A man of God in mod­ern times

Manila Times - - MAGAZINE - Press.com, Jan­uary 14, 2018 writ­ten­bymike.word­car­labi­an­car­a­vanes.com

BY now you may have al­ready heard of the #TimesUp and #MeToo move­ments scut­tling around the globe jump­started by the most prom­i­nent names in Hol­ly­wood. With all the hoopla sur­round­ing the said move­ment, one can­not help but think, what does it take to be a good man?

When you jump onto Google and type in “good man,” with­out a doubt you will come across a mil­lion blog­posts from both a good man in to­day’s so­ci­ety.

There are many opin­ions and if you are not an­chored to real val­ues and be­liefs, you can eas­ily get tricked into think­ing women he has been with, how rich he is, and so on. Thank­fully, so­ci­ety is chang­ing. Now our cul­ture is call­ing for re­spon­si­ble men who nur­ture and care for women, men who be­lieve in the truth of God and men who walk along­side women in­stead of walk­ing ahead of them.

To raise a fam­ily in to­day’s cli­mate can be tricky and takes a lot of faith and be­ing grounded in the re­al­ity of what Je­sus taught. One such man is Mike Sanchez, the hus­band of my good friend, Nouelle, Mike caught the at­ten­tion of this col­umn be­cause of his in­spi­ra­tional and thought-pro­vok­ing posts on his blog,

where he de­tails the strug­gles and tri­umphs of be­com­ing the head of a home in to­day’s re­al­ity. In his blog, Mike is vul­ner­a­ble, shar­ing what it is like to be a fa­ther, an en­tre­pre­neur, and his many fail­ures and vic­to­ries in the startup world.

His vul­ner­a­bil­ity as the man of the house, al­low­ing him­self to be hon­est about the re­al­i­ties of life, was what prompted me to be­gin the dis­cus­sion with him on how he was able to bounce back from sea­sons where he felt like he wasn’t good enough to be the man of the house­hold.

“There were times when I still feel like I do not have what it takes to be a fa­ther. I am ex­tremely in­tro­verted while my wife, Nouelle, is the ex­act op­po­site. She is the per­son who in­tro­duced me to God and that re­la­tion­ship is what helped me un­der­stand what is ex­pected of me as a man,” he shared.

think­ing at home and do away with con­ven­tions. Al­though the fa­ther is usu­ally seen as the leader of the fam­ily, me and Nouelle share the spot­light equally in lead­ing our fam­ily and most es­pe­cially in rais­ing our chil­dren. We un­der­stand that each one of us is unique in his or her own way and we try to re­spect that and make sure ev­ery­one’s opin­ion is con­sid­ered,” the fa­ther of two added.

Mike’s bi­b­li­cal foun­da­tions is also com­merce so­lu­tions provider in South­east Asia along with a re­newed in­ter­est in tech­nol­ogy and star­tups.

“In this time and age, one can get lost in the seem­ingly tire­less world of mon­ey­mak­ing that they of­ten for­get what’s re­ally im­por­tant. One of my goals is to over­haul how or­ga­ni­za­tions work by mak­ing sure ev­ery­one is en­gaged and feels in­cluded. Es­pe­cially in an emerg­ing mar­ket like the Philip­pines, it’s far to easy for us to em­brace au­toc­racy by de­fault while dream of a real democ­racy. My vi­sion is for or­ga­ni­za­tions to em­brace mer­i­toc­racy where peo­ple are re­warded based on their con­tri­bu­tion re­gard­less of their po­si­tion or se­nior­ity. An up­hill bat­tle yet at­tain­able if we work to­gether and work hard for it,” he ex­pounded on his ideals.

he re­sponded, “A man of God is some­one who doesn’t de­pend on his own abil­i­ties and prin­ci­ples but on God’s in­stead. A man of God is some­one who isn’t wor­ried about be­ing os­tra­cized be­cause of his be­lief for as long as he’s do­ing the work of God. A man of God is some­one who looks his goal and not the other way around. Sounds unattain­able but just like ev­ery­thing else in life, pos­si­ble through God’s grace as men­tioned in Philip­pi­ans 4:13.”

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