I saw a picture of these kids and a social media is trying to invoke that: “why these nuns are just passing as if they don’t care.”
Q: Kuya Don, bakit hindi po ako maging masaya?
A: Hindi trabaho ng iba na pasayahin ka. If you wait for others to make yourself happy, you will be disappointed. It is your personal responsibility to find things that make you happy and not blame others for making you miserable. Happiness is a choice: pinagsisikapan dapat na maging masaya at palaging nakangiti despite any circumstances.
We, Filipinos can easily put the blame on someone or something. Magaling tayo dyan. Mahilig tayong humanan ng masisisi sa mga maling nangyayari sa atin. If we use this photo, I guess what is wrong on this picture is not on the actual picture but ordinary people will say.
I read the story of the “Good Samaritan” and yes it was taught by Jesus to love our neighbor. But where did we get the idea that someone, just because he or she is ‘religious’ becomes responsible for the welfare of everyone in the entire world? The Samaritan in that context was rich and can afford to pay for all the bills of the poor man lying on the roadside. But come on, these nuns are workers and not to be construed as “rich” who are able to feed ALL street children. They just happen to pass by. For me, we can start asking, “Where are the parents of these kids?” These nuns should not be punished for the responsibility these children’s parents should be blamed about. Where is our Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) that can re-house these kids? Or are we just taking it on the blame to these nuns, thinking that they MUST be responsible? If we think that way, it means that these nuns shall be responsible for ALL the street children. That does not sound right because (1) they are not designed for that as their commitment is to the church; (2) they do not have the facility and resources to take on these herculean tasks of child care; (3) they are not these children’s parents and there is no “legal proximity” that binds them together.
What does Jesus teach us about responsibility to ourselves
- I can do all things through Christ… – begins with “I” can do…then God…
- David said: “I killed the lions and the bears with my bare hands…” God can protect me to defeat this giant who defies the people of God.
- Get up, rise up and walk – John 5:8 – The principle is: God can do what you cannot, but you have to do what you can.
- from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Mark 10:5
- Galatians 6:4-5 “But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.”
- Romans 14:10, 12 “For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”
- Romans 14:15-16 “For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.”
- Corinthians 6:3 “We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry.”
- Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
In all of these scriptures, there is an assumption that we are given the responsibility to be responsible for ourselves and not blame others.
Blaming does not help but only takes time and energy from improving ourselves.
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
You will never get ahead by blaming others. Stop blaming other and start being responsible for yourself. It is not the world’s responsibility to make you ok. This separates them: the winners take responsibilities for their actions while the losers are those who blame others for their failures.
Blaming others means that you are excusing yourself. Now is the time to take responsibility for yourself.
Say “I am responsible for myself.”
You are responsible for your own happiness too. If you wait for others to make you happy, you will get disappointed.
You are responsible for your own success. You are responsible for your own life.
Don’t blame others for your dysfunctional life. When your life is unhappy and hurt, it is because you allow yourselves to get hurt.
Of course, you cannot control things, the people, the weather, the season and the wind…but you can control yourself.
You are always responsible for how you act, regardless of how you feel.
Galatians 6:5 – For each will have to bear his own load.
Genesis 3:12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
Genesis 3:13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Noah pitched the Ark from within and from without as God had instructed him.
When God gave Noah instructions on how to build the Ark, it was to be covered, inside and out, with pitch. It’s obvious that the pitch was meant to make the Ark waterproof, but was it also to provide added protection because of the extraordinary forces of water and debris slamming against the vessel?
Can you also protect yourself from the inside and from the outside? Ship sinks not because there is water outside, but when it allows the water to enter inside.
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