Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Unimportant Me: On Personal Missions

A few weeks ago I said I was going offline to do some thinking. Not that I was emo-ing, but I felt I needed to do some planning about where I am headed. And this was brought about by Bo Sanchez' line in a mailing list I signed up for:

"God insists on choosing the most unimportant people to do His work."

One of the things that I learned through the years and from my parents is humility, especially at work. They said God gives you talent to be used for a mission. It shouldn't be used to further your own personal motives, but for the greater good.

And when a huge responsibility was dropped on my lap, I hyperventilated. Not only for one day, but for three months. And as my Kuya told me before I got in, "If it is meant for you, it will be yours."

In the last few weeks I've thought about why I am at this point in my life. I' about to make a major decision and my Kuya said, "How does this fit in with your objectives and goals in the next 5 years?" Uh, I wasn't able to answer him because I realized I've been taking things one week at a time since I met all my goals last year.

Well, the sun isn't shining that much today, but my sunshine is because I know what I'll be doing in the next few years and what God's mission is for me (well, more or less).

My best friend warned me about some potholes and perils I might meet along the way. And I've met them and continue to meet them. But, at the end of the day, the measure of your success shouldn't be based on other people, but your own mission. And you should always remember that to get there you should hold on God's hand to bring you there and work not for personal gain, but for service.

Have you ever thought about why you are doing what you are doing? What is your personal mission?

*Photo by Abe Olandres


  1. Anonymous7:22 PM

    sort of like begin with end in mind huh :) so.. whats this mission (eyebrows go up and down).

    what made you think youre "unimportant?" hello, look at you! if youre unimportant, ano na lang tawag natin sa iba, hehehe.

  2. @ladycess - hehehe, ayoko lang po kasi maging pa-importante. Teehee.
    My mission is a secret! :p

  3. maybe she want to do something different.. but in a good way.. good for her.. :-)

  4. Anonymous9:53 AM

    good for you, Ailene. no, you are not unimportant, you are a Child of God, He knows you by the palm of your hand, the strands of your hair (di ba there's a quote like that?).

    anyway, your best friend is right, that's life--full of struggles, potholes she calls them, but what matters is how you turn those potholes into something worthwhile, something positive.

    as for me, i live by the day, i live by blind faith--what else can you call my life, responsible in raising 7 kids who will be tomorrow's future (that is i guess, my mission)

    happy weekend, dear!

  5. Yes ma'am. I've been thinking about that lately. I might give up my job to do something, something that I feel is my mission in life. ;P

  6. @arjay - just fixing up the clutter :)

    @sexy mom - it's my way po of reminding myself that I am a mere servant to God's grand plan. I've been thrust with a great responsibility and you are right, I should just leave it up to Him.

    @ivan - uyyy! that's big news and I remember you just got promoted recently. I wonder what it is :)

  7. Anonymous12:47 PM

    Maybe it's the weather and season? People are getting introspective lately?

    But honestly, it should be an everyday thing asking what your mission is, what He wants you to do. And from what I see, you already have the answer. The only thing left is nike's tag: JUST DO IT.

    You inspire a lot of us Aileen, and we are rooting for you. God bless