by LEILA G. VALENCIA
“You are the salt of the earth” God declared it in Matthews 5:15.
Yes, I believe that we have encountered this line already as we read the bible everyday. But the question is, are we taking this seriously and meditating this line in its deepest meaning?
If we look for the meaning of salt in the dictionary, it means to preserve and flavor the food and enrich its taste. But if we look at the bible, salt expresses the thought that Christians are to be a preserving and savoring element for the Lord on earth, enriching the lives of others is our role and God’s ultimate purpose why He gave us potentials and skills.
This is to help those who are weak needy sick and lost not only on the physical aspect but in all areas of their lives.
It may be spiritually, emotionally and in intellectually. We must tickle their interest in searching and seeking God and to be hunger and thirsty of His word. We must also be a channel of blessings in fulfilling their dreams.
We must guide and direct them into the right path. And enjoy God’s gift of salvation (by God’s grace and unmerited favor for those who will receive and believe in it), and consider Christ as their personal savior and walk with intimacy with Him.
In short, Christians are designed to be a SALT.
S – sensitive to the needs of others
A – alert in rescuing the lost
L – light of those who are in the dark
T – tactful in giving spiritual advices.
by LEILA G. VALENCIA
The bible declares in Proverbs 19:21 that many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails and Isaiah 46:10 says “My purpose will stand and I will do all that I please. “Since God is sovereign, of course His plan and His purpose will prevail. He has the power to implore His will here in the world. And we, as His creations, do not have the authority to demand or require God to do our will. All we have to do is just pray and to build His works and will here on earth.
But how do we know that it is God’s will? Of course, we need to search for the truth and see to it if it is good, pleasing and perfect for these are the qualities of God’s will. Many are afraid of submitting to God’s will but if they really understood the nature of His will, they would not fear. In Romans 12”2, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.
God’s plan or will also includes prosperity, protection and hope. Does God’s plan include harming us or providing us? How has God provided you and protected you as you have obeyed His will? How has your commitment to God’s will given you positive hope for your future? In Jeremiah 29:11. God also says “For I know the plans I have for your plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” And the last is the unchanging quality of God’s purpose. Because of God wanted the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with an oath.
by: Mrs. Ma. Mae S. Alminaza,Head Teacher III, BNHS
While browsing the different certificates of participation I have attended since the opening of the academic year 2015, I came to realize that time ran so fast, I am so lucky to be sent as a representative of our school, and so with this, I shouldn’t waste any single minute to help implement what I have learned from the various training and seminar-workshops conducted by the dedicated and committed Education Program Specialists of the Division of Iloilo City. The “ber” month has arrived, though several tasks were accomplished but still more responsibilities are yet to be done and expect even more challenges to come.
In her inspirational message during the Reorientation on Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program( 4Ps) last August 19,2015 at EON Centennial Resort, Madam Clarissa G. Zamora, the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent and Officer-in-Charge of the Division of Iloilo City shared about the complicated status of being a leader, a worker and an educator even he/she takes the roles and responsibilities seriously. Her sincere words made me recall one passage I have read from a Christian book which says, “When the work of earning a living, raising a family, maintaining health and fitness and managing relationships starts to overwhelm us, it’s good to think about how small our part in the universe is”.
Taking a look at the bulk of work ahead of us, we could sometimes say that life is difficult, burdensome and chaos. Let us face the fact that while the left hemisphere of our brain is busy with the reports to be submitted, requirements of Senior High School Program to be accomplished, grades of students to be computed, etc., the other half worries about bills to be paid, endless debt to be overcome, debilitating illness of a family member to be cured, etc.
With all these, there is nothing more effective than the power of Divine Intervention. ORA et LABORA…PRAY and WORK. When everything seem to fall into pieces, pause for a while and think of those who are last, least and lost, those who believe that the best revenge against poverty is by going to school ( SAKADA 2015). Remember, enormous number of young people out there depend on us for their future, Let us pray and work hard in order to craft a focused mind amidst all the challenges and destruction of life, get to enjoy sunrises and sunsets every day, for God’s grace to every child who calls upon Him is immeasurable.