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Encouraging Stories From Christian Community Members – Part 1

Blue Chip Investments

When Cholo and I started our married life, we started right. We had a special relationship with the Lord already. But when our kids came into our lives, the twin pressures of taking care of them and of having our own house kind of got us out of focus. We were often times tempted with accumulating material things for our future and for the future of our children. But God arrested the growing rift from Him when two years into our marriage, we got invited to Couples for Christ.

I was pregnant with my eldest daughter when we started to attend the CLP. That was the time real joy came, the joy a child brings into a couple's life. I'm not saying that it was smooth sailing from then on; of course, there were struggles too. Women are especially hard when it comes to the Christian principle of headship and submission. When Cholo and I fight, if it was only possible I wouldn't want to be beside him; I wouldn't want his skin to touch mine. I'm sure wives understand what I mean by this. Some of my friends even say they wouldn't talk to their husbands for days, weeks, or months. It's like saying what do I care about your life? If you want to die then die. I don't care. But come to think of it, the only reason for doing that is pride. So, I changed my style.

Sometimes too when we quarrel, I would be crying the whole night, eye bags starting to form. Yet my husband would sleep peacefully. I thought this isn't fair. I would only become ugly if I continue this. So, I just changed my style. I just focused on the argument.

When Pochoy, our only son, was around 7 or 8, I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. Ma, I want to be a priest. Wow, wonderful! I'll have a straight connection to God. But why do you want to be a priest? Because, Mom, isn't the basket, that's full of money that is passed around every time there is Mass, for the priest? My son, so young, yet already thinks of making a living.

But years have passed when I asked him again. He was I think around 13 this time. What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you still want to be a priest? I was sort of encouraging him 'cause I wanted to be a mother of a cardinal! Even though he is my only son!

Not anymore, Ma. I want to have a family like you.

Like us! You know what this means: he was happy with our family. His example of a family is OUR family! It makes me cry (out of joy) to think that his yardstick is the way we live our family. It must be so good for him to think of replicating it.

I prayed really hard for him. I even offered novenas and Christmas Masses only for him to attend the Youth Camp. He is my only son - and handsome at that - subject to all the temptations it brings! So, I prayed, just let him attend the Youth Camp, Lord, then we would guide him in his spiritual growth. He did attend the camp. Now, all members of our family are members of Couples for Christ and its Family Ministries. All my children are in Youth for Christ, except for my youngest who is in Kids for Christ and already dying to be in YFC.

You know, the only plan we had for our kids before was to build houses for them when they grow up. So that, at least, they wouldn't have to worry about that part of grown up life. But now we have a different kind of investment: we finance their mission trips, both local and foreign. That's where our money goes. It's a far more wise investment, a blue chip. That way they get closer to the Lord while getting an education on life.

We now have a different dream for our kids. We hope that they would become members of Couples for Christ. We hope that they would continue the mission work when we die. We hope that their children would continue the work when they too are gone. And we hope that the first job that our children would get is doing CFC work in the Center! As told by Cristy Labog

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