Module 2: Habang May Buhay May Pasasa

Module 2: Habang May Buhay May Pasasa

45-Minutes Program

  • J15 Preamble
  • Opening video clip
  • Filipino value of the week
  • Kahoots
  • Story of the week & discussion
  • Mind mapping
  • MTV of the month

Part 1: The story of Jessa: “Habang may buhay, may pagasa”

Jessa was born without limbs. Like Nick Vujicic, she questioned God, but they did not get a clear answer. Despite her disability, Jessa can take care of herself. She can brush her teeth or eat by herself. She can even use the computer.

How is that even possible? Yet many of us complain about having a bad day. We complain about doing house chores, having weak internet, or being stuck in traffic.

Jessa’s challenges

Jessa often had to commute by herself. The jeepney driver sometimes couldn’t see her wave her hands, let alone alight or descend comfortably or perhaps hold the bar for safety. People stared at her. Imagine if that was you?

The most challenging thing for Jessa is not her physical disability. When she was younger people insulted her… “malas, ipinanganak ng may sumpa!” Some looked down on her like a “circus show.”

As she grew older, her challenge became loneliness. “Sino ang magmamahal sa akin?” This would lead to occasional depression.

There are days when Jessa gets very sad. Without someone or even a job, one might ask, what’s my purpose in life?

Hopelessness is one of the reasons people undergo depression, and it’s easy for someone like Jessa to be depressed. Yet, she continues to be an inspiration to others.

🤔 Thoughts for discussion

  • If you were like Jessa, what are the things you do now that you cannot do in her condition?
  • Imagine you were on your way to school, you don’t have a car or assistant, how will make it?
  • What should your attitude be with the problem you are having now?

🤔 Bear Fruit: Which fruit best describes what you’ve learned today?

😃 Say it: “Habang may buhay, may pagasa.”

Part 2: The 80-20 rule

Vilfredo Pareto inspired the 80/20 rule. He was an Italian civil engineer, sociologist, economist, political scientist, and philosopher. His study of income distribution and the analysis of individuals’ choices inspired the “Pareto principle” or 80/20 rule.

He realized that wealth is only held by 20% of people globally, and 80% are poor. However, he saw the same principle but doing the opposite in his backyard. 20% of the peapods in his garden produced 80% of peas.

The point is, our ability for success does not depend on how much less we have but how we use the little resources we have.

Like Jessa, her physical disability is about 80%, with only 20% of her body doing things. However, she’s able to use the mere 20% to continue living a productive and happy life.

In Jessa’s life, we learn that by focusing and maximizing the limited resources or ability, life can still be lived with hope and joy. It’s a matter of perspective and proper focus.

Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Psalm 118:24
This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

🤔 Application

  • What should we think about when life seems unfair?
  • List 3 good things and 3 bad things that happened to you last year.
  • Out of 3 bad things that happened, list 3 things that make it still a good thing.
  • What should you be thankful for.
  • Listen and watch again “This is a new day”
  • Remember, “Habang may buhay, may pagasa.”

🤔 Bear Fruit: Which fruit best describes what you’ve learned today?

😃 Say it: “Whatever is right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Part 3: Our value in God’s eyes

Before we were born, Jesus has always been there from that moment of conception. All things came into being through Jesus (John 1:1-3). In Him was life (John 1:4).

The truth is, we are born in a fallen world. We no longer live in paradise, rather “paradies” where sickness, sadness, and death. Therefore, each time Jessa asks why she was born this way? The answer remains the same.

Our value is not dictated by how we look outside, what we have, or our accomplishments. God created us with a special purpose. We must develop it, no matter how simple, small, or trivial for others.

Psalm 139:13-14
 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

John 1:1-3
In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the, In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him, all things were made; without Him, nothing was made that has been made. 

John 1:4
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Jesus is our hope, not people, not what we have

God sent His only son that whoever believes in Him will live forever. Jesus prepares a place in heaven for each person who belongs to Him.

In God’s kingdom, Jessa will have a glorified body, with entire limbs, with an eternal beauty where there’s no more sadness or tears.

In the meantime, like the rest of us, Jessa still has struggles, anxiety, challenges on earth. Apostle Paul said, although our outer man is decaying, our inner man is being renewed day by day. Paul focused on the good things instead of the problems he faced.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Anyone in Christ is a new creation.

🤔 Application

  • How do we become a new creation?
  • If Jesus is the begining and all things were created for Him, how should we regard Jesus?
  • Who do you want Jesus to be in your life?

🤔 Bear Fruit: Which fruit best describes what you’ve learned today?

😃 Say it: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.”

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