My Evangelization Story: declaration

Proclaiming and witnessing: declaration (Part 4a of 4) 

Personal and tailored-fit

In the recent issue of Youngster, it featured an article entitled Evangelization: the Pope Francis Way. What I like about the article is the portion where it reminded me that according to Jesus, our mission to be fulfilled on earth as Christian is to evangelize.

My favorite line from The Youngster article is the enumeration of the different means to make Jesus’ life known to all: fiery speeches to wordless witness, zealous crusades to open dialogue, scrolls of parchment to podcasts and blogs. Isn’t the line poetic? It sounded easy, but is it?

Evangelization is very personal – it is tailored-fit and there is no one-size-fit- all approach. As a unique individual, the Lord will call us in our least expected circumstances. For countless times, God met me when I failed, when I sinned, when I felt joy, when I was frustrated, when  I was afraid, when I was victorious, when I was tired – just about anywhere and anytime I called upon Him.

Be ready for the challenges

Since evangelization work is of God’s then it will be challenged by the negative force.  There are some challenges that will confront us in this mission. Allow me to share with my personal challenges:

Pride and self-righteousness: it is not about me, it is about GodThere was a time I realized that despite tremendous efforts, there seems to be little or no progress in my evangelization work. I found out the problem was with me: I developed pride and became self-righteous. I started to consider the change of heart of another to be my own doing. The work mission was already a “mining” task – a way to feed my ego. By God’s grace, I was able to correct myself and acknowledge that the task at hand is all about God and not mine.

Super Evangelizer: I cannot save the whole world all at once, only one-soul-at-a-time. With much enthusiasm and excitement to change stone into bread and water into wine, I started to have a vision of saving every person I meet. Eventually I began to feel tired and consumed from all the activities – I got burnt out. It was because I spreading myself thinly.

Then I came across a reading which I kept until now, which goes:

“A devout person once said: In my youth, fired with the love of God, I thought I would convert the whole world. But soon I learned it would be enough to convert the people who lived in my village. I tried that for a long time, but I was unsuccessful. Then I realized that my program was still too ambitious, so I concentrated on reforming the members of my own household. But I couldn’t convert them either. Finally, it dawned on me that I must work only upon myself. But I have stumbled in my attempt to accomplish even that.”

This inspired me to be very wise about rendering service and being protective of myself, because since I can only do the mission of evangelization one-soul-at-a-time.

Unworthiness and inadequacy: even if I’m young and not a good enough, God will empower me. As I grow in service, there were new assignments given to me. The reluctant me would always give an excuse of me being young, not yet ready or not good enough. For a time I was saying no to ”additional” work and eventually stayed in my safe state — comfort zone. Through prayers and encouragements, I began to take steps and exploring new grounds.

Ammunition for Evangelization

Based on experience, I realized that in order for me to be an effective evangelizer, I have to be in “mission mode” with 3A’s strategy: Attraction, Attention and Affection.

Attraction: I live my life being with hope, modesty, order, kindness, positivity and joy, despite the daily struggles and challenges. In a way, this created a sense of curiosity to some people around which resulted to them being attracted to what I’m doing as a Christian. When someone start to ask about when or where I go for Mass or request to be included in prayers petitions, I start to pray for guidance and courage to approach the person for a chat. I have proven that evangelization work is done through the daily words and action that speak about my life – it’s walking the talk.

kindness

Attention: It is important that I devout time, effort and resources in the mission to bring another to a personal relationship with God. As every relationship requires time, it is necessary to spend time with the person. I pay attention to details about the family, those around the house, the choices of sport, genre of music and films/movies and things that will make the person more comfortable with me. In this way, it will be easy for me to introduce to other persons with the common interest.

Affection: Whenever the person is sharing about a concern, difficulty, and moments of sorrow, joy or successes – whether small or big, I express affection with genuine concern. I find it important to be truthful and sincere in order to gain trust and to send a message mutual trust and confidentiality is highly valued. Reality is evangelization work starts with listening. It is always important that a person knows that you are willing and capable of listening, as this connotes understanding and acceptance.

It helped to do evangelization mission, however challenging, whenever I’m reminded by the Prayer of Jabez which says:

“Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!”

