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.

 

 

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Credenda

I started to  read the writings of Og Mandino when I was in college. Neneng Felin kept on mentioning about the author in several conversations in activities of the Sta. Monica Youth Ministry (SMYM) that I begun to be curious about him. Finding a set of Og’s work in the pocketbook collection of Msgr. Tuvilla in the SMYM Rent-a-Book , one by one I explored his works.

The Gift of Acabar was one of my favorites because of “Credenda”, a poem (creed) of the a star named Acabar. The words just can’t escape my whole being that there was even a point where I tried to assess my life based on the lines of this creed. Read through it as

Gift of Acabar

another point of reflection….

Credenda
From “The Gift of Acabar”

 

Written by Og Mandino and Buddy Kaye

Turn away from the crowd and its fruitless pursuit of fame and gold.
Never look back as you close your door to the sorry tumult of greed

and ambition.
Wipe away your tears of failure and misfortune.
Lay aside your heavy load and rest until your heart is still.
Be at peace; already it is later than you think, for your earthly life, at best, is only the blink of an eye between two eternities.
Be unafraid; nothing here can harm you except yourself.
Do that which you dread and cherish those victories with pride.
Concentrate your energy.
To be everywhere is to be nowhere. Be jealous of your time, since it is your greatest treasure.
Reconsider your goals.
Before your set your heart too much on anything, examine how happy they are who already possess what you desire.
Love your family and count your blessings.
Reflect how eagerly they would be sought if you did not have them.
Put aside your impossible dreams and complete the task at hand no matter how distasteful.
All great achievement comes from working and waiting.
Be patient.
God’s delays are never God’s denials.
Hold on.
Hold fast.
Know that your paymaster is always near.
What you sow, good or evil, that you will reap. Never blame your condition on others.
You are what you are through your choice alone.
Learn to live with honest poverty, if you must, and turn to more important matters than transporting gold to your grave.
Never meet trouble half way.
Anxiety is the rust of life; when you add tomorrow’s burden to today’s, their weight becomes unbearable.
Avoid the mourner’s bench and give thanks instead for your defeats; you would not have them if you did not need them.
Always learn from others.
He who teaches himself has a fool for a master.
Be careful.
Do not overload your conscience.
Conduct your life as if it were spent in an arena filled with tattlers.
Avoid boasting,
If you see anything in you that buffs you with pride, look closer and you will find more than enough to make you humble.
Be wise.
Realize that all men are not created equal, for there is no equality in nature, yet no man was ever born whose work was not born with him.
Work everyday as if it were your first, yet tenderly treat the lives you touch as if they will end at midnight.
Love everyone, even those who deny you, for hate is a luxury you cannot afford.
Seek out those in need.
Learn that he who delivers with one hand will gather with two.
Be of good cheer.
Above all, remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.
Look up.
Reach out.
Cling simply to God and journey quietly on your pathway to forever with charity and a smile.
When you dep

art it will be said that your legacy was a better world than the one that you found.

Reading Og’s work changed my life and one is through” Credenda” in The Gift of Acabar. Some of his excellent works include The Greatest Salesman in the World, The Ragpicker, The Return of the Ragpicker and Christ Commission. It’s really worth the while finding Og… ahh, memories….*wink, wink*