by: Ame-Phil A. Osorio
A changing situation spurred by various circumstances, positive or negative, naturally affects a person’s firmness to stay true to a commitment or oath. It is likened to a marriage vow wherein the joyful companionship of a couple is tested by unexpected problems that arise in their relationship. In a normal manner, these distractive forces influence one’s performance in a given endeavor just as a married couple may also lose sight of their covenant with one another. In cases like these, one common factor that needs to be addressed is the issue of faithfulness.
Faithfulness is best developed in challenging and difficult situations, particularly when one seems to have an option or even a logical reason to back off, give up or turn away from a promise, an oath or commitment. Keeping our mind on the purpose and goal has helped many to breakthrough and come out victorious in each trying situation. And every time we try our best to hold on to our words, we grow in being reliable, trustworthy and dependable. Such is the mark of a faithful person.
The recently concluded CRFV-organized Statesmen’s Summit II: Gathering of Nobles with the theme “Statesmanship Makes Things Happen: Our New Normal” reminded us the call to stay faithful in contributing to the fulfillment of the Filipino aspirations, which is articulated in the AmBisyon Natin 2040. This is a timely message to reflect on as the national election draws near, that even before the nation chooses who the leaders will be in the next six (6) years, we make a decision now to remain steadfast, immovable and faithful to the collective aspiration of the Filipino for a “matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay”. With this firm decision comes a commitment to stay true regardless of the outcome of the election. This goes to say that our allegiance to our oath of office and the mandate of our organization is beyond politics and beyond personality.
The value of faithfulness is strengthened in our lives not only in tough situations, but also in day-to-day life. This truth is beautifully captured in the words of Mother Teresa when she said, “be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” In faithfully doing the small things, we can have a good start-up that will determine our stability and strength ahead. As it was written, he who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much.
Today, we can see success gradually unfolding but these are just foretastes of a glorious future. We should be found faithful with these small beginnings because these will serve as stepping stones for us to remain strong at the top. Being faithful in small things means having the ability to handle small successes because these will determine our capacity to receive immense victory in the days to come. Faithfulness is not just measured by loyalty. It includes trustworthiness, accountability, and having a sense of responsibility to what has been entrusted. We should therefore give our best in all fields of endeavor and learn to multiply our talents and skills for the good of all.
CRFV Winning Team
A company of men and women who have committed their lives to the cause of national transformation.