Dedication is the state of being committed towards work, responsibilities despite the struggles. In our daily life as a teacher, we are faced with different circumstances whether it is teacher-student related tasks, coaching and a part of guidance counselling. One of the most unforgettable experience I have learned in my career as a teacher. I have learned to value my student’s dreams more than my happiness.
One day, my six (6) law tennis players came to my house and asked to have their lunch at home. When I came to see my cabinet and refrigerator, all that was left were 3 pieces of small fish, ¼ cup of mongo seeds and 1 cup of rice just enough to feed me for 3 days. I got worried, because this day, I only have P 100.00 left in my wallet because I bought my players tennis balls and tennis racquet so that they can play for the tournament. It was very costly. I was also so frightened that the food might not be enough for us.
As I cook the food, I remembered the God’s Miraculous Multiplication. We prayed over the food and we ate together. To my surprise, as we get the food in the container, I thought it is impossible for the seven of us to have another turn to get a serving and the food taste very delicious. That night, I went to bed, looked at my wallet and cried over the P 100.00 because I know that the food allotted will be sufficient for 2 days before I get my salary.
On the second day, I came to school bothered some because I know my budget will not be enough for the next day. Until a familiar voice from the school entrance called up to me, “ Ms. Gladys, today is my birthday! I will treat you the entire day order the food you like”. I was very happy and full the entire day. When I came home, I went to the bedroom, looked at my wallet and heavily cried over the P 100.00 because I know that the food is will not be sufficient for another day before I get my salary.
On the third day, a friend came up to me and told me that she will treat me because she was very much happy with all the blessing she had received. We went to the canteen, ate all the food I was craving for and she even gave me extra food. After a tiring day, I went to the bedroom, looked at my wallet and experience deep distress over the P 100.00 left because I know that the food is will not be sufficient for this day before I get my salary. That night my co-teacher went to my house and asked me to accompany her to a wake for the dead or “lamay”, then she gave me a bowl of macaroni soup and I ate it. I was shocked that during the three days of being worried, I still have the money and still was able to survive for three days with P 100.00 left in my wallet.
With this experience, I have learned that GOD teaches us to always be a cheerful giver, be a blessing and always believe that HE is the great provider. Sometimes, being anxious and feeling low leads us to entrust everything to HIM.
Even if we were left empty handed, HE will send angels which will give us hope to still receive good things based on his will. There is no greater gift that to see his miracles every day. Always be excited and stay motivated to patiently wait in his time.