The Theme for the 2018 U-Day celebration is “Be a Centralian A.S.S.E.T. – Accountable to Self, Society and Environment Today and Beyond.”
The dictionary defines an asset as “An asset is a useful or valuable thing, person, or quality.” The logic then is that when you are considered an ASSET, you are not a LIABILITY.
How then can we be an asset?
First, let us dedicate what we have in our hands to God.
Philippians 3:7-9 says, “But whatever were assets to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ and be found in him…”
This means that whatever we have, whatever assets we have, it is nothing if we do not have Christ in our lives. These will all be a loss.
The challenge then for us is to let Jesus enter into our lives and dedicate our assets to Him to be used for his honor and glory. As Centralians let us be reminded that if Christ is in us, then we will surely become an asset to any family, church, institution, organization or workplace.
Second, let us not be indifferent. We must be involved in things that matter. A Christian must do something that will make this world a better place for the next generation. A Christian must make a commitment to make a difference.
There is a growing sector in our society that does not care anymore on what is happening around us. They are called the apathetic group. Mixed with this group is a sector that acts only in their own self-interest. In addition is the group that does not strive for excellence – that only accepts things as they are. If we let this sector grow, then we will soon see a society that does not care nor wants to get involved. These sectors will be surely be liabilities rather than assets.
Paul reminds us in Romans 14:7-8 that “Whether we live or die, it must be for God, rather than for ourselves. Whether we live or die, it must be for the Lord. Alive or dead, we still belong to the Lord.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
Let us go out and be an asset rather than a liability!
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
Office of Communications
Central Philippine University