Last Sunday was our church’s “TRIBUTE TO THE GRADUATES & HONOREES”. It is an annual event where graduates and students who received honors and medals for the school year are recognized and appreciated. Part of the program was the message of Thanksgiving both from the parents and the children. I was touched by the message of thanksgiving from each students but this one made me cry. It is from my Godchild who recently passed the Nursing Board Exam. We were so blessed as we listened to her heartfelt speech… read along and surely you will be blessed too!
It is my honor to speak in front of you not as a graduate anymore but as someone who finally achieved what she really worked hard for.
One year ago since i graduated, I was also overwhelmed because finally I have finished the seventeen years of hardwork, but it was not yet the end. I was not like the other graduates who were excited to find jobs and have that sense of relief. For me, the battle is not yet over, it was still the start of the climax. If in my college times I study hard for four years to get my Diploma, this time, I have to review all the 4year concepts all over again for 5 months to get my license. It was a make or break challenge for me. The pressure was drowning me, because of the expectations of the people. It was not easy for me, my mother is a nurse, and I graduated from one of the high standard schools here in the philippines especially in terms of board exam passers. I was full of doubts and uncertainties of passing this examination. But despite all that, i believe that God is with me no matter what, and the support of the people who loved me especially my parents was enough to give courage in motivating me to study more and pass the board.
Moving forward, after the board, the real challenge began, the moment of waiting. But for me, i gave all to God, continue serving Him, forget all the worries and released all my stress. I prayed to God that if it is His will to make me a registered nurse, He will make it happen…
The moment of truth came UNEXPECTEDLY… That I finally made it! GLORY TO GOD! T’was at the right moment, at the right place and at the right persons I’m with. It was a day after my father came home from abroad. I really cant explain what i felt that time. It was when the three of us were having our lunch together at MOA. The hunger was gone, i ignored the delicious food in front of me and I still cant believe it! My parents were really excited to spread the good news, its as if I won the election.
But one thing i will never forget that time was when they were the one thanking me, they were so proud of what i have achieved. They said all their harwork are finally paid off, but the truth is no one can repay their hardwork even if we reach the greatest achievement in life.
Being as a parent is not an easy job or a debt that can be paid after we finish school and become a professional. All their love and hardwork they give us are unconditional and cannot be paid at all.
For my parents, They have put so much effort just to let me finish college and helped me reach this greatest achievement in my life. For my father who really sacrificed the moment of spending his time with us and for my mom who took the responsibility alone.
I thank God for His faithfulness in our lives,…for giving me a Godly, supportive, loving, caring and understanding parents. If they did not dedicate me to God, where would i be now? I thank my parents for everything, no words can describe how grateful i am… I just want to say I love you so much ma and pa…
To the pastors and leaders in this church, thank you for teaching and nurturing us spiritually. “for the sunday school teachers who taught us to live like Christ, it was really a strong foundation for us to live a Godly life which I brought up since i was a child until now as a professional. It really helped me for becoming what i am now.
For the people who prayed for me and trusted me.. Thank you..
Lastly, i want to share this verse which really guided me all throughout my life… Since childhood, i served God until now, because of that, i have finally achieved what i’ve been dreaming of… To be become a registered nurse… And i believe most of us know this verse.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you…
To all the graduates and to all the dreamers out there. I hope this message would be a living testimony to all of you… Never stop dreaming, never give up and most of all, Never stop serving God. Thank you and God bless…
We need to have an informed and intentional (deliberate, on purpose) obedience. A lot of people who plan to obey only postpone. As soon as we move into procrastination, however, we are automatically in disobedience. Abraham was beginning to walk in the direction that God had planned for him. His was informed, intentional, immediate obedience. You don’t see Abraham whining all the way to the top of the mountain. In fact, when Isaac said, “We have the wood, the fire and the knife, but where is the sacrifice,” Abraham said, “God will provide for the sacrifice.” He was speaking faith into the heart of his son.
After the rush of Christmas like attending parties, reunions, functions, school programs, shopping, and all the holiday preparations – we have few more days to sit back and unwind before New Year festivities will come around.
How did you celebrate your Christmas? We started it off with Worship and brief sharing of the Word of God. We must not forget that amidst the festivity, Jesus is the reason for the Son.
Thank you God for giving your Son Jesus to live in this world !