Celebrating Teacher’s Day: My Other Mom

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Almost eight years ago since we first ever crossed our path. It was the beginning of my blossoming days as a teenager where I still have no idea how to make my succeeding years in high school worthwhile.

Flashback when I was in Science High School, all I thought my existence was about studying hard, working to be on top, and maintaining at least a grade of 85 so I would not get kicked out.

But my four years on my Alma Mater was more than that mainly because I met my other mom who birthed my potentials and shaped me to become who I am now.

Our First Encounter

The photo was taken 3 years ago when I was still High School. (Puberty years. hihi)

I was 14 back then and was in first year high school when we had our initial encounter. I was interested to know her more but couldn’t find the courage to talk to her since she’s known for being straight forward.

Until on the closing of my freshman year, she approached me and told something that would entirely change the way I see myself. I was surprised to know that she’s eyeing me for a student council position as a representative of our batch.

As I got the position, that’s the moment where my other mom trained and stretched me. Sometimes I would get offended whenever she would tell me straightly what’s wrong. But along the process, I get used to it and learned that what she’s been saying is always for my sake.

A gift of love

Whenever we had the chance to have a conversation, it would always mark on me as she allowed me to contemplate in life and be more aggressive to reach my dreams. Her realizations and wisdom she have helped me to become a better version of myself.

That’s why I called her my other mom. She stood as my mom throughout my four years stay in high school and even to my following years in college.

This photo was taken when I was 2nd year college and visited my dearest mom at my Alma Mater 2 years ago. (Still in puberty tho hihi)

This photo was taken when I was 2nd year college and visited my dearest mom at my Alma Mater 2 years ago. (Still in puberty tho hihi)

I remember when I was having a hard time choosing a course for my college. I seek for her advice and she told me to look for my strength which led me in taking a communication course. Despite my doubts of taking communication course for fear that I’ll have a hard time to look for job, I still followed her advice.

Mommy Rogs
Mommy Rogs

And now as I take my last year in college as a communication major, I never had any regret that I listened to her. Not only I was able to maximize my interpersonal skills but also I discovered other things in me that I didn’t know I could do. It paid off definitely.

In few months, I’ll be entering my adulthood as I bid goodbye to my last year as a teenager. And I’m thankful that she was there to guide me and help me make the most out of my youth.

I would always remain grateful to her for everything she has done in my life. Though we aren’t seeing each other on a daily basis, our hearts have been connected no matter what distance have set us apart. Her presence had a significant role of metamorphosing me as a woman with her wisdom and beliefs in life that she indulged to me.

Miles Apart

Sometimes there are changes – no matter how difficult to deal – that must need to be embraced. My recent visit to my Alma Mater allowed me to realize such idea. That was the time I heard straight from my other mom that she’ll be leaving abroad to be with her family and for her teaching career.

With the idea that she’s already abroad, I had mixed emotions. Sad in a way that we could no longer hangout and set a date in times that we badly needed to, but on a positive note, it’s another chapter of her life where she could learn another life values to be definitely shared on us.

I could still not contain how much I’m pleased to come to know my other mom. I’m most overwhelmed how she had prayed for my life to be on the path that I was designed for and for planting me a vision to reach out other people. I thank God for sending someone like her in my life.

See you again, Nay! By the way, she’s Ms. Maria Luz Rogacion.

This is just my simple way to show my gratitude Nay Rogs. This may not tantamount to all the things you have done to me but I hope I was able to show my heart to you. Happy teacher’s day!

Right Response to Your Situation

Perhaps one of the throbbing ideas to know is when someone close to you have something against you. But still, glad I made a right response.

I could have confronted the person. I could have easily hold grudges and maligned that individual. I could have said bad and below the belt words. I could do it if I wanted to. But at the end, God reminded me on James 4:1 – What causes fight and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? He told me, “Hey calm down, don’t fight the wrong battle. It’s under My control.”

I realized that life is no longer about me but it’s all about Him.  It’s not about my feelings or emotions anymore or me being hurt.  It’s no longer me living in my body but it is Christ who lives in me (Galatians 2:20). Though I was hurt knowing that someone had a wrong motive to do such action, I chose to have a right response.

If we really understand what Christ did on the Cross, we will understand how easy to forgive someone who have offended us. You might be hurt because someone betrayed or maligned you. Still, we will forgive no matter how they have wounded us. Besides, holding grudges will never do something good in our lives. In fact, it is unhealthy.

Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. Isaiah 38:17

We have to have that DECISION to just move forward and forget everything. Every testing will shape our character and will give us lessons that will help us to be mature enough to handle other situations of our lives.

Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.  There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor? – James 4:11-12

There’s no reason to fight back for we don’t fight the wrong battle, we only fight the good fight of faith. Thus, we have to learn to repay evil with good even how it was hard at the start. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.– 1 Peter 3:9. We won’t allow that such stubborn action will disqualify us to inherit the abundant blessings from God.

At the end, let the love of Christ overflows on our lives. His greatest commandment will always prevail, love each other as I have loved you – John 15:12. We have to learn to move forward for we know that our relationship with one another matters to God.

Encouraging your Discouraged Friend

There would be time that someone would call you, ask for your help and encouragement. He/she would entail every detail to you and he/she just can’t hold the heaviness of his/her heart and cry it out. And you don’t have any idea how to ease that pain. Only being emphatic is the  closest way to atleast carry off the burden. All you could do is to listen to his/her story and tap his/her back and share an undying encouragement.

It’s not easy to see someone in trouble especially if he/she is close to your heart. But be with him/her in his/her journey. Don’t leave him/her in such a time he/she needs someone like you who’ll remind him/her of what he/she had gone through over the past years.
 
If you have a friend who needs you now, don’t give up on him/her. Help him/her to rise up above on his/her situation and bring out the best in him/her in his/her darkest moment.

You don’t need to provide everything for him/her, sometimes your presence is more than enough.

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L-O-V-E

 

 

What keeps you going?

And I have to agree with the song, it’s Love. L-O-V-E; Love alone is worth the fight!

Life will always throw something on you. It could pull you down, break you or tear you. But with all the undesirable situations, Love will keep you going.

Perfect love casts out fear, (1 John 4:18)

If you have understand that kind of love, it will always manifest and reflect on you.

18 years and still counting, I have been through a lot. But those situations have never shaken my foundation and my beliefs. I know the why and I know that despite of everything there’s Someone willing to love me unconditionally. That no matter what, He’s there for me.

Everything is possible because of love.

So don’t be conceited. Share the love that you have; Love one another (John 13:34-35). Don’t shun away the greatness of love

And now these three remain: FAITH, HOPE and LOVE. But the greatest of these is LOVE. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Nostalgia

Out of nowhere, in the middle of the night, my mind just suddenly compelled me to watch my high school videos. Watching those videos really brought me back to that moment, remembering funny situations that happened that time. I can’t stop bursting out my loud growl of laughter which made my mom curious and gave her very own quizzical stare.

But this post is not about how I enjoyed watching the videos, it’s all about how it conveyed quick realization to end this 2013. Sadly, as much as I’d like to show,  the said videos can only be viewed with my friends in facebook due to its privacy setting. Anyhow, I can still show you the pictures of my High School days (Ready your heart, don’t tell me you have not been warned.hihi)

I was like an innocent kid back then 🙂

Let the picture speaks. This is my shortest hair ever. 🙂

TIME CAN NEVER BE TAKEN BACK. Time as quick as it passes by always provides life lesson on us. No matter how small or how petty we think it is, those moral has helped the way we face our own battle in life.

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Watching the video made by my friend when I turned 16 just suddenly brought back all those pieces of memories that made my high school life a good story to share. It reminded my personal reasons why I’d never think of exchanging my high school memories to someone or something. Those were the days that the only problems I could hardly solve were math problems. Those were the days that I would spend my day just laughing and enjoying my friends’ company  since our regular school day would end from seven in the morning till four in the afternoon.

Life has just its own phase. I’ve gone through the phase where life’s challenges were so petty. (was there a so-called “petty challenge? haha) Done with all the “tweetums and playtime” days. And I’m now with – perhaps I can already say – life’s exciting challenges.

Now that I’m 18, at legal age, I can say that I’ve experienced more than math problems, more than derivatives, or law of motions so on. Problems get better and better; overcoming it is much more exciting.

To end this post, all I can say is that… WHAT A JOURNEY FOR THIS AMAEZING KID 🙂. (Can I still be considered a kid now that I’m 18? Kid at heart perhaps) 😀

For more challenges and blessings this 2014! I’ll be seeking for more, I know that the best is still yet to come. Cheers for the new year. God bless everyone! 🙂