Last week, CCF-Alabang held a graduation ceremony for the Global Leadership Program. GLC is a curriculum of Christ Commission Fellowship where its main purpose is to intentionally help the students develop their knowledge and skills while maturing in faith, all for the advancement of the Kingdom of God here on Earth.
It was already my 3rd year attending GLC. Looking back three years ago, I remember, I was just encouraged by my DGroup Leader to attend the program. At first, I hesitated because I was thinking I was not capable and I was not yet ready for that next level of growth in my Christian life. With many encouragements, enlightenments, and prayers from my DGgroup leader, finally, I enrolled. I was on fire for the Lord that time. I was faithfully serving Him and was really taking it seriously with all those bible studies and lessons that we had. I envisioned myself applying all that I have learned and taking that first step of faith to lead other men to Christ.
I really enjoyed all the courses like the accounting courses in the program. There were lots of exciting things that happened while I was in GLC. I faithfully served the B1G-South Ministry as Admin Head of Prayer Ministry. I handled a group of men in different retreats, spoke in Small Group devotions, lead d-group meetings, served my very own d-group with admin tasks, shared God’s word even outside of Church, etc. GLC helped me develop my skills and knowledge for His glory.
I never imagined that I could go this far because it demanded time, effort, money, your heart, and most especially, your commitment. Just like any typical student, I struggled a lot even while in the program. Here are the top three struggles that I experienced while taking the classes:
Even though GLC was just a once a week, I had a hard time completing the entire curriculum especially on my 2nd year. There were times where I have to forcedly skip classes because my work as an accounting assistant demanded time and I had deliverables that needed to be finish on the same day. Also, there were times when ran late. But we have a big God, so I finished the course unexpectedly.
“In everything you do, do it for the glory of God” – 1 Corinthians 10:31b. Sometimes I am guilty of this verse. A lot of times I thought of doing all those things to excel and tell myself that I can do everything on my own. I wanted to satisfy myself by knowing that I am capable of being a great leader. I know I can, but God has to be the center of my life. Having the right heart and motive is what matters most.
If there’s one thing that I learned in GLC was how to be COMMITTED! Half of my life I failed in this area. I am a type of person who is very impulsive. I easily get tired and dislike things, circumstances, and people. Whenever I feel I don’t like it anymore, I quit. GLC helped me with this area of my life. There were times that I really wanted to quit for many reasons, but God always reminded me to finish what I have started, to obey His commands, and to be true to my commitments. After all I am committed to God, not to men.
It doesn’t matter if you can or you can’t. What matters is God can. You can achieve everything you want if it is God’s will for you. How will you know if it is God’s will for you? You’ll know! Just be in the center of the Lord’s will and God will do the rest. Live life according to His will.