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The Next Generation Leaders

There’s a quote that says: “Success without a successor is a failure”. I’m trying to research on who wrote this but there’s seems to be no one person who has a claim to this statement. Probably because the quote is so real and true in leadership that it goes without saying.

I’m so happy that for the past 5 years, I’m in a culture that believes this statement and deeply inculcates this in our values. We believe in the next generation and not only do we believe in them, that they will replace us, but that they’ll far exceed the things that we have accomplished.

I learned from church that in the Bible, if you read the book of Genesis (the book of beginnings) every time the account of Terah, Abraham, Isaac or Jacob were mentioned, it’s not really their stories that gets highlighted, but the stories of their sons, the next generation who followed them. That’s because “Success without a successor is a failure”. If in your generation you’re able accomplish a lot, but the generation that follows you fails, then you fail. The failure of the next generation is our failure.

I remember back in college when me and my blockmates headed an organization called the “Math Circle” (as nerdy as it sounds) we were ranked in the top 10 (top 6th) organization in school as we finished our term. However, the next generation of leaders who followed us didn’t do very well. In fact, the year after they led the organization they were put on probation. :O It doesn’t matter how successful we are, if the next generation fails, we fail.

We just finished our event titled: LIVE: get wired to the FULL LIFE. This is our first LIVE for the second term for DLSU, CSB and St. Scho and this is by far my favorite because it seems to have the least error. Also God moved again in terms of attendance and the outcome.

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As I was talking to our student leaders, I was just so inspired by their lives and in that moment I envisioned them taking our work in LifeBox to the next level. Levels far beyond what we can dream of or imagine (no kidding!).

I’d just like to honor a lot of them if I may. We have people like (not in any order):

Pao Jamilarin who’s a great vision caster, highly relational leader, works hard and ensures that everything is in order. This guy will surpass me in campus ministry. I know he will! 🙂

Pao Santillan who’s one of our upcoming leaders as well, he’s been very faithful with life groups and leading people closer to God. He has a servant mind-set and faithfully handles our past two discipleship meetings. I’m excited to see him be released to his full potential.

Kara De Leos highly influential, passionate about reaching the lost and discipling her friends. So proud of this girl! 🙂

Dennise Pesebre loves the young people and believes so much in the next generation. Really humble, teachable and is a role model to all young women out there with her godly standards.

Marc Marcaida humble and teachable as well, very engaging and passionate. Goes the extra mile to do things excellently.

Xandrino Mangunay very hard working and talented. His skills and level of determination will bring him far definitely.

Daniel Ching one of the future leaders of the corporate world and in Cebu. Very smart and disciplined.

Thomas Marechaux God has put a lot of wisdom in this man. Passionate about his calling in life and I see him do the work of God wherever God’s called him to be.

Honey Magaspi tenacious and proactive. Hard working and willing to serve.

Laurice Plando dancer, singer, instrumentalist, actress, graphic artist. Excellent in all those things. Grabe!

Wesley Que one of the next generation professors that students will look up to in DLSU. Will be a fantastic role model who’ll shape the minds of the young people.

Jaycee Pazcoguin hard working and passionate. Saw her work tenaciously during the Bounce event! 😀

Tricia Togado detailed oriented and very hard working. Thanks for listening to what I said last time to mentor the next generation 😀

Winona Rebadomia don’t let her sweetness deceive you this woman makes sure she fulfills all her deliverables. Great character!

Jade Lingan highly influential and will be a great leader. Follows thru with all her commitments.

Of course, this is not to say that the names I mentioned above are better than the others. It’s just that these are the people I’ve worked closely and observed lot from their lives. We have other names like: Maricon Marcaida, Paulina Gonzales, Yumiko, Ian Panopio, Ella Ramos, Kath Parungao, Martin Hao, Monique See, Neri Semeniano, Nina Armenta, Princess Tuquero, Ruth Patricio, Ria Zamudio, Danielle Monfort, Daniel Claud, Angel Uy, Belle Garcia, KC Bahaj, Bianca De La Cruz, Gian Mangua, Daniel Claud, Carly Fenis, Charisse Abarico, Kevin Saavedra. etc. I’m sure these people, God has placed enormous amounts of gifts and talents as well. Their talents and giftings are just waiting to be released to their fullest potential. 🙂

With these hard working bunch. I just know that they’ll take the work we have in LifeBox (even right now, we won’t have to wait 2-3 years) to the next level. 🙂

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Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Leadership, Uncategorized

 

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A walk to constantly remember

For the past week I’ve been reading the book of Genesis chapters 5 and 6. Genesis 5 talks about genealogies from Adam to Noah while Genesis 6 talks about Noah and how his ark was built.

While I was meditating on these verses, what struck me the most in those two chapters was the phrase: “walk faithfully”.

Genesis 5:24
Enoch WALKED FAITHFULLY with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

Genesis 6:9
This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he WALKED FAITHFULLY with God.

Here were two men of God who clearly found favor in His eyes. I think it’s obvious that the common denominator for Noah and Enoch was that they both “WALKED FAITHFULLY” with him.

When I researched on the Hebrew meaning of that word, the Hebrew word was “Halak”. The idea behind this word is an intimate relationship of two people and this is more than just “walking” in the literal sense.

More than our achievements, more than the things that we do, more than our pedigree, family name, etc. What God really wants from us, what pleases and ultimately what’s important for Him is our walk with Him.

As I think about all the heroes in the Bible from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Daniel, Nehemiah, Paul, Peter etc. This is the common denominator that stood out. Even though they themselves are sinners and failed many times. God wasn’t really concerned with what they achieved (because it was all His work anyway), what he was really concerned about is their walk with Him. Our walk with Him.

How about you? How’s your walk with God? Are you prioritizing achievements or work over your relationship with Him?

God will always be more concerned with us walking faithfully with Him.

Have a great day ahead! 🙂

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Posted by on September 14, 2013 in Discipleship, Life Lessons, Personal

 

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The Race of Life (Part 5)

Part 5 of the blog: “The Race of Life”

5) The Importance of building the right foundations early

As we were getting ready and waiting for the gunshot to start the race, I noticed that Pastor Ferdie Cabiling was there competing for the 10K race as well. Pastor Ferdie Cabiling is well known for being a triathlon athlete and a few months ago he just finished a 102 KM Ultra Marathon. This guy is a seasoned veteran when it comes to running, and during the race, I kept my eye on him with the hopes of being able to overtake him soon enough.

After we reached the 5K mark, Pastor Ferdie was still within sight, but after going through the overpass again, he sped up and I suddenly lost him. When I got back to the starting line, I realized that there was no way that I could have overtook Pastor Ferdie because he was definitely trained for this.

Similarly in life, this just goes to show us how important it is to build on the proper foundation early on as we go through this race called life. Pastor Ferdie has definitely been training a long time already for races like this and that is why he just breezed through the whole thing. In fact, Pastor Ferdie has been a Christian for the longest time as well and has followed Jesus ever since he was a student. This is why a lot of people look to his leadership, it’s because he started early in his walk with God. He understood the principles of building a biblical foundation in your life so that you’ll be able to soar in your walk with God later on. This is the reason he soared during the race, because of the right foundation that he got from his training.

1 Corinthians 3:11

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Matthew 7:24-27

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Building the right foundation in your life early will definitely benefit you later in life. :)

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Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Discipleship, Life Lessons, Uncategorized

 

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