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Archive for February 16th, 2009

Against All Odds

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Go from your country…

Genesis 12:1

Promotion at work. This was something that everyone dreamed about (including me). So when I got it, I, my friends, and especially my Dad was overjoyed. But in spite of the title, increase in pay, and added benefits, I was unhappy. Nothing could still the restlessness of my heart. A few months after, I quit my job to heed the call to work full time for a Catholic publications company. I knew it was a radical move because the pay is only half of what I was getting in my former job. And there were no fringe “material” benefits. My superiors and colleague at work couldn’t understand my decision. My friends were perplexed. My father was very disappointed. However, in spite of all the disconcerting reactions, I stood firm. I knew this was what the Lord wanted me to do.

My life has changed since then. My secular life ended. My missionary life began.

Missionary life is not without its struggles. Many times I felt I made the wrong decision. With God’s grace, I persevered and continued to serve Him.

I’m now married. My spouse is a missionary as well. We both decided to live a simple life and serve the Lord in whatever way He calls us.

In hindsight, I see the wisdom of God. Why? Because I’m happy. I may not have a title to my name. Nor a large bank account. I don’t own a house, car, credit cards but God takes care of my needs. In my service to God, He has given me more than I could imagine. I have been to the US twice. I’ve traveled to Europe more than once. I’ve been to almost all parts of the Philippines. I have a spouse who loves me and whom I love. Since we’ve decided to be simple, we are easily content with whatever we have.

God has brought me to my promised land. A land not literally flowing with milk and honey. But a land filled with His love, love of my spouse, love of family and friends. Against all odds, I’m glad I obeyed.

– Jojang

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February 16, 2009 at 8:09 pm

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