Education is wealth PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 June 2015 09:26


BY Berlie G. Yap

Parents ought to do all their best to send their children to school, despite life’s hardship. This endeavor is a natural law that if one may ignore, it will be their children’s denied future which will definitely haunt them, perpetually. Remember, nothing is impossible under the canopy of heaven, that if one will just commit a full dedication he can achieve what he wants.

I have a colleague in media who covered an event in his high school alma mater, which is considered as the 2nd largest high school in Region 9, last Monday, the first day of school. He told me that in split seconds he felt nostalgic upon stepping into the old institution. He reminisced some 15 years past when he entered as a freshman.

He said that there were days he would have to go to school with only a bagon gata as his only viand due to his family’s economic difficulties. But despite evertyhting,  he waded his way up until he finished high school and continued patiently through college. Today, this same friend is now a renowned media reporter in Barangay eMedia.

On that same day  of his visit to his old high school, he was congratulated by his former teachers due to his present career. The man is a good example of tenacity and dedication. There are things in this world that indeed can never be appropriated by money, but only by hard-work and sacrifice.

Poverty is not the worst enemy to achieve one’s dreams, but rather mentality. How about you, what kind of mindset do you have. “FOR AS HE THINKS IN HIS HEART, so is he...” (Proverbs 23:7, NKJV) When a man harbors a “can’t do” mentality, he definitely can reach nowhere, that in spite all the necessary resources around him.

On the other hand, if another man despite all scarcity around, he pushes himself and walks in a “can do” attitude, he will attain heights which he even never have dreamed of. God placed eternity in our hearts (Eccles. 3:11). These are holy ambitions which define our uniqueness—both our present and our future.

Thus, never fear nor hesitate come what the odds ahead when you have those goals in your heart. Parents are gifts God gave for the second generation as their bridge to cross over to reach their destinies. It is imperative for them to know to risk or gamble, so to speak, for the good future of their children.

Parents should only do them strictly in a morally and a righteous way, not illegally. It will be a sure shame if a dad would send his child to school on dirty money from drug dealing or corruption in public office. Clean money can stand sure and immovable, all through time. But wealth which is gotten out in unrighteousness fades away very soon.

God determines a definite judgment to evil people. Never trek such path nor even contemplate it as an option in times of hardships. Always choose the higher road of honesty and integrity. Such lifestyle is neither an old-fashion nor a corny one in a corrupt generation like ours today.

Despite all the evil around, one can still stand out as a good example for others to follow. I know of a mother who never stepped in college because of their difficulties. When she married, she avowed with her husband, on their first night, to give the best life for their children.

They are blessed with a daughter. Last March, this same girl graduated indeed from a private school in Sibugay Province. Recently, she came here in the city with her good mom, to enroll in WMSU. There I got the chance to talk to the mother.

I politely asked if where she is connected. She was apologetic but candid to admit that she and her husband are dried fish vendors. Their way is to dry their fishes on weekdays, so that on a given day they could peddle them in Pagadian City to farmers who climb down to buy their personal stuffs and supply.

She was teary eyed as she shared to me their sacrifices for their one and only daughter. After hearing it, I turned to the daughter to sternly counsel her not to fail her parents. What a story! Hence, the Bible calls it a sin when we disrespect our parents.

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), ‘that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.’” (Eph. 6:1-3, ESV). God bless you.