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My Evangelization Story: discipleship

The evangelization story: discovering God (Part 2 of 4)

Evangelization is relationship-building

God continuously bring people into my life to be part of my evangelization journey: my Grandmother who taught me prayers; my Aunt who brought and encouraged me to go to Mass; my elementary teacher who encouraged me to become Altar Boy; my religion class teachers who were instrumental in nurturing my interest for study about Christianity and the Catholic Church; my fellow Sta. Monica Youth Ministry (SMYM) members who has been inspirations on how to be a responsible youth and in serving God through His church; my Brothers who are role model in dedicated service rendered as a Knight of Columbus (KC).

Ang Lingkod Ng Panginoon (ALNP) sisters and brothers gave me venue to continue my journey with God through service. Servants of the Lord’s Vineyard (SOLV) Sisters and Brothers accepted me as a family member the warm welcome, presence, prayer and support for Getti, Elisha and I. Our journey with Ligaya Ng Panginoon (LNP) has been teaching us a lot about marriage and how to work together with God as constant partner in our life as a family.

 Getti: my life-long evangelizer and partner

As I am reminded that evangelization is not a one-time big time journey, God sent my life-long evangelizer and partner in Getti. When I met and learned that Getti is a member of SOLV, I saw how dedicated she serves, how firm she is in her beliefs, how she keeps her values, how generous of she shares time and resources for the Lord, and how accepting and non-judgmental she is in her dealings with others.

I am thankful to God for Getti. She continues to be my daily evangelizer: on how to deal with parents and in-laws; how to handle resources; how to treat others with love and respect; how to share freely and not counting anything in return.  With her as my wife and life-long evangelizer, I know that God will shape me to the best person that I can be. Getti is a manifestation of God’s love to me and an affirmation that doing my mission as a Christian is life journey not meant to spend alone.

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My series of discoveries of God was made possible through different relationships.  What is common about those who are instrumental of my encounters with God is that they were first my friends. Our friendships serve as foundation for me to know more about God and eventually led to personal friendship with Him. Their acceptance and sincerity played a big factor which established a life-long friendship that ushered my exciting journey as a Christian.

 

 

Project Positivity #2 :)

superfriendsThis is supposedly posted last night, but better things happened and you’ll find it later So, here am I on my second rendition of my #ProjectPositivity:

1. Us Time: discussed about Examen, an Ignitian exercise on daily reflection of being aware of what are our thoughts & feelings for the day
2. Able to do 40 (!!!) push-ups … in the bed!
3. Sent morning reflections to friends
4. Introduced to the process of making a cute button when Sheryl Evangelista shared steps … aliw! #IWillAttendButton
5. Colleague made a blurb and put my name on it… very generous man
6. Reviewed Smart Cities material sent email to research center on how to order and got a call.. so that’s how you do it
7. Savory lunch with Fatima Mabor Bautista, Aura Abon, Charity Lao Torregosa and Sheryl Evangelista
8. Attended brown bag.. remembered time spent in Indonesia with Edwin Leo Mokodompit
9. Finished initial material on Smart Cities and send to colleague; she’s very kind with her comments
10. Bought turkey sandwich for mother-in-law; got a sweet thank you
11. Extended help to a Tita
12. Received cute and funny message from Crispin Merlow
13. Was reminded by an angel to buy conditioner for Getti
14. Met up a friend (fwend) RealLife Book/Dolly; she treated me for snacks and gave RealLife: Story of Ordinary Filipinos with Extraordinary Lives ; the sharing was endless and we started to talk abut #Project300
15. It was also Celebrity spotting for me: PBB All In: Joshua, Mars, Loisa, Vickie, Jaso, Robi and some G-Force Dancers
16. Spent affirming dinner with a very good friend Regina Abrera; she’s really an inspiring sister
17. Got a good massaged – home service with wifey
18. Found out that I was tagged in a photo taken earlier with fwend Dolly
19. Saw a touching note from Superfriends Jasmin Lagunilla Vargas
20. Saw a the literary work of my bestfriend John Lorenz… gifted writer!
21. Went for a nap, but fell asleep while being hugged by wifey!

