Today, Good Friday, Christians all over the world (and even many non-Christians) recall and ponder upon the painful events leading up to the crucifixion and death of Jesus. We are blessed because we know the true ending to that story — that, on the third day, Jesus rose again, and conquered death and sin forever.
(Note: This inspirational article is reprinted with permission from the blog of Maybelle Bangayan-Ti, http://mmmamahugs.blogspot.com/. It was originally posted in February of 2010 and has been edited and updated chronologically for the purpose of this article. Maybelle, 35 years old, currently works part time as a content writer/marketing consultant for My Father's House, a home for abandoned children. She is happily married to Ken, with whom she has two children: Sophie, 6, and Gavin, 2 years old.)
We all have big hopes and dreams for our future when we’re young. Back in high school, I remember clearly telling my classmates I would never choose to be “just” a housewife. Yet, as the time came for us to apply for college, I had no idea what course I wanted and what career I’d definitely pursue for the rest of my life. In the end, I decided, “I will be a research analyst who will be respected in the financial world.” It was a career I knew my parents would be proud of.
Little did I realize then that it was not what I really wanted. I graduated from college with hardly any passion for my course. I slowly sought to discover other facets of who I was. With my degree in Applied Economics (dropping my double major in Finance), I chose to be — to the surprise of many — a full-time mission worker for my Catholic community instead. The choice seemed perfect for me as something in me had always longed to help shepherd and mentor people.
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Even with the heart of a mission worker, I dreamed big. I sought ways to go into business and still be a source of light to the people who would work for me. I had this notion that my parents would be proud if I went into business, and I realized that going into social entrepreneurship would allow me to do that and still fulfill my dream of making a difference in the world.