by; Jesus V. Sison
“Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?”
March 26, 2022, it was a sunny Saturday morning. A young man called the attention of his father pointing that there were 4 bees flying around inside his room. The father addressed his son’s concern by capturing the four bees and releasing them outside the house. All the while, both father and son were comfortably doing their planned business for the whole day. Little did they know, when they arrived home, they were surprised that a colony of bees had already built their hive inside the son’s room. How could they build such hive in a short period of time?
The fact, bees of a bee colony form a well-coordinated unit. Every single bee out of the thousands of honey bees, efficiently contributes to the survival of this “superorganism”. The optimized division of tasks and collaboration of the bees is a unique survival strategy Every bee knows what to do and in sync to the whole system.
The above anecdote strongly suggests the demonstration of the power of cooperative processes between species involved in mutualistic interactions. It promotes the results of collaborative actions. It inspires the exploration of a similar role for soft interactions between firms and businesses in societies, or individuals with others. Indeed cooperative processes are emerging as powerful mechanism to drive change, building, innovation and maintain diversity and stability in a broad array of structures. As to ecology, there is the emergence of cooperative processes as a powerful paradigm
The latest in a series of global issues both the pandemic and war on Ukraine have highlighted the importance of cooperation particularly international cooperation. Nations and governments were moved to harness their strengths and contribute for the sake of peace, tranquility and protection of human rights. There were massive movements of human resources and logistics. International cooperation displayed in grand form. The point is, our ability to cooperate successfully isn’t something which just happens automatically. It entails values and attitudes. Values and attitudes play a fundamental role in creating the right conditions for cooperation on shared global challenges. In a multifaceted and intricately connected world, effective action rests on relationships and networks that have been built over time on strong foundations. Cooperation happens if there is mutual trust, respect and understanding. Drawing on the global experience, values are extremely useful and are important to people and their priorities for international cooperation at a time of crisis. The framework as to sensitivity to cultural considerations are vital for relationships and international cooperation. A research showed that organizations that include families, different agencies have gained trust when they were seen as being respectful, open-minded and valuing difference in their engagement with each other, communities and organizations.
The power of model-ship and example is crucial, too. How far a person, institution or country appears to behave in line with their professed values. How they typically practice their core beliefs will affect the level of others’ trust in them. Values are important elements of the concept of cooperation. And cooperation is a power that effectively, efficiently and speedily accomplish planned things or projects. Cooperation enhances the ability to influence and persuade others to work harmoniously through selflessness and the power of attraction rather than coercion.
We have much to learn from realizing that the competitive processes and progressions that take such a pre-eminent role in our lives, lead to minor advantages. Instead, the real supremacy for innovation and major leaps forward rests with cooperation and collaborative processes. We have, in conclusion, much to learn from observing the bees.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.
by: Carol Donaal
In the Scriptures, we can read that God is calling all men and women to return to Him as early as in the days of old. He is summoning every one of us to return to Him and consequently, He will return to us. Commentaries say that this is more of an encouragement rather than a command. However, history tells us that the result is not praiseworthy. Only few were fully sincere in their desire to serve God, thus, the need to remind the people to repent of their sins with all their heart and mind.
Such past response to God’s call for repentance looks surprising because “God returning to us” is a great privilege in itself. There is only the need to comply with His condition – to return to Him first. In our days, we should be grateful. Giving us the opportunity to go back to our original state of a blessed life is something that should not be taken for granted.
Looking into the nature of repentance, it is more than an outward remorseful act. Instead, it is the conscious willingness decision of both the heart and mind to start anew with the God whom we love and serve. It is allowing the Lord to help us be free from our sins and finally making restitution to the wrongs committed.
A. W. Tozer, a spiritual mentor, said that “repentance is a gateway into God and into His heart”. We should therefore enter into that gate that we can have complete recovery. At the end of the day, it is all for our own sake.
The following are among the reasons why repentance is a must:
a. It will save us from the penalty of sin, thereby, keeping us away from troubles;
b. It will restore us back to a life of abundance, protection, and favor;
c. It will lead us towards the fulfillment of God’s promises in our lives.
It is notable that Jesus laid down His life for us so that we can totally go back to His original design. It shows how much He is interested in redeeming us and made our reparation much easier. We need not to flagellate ourselves. Ganelyn Condie, a motivational speaker quoted “Repentance is not a whip we use to beat ourselves up with – it is a loving reunion back to God.”
God indeed cares. We should be inspired to humble ourselves before Him, recognize our shortcomings, that we will not be judged. We also need to acknowledge the fact that our repentance has a great impact for the salvation of many. It is not only for our personal salvation but for the healing of our land. It bears repeating to state God’s promise: “If My people will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and heal their land”.
We should therefore choose to go back to God by having a genuine repentance. It is a total turn around where the old has gone and the new has become. The benefits are beyond words can express. This is the time to respond to His invitation. If we hear His voice, let us not harden our hearts. Today is the day of salvation.
by: Atty. Carolina Lim-Gamban
Nobody is exempted from submitting to one another. From any level of relationship, submissiveness is the key to a peaceful and harmonious union or fellowship. It is subjecting one’s self in humility to the governing authorities. It is a trait where one is willing to yield to the will of another out of love, respect, and honor.
