From pain to destiny – accepting the fate of the late DILG Sec. Robredo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:00

Today as our nation mourn for the loss of a great Filipino servant, the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo, I am sharing an inspirational article by Os Hillman printed in his open website am confident that the death of Sec. Robredo death will not be in vain. Like the unexpected death of our late Sen. Ninoy Aquino, his death will bring value, appreciation, and changes in the lives of the Filipino people.

Hillman’s article shares wisdom on how to move on when crisis strikes and where to find inner strength.

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:2-5).

God often allows pain to ignite destiny in our lives. Without motivation, many of us would never fulfill the purposes for which God created us. Oftentimes a measured assault invades our life and creates a depth of pain that all we know to do is press into God with all our being.

At first, our motivation is to alleviate the pain. After a season of extreme emotional and sometimes physical pain, a second phase begins. This phase moves us to discover a new and deeper relationship with God. We begin to discover things about ourselves and about God that we never would have discovered without this motivation. Gradually, our heart changes our motivation from pain to loving obedience because there is a transition of the heart that takes place. No longer do we seek God for deliverance from the pain; we seek God because He is God. We seek His face and not His hand.

When we move to the second phase we often find ourselves moving into a new destiny and calling for our lives because God often separates us from the old life in this process. No doubt Joseph and Peter felt the pain of their individual crises. However, later they could realize God's purposes in their crisis. Like Joseph, we are able to say, "You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good."

Today, let God move you (us) from the place of pain to the place of destiny. Let God show you (us) the secret things He has reserved for you (us) as a result of the crisis you (we) may find yourself (ourself) in.

If I may remark, may the life of Sec. Robredo’s spirit of a loving fatherhood and genuine servanthood rob on our present government officials. Despite their busy work schedules, they can find time to be with their own family in between serving the Filipino people with pure heart and sincerity.

Sharing here pictures of Sec. Robredo posted in the Facebook.

By Dante Corteza