How will you let them follow you?

It’s Christmas! It’s time to take a break from the very exhausting work over the past few weeks. It’s my busiest time because I have to take care of a few things to close the year. At the same time, Christmas parties and reunions were everywhere. Over the past few week’s, I’ve been going in and out of several events (which is probably the reason why it took me almost one month to write a new blog post). I enjoyed every detail of this season – from spending time with my family and friends, receiving gifts from the generous hands of the people I know, preparing and eating the food we prepared, giving to the people in need, and rejoicing because the gift of salvation has been given through the birth of Jesus Christ.

My Christmas holiday went well. I spent 4 days (including Christmas Eve) at home with my family and I also attended a reunion with my relatives from my mother’s side. We hosted the event and I was assigned to prepare the tokens. While I was very busy printing out the cards, my relatives were slowly coming in one by one. Everyone enjoyed this once-a-year reunion. It was already 5 years since I last attended this event and I was a bit surprised to see a lot of kids (some of them I don’t know). Among the 30+ kids that day, there was this 1 year old kid who was just starting to walk. My cousin was holding his shirt so he won’t get out of balance while his father was on the other side with a balloon calling him to walk towards him. When his father called him, the kid was smiling and started walking slowly towards his father.

Almost all normal babies normally learn how to walk as early as 7 months old. At this very young age, an infant will not be able to understand the words that we tell them. What’s so amazing about them is their ability to be influenced by what they see and feel. Because the kid knows that the person holding the balloon was his father, he had the confidence to walk without fear. It was the relationship between the kid and his father that kept him up and understand that it is an essential part of life.

Like this scenario, the people that we want to follow us will not learn to realize the importance of our vision if we do not create a personal relationship with them. It’s the same exact way we should drive motivation at work. While it’s true that orientation and training will let our employees understand what they do, they might not be able to understand why they are doing it. A relationship plays an important factor to a person’s motivation. If this is materialized through practice, our organization’s mission naturally becomes a vision of everyone because they can get hold of security, acceptance, and trust.

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Just like what the bible says, Jesus came for the lost and His goal was the restoration of our relationship with God. He did not come to die for a few chosen people, but He came for everyone to be saved. His great love was manifested by how he established His relationship with God, and how he established His relationship with us. Because of this compassion, His disciples followed Him, knowing that through Jesus, there is hope and security in eternity.

Year 2015 is about to end. We are now ready to welcome the new year with a handful of new year’s resolution. Apart from the usual pen and paper list, let’s look at living our life filled with genuine relationships that matter. Build relationships at work as much as building your relationship with the Lord. Believe me, at the end of 2016, you’ll see missions (to do’s) naturally turn their way to become a vision (goal). Enjoy the rest of this season!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had” Romans 15:5