I grew up as a kid wanting to help people who are in need. I remember when my mom and I were waiting for a tricycle, I saw an old man lying on the streets. I prayed silently, asking God if He could send a person who could give him something to eat, and a nice place to stay.
Then came when I was in high school. My Chemistry teacher asked us what course would we take after we graduate, and right away I told her that I wanted to take a pre-med course because: 1.) I’m fascinated with it and also 2) it’s my way of contributing something for the better of the society.
And so, if there is one thing I could give to the Philippines (and to my fellow Juans and Juanas), it’s for them to acquire knowledge about health by giving free seminars in towns or barangays, and to become healthy by hosting a medical mission. I believe that it’s important for a person not just only to be cured or treated, but to also know precautions and other sorts of information about their own health. In this way, we become careful on how we live, and eventually have a healthy lifestyle.
I’d say it’s nice to receive blessings into my life every now and then, but it’s nicer to become the source of blessing to other people. Giving charity packed with love is the best thing we could ever give to someone, and I’m pretty sure that it’s a great kick start for this year.
How about you? If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?