What is your happiness?

Just keep your answer yourself and in this article let me share with you mine.

Aside from having a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and with my girlfriend, my happiness is when I’m with my family.

I’m blessed growing with my whole family. As in we are complete except of course when my older brother died 16 years ago. We grew up together. We had lots of childhood memories together. We shared our experiences with each other.

But reality always strikes. After graduating in college, I left our place and found myself in Manila to take the board examination and eventually found a job. And after few years, I found myself working abroad which made me very far from my family. Thankfully, we have the technology now at least we won’t miss each other that much.

Working abroad isn’t easy but I have to sacrifice for my family as I made a promise to myself and to my parents that I will only get married when all of my siblings finish college. That motivated me to endure the loneliness whenever I miss them. I am sure of my purpose here abroad though.

By the way, while I was still working in the Philippines, I already supported my younger sister in her school fees and sometimes allowances.  But when my two sisters and our youngest brother were all in college I had to increase my income that’s why I went abroad. In other words, I had to support three of them and help my parents financially.

Thank God that after almost 7 years of working, all of them finished college already and the most recent was when our youngest brother graduated last March. I was so happy. My parents were so proud and all of us gave our praises and thanksgiving to God for after all the sacrifices, we, as a family, were able to succeed in our collective dream.

I was so happy because I was able to attend the graduation itself. It was my prayer long ago that I can attend the graduation ceremony for at least one of my siblings and the Lord was gracious enough to grant my prayer.

Being with my family is my source of happiness especially when I saw my parents happy and proud of their achievements. My heart leaped for joy when finally I was able to give back to my parents little by little because I’m fully aware of their sacrifices for us when we’re growing and during the times we’re busy in our studies. I was so happy that finally, I was able to treat them in a semi-fancy restaurant and bought for them groceries and other needs.

Every time I came home for vacation, I would make sure that most of my time will be spent with my family. As much as possible, I avoided unnecessary gimmicks with friends. And most importantly a “family picture” will always be on top of all as we wanted to take every opportunity that all of us are present.

This is my happiness. And this doesn’t mean this should be your happiness too as we have different situation and interpretation. The most important to remember is that we deserve to be happy because that’s what the Lord wants for all of us.

God bless you, my friend!

Lebert Omac

Lebert is a forester by profession and currently working as a sales associate in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He comes from a simple family of Bohol, Philippines and is the breadwinner of their family. Aside from making sure that his family is provided with all their needs, he is also passionate about faith-building at the same time building healthy and lasting relationships with everyone, especially to his fiancee. On top of all the things he's doing now, he also dreams of building a God-fearing and God-centered family in the future and eventually make it a mission in order to build a peaceful society. Growing up in a family where he feels all the love and support push him to pursue this dream.
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