Fulfillment / Mind

Learning Is (Truly) A Part of Life

When I was young and was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I immediately answered I wanted to be someone who drew houses.

I studied & learned how to become an Architect because I wanted to be one.

I studied for 5 years, endured sleepless nights, and battled through the board examinations. I remember falling in love in the process and having my first heartbreak. For over a year, I faced my pain head-on and along the way, gained a lot of insights and realizations.

I eventually learned how to get over it and move on.

At some point, coffee became a way of life for me and I dreamt of being a barista. I learned to be one and even tried setting up my own café– but it did not work out.

At least I learned a lot about business because I had that dream.

It seemed that God had other plans for me, and it was to minister to communities in need. I never thought that I would be involved in that. I again studied for 4 years while at the same time working for a mission organization that reached out to rural communities.

I earned my masters and was trained by the mission organization because I had in my heart the passion to help others.

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I never wanted to be a Mobilizer among the youth to universities, but I was appointed by my mission organization to be one. I feared traveling alone, not to mention mentoring and befriending young people from different places.

Through the years, I found the art and joy in traveling and learning new cultures, eventually learning to embrace them.

My mom passed away, which really shattered my heart. I felt enormous pain in my heart for each day that went by and in each day in service.

I eventually learned to live with that pain. It never went away but I learned to cope.

I was offered the position of Communications and Development Officer. Terrified of the title and the work, I declined. And even after declining, I was again asked to take on the role.

Believing that this is what God wanted me to do, I took on the position. At present, I am still learning how to best fulfill this role.

The Lord surprised me with someone to love.

Yes, the both of us are still learning how to make this wonderful gift of love work but we are finding the ways to make it work because we know the Lord wants us to do so.

There’s no other deeper way for me to explain the role of learning other than by summarizing my life above. Learning will always be a part of my life– whether I want to be in a certain situation or not, intentional or coincidental, learning happens and it won’t stop.

About the Contributor

Figuratively: A rambler and slashie for God who sees herself as nothing but one whom the Lord turned into something. Loves knowing different cultures, nature & travelling, talking to people who support the advocacy of nature preservation. Enjoys simple things in life.

Formally: Abigail serves for a church planting organization that focuses on the rural areas as part of the training team & pastoral care. Youth-in-missions coordinator/mobilizer and serves as the Communications and Development Officer of a Christian Seminary in Quezon City.

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