MAGBIGAY

Me isang mangangaral na nagdiscuss sa amin sa isang Bible Study na lagi tayong maging matulungin sa ating kapuwa at ang pagtulong na ito ay ibabalik sa atin ng kung makailang beses. At ganun din naman, marami rin akong nababasa na mga posts sa Facebook na nagsasabing ang pagtulong sa kapuwa ay magbibigay ng ibayong biyaya.

Marahil ang basis ay ang sinasabi ng banal na kasulatan sa Luke 6:38 “ Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

The real meaning and intention of God through the verses in the bible was not understood by His people, even ng mga nangangaral ng salitang ito. Kaya nga nagiging “expectant” tuloy ang attitude na karamihan. Na kung magbibigay, ay makakaasa na may babalik sa kanya na mas higit pa.

Ang tunay na diwa ng pagiging matulungin ay ang pagbibigay ng kung ano ang kakulangan ng iba, and find meaning and fulfillment to our lives. Kadalasan kasi, kung ano ang excess ay iyon ang ating binibigay. Kaya madalas maririnig natin na “ishare mo naman blessings mo, umaapaw na.” Yes, it is true, it must be shared. The question however is “are we sharing it to the right recipients? Are they the ones who are truly in need?” Anong fulfillment ang nakamit natin by giving to others who are more than able to get what we want to give to them?

Ang connecting verse like Leviticus 19:9-10 was not considered, “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God.  Napagtuunan lang ay iyong pagbalik ng biyaya na iyong ibinigay. Nagbigay ako, dapat me bumalik. Namuhunan ako, dapat bumalik ng tubo pa. It has become an attitude of business.

Isang gabi, mga 12:30AM, sa kahabaan ng Roxas Boulevard ay may isang matandang babae na nakatayo sa tabing daan at basang basa na ito ng malakas na ulan. She desperatedly needed a ride and kept on flagging down few cars passing by. A young man who seemed to came from an overtime work stopped to help her – which is really touching considering na disoras na ng gabi, malakas ang ulan at delikado ang lugar. The young man took her to safety, help her get assistance and put her into a taxi para makauwi. He even took the name, plate number and cellphone number of the taxi driver para makasigurong naihatid ang matanda sa pupuntahan. The old woman seemed to be in a big hurry, wrote down the young man’s address, thanked him and drove away.

A week went by, and isang hapon ay may dumating na delivery ng SM Applicance sa bahay ng young man. To his surprise, a big LCD TV was delivered to his home and a note was attached to it which read, “Maraming salamat sa iyong pagtulong sa akin. Hindi lamang ako ang nabasa noong gabing iyon, kundi ang aking spirit, the you came along. Dahil sa iyo, umabot ako sa tabi ng aking naghihingalong asawa at nayakap ko siya bago siya pumanaw. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”

If everyone does just this simple act of kindness, the whole world will live in happiness.

Di natin kailangang magexpect na ibabalik sa atin ang ating pagtulong o ibinigay sa kapuwa. It is our duty. It is our obligation. Mararamdaman mo ang luwag ng dibdib at kaligayahan through this.

More importantly, find yourself a recipient which you can regularly help.

A foundation, perhaps?

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“We can be kind, we can take care of each other. We can remember that deep down inside, we all need the same things.
 And maybe we’ll find if we are there for each other. That together we’ll weather whatever tomorrow may bring. ” – (Nancy Lamott)

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