and I have the habit of giving our friends a surprise birthday celebration. We've been doing this for I think 3 years. And you know what makes it amazing, the celebrant will still be surprised even though we've been doing it regularly.
Why am I saying this? Because, life itself have a lot of surprises which I chose to call "suddenlies", " The Suddenlies of Life". And even though, we constantly experience this suddenlies we just can't help but still be surprised. Why? Because of the element of the unknown.
But, there is something you have to know about surprises. Though there is an element of being unknown it is well planned. No one does a surprise without initially planning it. During the planning phase, we usually identify the steps to be taken to perform the surprise and the desired result. Of course, our desired result is that the person will be shocked and glad.
In life, believe it or not, our suddenlies are well planned by God. It was orchestrated by the greatest and the best writer of all. What only varies is our reaction. Since God gave us the freedom to choose what to feel, He will not control our reaction to the suddenlies. But knowing the nature of God, His desire is that in every suddenlies we still have the attitude of worship and still praising and glorifying Him. This is then a question you have to ask yourself, am I worshipping God even if the suddenlies is in the form of problems or troubles?
Suddenlies will surely happen but it is your heart that matters most to God. What would you then do when these suddenlies happen to you? Would you be like Job who still worshipped God?
Have you ever doubted the existence of God? Have you ever asked this question, if God is real why there are sufferings? Why do God allow bad things to happen to good people. If yes, then you are the right person to read this article.
There is basically one reason why you asked that question. It is because you have been so aware of the existence of suffering in your life or in your world. It is either you have experienced it personally or you have witnessed it from someone closest to you or observed it from television, streets or web. What is evident about this fact is that we based God’s existence in our circumstance. But, can we really based God’s existence by what is happening to us? To illustrate, let’s say the sun. Do you think it will cease to rise if you’re experiencing gloomy days? Definitely not! The sea, do you think it will cease to be salty if you’re experience life’s bitterness? Of course not! So why then do we base God’s existence in our circumstances? Are the sun and seas greater than God? Or are you greater than God to say that He does not exist because of your current situation.
Don’t let your situation shut your eyes to the arms that the Father is wrapping around you. Look at the book of Job and be amazed on how God moves even in the times when His most faithful servant questioned Him. We may not understand the reason why certain things happen to us but we should never stop trusting God. He said in His word: “…I will be with you always up to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
I have been through different troubles in life. And to tell you the truth, it was through these times that God showed me how real He is, how He saved me, how He rescued me, how He still allowed me to breathe. Allow God to touch you in your current circumstance. Allow yourself to experience God’s existence. He exists because He exists. He will never cease to exist. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Keep this in mind always, God loves you!
Just recently, my partner gave me a copy of an audio book that talks about ambition. It says that ambition is an eager desire to want something. While listening to this, a question came to my mind. What is that something I eagerly desire? Honestly, I wasn't able to answer that question.
Looking back at my highschool days, I remembered having no clear ambition at all. In fact, as far as I could remember, when I was asked what ambition I would want to be written in our yearbook I said, "ito na lang ilagay mo sa kin para safe, 'to be somebody someday'," During my graduating year, when almost everyone is starting their college application, here I was not knowing what course to take. My father wanted me to become a lawyer hence I took B.S. Accountancy. I never knew anything about the course nor its subjects. What I only knew is that after passing the board exam you will eventually become rich. Most people in our barangay would tell me, "isang pirma mo lang mayaman ka na." I was really excited back then. Not because it was my ambition to become an accountant but because of the fact that it was easy for an accountant to earn money. Honestly, I was thrilled by this idea. Thinking that by becoming an accountant I will be able to give my family a comfortable living.
After passing the board exam, I started working in an auditing firm. I did not know that it was that tiring but also rewarding. During these days, reality just opened my mind. It was not that easy for an accountant to earn money. It will take years of hardwork, patience and dedication. It will take you several years of experience and sleepless nights before being able to sign a financial statement and be paid by clients. I wanted to be a manager of that firm before, but then plans change. I wanted to try other field. So I resigned after two and a half years of working. I went to a private company and after a year I resigned. I just remembered my sister telling me, "parang ang dali sa mga edad nyo na magresign na lang basta basta noh?". The truth is, it is never easy to resign. Why? It is because of the fear of the unknown. I guess, ito talaga nangyayari kapag wala kang goal/ambition. Para kang kuneho na patalon talon lang from one place to another.
After a year of working in that private company, I chose to resign and move to Insular Life. I transferred because of the flexible schedule it offered me. I can study, serve and work at my own pacing. I, actually, celebrated my first year anniversary last August 1 (congratulations to me). To tell you frankly, I had a difficult time adjusting. From being an office girl to becoming a Financial Advisor. From writing financial statement and audit report to presentation of proposals to clients. From being at the back office to being placed in the front row. The cycle was entirely different. Plus my personality (phlegmatic) was not that fitting to the job. That is why there are times, when I asked God is this the right place for me? Guess what's His answer, "I am with you always". How many of you would agree that when we're seeking God for answers, He usually won't answer our question but would remind us of His promises.
Within this year, I received a lot of job offers. It is as if accounting wants me back (haha). But then, I was constantly reminded of the reason why I was here. Initially, it was only because of the time. But now, it was also because of the people. The people who trusted me, who will eventually trust me and who will never stop trusting me with their financial goals. So as long as there are people who continuously trust me, I will still be here.
As I am writing this article, honestly, I still cannot identify what my specific ambition is. But, things seemed to unfold itself. Taking one step at a time and trusting God more and more even if things are not as clear as I wanted them to be.
How about you what is your ambition? What are yours goals? I guess, it is now time for me to write down my ambition. It may also be the right time for you to do the same. And after writing, go and reach that goal! Set the target and hit the bull's eye!
Lastly, ambition follows purpose, not our own purpose but God's purpose. But just a reminder, always involve God. He has the final say. Do whatever God pleases you to do. :)
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