Ahhh, never get tired of counting my blessings! — feeling blessed.

If you’re climb…

If you’re climbing the ladder of life, you go rung by rung, one step at a time. Don’t look too far up, set your goals high but take one step at a time. Sometimes you don’t think you’re progressing until you step back and see how high you’ve really gone ~ Donny Osmond

There are times that I feel the lackness or inadequacies of things. Some of this areas include love that I’m showing, efforts that I’m doing, help that I’m extending, success that I’m achieving, money that I’m saving, places that I’m going, and the list goes endless….

Reading this quotation from Donny Osmond made me realize that I’m been too hard on myself and been ungrateful to God.

Looking around, I see people with less or no food to eat, less or no money to spend, less or no love received, less or no place visited, less or no property to call their own, less or no more health to keep, less or no work to give affirmation to their talent or skill. 

Thank you, Lord for reminding me to be grateful. For reminding me to step back so that there will be more reason to look forward. 

Random thoughts

Been keeping some notes in my cellphone’s Drafts section, thinking that I could one day can write about these topics. Got them from readings, reflections, sign posts, etc:

  • A country deserve the kind of leader that it elects
  • Having an ambition is seeing your BEST self
  • The instrumental intro of GMA’s Kapuso theme song sounds similar to the song “Sabihin Mong Ikaw ay Pilipino”
  • Psalm 37:7-9: 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. 8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. 9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
  • CUI is a Neutral convenor
  • Plant mani (peanuts) and rabanos (raddish) in Alimodian
  • YOU – youth opportunities, unlimited
  • 1 Cor 2:15:  The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments
  • I came to this realization and resolution: what I wear does not describe the kind of man that I am 🙂
  • Hang-ups
  • 1 Cor 9:24-26: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.
  • Sometimes you’d find your Peter Pan, who’d take care of you and fly with you against the wind— but then you’d notice that his heart still belongs to Wendy
  • Remember that we’re starting a TRADITION!
  • Culture of giving back
  • Pepping hole, potter’s hands
  • Tough love pushes us to the threshold of our capacity
  • ROTC, military school in Singapore and Korea instills discipline and civic consciousness to the young
  • Mapaglamang
  • Sense and Culture of Order
  • Iloilo city need a policy re: junk vehicles along its major thoroughfares/streets
  • Philippines has become a Society of Posters and Billboard — an indication of short memory
  • Can you read my mind? – theme song for people who wants others to assume that others know and feel as they do 🙂
  • Upperhand of the situation
  • Providential on things or events that work out in a perfect timing
  • Just make sure you miss my heart
  • Role models? to whom can I look up to? – t-shirts, icons
  • where am I anchored?
  • Service changes people’s lives — it transforms people
  • An excellent report starts with good documentation
  • Ma’am Doreen: the secret life of Paula Cordero
  • Let us enlarge our desires and our hearts for “God is able to accomplish far more than we ask or imagine”
  • Bringing our cause to the streets: sumilao farmers, strikes, rallies, protests, sidewalk vendors  (source of living), Way of the Cross
  • Civil pride
  • Don’t rain on my parade – saying
  • choreographer
  • My Big Love: 1 — 2. start today 3. — 4. find your inspiration 5. be happy
  • in the eyes of the child, there is joy ….. but she’s blind
  • Sharing will not make you less richer, neither will it make you poorer
  • On unity: scattered government offices, thousands of islands — sign of a dis-united country?
  • Defining your limits
  • By the waiting shed with JP
  • Car plates and vanity numbers
  • If I really believe that God loves me, then I should rest in the idea that the Best things in life are still ahead of me and not behind me
  • Emiliano Arcaya, MIMS, Inc – security guard from Cebu airport
  • BAYANI ako ng Lansangan
  • Haggard patrol — wang-wang
  • eyesore, nose sore
  • O Hesus, hilumin mo
  • 1,111 stories of heroism
