“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can not be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
a week ago, the world have witnessed the unfolding of a milestone in US history. the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, signaled a new beginning not only to its citizens, but to the whole world as well. it was a defining moment from which his nation shall go forth with hope and determination to be able to stand again from the ruins of its past mistakes, as its people hold on to the ideals that their forefathers had planted and from which their strength shall emanate.
it was not an instant hit for President Obama. though relatively short, he is travelling through his own political journey. but before that, he had gone through the metamorphosis of being an excellent college graduate to a distinguished lawyer and educator, to being an honorable politician, all the way to the highest position he had ever hoped and dreamed to be in. while building his political career, he was also raising a family which would be his source of strength and inspiration when the going outside of his home gets tough. but then again, even before that, he had journeyed through a diverse and colorful childhood brought about by his roots and circumstances. and all the way before baby Barack was formed in his mother’s womb, destiny would already have it, that someday, an African-American would reign as president in what most of the world consider as the land of the free. and to some, the land of milk and honey. the rest of his legacy is now being written for future generations to remember, hopefully with pride.
we too, are Baracks, in our own unique ways. maybe not in the same magnitude, but certainly all of us were born to stand up and stand out. we are here in this world for a reason and for a purpose. whatever our own purpose is, it is never for ourselves alone. but for another. and maybe some. and maybe more. but never for ourselves alone.
we may lead a country or a state. a corporation or an organization. or we may be teachers or parents. or pet-lovers even. whoever we are, there is at least, one single living being that needs us. and we are all gifted by God in various ways in order for us to provide for that need. how we use our own God-given gifts differentiates us from the rest. shall we be selfish or insecure so as to keep those gifts hidden and untapped? or would we rather use those gifts to make someone’s life better?
the bottom line is, we are all here to participate in life’s wonderful cycle. it doesn’t matter if our own defining moments are not as grand and glamorous. because only when we start living our lives for the good of others, shall we stand out. only when we come out of our shells and speak, can our voices be heard. and only when we love and care for others truly, shall we make this world a better place to live in. it may be Barack’s time, but it is ours too. for we are all in this together because no matter how diverse we are as human beings, our lives are all intertwined.