Submit Ourselves to God
When confronted by temptations, submitting ourselves to God helps us resist the devil, even wickedness. At some point, because of the different pressures and circumstances we are facing, we are tempted to do something which may be immoral, illegal, or even below the set standard. When confronted with these, it is important to have a conscious choice to submit first to God by asking if what we will do pleases Him or not. In another way, we can also ask ourselves or reflect, “Will my conscience be clean if I do this thing?” If the answer is in the negative, resist and submit ourselves to Him in prayer, in humility, asking for the strength and will to overcome.
Submit to the Laws of the Land
Many of the problems in our nation can be solved if only everyone submits to the laws of the land. If you are a public official or employee, know by heart the provisions of the Code of Conduct for Public Officials and Employees enshrined in Republic Act No. 6713, and be careful not to violate any of the provisions of the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Rep. Act No. 3019) nor commit the administrative offenses enumerated in the Rules of Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RACCS). As public servants worthy of emulation, we must be the first to submit to the laws of the land. As citizens of this nation, show our love for this nation by submitting to the laws of our land and take proactive measures to make this nation a better place to live in not only for ourselves but for the future generations.
Submit to the Authorities in the Workplace
In the workplace, we can show our submissiveness by first following the rules and regulations. Submit one to another by respecting and encouraging one another. Count others more significant and look not only on our own interest, but more so, the interest of others. Care for one another, love one another. Subordinates submit to the lawful and humane orders of the superiors, while the superiors look after the morale and welfare of the subordinates. As superiors, we must also remember that we are accountable to God for our actions and dealings with our subordinates, and we must be reminded that God is also our Superior and we must submit to Him and His laws, first and foremost.
Submit to One Another at Home
As the smallest social unit, peace at home can be maintained if every member of the family submits to one another in love, respect, and honor. Husbands and wives must submit to one another by subjecting themselves to love one another especially in their times of weakness, to confer to each other every family decision, and by sharing with each other the responsibilities and obligations at home. Respect begets respect and each must conduct themselves worthy of their call as spouses and parents at home. It is but right that children, especially those who have not yet reached the age of emancipation, submit to their parents by asking permission, advice, and counsel. Parents, in return, must care, nurture, and teach their children in the right way they should go because that is the will of God to which parents should yield and fulfill.
Submissiveness is a key for us to have excellent relationships – with God, with our fellow citizens, and with our family. As we submit one to another in perfect love, we can be sure that peace will rule in reign in every place we tread upon.
by; Ame-Phil O. Saquiban
In the Philippines, the government is replete with programs and projects to uphold the value of equality especially in terms of sex and age. It made a point that male and female have equal rights and opportunities in terms of employment, livelihood, and access to public grants. There are laws crafted for the protection and benefits of the vulnerable sectors of society specifically the elderlies, the children, and the women such as the Senior Citizens Act, the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children, the Magna Carta for Women, and the Act Providing Stronger Deterrence and Special Protection Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination. There is a National Women’s Month Celebration but there is no National Men’s Month Celebration. The maternity leave is now expanded to 105 days in the advent of the Expanded Maternity Leave law while the paternity leave remained seven (7) days. This reflects the extra sensitivity of the authorities of the plight of women who may be put to disadvantage if not given attention to.
Further, the law that apparently discriminates women is being sought to be amended particularly the law on concubinage and adultery under the Revised Penal Code. The law places a greater burden upon married women than men due to the differences in the elements of the crimes, the evidentiary proof required, and the penalties imposed upon the offenders. This is in pursuance to Article 2, Section 14 of the 1987 Constitution which states that “The State recognizes the role of women in nation-building, and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men”.
The abovementioned facts are just among the actions taken by the State to ensure equality in terms of gender and age. However, there are other areas in life that equality should be made applicable. Among others is the living status of people. The bigger the disparity in terms of income bracket, the greater the variations of social classes and the more difficult the life will be to the less privileged. The rich becomes richer and the poor becomes poorer. The strong becomes stronger and the weak becomes weaker. The government, nonetheless, is not oblivious to this phenomenon. New laws on taxation were passed in order to give tax exemption to low income earner. Tuition fee in tertiary grade was also given for free in state universities and colleges in order to uplift the lives of those below poverty line. Moreover, the State through the social welfare department endeavors to provide subsidy to the indigent populace.
Well said! The Republic is doing its part. However, every individual member of society should do his or her part especially those in the position of leadership, both in public and private sector. If those in higher echelon will not abuse their authority and will not undermine the rights of others, avoiding selfish gain at the expense of others, equality is best achieve in the Philippines. While there are existing mechanisms in place to level the playing field, each and every Filipino should continue to observe justice and fairness in their conduct. As the Philippine Civil Code states, “every person must, in the exercise of his rights and in the performance of his duties, act with justice, give everyone his due, and observe honesty and good faith”. Until this provision of the law is observed completely, the underprivileged will always remain at the mercy of those who have means. This should come to an end. As citizens of this country, we should be participants in realizing equality by subduing ourselves from exploiting others’ welfare.
CRFV Winning Team
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