Happy Birthday To My Teacher Sister

Happy 23rd birthday sis!

“No life’s worth more than any other, no sister worth less than any brother.” – Michael Franti

Yes indeed. You are as worthy as any other even our own family members. We are born equal, no more no less. Sis Leah, I and we as a family would just want you to know that we are so blessed having you. Our family wouldn’t be complete and happy without you around.

You bring joy and laughter every time you’re with us and you know that I suppose. You are the kind of lady that enjoys life by just laughing out problems and setbacks you met in your journey. And I’m so proud of what you’ve become.

Before moving on, let me go back to our childhood years. Since you are next to me, we had a couple of experiences together though our age gap is almost 4 years. I still remember the time when we were on our way to school in which we needed to cross a river through a bridge made of bamboo just for us to arrive school safe. That time we’re accompanied by our father and since you’re still in your very young age, I think you’re in Day Care that time, our father made sure that you crossed the bridge unharmed yet in a blink of an eye an accident happened.

You fell from the bridge when you’re about to take your last step to safely cross the bridge.

And we were so nervous that time to the point that we almost couldn’t even make a single step just to check if you’re alright. And thanks be to God you were safe and just had a few skin scratches.

From that time on, I considered it a turning point that I had to make sure it won’t happen again. So the journey continued. You became a consistent honor student in your elementary years and graduated as Valedictorian.

Time has passed so fast and you’re in your high school years. You became active in school in both academic and extra-curricular activities. I am so happy that some of the things I didn’t do in high school, you’re the one who did it. At least I felt satisfied with that. And then you finished high school and ready for college.

You enrolled Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education major in English. I didn’t know if that’s really your choice but I and we as a family supported your decision. It seemed that you’re so happy and contented with your studies and we felt the same too.

Until I knew that you had your first boyfriend.

Honestly, I’m a bit afraid at first because I thought it’s still early for you to be in a relationship and I’m worried it would affect your studies. But I chose to trust you and looked at the brighter side of things. You never failed us since we found out that it didn’t work out and you’re ready for your practice teaching at the same time working on your group thesis.

We’re so happy and proud seeing you wearing your teacher’s uniform after overcoming a lot of challenges and disappointments along the way.

Finally, the time had come for you to walk down the red carpet with our parents by your side. It was one of the happy moments for you as an individual and for us as a family. Welcome to your Graduation Day Sis. As much as I wanted to attend that time, my situation then never allowed me to. But I am crying for joy and happiness for what you’ve accomplished so far. It will never be stolen from you. It will be yours forever.

Since you wanted to become a professional teacher, of course, you need to be one. We supported you to review for the upcoming Licensure Examination for Teachers in Manila. It was never easy and will never be but you were able to finish it. You met new friends and explored new places.

And the most awaited day had come. You found yourself answering questions that would change your life forever. We constantly and fervently praying for your success and indeed God never failed us.

After more than a month of waiting for the results, finally, YOU MADE IT. You passed the board examination. Welcome to the professional and real world. Hugs and kisses and congratulations to our Registered Teacher!

Without much time of waiting you got your first job. I knew it was never easy for you but we were so proud of you. You liked the job but your colleagues were otherwise. Yet still, you tried and tried and pushed yourself to the best version of you. And it happened.

However, amidst all of these successes were some challenges.

I and we thought these successes would stay longer but life had a different story to tell. One day you resigned from your job and chose to find a teaching job in Bohol which I and we supported due to the big risks when you’re employed in Manila.

During this time you went home together with your ex-boyfriend who then became your husband. You were both so happy because you’re in a long distance relationship. And we are happy too.

I thought it would again stay longer but one day we found out that you both made a really big mistake. Our world was torn apart and we just couldn’t believe what happened after all. Honestly, we are so disappointed and I, myself, am depressed for over a week.

But we chose to lower our pride and accepted the reality; the reality that you’re not anymore my little sister.  You’re now a mother of an adorable and beautiful baby girl and a wife of your thoughtful and responsible husband.

“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.” – Jessica Lange

I always believe that all things happen for a reason or some reasons. You becoming a mother at an early age was a mistake for me but it will never be a mistake for God. I can only think of shallow reasons but only Him can give you the deep reasons within.

The life we as family and I as your big brother has dreamed of you was not realized but we believe that God has prepared the best version of your life moving forward.

And indeed as of now, I can see it already and I am so excited for the years ahead. I can’t dispute the power and plans of the Lord for your life and your new and young family.

