Jan 23, 2019 Christianity in the Philippines
Derek and I just got back from spending some time in the Philippines. It is a very Christian country and their faith isn’t separated from their daily lives. It’s a part of their work, socializing, health, and mindset. They find happiness and contentment in God’s word and if any change is to occur in their lives it will be through inspiration from God. Their way of worship isn’t how I was raised to worship but I enjoyed the devotion of the listeners and seeing the ritual of the country.
We were in the Philippines to speak at a work event and after experiencing all that we had it came as no surprise when they had a preacher come in to give a motivational seminar in between business meetings. The preacher asked during the end of his sermon,
“Why are you here?”
His simple question stuck with me for the rest of our trip and followed me on the long airplane ride back home. Why do you think you are here? What is the first answer that popped into your mind when you read the question?
My mind answered to be happy.
The preacher stated, “We are here to Love.”
“To love your family”
“To love yourself”
“To love your God”
“To love your work”
“It’s all about learning to love. Love everyone who is the same and who is different.”
I’ve been really thinking about what it means if I am here to simply learn to love. I know that my concern would be greater for the world and my fellow man if I were able to achieve a perfect knowledge of love. I’d regard my children and husband with more tenderness. I would strive to make all of my decisions based on whether it brings more love to the world or less love. How uncomplicated and clean a direction to follow.
Personally I don’t know if there is one straight forward answer to the question. I simply know that we only care about the things we know about. So I’ve been trying to understand his idea to appreciate and absorb more love in my life. Plus you should know enough about me by now to know that I really love to pontificate more than I really should.