  • Dinagyang: international auction night with Ilonngo authentic products
  • Our Space – task Force Streamers
  • What are Perfect Ilonggo gifts? – business options
  • Calauit, Palawan
  • Regulation: MTRCB – seatbelt on driving scenes
  • Who or what is Domber Pomarin??
  • Overspeeding
  • Case abstract – flood in pavia
  • Religion by convenience – always busy, 5am Mass
  • Honda Jazz
  • Jean jacobs – thanks Jed
  • Who is David Moses?
  • Cris Ian Sinuto — Goldleaf Guard Services
  • The contrast of peace and quiet in the library
  • What’s in your left pocket? — usually important
  • NO to checkered shorts
  • Seldom do we see lady drivers
  • Mind Map application
  • If lost something, be sure to look for it at the right place — 🙂
  • Janitor vs. president – qualification
  • Breakdown is the touchdown to breakthrough
  • Zaida, Positive affirmation
  • Canigao Island in Leyte
  • One and a million you — good karaoke song
  • laws w/o teeth; citizens no sense of order
  • Yong-yong and the Trappist monks
  • New Moon: I don’t have the strength to stay away from you anymore; I feel so protective of you
  • Cyber socializing and the timid Filipinos
  • Be kinder than necessary because everyone have their one struggle
  • Live with Confidence, because d Lord call you to do it; Courage; L-oyalty and commitment; A-ggresiveness and determination; S-strength and fighting spirit; S – self-control == CLASS
  • Divine appointments – Prayer of Jabez
  • Closure — Closing Cycle
  • Passport ni Nanay
  • Success is NOT about looking at a person figuring out how much s/he is earning — it’s about looking at the person and determining how Happy s/he is
  • Ready yourself to receive more blessings
  • Chinese-collared barong
  • The elusive Manager
  • My love will see you through
  • How great art thou — song
  • Three cups of tea
  • Candor
  • Your treatment raised my dignity as a person
  • Di-spell/conquer fear and doubt
  • Many pillars constitute a big and strong structure
  • Being a Christian means being able to hope, dream, excel, prosper, be brave and bold with the knowledge that by actively living Christ’s ways, we can never go wrong
  • National govt don’t have policy on timberland
  • Can anyone appreciate the beauty of a cage without having anything inside it?
  • Success = joy, freedom and friendship
  • Mac = 12 1/2 x 9; IBM = 13 x 10 1/2
  • MORE: Pray, serve, plant, harvest — we don;t know what the future holds
  • Exercise daily; walk with God
  • Rush, year-end, 11th hour
  • Wherever there is God, there is Order. Seek Him in times of chaos, so that Order will not be far behind
  • Remembering: Lord, teach me to always remember
  • 25 ka tuig nga Grasya sa Parokya sa ubay ni Sta. Monica
  • MAHALAGA == mahal + alaga
  • Wilder women – movie
  • we thank the Lord fo rthe gift of friends, we look forward in establishing new and meaning friendship and in expanding our horizons
  • Cause she love’s me… I don’t know what she sees in me but she loves me …. – song for Getti
  • Download Accelerator Plus File Shedder
  • Mortification and Prayer of the Five Senses
  • So Young — theme of the Youth
  • Long walk to freedom: autobio of nelson mandela
  • Exegete
  • http://www.citiesonline.com.ph
  • Bonet
  • You can not OWN what you don’t Love
  • FWE 855 J. Zepeda, Zarraga Bga. bante
  • External drive
  • Come to me in the Blessed Sacrament – Msgr. Josefino ramires & Fr. Vincent Martin Lucia
  • Coffee table books; collections of stories — sang tiempo namon
  • Not for the sake of your dignity but for the love of your people
  • Overheard from a foreigner after taking photo: Facebook is the altar of every members’ photos
  • ORAD – augmented reality — hologram
  • I can be as cold as the bench in the park during winter season
  • Just like a father looking at his child starting to walk or having a family of his/her own
  • 2 Tim 1:7
  • Don’t let your (bad) memories kill you
  • Cause I mean what I say when I say “I do” — song for Getti
  • all for Love
  • It is always wrong to assume or decide for someone else

Upon posting these topics in this blog, I hope to begin writing my reflections and thoughts.

Note from the lower box while typing this: Draft saved at 3:48:04 am. Last edited by jaypresaldo on January 6, 2011 at 7:22 am

NOT ANYMORE… publishing! 🙂