A year ago, Martin and I had a casual conversation about how short life is. We were reflecting on the concept of ‘Purpose’ and at some point, we realized that we were actually missing out the very essence of our lives. We realized that we were just using our God-given time and talents for our own benefit. So we looked at each other with a sigh saying, “Nakakahiya kay Lord” (“How embarrassing it is to the Lord”)
Martin and I confessed this before the Lord, and asked Him for an opportunity to glorify Him with our lives. When we opened our eyes, I told Martin, “Looks like we still have time, but what are our talents?”
His eyes sparkled and he said, “Tennis!”
God started the idea of Amoranto-Ramos Tennis Camp and He’s also the One who executes it. As we look back, we realize that He answered our prayers beyond measure.
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. – 1 Peter 4:10
AR Tennis became an opportunity for us to share His Word, to pray with others, to pray for others and to love others. Who would have thought that the sport I have been playing since I was 4-years-old will finally make sense today?
It is also only because of God that AR Tennis Camp exists until today. He provides us with wonderful students and student-parents who are so fun to be with. He unfailingly provides us a venue and good weather. He provides wisdom and strength for us to finish all sessions with a smile. He protects the camp from any physical injury or accident. He supplies every training needs and paraphernalia. He gave Martin and I such supportive parents, sisters and churchmates who would generously assist us in ways.
We are not the best tennis coach in town and AR Tennis is not the best tennis camp there is. Martin and I are just two selfish human beings with short imperfect lives to live who decided to become a tennis coach for the glory of God. We cannot promise our students a Federer or Serena-like tomorrow. We cannot promise our students to become as fast as Djokovic or as strong as Sharapova after any session. But there is one thing we can assure our students of: Without Christ, we are nothing.
Here is an excerpt from Rick Warren’s Make the Most of Your Talents:
When God gives you a talent, He expects you to use it. It’s like a muscle. If you use it, it will grow. If you don’t, you’ll lose it. If you have a talent but are afraid to use it, or if you get lazy and don’t use it to benefit others, you’re going to lose it. Like the parable of the ten talents in Luke 19, if you don’t use what God has given you, He will take it away and give it to someone else who will. But if you use your talents wisely, God will give you more. If you use your time wisely, God will give you more time. If you use your energy wisely, God will give you more energy. If you use your influence wisely, God will increase your influence. God will bless your level of faithfulness.