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