First Time Syndrome PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 12:18



BY Berlie G. Yap

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isa. 43:19, ESV)

All of us have our first time experiences. How was it on your first air travel, your first swimming practice, first wheel drive and etc.? Usually such moments are coupled with natural mixed emotions, but admittedly theyare also amazing ones.Ain’t it? Thus, we hardly can forget them. In fact, some of those first time experiences did even happen years ago already, but for the record, they are still fresh as ever!

I can remember during my first year in Law school, four years ago.I was privileged to be spotted by my higher batch to be assigned as one of the hosts in our Testimonial Dinner. It was held on Sunday at the Astoria Regency, inPasonanca, to recognize the achievements of WMSU’s new lawyers thenat that year, 2013.

The occasion was long due because of a “fortuitous event”, the September 2013 siege of La Bella. The Testimonial Dinner was postponed twice. I was personally excited as I participated in the program committee. Most of the members in the preparations came from the higher batch of the third year class. Again, as I said this was some four years ago.

My usual reactions were just to observe, freshmen are impliedly underdogs in any level of institutions. But in fairness my fellow officers treated me then as their equal. By God’s grace, we did a good justice in our hosting. However, in all honesty a “first time syndrome” got me in some minutes though.????

Another personal first time thing was when the Lord exposed me to broadcasting, nine years ago. Much because the manner of our program was a live streaming through online radio. Most of our audience were guys from the other side of the globe. Admittedly, I adjusted in weeks. In radio, you will employ spontaneity—that especially if the program is live.

Remember, all of our endeavors, we ought to show interest, willing to sacrifice and invest determination, that if we want to see real success or that simply we want to see our humble work to bear fruits. Playing around is the number one enemy to the reality of our good dreams. All of us desire some greatness. Such is a human tendency, and in fact God is even the very Person who soaked it first inside our hearts.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, HE HAS PUT ETERNITY INTO MAN’S HEART, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Eccles. 3:11, ESV) Eternity speaks for our dreams and ambitions. Man is not man, if he has no dreams. Though how humble they may be, at least such exist inside a human heart.

“Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit. ‘From this day on I will bless you.’” (Haggai 2:19 NIV) To pay a price is tough but if we persevere, God can bless us greater. Greater blessings belong to the tenacious, in fact even despite failures. No earthly failures can hold a person to reach his God-given dreams.

Victoria Osteen scribbled, “Failure is never final. God always has another opportunity and another victory in store for you. Keep your eyes looking forward and move into His blessing!” First Time Syndromeinvolves the hesitations to engage your best because you are scared. And also to include the other way, one can be more compulsive to do everything as to attract the attention of others. This is a normal manifestation of simple innocence.

But either way every human being is entitled to experience his first time thing. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” (Lao-tzu, 604 BC - 531 BC) Attitude is very important. It’s the iron inside that cannot be bent, comesany trials we collide along. “If you think you’re average, then you’ll be average. If you think you’re ordinary, then you’ll live ordinary. The truth is, there is nothing ordinary about you. You have something to offer that nobody else can offer.” (Joel Osteen)

Let’s continue the race friends. Take your steps one at a time. To reach our destinations may not be that automatic, but sure if we persevere, we can reach there eventually. Whether or not we make the most of our time, time will continue to tick. Might as well we use then wisely our time, so that we can reap a harvest, if we faint not.

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