I couldn’t think of a better phrase to translate this title into English in a way that it wouldn’t lose its essence so I’ll leave it at that – ANG MASARAP BUGBOGIN. After all, the ‘bugbugan’ in the latest boxing fight by our Pinoy Pride, Manny Pacquiao, is still quite eminent. Besides, a number of Filipino men and women are oh so fund of violence. It sells, really. If it doesn’t, angry birds wouldn’t have been so popular.
Some three posts ago, I have written about being persons whom lives depend on; being used to bless people whom God place in our care, or much simpler, people whom God placed in our surroundings. Just this Sunday, on our way to the church (and yes, way before Pacquiao’s replay fight on the television), I had an encounter that’s fit to be “Part Two” of the said post.
We were on a cab to church and stopped on a traffic light at 20th Avenue, Cubao. The place, just right in front of Metrolane, is full of under privileged kids who bravely approaches cars, cleaning their glasses and then beg for alms in return. The catch is, they stay and come near vehicles even in a green traffic light without fear of danger.
A kid approached our cab, sprayed water in the front glass and then wiped it out. Next thing we know, he’s knocking on the driver’s seat door asking for spare change. Traffic lights set to green. And he wouldn’t want to leave even when the driver stepped on the engine.
And then the driver’s first seven words struck me like lightning: “Ang sarap bugbugin ng mga tatay nito…” It was like there was a trans… a time warp as it sank in to me so deep, I had to take it all in so slowly.
He continued, “…anak-anak kasi, di naman kayang alagaan.”
Although some may think it’s too vague to always blame the tree for bearing ‘ungood’ fruits or the shepherd for having sheep they cannot tend, the driver’s seven words make sense. You are accountable of your children – of people God placed in your care. For a parent, he doesn’t just leave the baby behind and let him learn to fend for himself. For a Christian leader, he mustn’t just leave the people to know and grow in faith by themselves.
I instantly thought of my disciples. I was reminded that when anything happens to them, I AM responsible. I am tasked to care for them from the moment they knew and accepted Christ until the moment they are like Christ (or until it’s “my time” already, whichever comes first). And if there come a time they step into the danger zone and get harmed. The one thing perfect to think about me is: Ang. Sarap Kong. Bugbugin.
Alarming? Probably. But not overstated. As said in the previous similar post, “Every moment is an opportunity to be a blessing.” Lives depend on you and me. People younger than you look to you as a role model. They think it’s ‘okay’ to do what you do – right or wrong. People who doesn’t know Christ yet observe you and watch as (or if) you practice what you preach; some of them, even expecting you to be… well… perfect. Freaks even intentionally await your greatest downfall so they can tell you how wrong you are, but that’s another story.
Point is, I say it again, lives depend on us. You and I are called to be heroes; to be standard setters and status quo breakers. As Paul David Tripp put it:
Your life is much bigger than a good job, an understanding spouse, and non-deliquent kids. It is bigger than beautiful gardens, nice vacations, and fashionable clothes. In reality, you are part of something immense, something that began before you were born and will continue after you die. God is rescuing fallen humanity, transporting them into His Kingdom, and progressively shaping them into His likeness – and he wants you to be a part of it.
Now, it’s up to you to accept your destiny, or even to first accept to believe that this IS your destiny. But a number of people have tried and proven that this is what they’re meant to do – to be part of God’s Work in your family, in the lives of your friends, in your workplace, in your career or academics, in your extra-curricular activities — in your everything. Paul even considered his life worth nothing unless he tells the world about the good news of God’s grace (Acts 20:24).
Taking part on God’s redemptive work for the world (and for the place nearest you) is never an easy work. Actually, taking part on anything is never an easy job. But easy has never touched lives. In fact, easy has never done anything so spectacular. Everything takes a little hardwork and a 100% God-dependence to make it a totally amazing activity. After all, “of Him, through Him and to Him are all things…” (Romans 11:36). What He says He’ll do – He’ll do, PERIOD. 🙂
Again, this is a corrective reminder for me, too. But once more, let’s not waste time not living for God. PANINDIGAN MO NA. Ü