The Myth of Mr. Perfect

Grade 4 ako nang sumikat ang F4 sa bansa. ‘Yung mga classmate kong babae, nagtitipid ng baon para lang makabili ng poster, keychain, at laminated picture nila Jerry Yan. Obeybe beybe beybeh. Sumikat sila dahil sa TV series na Meteor Garden, at kaya nagkandarapa ang maraming babae sa kanila dahil sa character nila sa drama. Mayaman. Siga. Matapang. Characteristics na kadalasang hinahanap sa isang lalaki. Mr. Perfect kumbaga. Pero 2016 na’t lahat, halos walang nagbago. Heto ang ilan sa mga kinababaliwan ng henerasyon na ‘to:

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1. The Badboy

Hindi mayabang pero hindi rin ganu’n kabait. ‘Yung tipong kapag may nang-agrabyado sa’yo, kaya niyang patahimikin at sabihan ng shut up na lang kasi malilintikan talaga siya kapag pinakialaman ka niya.

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2. The Pabebe

Op kors! Ipag-iigib ka ng tubig sa malaking aquarium, tatakbo mula Aurora Blvd pa-EDSA, at nangakong hihintayin ka sa tamang panahon.

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3. The “John Lloyd”

Sabi nga ni Mace sa That Thing Called Tadhana: “Si John Lloyd kasi, hindi ka niya lolokohin. Hindi ka niya papaiyakin. Siya ang iiyak para sa’yo.”

‘Yan at marami pang iba. Ideal guy di’ba? Pero kung hindi ka pa na-orient, gaya ng iba, tao din ang mga lalaki. Nasasaktan, nagkakamali, nakakagawa ng mga maling desisyon sa buhay.

Sorry to spoil you, pero walang Mr. Perfect. Gaano man ka-siga ‘yan, may shortcomings pa din ‘yan. Kaya minsan nakaka-disappoint na ‘yung inaasahan mo, less than what you even expected. Kaya nakaka-frustrate.

Pero guess what, si Jesus ang talagang nag-iisang Mr. Perfect. Hindi ‘yan label na sinabit niya sa leeg Niya para maipagyabang. Hindi. Alam ng buong kalawakan na Siya lang ang tanging perpekto. Perfect enough to die on the cross to save us on our sins and be raised to life to prove that He is the Son of God.

Mayaman? Siya lang naman ang may-ari ng lahat, kahit na mismo ang hanging ihinihinga mo ngayon.

Siga? Lahat ng hari at presidente, gaano man makapangyarihan ay luluhod sa harapan Niya.

Matapang? Nakaramdam Siya ng takot pero buong tapang Niya pa ding hinarap ang korona, ang hagupit, sapak, dura, limang pulgadang pako at isang krus na may bigat na kulang-kulang tatlong sako ng bigas. Heto ang isang parte ng takot na nginuya Niya:

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Dahil ang nag-iisang Mr. Perfect piniling maging mabahong kasalanan para sa’yo na Mr. and Ms. Imperfect. Disgusting? Pero ganu’n Siya ka-willing para lang maipakita sa’yo na mahal ka talaga Niya, at di mo na kailangan pang maghanap ng taong kukumpleto sa’yo, dahil maniwala ka lang sa Kaniya at sa ginawa Niya sa Cross, kumpleto na ang buong pagkatao mo.

Transitions. Transitions Everywhere.

I just came back from a 3-day leaders’ camp of our church.

I still have a couple of weeks left before I bid farewell to the ministry that I loved for more than 6 years already-the youth. You see, I got saved when I was a freshman in college and I’m really grateful I’ve been part of the youth ministry. It’s radically different to see young men and women hyped up preaching the gospel to their classmates and friends, and that includes me. I experienced reaching out to different levels of people inside the campus: From jejemons to atheists to gangsters to frat leaders to bratinelas to scholars and to other sort of students we can find in a university. Our small group even went to the trouble of playing in a battle of the bands just to reach out to our classmates. I called it trouble because we don’t even play musical instruments at the first place. We became illogical and unreasonable for the sake of the gospel. But it was all worth it. Seeing your classmates’ hands raised and responding to the altar call is priceless.

And then I graduated. I landed a job. My time frame is now different from the one I used to have. My environment is different, too. The people. The place. The career. You know it-I’m transitioning.

You may be asking, “Erikson, Why are you posting a blog about this? This is common sense. Everybody undergoes the process of transition. EVERY. ONE.”

Not in the culture where I grew up. Don’t get me wrong, I love my spiritual family, but just like any other team, It has its own lapses. For my environment, transitioning is a big deal. Young Professionals get stuck. I’ve seen the result over and over to many who didn’t transition: they get burned-out and become insecure. But when you finally realized that things need to change, you have to step out in faith and step up to the singles group, not because you can’t relate with the youth and certainly not because you don’t fit in the group anymore but because YOU HAVE TO. You have to grow in your walk with God. You have a new season, and every new season is a gift. You can’t go to next chapter of the novel if you’re always reading chapter 1.

This change will also affect my blog. I’m exploring my artsy side now, so most of the time I’ll be posting about the products of my creative junk.

And I pray that I may help other young professionals too with their new season and in their walk with God.

And Oh,

OMG. Did I just wrote a full article in straight English?! Buhay ang Panginoon!

See you sa next blog! Wuhoo!