Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

IN 1894, Dr. Jose Rizal was in ex­ile in Dap­i­tan, a re­mote town in Min­danao in 1800, where he en­gi­neered a dam and wa­ter­works with the help of his pupils. He built the wa­ter­works with lim­ited fi­nance, in­ad­e­quate tools, and mea­ger ma­te­ri­als us­ing stones, castoff tiles, bam­boos pipes, and mor­tar from burnt co­ral and he suc­ceeded in giv­ing good wa­ter sys­tem for Dap­i­tan. Re­source­ful­ness is “do­ing what we can with what we have, where we are,” says Theodore Roo­sevelt. Also, it is the abil­ity to gen­er­ate the re­sources nec­es­sary to ac­com­plish a pro­ject.

The Filipinos em­bed­ded re­source­ful­ness as we see it uti­lize in ev­ery­day life and var­i­ous cir­cum­stances: im­pro­vised boats out of re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als made for peo­ple to cross flooded roads and ways; used cook­ing oils mixed with salt is used as light dur­ing brownouts; wa­ter lilies that block the flow of wa­ter re­sults in ris­ing flood be­come source of liveli­hood and ma­te­ri­als for bags, bas­kets, fur­ni­ture, slip­pers, and cheap or­ganic fer­til­izer; and in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions Filipinos find ways to tri­umph over and thrive.

The ar­ti­cle, “Re­source­ful­ness a Key to Suc­cess”, shares a pow­er­ful story of Sam Wal­ton, the man be­hind Wal­Mart su­per­stores, who reached sta­tus as the sec­on­drich­est man in the world be­cause he em­ployed re­source­ful­ness. Grow­ing up dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion, Wal­ton milked the fam­ily cow then bot­tled and sold the sur­plus. Later, he took con­trol of the re­tail sales mar­ket by sell­ing mer­chan­dise peo­ple could af­ford. He was also among the first to in­tro­duce a “profit shar­ing” plan for his em­ploy­ees, which greatly con­trib­uted to Wal­Mart’s con­tin­u­ing suc­cess. Wal­ton took what was al­ready in ex­is­tence, large re­tail stores, and fig­ured out a way to im­prove upon the con­cept and bring it to small towns across Amer­ica.

The Scrip­tures say, “Who­ever can be trusted with very lit­tle can also be trusted with much, and who­ever is dis­hon­est with very lit­tle will also be dis­hon­est with much. So if you have not been trust­wor­thy in han­dling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trust­wor­thy with some­one else’s prop­erty, who will give you prop­erty of your own?” (Luke 16:1012). Con­se­quently, God wants us to be good stew­ards of the re­sources he en­trusts us and find ways to max­i­mize for our good and ben­e­fit of oth­ers. Un­like the man who re­ceived the re­sources of one thou­sand coins but dug a hole in the ground and hid his mas­ter’s money. He was called, “bad and lazy ser­vant” and the money was taken away from him and given to the good and faith­ful ser­vant (Matthew 25:1430). Hence, in all of your God­given re­sources, “do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the peo­ple you can, as long as ever you can,” says John Wes­ley.

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