Early afternoon today, my wife and I together with our cute little boy Damien Caleb including mommy attended a community teaching in our CFC Center we discreetly called “EASTWOOD”.
Uh! Wait, we’re not in the Philippines yet haha! We called our CFC Center in Al Ahsa as such to adhere to our security protocol.
Why we have such an abiding attitude when it comes to security? Well, if you’ve been following this blog you may very well know where my current location is. If you’re a newbie here, a back read of few posts will give you a plausible hint.
In fact even our CFC Center in Khobar and Dammam had its own share of aliases. One we call as “ROCKWELL – where SFC activities are mostly held, the other one is “GLORIETTA” – where CFC activities happen. We even have one in Dammam with a name “THE FORT”. Mga famous and posh malls lang ang name ano..hahaha. So now I guess you know why we have to do such name calling of these places of our community activities.
In a country where freedom of religious expression is taboo and grossly not permitted, you can easily gauge where our security issue comes from. At all times, we must and should strictly adhere to our security protocol whenever we have to conduct a certain activity where religious topic is presented.
Well, that's just it, we are just temporary settlers in this country and we should respect their cultural restrictions and abide to their laws.
Anyway, (hindi naman yan – wow! nag-tagalog ako haha!) ang topic ko.Unusual kasi almost all my entries were done in English unless I expressly stated that I’ll be using my national tongue – hehe.
Look at the title. I’m not sure what really will be discussed out of that but one thing for sure, you’ll love it after reading. Pretty certain that you’ll have some reflections too after.
Part of what I can remember he said these statements.
And he quoted:
"We don't even have to go to China or in other countries, this place Al Ahsa is enough already because this very place needs more leaders and more missionaries to bring back lost brethren to God- referring to one of our community endeavors - sending missionaries to any parts of the world."
"I am so happy na I am an "extra overtime in serving God. Sabi ko wala man akong extra budget financially but God is so happy with the extra time I'm giving Him in serving Him through this community.
That above statements came from Bro. Randy - a man beaming with so much enthusiasm and untiring drive in serving God. He is such a visionary and his moving passion to be of service to God is so infectious that made his flock of members so loved him to the point that some would even tease him saying; "Bro. Randy, sana wag ka munang mag level up from SFC (Singles For Christ)to CFC ha". If I were to receive this comment I'd probably have a wide smile for like minutes to savor these flattering words. Ganyan siya ka influential sa mga nasasakupan niya. He completely knows how to walk his talk.
Many amongst us choose to do over time work than prioritizing the works for God. I'm not judging anyone as I for one has been culprits of this kind of habit so many times. Of course, we all need additional bucks to support our daily existence and our extra curricular activities. Plus, some companies allow it naman. To make it clear, there's nothing wrong about it.
Fact is, bro. Randy opted to choose to go an extra over time with God rather than his office work is a noble act of selfless service. Unmindful of the perks he may have gotten if he's going to favor his work over God's work is such a moving act of his flaming desire to help others know more about God.
Realize this: He isn't paid doing God's service while at work he can earn double rendering OTs. God, truly is continuously manifesting in his life and driving him to be a living instrument of His word to people.
With that I realized, "I won't care that much if I may not be earning that much at work, but I know that prioritizing God's work over my earthly work is like slowly building the foundation of my own company in heaven."
Thank you for the inspiration you're always showing us bro. Randy
Bro, Randy and all our bros and sis for Christ who do the same level of passion and commitment in serving the Lord - I personally ask the Lord to bless you more. So that you'll be a continuous blessing to others as well.