My Trophy-A A +A
Friday, July 25, 2014
DURING one of our Toastmasters meetings, I volunteered (which I don't always do) to participate in the table topics portion.
Table topics or Impromptu speaking is that portion of the toastmasters meeting where members or guests are encouraged to "speak off the cuff", meaning, without preparation, for 1 to 2 1/2 minutes.
Usually, the table topics master prepares a number of questions/quotes/topics written in small strips of paper, then lets the volunteer pick one to answer. On that particular meeting, Beng, the assigned table topics master was more creative. She let us pick our "topic" from two brown envelopes. I happened to choose from the one, which contained pictures as topics to talk about. The picture I picked was a trophy.
Initially I spoke about the trophy being an incentive for most people to do their best to achieve something. It is after-all, a symbol of achievement. It is a reward. I spoke a little about having my fair share of trophies received in my younger years; although, I do not have them anymore. But, the trophy that I was (and am) most proud of, I will always treasure. This trophy is my children, all four of them.
Even to this day, I realize that having "trophy children" is the best incentive I have to strive to be the best I could be. To be the best wife and mother I could be. My children influence me to be the best daughter to my mom, the best sister to my siblings, the best aunt to my nephews and nieces. The best friend. The best employer. The list could go on and on. It can be daunting.
It is not easy at all. The older I get, the more I see my weaknesses and imperfections. The harder it is to lead by good example.
But, somehow, I know that my children NEED to see me STRIVE to become the best I could be, in every aspect, NOT so they will be proud of me, (I will be lying if I say I wouldn't like that), but especially so that they may be MOVED to do the same and pass on the same good example to the next generation. Hopefully, by God's grace, this will help bring us all to the ultimate reward I long for, for my whole family, eternal life with God in heaven.
My Dearest Sun.Star Readers,
The other day, my husband Mike and I visited Father Jean Marie T'chang at Home Sweet Home, where he now lives as a retired CICM priest. I enjoy visiting Father Tchang. Aside from having our individual confessions, Mike and I get to talk to him about anything. In spite of his old age (turning 92 in September), he is still very sharp.
On this recent visit, among other topics, we talked about the many souvenirs and trophies, which he accumulated in his lifetime, many of them now discarded. None of them now matters to him.
This reminded me of the importance of striving and straining for the "trophy" that truly matters in life. What is that "reward" that we should work hard for? A house and lot? A brand new car? A title to our name? A recognition from an organization or maybe the government? Power? Prestige? Pleasure? More Possessions?
Are we striving for just material rewards in this life? Rewards that will in time gather dust, be consumed, be lost, or completely disintegrate? Rewards that in time will be forgotten or ignored?
Let us remember what the bible says in Romans 2:6-7, "God will render to every man according to his deeds: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life."
And this I believe is the reward that we should all aim for - eternal life with God. The reward that will last forever. The only reward that truly matters.
When I look at my children, I am reminded of what I should strive for in this life. They are my impetus to be the best I could be. They are my driving force, my motivation, my inspiration. The more I see my trophy "shine" each day, the closer I see myself in the presence of our eternal God.
My Dearest Children, the more you strive to be the best you can be, you become more like Christ; you sparkle and shine. Continue shining for God's greater glory!
Colossians 3:23-24. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."
P.S. Pines City Toastmasters Club meets every 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month from 630-830 pm. Baguio Funshine Toastmasters Club meets every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month, from 7-9 pm. Both clubs meet at the second floor of McDonald's City Hall Insular. You may email me for inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 26, 2014.