Fan the Flame

fan-the-flameConfession. Hindi ko talaga feel ang youth ministry. I feel like I just don’t fit in. Wala akong charisma, wala akong wit na kagaya ng karamihan ng youth leaders na kilala ko. Hindi ako kasing lively magsalita, hindi energetic at lalong hindi sporty type. I have a boring personality, so to speak – something na hindi fit para sa qualifications ng isang youth leader. Habol: Ang corny ko nga daw mag-joke. Haha!

Good thing that God doesn’t call the qualified rather He qualifies the called. Ayun, may pinaglagyan ako. Ang ministry na inaayawan ko at never kong pinangarap ay naging isang malaking bahagi ng aking personal spiritual growth. And I learned to love it. Iba rin.

When it comes to discipleship, though isa siya sa mga topics na interested akong binabasa, medyo foreign sa akin ang actual practice. I grew up kasi wanting to do things on my own. Reserved akong tao. I keep a very few number of friends. Kaya naman basing on what I read from books, discipleship is a huge step of faith para sa akin. But I know that I am called to disciple, the same way that all believers are all called to do.

So aside from embracing the youth ministry leadership, kasabay na sinubukang kong mag-step out of my comfort zone and invest into discipleship na matagal-tagal na ring nagli-linger sa puso ko. Not the general discipleship type na bahala na sino ang sumalo ng efforts ko, but the intentional discipleship na mag-iinvest ka talaga, magtatanim, mag-aalaga at maghihintay. #ParangPagIbig Haha!

Discipleship, is not about being comfortable with your spiritual status but about getting your hands dirty in doing the job with the results embedded on your mind. Dapat may bunga kang inaasam. Dapat may patutunguhan. Otherwise it is just another kind of huddle offered by the different groups.

Pagdating sa pagdi-disciple, mahaba-haba ang lakbayin. Matagal-tagal na panahon bago magbunga ang mga itinanim. Asahan na rin ang mga frustrations and times na gugustuhin mo na lang sumuko. Discipleship is no walk in the park but it is all worth it. Yet our motivation should be this: that through our seemingly “small” investments of prayer, genuine concern, and the Word itself, we are sending the next generation a message that we care for them. Discipleship is sending a message to our kids and grandkids that we love them that’s why we want them to experience God’s love as well.

If you’re into discipleship, my prayer is that you keep on fanning the flame. Ang isang malaking sunog ay nagsisimula sa isang maliit na spark. #ParangPagIbig, nagsisimula sa spark. Haha! Isipin mo na lang na para kang isang posporo. Hindi ka magliliyab kung hindi ka madadarang sa init, sa pressure, sa friction. Magiging uncomfortable at times, magiging mahirap, masakit, mabigat. Minsan hindi na lang puso mo ang ibinibigay mo, kundi pati baon mo at oras ng tulog. But imagine Jesus, He took time investing in the lives of His disciples. Parang walang patutunguhan sa una. Misfits of society pa ang pinili niya. But the tiny sparks nang maliliit na mga posporo aka disciples ni Jesus ay naging wildfire which eventually turned the world upside down.

And speaking of Posporo, check this song out. There is no better way to end this post than this. #MyKindOfMusic. Keep the fire burning mga ka-posporo! Alab pa!

 

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