A few months ago, I had a friend going through work problems. She was having some challenges with difficult people in the office. I listened to her story and then she asked me what I thought about her situation and if I could give her some advice.

 

I lovingly shared suggestions that I could think of based on the story she told me. As I was speaking to her, I got confused because I saw discontent in her face and then after I said my piece, she sarcastically told me, “pasensya na ah, tao lang kasi.”

 

After she said that, I was dumbfounded because I didn’t know how to respond to that phrase.

 

I was bothered by that conversation. My mind was wrestling about that idea that my friend was apologizing that she made a mistake just because she’s a human.

 

That phrase stuck to my head for a few months and I noticed that as I talk to more people, I found out that this case was not special.

 

So many people live by the idea, “pasensya na, tao lang.”

 

They think that being human makes us weak, lowly, and unable to become amazing.

 

Today, I want to convince you that there’s nothing wrong with you; that the real problem we have is that we believe that we are small, weak, and problematic creatures.

 

The parable of the talents explains the idea that God created us to be great.

 

Matthew 25:14-30 “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who was leaving on a trip. He called his servants and handed his possessions over to them.15 To one he gave five valuable coins, and to another he gave two, and to another he gave one. He gave to each servant according to that servant’s ability. Then he left on his journey.16 “After the man left, the servant who had five valuable coins took them and went to work doing business with them. He gained five more. 17 In the same way, the one who had two valuable coins gained two more. 18 But the servant who had received the one valuable coin dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money. 19 “Now after a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The one who had received five valuable coins came forward with five additional coins. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five valuable coins. Look, I’ve gained five more.’ 21 “His master replied, ‘Excellent! You are a good and faithful servant! You’ve been faithful over a little. I’ll put you in charge of much. Come, celebrate with me.’ 22 “The second servant also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two valuable coins. Look, I’ve gained two more.’ 23 “His master replied, ‘Well done! You are a good and faithful servant. You’ve been faithful over a little. I’ll put you in charge of much. Come, celebrate with me.’

 

During my Economics 101 class in college, I befriended one of our school’s best athletes. Today, he’s playing for the Philippine Basketball Association.

 

Since math was something I wasn’t really good at, I get bored easily and I’d rather talk to my classmates, or daydream.

 

Our professor was pretty nice and cool, she treated us kindly but when she handed out our first exam papers, I couldn’t see the goodness in her anymore. The test was terribly hard.

 

While I was struggling in the exam, I saw my 6’6” athlete friend sneakingly trying to get a glimpse of the answers in my test paper. I laughed in my head because I already know the outcome of this exam.

 

When we got our scores, I got a staggering two points correct, and he got zero.

 

You see, that was the last time he sat beside me.

 

I hated numbers, but I loved words so I was naturally better at theory, history, and literature subjects. There were times that I was able to write reactions papers or articles in 30 minutes and still get a good grade. That’s how in-love I was with words.

 

The reason why you think lowly of yourself is because you are putting so much energy in things that you are unnaturally gifted at, and in return you are living a mediocre life because you are not maximizing the gifts God has given you.

 

Friend, decide today on what kind of person you want to be. Choose today, the great life that you can truly live. Stop blaming others for the bad things that are happening in your life. God has given you the power to create something in your life – that’s why you need to take charge and give your all!

 

I believe in you!

 

The Best Is Yet To Come,

 

JPaul Hernandez

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