It’s been almost 5 months since I attended the West Cluster Youth Power. I may not remember all the details but I can never forget how it made me feel. It was one of the events where my heart really filled up with joy and I cannot feel anything else in my heart but love for God, and love for others. It was one of the days that is full of smiles, ‘thank yous’ and love. It made me see Jesus in everyone and it made me see more how beautiful life is.
I remembered that day was so rainy but I was still so excited to attend the event despite the weather. I didn’t know what God had in stored for me that day but I was so excited to worship the Lord, to learn new things, and to do the activities.
The first activity that my group did was writing letters for the West Cluster’s sponsor children, Nahrgill and Leahn. It was hard at first because I didn’t personally know them, and I was thinking what should I tell them that can come from the heart. A thought came to my mind that had me thinking, these are people like me. They are also studying and they have dreams. We are both humans and we go through the ups and downs of life. The one thing that just differs me from them is that I have more things, more comfort. And so, aside from helping them through donating what we got, I can also help them by encouraging them and by reminding them about God’s beautiful plan through words. Looking back, I realized that helping the poor is not only about giving money or things, it’s also about helping other people through the comfort of words and by being a friend. Sometimes, people just need to be reminded how loved and blessed they are, and sometimes people just need a friend who can listen to them. Being a champion of the poor is not only lending your treasure but also lending your time to others, especially those who are poor in spirit.
The second activity was going to the mall to do R.A.K. (Random Acts of Kindness). My partner Eula and I first went to go to the food court and helped the cleaning lady to clean up the trays from the table. We also held the doors for people, folded clothes, and helped in giving out free muffins and coffees to random people. All the words of gratefulness and big smiles that we received gave us so much joy and they reminded me of how more awesome life would be if we do R.A.K.s everyday. RAK-ing can be done in so many ways, even in small ways. We shouldn’t miss the opportunities that we have everyday to do good. There are no limitations. Even a simple smile or ‘how are you’ can brighten up other people’s days. As Mother Teresa said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
The last activity touched my heart the most. We were given the opportunity to give out foods and water to the homeless people in downtown. I can never forget the way the people reacted to our deed. I saw the way their faces lit up to smile as we handed the foods to them. It touched me because these are the people who barely have anything compared to what I have. They were sleeping in the streets while I have a house to sleep in. They barely have any food while I get three meals a day. I couldn’t help but feel so grateful and blessed, and I couldn’t help but pray to God for them. Times like those when I see poor people coping up with the little things that they got always make me feel that I need to share my blessings with them, and that I need to help them with what I have. Those people always remind me to be selfless and giving. The Bible says, “The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself.” -Galatians 5:14. God is telling us to love each other deeply like the way He loves us. He wants us to be generous and to live a life full of love. And by loving, we should think about the good of others and help as much as we can.
That day ended leaving me with so much joy and love in my heart. I was so thankful to God for that opportunity and for showing me the beauty of life through giving. It proved to me that serving the poor really equals to joy.
So let us continue to RAK the world and spread the joy! 🙂