CFFL 3rd Senior Core Group (SCG)
(To be published on #TVM12)
You’re so “maingay!” (You’re so noisy!) – I shouted these words to the fellow attendees during a “crucial” start of a team game that we played for the 3rd SCG at St. Paul’s Church room FFO2. Then I heard the crowd laughing!
I was focused; I was on a game face and turned on my leadership skills. Our target is to beat 2 minutes and 47 seconds to accomplish the task at hand.
|The crowd starts to speculate what the game was all about.
|Group 1 – did it in 7 minutes
Group 2 in 3 minutes
Group 3 in 2.47 minutes
|Me in action with my team mates…
Everything went smoothly until it’s time to put down the ball on the top of the bottle. Spectators were curious, all eyes are on the ball and when it hit the tip of the bottle . . . my team mates tend to hear the outside noise that somehow the web moved a bit that the ball was off! (Oh no!!! worry strikes, I can hear a bell – like that of the end sound of a boxing match! – A losing feeling inside me. . ) . . .
The ball went outside its ring for around 2 inches. How do we go? My mind screaming, ashamed, afraid of judgment, afraid of losing… Out of shame (without my team mates knowing it, I “innocently” asked Sis Mavic, can I move it back? (…to its ring) – And I can loudly hear her say “NO” it sounded like a rejection! Then she said, “Kaya pa yan” – just continue.
The crowd speculating,
The crowd was getting noisier than ever.
I look around, my teammates – clueless.
I see familiar faces, I see strangers, and I see fellow servants…
I look around, I see my teammate – having no idea what’s happening. I pursue! I hear the people around, go do it! I see myself battling like a life and death situation…
The next thing I know, the ball is back into the ring! Yeah!!! I can hear the crowd cheering like that of a basketball game when a player shoots 3 points. I hear victory even if the ball wasn’t on the tip of the bottle yet. I pursued the journey together with my mates and ends up with the ball on the tip of the bottle in a split of a second and then another victory sound is what I hear! My team mates hurriedly took off their blindfolds and the fell off!
What did I learn?
This game is a representation game.
· The ball is God.
· The tip of the bottle is heaven.
· I was the servant.
· My teammates were my members.
All of us aim to be in Heaven with God; inside each individual is the desire to walk with Him. In that game, my mates are the people with the desire to be with God (ball) yet somehow, they walk in the dark (blindfolded) like a sheep that needs a shepherd. I was the privileged to be the shepherd (servant) anointed to help them, guide them to the goal.
As we walk, the noise of the world distracts us (observers & other group members). As we go closer to heaven (bottle tip) which usually happens to all of us – we are being harassed! A challenge came up (ball being out of its ring). In our spiritual journey as servants, often we see the pictures of our members are having a hard time – the fact is: Servants as well go through it.
As I lead the team and faced the test, I found myself weak – when Sis Mavic’s “NO” sounded like a rejection (the things we thought we can do, but the world limits us) the more I found myself fragile. Nevertheless amidst the boisterous world (crowd) I hear positive people, people who somehow said that I can still go on (this could be fellow servants, friends, encouraging scriptures, posts, talks, praise songs etc.) that says “Don’t Give up!”
Once again I look around, I see my team mates, having no idea, smiling yet felt & heard the pressure of the crowd and I feel the need, the responsibility, and so I responded to the call to bring them up! I took the leap and continued the battle!
As Vivian Greene’s quote says:
Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”
Finally, the most important lesson of the day :
Let us all choose to Remove the Give up button!