This is my prayer for you today in your birthday Sis Leah;

I pray that the Lord will continue to bless every area of your life. That He will equip you with all the things you need in order to raise your daughter healthy, strong and God-fearing for you to be an effective and responsible mother of her and to your husband. That you will continue to reach for the stars and never allow setbacks to stop you from achieving your dreams in life. Just remember that these dreams now will not be any more for you alone but for your family as well. Even now, I claim that you will still realize your dream and prayer to become a teacher in our place. Finally, I would like you to enjoy your birthday and even every day of your life and I and we as a family would want you to know that we are always here to support you and will forever be here to listen and help you in all ways possible.

We love you so much Sis and I, myself, love you beyond words! Let’s forgive and forget and concentrate on the things we have in common and invest our energies in our collective dreams and goals to the years to come.

HAPPY 23RD BIRTHDAY AGAIN TO YOU MY TEACHER SIS!

Loving you,

Kuya Lebert

 

 

Privileged To Share God’s Faithfulness

How do you rate God’s faithfulness in your life? Even if you are unfaithful at times, still, He stays as faithful as before. Isn’t it enough reason to be also faithful to the people you love and most especially to Him?

You and I have different stories to tell when it comes to being faithful to God. We agree that inasmuch as we want to be faithful at all times, we still give in to our weaknesses. Despite so, we all have enough time to continue working on our relationship with Him and doing the works He wants us to do.

And one thing we can do right now is to share our experiences with God’s faithfulness in our life. Do you have anything to share? I doubt if you don’t have at least one. By simply sharing your experiences to your friends may it be verbal, in social media, in a forum or by any means of communication, you are already proclaiming God’s faithfulness and this will serve as hope and inspiration to all who will hear your stories.

I have my own take on this when just a few hours ago I was privileged to share my experiences about God’s faithfulness in the area of my finances in front of my brothers and sisters of Singles for Christ (SFC) during our Prayer Assembly (PA).

When I was tapped by a brother to share during our PA, I gave him at least one day to confirm my final decision since there was a conflict on my work schedule but deep inside I already made a decision to say yes to the chance. I asked my colleagues and told them my concern and without any hesitation, they granted my request. Praise God!

When I stood in front of my brothers and sisters a few hours ago, I really felt so blessed to share my experiences about my financial struggles and how I started giving back a portion of my income every month through tithing. And how God has blessed me so much thereafter up until now, though there were times that I’m unfaithful to Him.

I know that not of all those who heard my stories could relate but I believe that I was able to proclaim God’s faithfulness in a simple way as possible and that would serve as hope and inspiration for those who could relate.

You know what, you can share Jesus with others by all means as long as you have the conviction and courage to do so. After all, your main reason for sharing is not to glorify yourself but to glorify Jesus Christ.

Don’t just keep your stories to yourself, share it and make it your daily habit. If you do that consistently, sooner you will be considered as others’ source of inspiration to be faithful to themselves, to their family, to other people around and above all to be faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Care to share and share to care.

Be always faithful!

Praying for you,

Brother Lebert

This Is What The Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode Last Saturday Taught Me

While going home from work last Saturday, every time I refreshed my Facebook wall, I always see my friends’ posts about the Maalaala Mo Kaya Episode and all of them expressed the same feeling and opinion.

And I got curious.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch it when I arrived home. For a while, I forgot about it. But yesterday, again, I chanced upon another post of my friend about the episode. Still, I ignored it as I’m planning to sleep early.

However, something inside was telling me to watch it once and for all and lo and behold, I hardly breathe while watching. Tears were just falling from my eyes.

Curious about the story?

I don’t want to spoil you if ever you never watch it until now. I highly recommend you to watch and reflect on it. Really it’s one of the most touching episodes I watched in my whole life.

You can watch the full story here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDvvUS8Vg0Q

But to give you a teaser or overview of the story, here is my reflection.

“Life is so short to be wasted for nothing. Always choose to serve and not to be served. Choose to love rather than hate. Be selfless and not selfish. Think of others first before yourself. Do things out of love, not out of obligation. Believe that true love exists. Sometimes it comes in a way you never expect. Don’t just give up but fight until the end. When the one you love is out of your sight anymore, that’s the time you will realize how important he or she is to you. Create memories that will last a lifetime, not for a short time. Not just any memory but happy and eternal memories. Finally, the very purpose of our life is to love others. The way Jesus loved and died for us.”

I can still type more comforting and uplifting words about the episode but I will leave them to you. You should watch it now and please feel free to share your reflections too.

To end and to sum it up, the story of John and Aika simply mirrored the kind of love that Jesus has for each and every one of us where he sacrificed His life in order to save us and give us new life. Exactly the same with the things John did for Aika.

Now, let me ask you, “Are you willing to sacrifice your life just to save the one you really love and give him or her a new life?”