Monday, April 16, 2012

I want to see Milo

It's been a really long time since I spent that much time with Milo. One recent Sunday, I spent an afternoon in my parent's house. As soon as Milo heard my voice, my lola said his tail wagged eagerly and he kept on barking, seemingly asking the people around him to let him out his cage. When I finally saw him, he barked even louder and never stopped until I let him out his cage. As soon as he is out, he sat beside me. He licked my hand as I scatch his neck (gross, I know).

For the rest of the afternoon, he was my constant companion. HE NEVER LEFT MY SIDE. He sat beside me as I spoke with my relatives. He sat by my feet as I ate lunch. He followed me where ever I go. He slept near me as I took my afternoon nap. And when it was time for me to go home, my heart broke as I look at his sad face. He was barking non-stop as I leave.

Dogs are amazing creatures. They love their masters unconditionally. Even if I have left him with my in-laws or my parents and have not seen him for a very long time, he still knows my voice. He could even recognize my voice on the phone. And every time I go see him, he treats me as if I've never left him.

I am currently reading the book Cat and Dog Theology by Bob Sjogren and Gerald Robison. And I thought, I want to be excited about my Lord, as Milo is excited about seeing me. I want to have that same desire to not leave His side. I want to follow where ever He goes. I want to recognize Him as He speaks. I want to not question Him when He seems distant. I want to see what He is doing. I want to be part of what he is doing. I want to be right in the center of His will.

Right now, I want to see Milo. More importantly, I want to fall in love with the Lord.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Chairs for our Public Schools

Saw a documentary today about schools lacking a basic necessity in schools: CHAIRS.

I studied in private schools my entire pre-college years and I never experienced this lack of chairs in the classroom. At most, we complain about the heat in our classrooms on warm months but other than that, we have all the classroom necessities. Now a days, some schools even have air-conditioned classrooms. But chairs?

Of course, one can look into this supposedly basic issue through several different lenses. One is through the lens that the government has to do something about this. This is very frustrating specially when one finds out, through the documentary, that the supposedly Php 300+ Classroom chairs are being purchased at Php 700+. Talk about corruption! I strongly believe that Freedom of Information Bill has to be passed. Is there a way for ordinary citizens to influence the approval of this bill aside from electing government officials who will support it? Please enlighten us.

Another way to look into it is through the lens of wanting to be part of the solution. Although the government agencies has the primary responsibility to address this, we, as the Church, can also view this as an opportunity to transform our communities. Are you looking for ways to be an agent of change in the areas you are in? I'm not saying this is the only way. But this could be a way.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
   And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
   and to walk humbly with your God.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

We can start with our Baranggay!

Learned something from the news (Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie) today that I think would be useful for the passionate people I know. Did you know that every Baranggay Unit of our country have at least 100M Peso allotment per year? Did you know that we can actually influence how the Baranggay should use the annual budget allotment? One way I distinctively noticed is the creation of the referendum. Of course the initial step is to attend the monthly Baranggay meeting and make the Baranggay Officials aware of this great idea that you have that will be beneficial for the community. (Which reminds me, Pastors and Leaders, it would be good if we could engage here.) There are several other steps that you can take but I wasn’t able to catch it. Anyway, after you’ve done all that, whatever that is, but your great idea is still not noticed, you can tap COMELEC and have them issue a referendum. Say for example, what you want is for the Baranggay to issue funds for a certain project you have that will benefit the entire Baranggay. You can have the COMELEC issue a referendum for that. Once issued, you now need to get the votes of 10% of the entire baranggay voting public. If achieved, COMELEC then requires the Baranggay to implement it. Cool huh? :)

There are a lot of holes to this idea, especially since I didn’t capture the entire information. Plus the episode was not able to provide all the tiny details included in this procedure. But I think this is sufficient to get our brains working into including the Baranggay in our goal to Transform Communities.

Micah 6:8 (NIV)
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
     And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
     and to walk humbly with your God.