On Dreams and Priorities

On September 14, 2011, in Christian Living, by july

There is a time for everything, 
   and a season for every activity under the heavens:

Ecclesiastes 3:1

About 364 days ago, I received a phone call from my current employer here in Singapore.  Working and living alone in a foreign land was one of my dreams.  I wanted to do so for three reasons.

One, I am pampered at home.  There are helpers who would wash my clothes for me, clean the room, cook my food, and drive me to the office.  In fact, the only thing that perhaps I had to do on my own was to eat and take a bath!  I wanted to leave the comfort of home in order to learn these things that I don’t have opportunity back then.  Why do I want to learn all these things? Because I want to prepare myself for the wife I am going to marry.

I want to serve my wife.  Do I want make her queen? Sure!  As long as I’m the King.  Dr. Eggerichs (hope I spelled his name right) once wrote that a successful marriage has to have a cycle of Love and Respect going on.  The husband must show love to his wife and the wife should show respect to her husband.  I’m doing exactly what the idea says.  I’m loving my wife, way way before she becomes my girlfriend… so that when the time comes for me to share the same roof with her, God has already molded me to be the best husband I could be.

Two, I wanted to enjoy the culture of a country I’ve never been to.  I am Filipino Chinese and so I do know how it feels like to live in a community like Singapore.  Adjusting wasn’t that hard because when I look around I see my own kind (Filipinos and Chinese).  I sure learned a lot here.  People are polite, competitive, disciplined, and honest.  Of course, it’s impossible to generalize, yet that’s how the mainstream goes.

The Philippines in comparison… well… I don’t want to begin to talk about it.  It just feels so sad when one hardly sees a ray of hope for the nation he’s born in.  I don’t think for one that people leave the country because they hate it.  People don’t quit nation.  People quit people.  Get it? I love my country, but I hardly share the same sympathy with most people living in it.

Three, I want to work on a technology that I have no experience in — Mobile platform.  As of date, I am graced to have been able to work on both Android and Blackberry.  I think that it was a good experience.

So how do I feel right now? How do I gauge where I am and what I have achieved over the course of the year that has passed? If I can use one word to describe it, I’d say it’s TERRIFIC.

Here in Singapore, I’ve met so many friends in church that I can go anywhere and always have somebody out there to get acquainted with.  Kuya Matt who incidentally lived in Toa Payoh helped bring our stuff to our flat after moving from Hougang.  Kuya Marco and Ate Alf had given me invaluable support, family, and advices while I am here.  Marvin and the Funan Bereans have been extremely vital in helping me grow doctrinally, albeit the frequent clashes we had in our DGroup.  Pastor Ramylal is a guy I could in no way exchange for another.  He was an extremely good mentor and friend.  I enjoy every moment I spend with Him.  He was more than a Pastor to me.  I have very high standards on pastors and Pastor Ramylal certainly exceeded my scale!  I had experiences talking in front for many times now with the blessing of Tito D, Kuya Matt, and the rest of the CCF church.  I was able to give my testimony in the presence of hundreds of church attendees.  I enjoy speaking in front.  In fact, that’s one thing I always wanted to do and keep on doing.  CCF Singapore was a church I never wanted to leave because through this church, I’ve grown in my relationship with God far beyond my wildest imagination.

So what has this to do with Dreams and Priorities?

September 2009, I was angry at God for not giving me a sign.  I prayed to God that I wanted to work in Singapore.  All I needed was a Yes or a No from Him.  Yet all I got was silence.  January 2010, I finally got the answer.  I was praying in CCF St. Francis when suddenly God spoke to me in the middle of the prayer.  He said something like this, “One day, I will send you to where you want to go.  But until then, give me enough time to arrange the things that needs to be arranged before your departure.” I’m sure not everyone believes in this yet I hold on to John 10 where Jesus said that his sheep knows his voice.  If it wasn’t God, I was probably dozing off in the sermon.

September 16, 2010… I handed my resignation letter to a manager that I always looked up to—Joy.  It was such a bittersweet thing that on the one hand, I am excited to have one of my dreams fulfilled yet on the other hand, I had to leave the company I’ve been working in for four years.

I learned over the course of time that dreams and priorities will shine the brightest when one would wait long enough for God’s confirmation before proceeding.  I am still learning this because perhaps the hardest part in the Christian Walk is when God is silent.  Why? Because you can do all sorts of stuff failing to realize that sometimes, you are already off the border.

I have many dreams in life yet to be fulfilled.  I want to be a teacher or a preacher.  I want to be an inspirational speaker.  A book writer.  A businessman.  A husband.  A Father.  A Grandparent.  So many things still in store… so many things still unsure.  Will God grant me all these things? John 15:7 seems to give me the assurance I wanted to have.

At the end of it all, it’s all about God’s timing.  There’s a time for everything… and His timing is perfect.  There are many things I want… yet God is the best organizer.  I am learning… again and again… that when one commits his dreams and priorities to God, He will never fail to put a smile on your face… knowing that you may not get everything you want, but you will enjoy all the things you need.  At the end of it all… it’s gonna be a wonderful a story written by God.  Something I always look forward to when I go home to be with Him… and open that book together with my Dad, and read it once more… and enjoy the time we’ve spent together.  Where the temporal ends… there, eternity has just begun.

Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33




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