The Key to Success in Life

Minsan nakakapagtaka dahil sa dami ng mga Pinoy all over the world, at the time of this writing is around 11M to 12M at sa laki ng remittances na ipinapasok sa kaban ng yaman ng Pilipinas pero nanatili pa rin ang marami sa atin sa kahirapan. Bakit nga ba?

Isang bilyonaryo sa London ang na-interview and he was asked what is his secret for success. He said that the key to success in life is: preparation and timing. I would like to put this into a biblical context why I myself believe on this principle as well.

Let us look the life of David. He first trained himself to kill the lions and the bears. In 1 Samuel 17:36

Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them

This was his first training was. So that when he had the opportunity to face the gigantic Goliath that even the professional army could not stand, David knew it was his time to shine — the moment he was waiting for has come. Killing the giant was David’s defining moment. Not because God was just with him, but also he was prepared when the right time arrived.

Yan ang problema ng maraming Filipino. Gusto agad natin mataas na posisyon kaagad or feeling ‘manager’ kaagad, kahit walang ‘money’ gusto sumasaludo agad ang marami. Did you know that the people who start from scratch, the very bottom are the best in their fields. Maging boss yan mga yan, magagaling yan, dahil alam nila kung ano ang trabaho from janitorial to rank and file to manager. Maganda din dinadaanan natin lahat ng cycle or process ng buhay para madali tayong mag train ng mga tao at alam natin ang desired outcome.

Preparation and timing is the key to success, lalo na sa ating mga Kristiyano. In Proverbs 24:27 it is said:

Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.

Kahit sa billiard, maganda may preparasyon…importante yan. One of the most essential skills of a great billiard player is to prepare or place or control the cue ball. Preparation is the key. Because if the cue ball hits a wrong ball, or it falls to the side pockets and then it could be your last round.

Sa buhay ganyan din. Mahalaga ang preparasyon at timing. Sa pag-aasawa man or pagpapagawa ng bahay. In the Bible, Jesus was saying in Luke 14:28

“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, if he lays the foundation and is unable to finish the work, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30saying, ‘This man could not finish what he started to build.’

Faith is not hallucination and it is not foolishness. Faith is a confidence in God but it is also reasonable for us to calculate or understand that when you ask some people like carpenters and builders, you cannot just pray to God every Friday and hope that money will come from somewhere. You must calculate the cost if you are able to finish otherwise, lalabas lang tayo na kahiya-hiya.

Kaya mahalaga ang preparasyon sa pag-aasawa. Hindi yan basta-basta na parang pag nag away hiwalay na agad dahil hindi sila pareho nakahanda. Kaya importante sa mga magulang na ihanda ang mga anak sa mga ganitong bagay.

Timing is also a key to success. You cannot just plant your crops because you feel like it. Imagine a farmer forgot to plant the seeds in time and the rain started to pour out? Even great sailors and explorers work and understand the season, the position of the stars and the weather. We too have to understand the season. In Ecclesiastes 3 it is said that “Everything has its time…God makes everything happen at the right time. Even God Himself when He created the universe, everything has its time. Time is the key to success.

When you interview great Formula 1 drivers, they would say that one skills they need to master is when to press the accelerator. Timing is the key to win the race.




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