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Redefining Success

Updated: Jul 29, 2021

I grew up in a Christian home studied in Christian schools, served at Church, and did ministry alongside my parents in Palawan for seven years. Looking back, I never really saw myself working at a nonprofit Christian organization in the future. Even at a young age, I spent thinking about how I could excel at my studies, get a degree at a university, graduate with flying colors, and then land in a job that will help me climb the corporate ladder. All these things in mind so that I can get away doing ministry which I really don’t think will help me achieve my goals of becoming “rich” and “successful”.

After almost two years of working, my corporate job felt more like an obligation than something I really enjoy. I felt no sense of purpose. I was often stressed out. I feel like I'm just turning in hours after hours in what appears to be an endless pursuit of happiness and meaning. In those years, God showed me that none of the temporary things that I desire will ever satisfy me, because it is only Him who can fill the void I have in my heart.

In April of 2018, He opened the door for me to serve at KIDS. I said yes to His calling and became part of the KIDS family. Looking back, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Choosing to pursue God’s calling is challenging, but it is the most fulfilling thing ever.

Two years, seven months and counting, I am happy doing my role in the office and serving in various ministries KIDS has. As a bonus, God blessed me with amazing friends in the form of my colleagues who make the office a fun and enjoyable place to work in. He is so good.

Working here also means that I get to meet cool people from different parts of the world. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to learn from them, serve alongside them, and get to know their heart for mission. God enabled me to see that being rich and successful isn’t about receiving, it is about giving. Giving yourself in service to others - that's where success truly lies.

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,

and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

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Amber Ellis
Amber Ellis
Jun 05, 2021

Such a beautiful post by such a sweet person!! Love ya friend!!


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