Week 52: Wednesday


“The strongest evidence of love is sacrifice.” – John Eldredge

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13

What will stop you from serving your people?

After coming back from the first medical mission trip to supertyphoon Yolanda victims in Leyte province, one of the doctors already went back to her hometown in her province, which happened to be her workplace also.  Apart from the knowledge of many, and while the second batch of medical team was already in Tacloban, she and her team in her workplace also conducted a medical mission trip to barangays in their province that were also badly devastated by the supertyphoon. A few days after attending to patients in those barangays, little did she know that the next patient would be her. She got ill. After diagnosing the symptoms, she thought it was leptospirosis. After some lab tests, it was discovered she caught Dengue Fever.  

How’s that for a reward for serving your people?

After coming back to Manila from the second trip to Tacloban, we heard the news. Some of her concerned friends and doctors convinced her that she would be transported from her province to Manila to be confined in a hospital.  Her platelet went down to 23,800.  A normal human being must have 200,000, doctors say. 

Now, maybe the amazing part was while she was still in the hospital…lying on her bed…a dextrose tube inserted on top of her right hand…and while her platelet is still struggling to survive the war against the virus…like a soldier still recovering from a wounded body, she was planning to go back to the “bomb-devastated” city of Tacloban – for the third medical mission trip…

Still excited.

Still enthusiastic.

Still willing to give her life. 

So that other might live.

I remembered a scene from the movie 300.  The part that a Persian ambassador asked these Spartans to surrender.  The Spartan refused.  The Persian ambassador threatened them that “your wives and children will become our slaves…and our arrows will blot out the sun.”  Then the Spartan soldier just said, “Then we fight in the shade.”


So when the time came these soldiers were being “bombed” by arrows by the Persian Army that “blot out the sun,” they were just covering themselves with their shields…laughing.

Still excited to fight.

Still enthusiastic to fight.

Still willing to give their lives.

There’s literally nothing to stop them from serving their people.

So that Sparta might live. 


The truth is, this doctor is just one among many.

Another doctor sounded so disappointed when he got sick just before the third trip – which means he can’t join the third batch. It’s a sickness brought about by the gruelling first two trips.

I believe all the doctors, all the volunteers, who helped in the first, second, and third medical trip, who witnessed what it was like to be there, for such a time as this, are still willing to go back there…to give their lives.

So that others might live.


This Christmas may we always remember, there’s the Ultimate Physician, our Beautiful Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His life for us more than 2,000 years ago….

So that we might live.

As the song says,

We are the reason that He gave His life

We are the reason that He suffered and died

To a world that was lost, He gave all He could give

To show us the reason to live

May this kind of love we received from our Saviour compel us to love and serve Him, as well as love and serve our people, without reservations.

May nothing stop us from serving.

“The highest act of love is the giving of the best gift, and, if necessary, at the greatest cost, to the least deserving. That’s what God did. At the loss of His Son’s life to the totally undeserving.  God gave the best gift – the display of the glory of Christ who is the image of God.”  – John Piper



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