How do you squeeze a debut message into the length of seven SMS’s?
Had it not been for the deluge in Northern Luzon last October 9, I would have spent the Friday night at a pink-themed party for a churchmate turning 18.
But instead I had to “text” all those words of cheer, encouragement, and, ahem, wisdom while on our four-hour trip to Pangasinan that afternoon.
I had to type it in full just so it would not lose the formality of a debut message. And with the seven-SMS limit, I had to exercise lots and lost of brevity. Many points and detail thus were lost in imperative sentences two to three words long.
Our youth leader read it by 9 or 10 p.m. Hope I said what I wanted said.
Here’s my “text message” to a Christian woman out to face the world:
Karen, sorry I couldn’t make it. Here’s my message for you:
God has only the best for you. Kung ano yun, mas matindi pa sa mga plano o pangarap mo. Kung ano yun, malalaman mo rin, kapit lang sa Kanya.
You’ve got a whole life ahead of you. God’s word tells us to make the most of our days.
Focus on priorities-ur relationship with Him, ur family, ur studies, & ur ministry.
Treasure & develop friendships w/ people who follow God & will help u follow Him. Anuman mangyari, hindi ka nila pababayaan.
Enrich yourself. Keep learning. Read. Talk with your elders. Engage others. Share ur life w/ them. Meron kang iyo lang na maibabahagi sa iba.
Lastly, always remember u are a daughter & princess of God.
It means u have a Father who loves u so much and wants u first for Himself. None can complete u except Him. Kanya ka muna bago sa iba.
He is a King who owns everything & will meet all u need. And, because u are royalty, you deserve nothing less.
Enjoy. Happy 18, woman of God.