KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Rotarians as miracle workers (Part III) PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 October 2011 14:18

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The Father and I are one…” (Jesus Christ, in John 10:30, the Holy Bible).
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ROTARIANS AS MIRACLE WORKERS, PART III: This is the third installment of the speech entitled “Rotarians as miracle workers for service above self” which I delivered during the “Governor’s Visit and Fellowship for Service Above Self and Four Way Test” of the Rotary Club of Intramuros, District 3810, last Thursday, September 29, 2011:

“What makes Rotarians truly successful miracle workers even in the face of great difficulties? Many reasons will be advanced for this, but my two cents worth is that, their capacity to help is derived from their abiding faith that helping others is obeying God’s second greatest command, written in Matthew 22:39 of the Holy Bible.

“This verse says: love others as you love yourself, and that in obeying this command of God, they are in fact submitting themselves to the will of God—with the assurance that even if they are wanting in many respects themselves, God will give them the required provision.
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SIMILARITIES BETWEEN ROTARIANS AND THE BIBLICAL GIDEON: “In this way, Rotarians are very much like Gideon, a weak and poor young man coming from the one of the weakest and poorest tribes from the 12 tribes of Israel, who, with only three hundred men, defeated their opponents—-the Midianites—who numbered hundreds of thousands and who made life miserable for God’s believers, including Gideon and his tribe.

“During the time of Gideon, as recounted in the Book of Judges, Chapters 6 and 7, he was an Israelite who considered himself the least—and therefore insignificant—among his family members.

“One day, he was told by God to lead his people in fighting their oppressors who made life difficult for them by taking all their animals and produce. Gideon at first refused to lead his people, saying he can not do it because he was insignificant, his family was insignificant, and that he was not equipped to fight as a warrior at all.
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D 3810 ROTARIANS INSPIRES PRIDE: “But God told Gideon to go in whatever strength he had at that time, because He will be with him. `Am I not sending you?’ God asked Gideon. God then said: Go in the strength that you have now, and I will be with you.

“Gideon believed God, and using mere trumpets, broken jars and torches, he led his people to victory, routing and killing his heavily armed opponents. My fellow Rotarians, whether we are aware of it or not, this is what we have been also doing as we give `service above self’ to our fellowmen—we are going in the strength God has given us to overcome our problems and defeat our enemies, empowering us to assist the poor and the needy.

“Consequently, it is a never-ending source of inspiration and gratitude to God for me that many of our Rotarians from District 3810 today are very much like Gideon—performing miracles, achieving great successes, winning great battles—with almost nothing but great faith in their hearts…” More to follow!!!