Saturday, 01 September 2012 00:00
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in John 15:7, the Holy Bible).
PACQUIAO LEADS THE WAY: I commend Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao for pursuing the preaching of the Bible among our countrymen, with his August 31, 2012 Bible sharing in General Santos City entitled “The Word: Restoring Your Relationship with God”. This is the only true and correct way of reversing the suffering, want, dire poverty, and the many curses afflicting many of our people, and it is amazing that Pacquiao is actually doing it.
I mean, Pacquiao, the boxer, was not known for the Word of God, the Bible, and his style of living before he became an ardent preacher showed he was rather aa man of the world, not a man of the Word. But then, God intervened, and gave Pacquiao the real battle of his life—preaching and propagating the Word in these end times—and it is evident that he has accepted it and is bent on doing it, publicly yet.
If only one or two more of our lawmakers or top government officials can also engage themselves in a persistent effort to publicly preach the Word and make Filipinos Bible-readers and men and women who humbly pray to God at all times, then we, as a nation, will surely attain success and prosperity. Then, we shall be able to truly overcome the many problems that have come our way since generations ago, and emerge finally victorious as a people led by God.
FORGETTING THE REAL RULE FOR SUCCESS: The fact is that, we have already tried almost all approaches to solving our problems as a people. Indeed, every time there is a change in the presidency of our country, we hear of claims by the incumbent that economic take-off has taken place, that more Filipinos have risen from poverty. Yet, as we gaze around us today, many of us continue to languish in economic want, many continue to live destitute lives.
The reason is that we have forgotten—or, in many cases, simply disregarded—the real rule for economic success and prosperity, just because that rule is enshrined in the Bible. The result? We as a nation remain poor. If we want to change all these, we should remember what Jesus, our God and Savior, said in Matthew 6:33 of the Bible: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things will be added unto you.”
We should also remember Joshua 1:8: “Do not forget to read the Book of the Law; meditate on it day and night, and be careful to obey everything that is written in it. Then we shall become successful and prosperous.” It might be difficult to believe that by just reading the Bible we will become great. But, why don’t we give it a try first?
ROXAS AS DILG CHIEF: WHY NOT? Mar Roxas as secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)? Why not? If there is anyone who enjoys the trust and confidence of President Aquino in dealing with our local government units (LGUs), it is Mar, the head of the Liberal Party, President Aquino’s party. It is Mar, who ran with the President in 2010.
Of course, there are those who say the DILG post will be used by Mar to prop up his plans for running for the presidency in 2016, but then that is not a reason to deny a man with a varied talent and experience as Mar Roxas to head an agency that will put him in direct contact with the political leaders and the voters of this country and do something concrete for them.
With the full backing of the President, Mar Roxas can do a lot in the early releases of the LGUs’ internal revenue allotments, in undertaking disaster-preparedness and mitigation projects, in compelling local government leaders to be more transparent, more efficient, and more responsive to their constituents—in short, in ensuring better governance under the “daang matuwid” program. So why not give him a chance?
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