An excerpt from the Philippine National anthem and it says: “Aming ligaya, na pag may mang-aapi, Ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo.” (But it is glory ever, when thou art wronged, for us, thy sons, to suffer and die.)
We all have the mandate to build the nation accurately. To fulfill this task, we have to lay down our private interests and personal agenda. Laying down one’s life for the sake of the nation and others is an act of giving, which is one of the enigmas to living a life filled with joy and fulfillment. Giving is the key to success, meaning, and purpose. It profits others for they are uplifted and in return will also benefit us. Time and experience have taught us that a single act of giving can impact other people. We may not be acknowledged nor commended, but we know that there are good results, whether seen or unseen. Nevertheless, we have to exercise selflessness in faith, love, humility, and in all righteousness. We must be confident that every action counts; great or otherwise, noticeable or not. We must know deep within our hearts and we must believe that it will make a difference.
Selflessness helps us direct our focus outwards and off ourselves. It is a lifestyle and not just a seasonal action. Being selfless means we open a gateway for others to breakthrough above and beyond their limitations - spiritually, physically, emotionally, Financially, mentally, socially and all other areas of their lives. On the other hand, we have to remember that the virtue of selflessness leads to abundant life on the part of the giver. Whatever we sow, we will also reap in thirty, sixty or a hundredfold as promised by our God who demonstrated the perfect pattern of being selfless.
Denzel Washington, an American actor once said, “At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have, or even what you have accomplished. It’s all about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” As public servants who have pledged our selfless service to the Filipino people, let us always be reminded of this phrase, “Hindi ko gagamitin ang aking panunungkulan sa sarili kong kapakanan”. As citizens of this beloved nation, let’s selflessly make a difference in the lives of others and to the progress of our Nation. Instead of saying, “...ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo…” , we proclaim, “…ang magmahal ng dahil sa iyo...”
We are men and women imbued with selflessness. We have the power to redeem and restore the land through selfless acts. By laying down our lives for the sake of God, country and fellow people, we execute an authority to break the cycles of defeat and decay in our society, workplace and family brought by selfish interest nature. As God worked through our founding fathers who laid their lives in establishing this great nation, we also present and lay down our lives to bring the nation to its destiny. The Philippines is forevermore blessed
Almighty God, teach us to be selfless. Help us care, build and love one another. Allow us to unite through fellowship so that in all, we move as one towards progress and prosperity. Intertwine our hearts with You so that we will feel Your heart for our nation, and carefully establish them as how You desire. Put a bar against division and factionalism, and embed on us one heart, one mind, one purpose and one spirit to love You and our nation . These we ask in the name of our Lord, Amen
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