Business As Usual

Business As Usual
by Danny Tariman

“Did you not know that I must be in my father’s house?” – Luke 2:49

I have been out of “service” for 12 months. Since I had set my foot in Papua New Guinea, I had not a chance to proclaim the Good News the way I did in Manila.

I was enjoying my secular work as manager of Information Technology department of one of the country’s biggest retail chain. There was, however, a void deep inside of me. It was about my Father’s business.

When I left Manila for this job, I knew there was something I needed to do. I knew that my new workplace and the new city I will live in is my mission field. I did my best to share the Lord at every opportunity; I tried to witness for Him, even in the most difficult situations. I spoke of the Lord to my peers, fellow managers, guards, janitors and whoever I had the chance to meet. Person-to-person, one by one, sharing the Good News. I was not “ashamed of the Gospel” (Romans 1:16).

Until one day, the Lord opened up a bigger audience: I was given the task to do the teaching for the archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal weekly gatherings.

After the long wait, it is now “Business as Usual.”

REFLECTION:
Are you ashamed of sharing the Lord to your officemates and peers?

PRAYER:
Lord, I am sorry for the times I passed up the opportunity to share Your goodness. Empower me to witness for You!

[This reflection was first published in Didache June 12, 2010]

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