The Generosity of the FatherBy Randell Tiongson on June 29th, 2009
As I was listening to Pastor Chinkee Tan preach (flawlessly if I may add) about the generosity of our Father in heaven, I was making a self-reflection on how He has been blessing me and my family. His faithfulness knows no boundaries despite my unfaithfulness to Him. Do I deserve the blessings He showers upon me? Definitely not… but He blesses anyway because He is really, really generous.
Last December, my wife and I wrote our “Faith Goals” upon the suggestion of Pastor Larry and Yet Uy. Over half a year has passed and many things have changed since I blogged about my “Faith Goals”. I have resigned from a comfortable senior position with a multi-national insurance company to rely on being an independent with no idea where I will get my next pay. Let’s just say that although there are trials from time to time, my family has not been hungry since that decision. Let me do a mid-year review of my “Faith Goals”.
1. A thriving career as an independent speaker/trainer – When I wrote the blog, I was still an employee. I am still far from having a ‘thriving’ career but I do have that career now. I earn a living from my speaking engagements and it has so far been helpful in putting food in the table, roof over our heads and education of the kids. My career is shaping up and I’m getting there, step by step.
2. To be truly debt free – Not yet there, but getting there. This year, we managed to reduce some of our debts and it’s getting smaller. I believe in a breakthrough that we will substantially reduce our debts.
3. A healthy cash flow – still needs work, lots of work.
4. A Macbook – I didn’t exactly get a Macbook yet because of budget constraints… but I did get a Dell Laptop and this will do until I get my Mac!
5. An out of the country trip with Mia – Hmm, still working on this one but we did get the chance to go out of the country… but not together – I went to Singapore and Mia went to Macau.
6. Weekly speaking and training engagements – So far so good. I’m modifying this — I am praying for 4 engagements per week for the remainder of the year and onwards.
7. Start and finish my book – uhmm, next goal please.
8. Own column at Inquirer of Philippine Star – Not yet there but I got a new column at Uno Magazine.
9. My small group/ministry – I’m now leading a small group and I continue to do my work for the Kid’s Church. I also got to help out a new ministry, Communications.
10. My children as Youth Leaders – the spiritual growth of our kids are encouraging and while they are not leaders yet, they have good mentors in the faith that will lead them there, in God’s time.
11. Growth for Marine Hub – Our marine aquarium business (in Metrowalk) has been expanding; we registered a 50% increase in gross revenues from last year (same period). If only we start to see some real profits soon.
12. Growth for Quick Plate – This is my wife’s and sister-in-law’s catering business which has a lot of possibilities. They are working on ways to make it grow, by faith.
13. Growth for Income-Tacts – I thought we hit a dead-end here as this site has not been growing the way we envisioned it. Just last week, I got to talk to a new potential partner that will reformat, invigorate and monetize this site and it seems we will still see the expected growth this year.
14. More time for VCF Greenhills – Hmm, sometimes yes, sometimes no. Nice reminder.
15. A Deeper relationship with my wife and kids – work in progress.
I did not blog all of my “Faith Goals” and quite a number of them have already been realized – things like my own website (www.randelltiongson.com), tuition fees, home school, etc.
I must admit that to achieve said goals did not come easy for me. I needed to modify certain behaviours, change some mindsets and do sacrifices. I sold a car that I am very fond off so that I can drastically reduce my bank obligation; work on a shoe-string budget; aggressively market my services even if I was uncomfortable with the idea; etc. During my recent trip in Singapore, I resisted every urge to shop and really opted to eat the cheapest possible meals. My family has been great and understanding too – real troopers as we all get used to the adjustments we are undergoing.
However, no amount of work or sacrifices on my part would have made me realize my “Faith Goals”. Pastor Chinkee Tan’s earlier preaching reminded me that all these are possible because we have a truly and incredibly generous Father. He is not distant from us, He is aware of our needs and desires. He is not watching me fall down and reprimand me, He is with me guiding me in every step I take, keeping me from falling down. He is who He is because He is my Father and I am His son.
I am reminded once again by my Father’s generosity… “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8, NIV). All I need to do is ask and I must always ask by faith, child-like faith (Mark 10:14).
By faith, my goals will be achieved, not by my will but by my Father’s will. The formula to achieving all your goals is in Christ’s words – “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).