Each year, the servants of Singles for Family and Life – Sto. Nino Parish hold an Amazing Race to kick off each year of service for God. It is a successful way of opening each year (so far) – the number of people participating each year is proof of that. Each household / team is competing for free World Singles’ Congress (WSC) registration fee which is P1, 300 / person. This year, I was given an important task of writing the clues. I was pretty confident of what I had accomplished, until God wrecked my plans. Here are the most important lessons that I learned from yesterday’s race:
As the one tasked to write the clues for the Amazing Race last Sunday, I made sure my clues were tricky but precise. I had no space for mistakes as I didn’t want our pitstop masters to accept racers that have skipped other pitstops. I made sure each pitstop master knows what’s going on, that is why I gave each of them a folder including the pitstop before them, the letter given before them (we gave a letter for each pitstop), and the next pitstop after theirs. No room, no room for mistakes at all. Bullet-proof clues. Unperfect execution.
No matter how bullet-proof my plan was, no matter how detailed I was with my clues and pitstop preparations, there still were major mistakes made. There were certain groups who missed pitstop/s. Towards the end, realizing that they were missing letters (remember we gave them a letter for each pitstop so we could check each team’s progress), they were asked to go back to the pitstop/s that they missed. This is the kind of scenario I wanted to avoid which is exactly why I was so precise with my clues and written instructions per pitstop. But then again, we can always use the abused reason that we are just people, right? We make mistakes, that’s our nature.
At first I was so pissed off with what happened. I blamed myself. “Is there something wrong with my instructions? Did I fail to brief my co-pitstop masters?” But at the end of the day, I realized what is important. We are all doing this to give glory to God. We glorify God by our relationship with our household – the very people who help us in our Christian journey. We glorify God through the challenges – teaching strangers worship songs, inviting them to Christian Life Seminars, etc. We glorify God because our end-goal is to attend the World Single’s Congress – a congress in which we would be able to meet God in a very special way. So if I let myself be blinded and hindered by my disappointment with my fellow pitstop master because she failed to give proper instructions to the teams, or if I let myself be consumed by my perfectionism because things did not go according to my plans, then everything will be for naught. Our purpose for doing this Amazing Race will be defeated. I won’t be able to enjoy the race so much because of all these negatives that are blinding me from seeing the positive things – the joy of doing the race, the joy of serving with people that I trust, the happiness of being with my family. If I focus so much on the disappointment, hurt, wasted efforts, and pain, then I am missing the presence of God. I am missing the whole point of doing this Amazing Race. I am missing the point.
Next Amazing Race, I know I am better equipped because I have learned these great lessons. To God be the glory, always, forever.