By: Ely Lagajino

…Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those…who persecute you. Matthew 5:44 (NKJV)

I was busy preparing for the first-semester enrollment in AUP when the sabbath school superintendent, of Sorsogon Church, Adela Camposano, requested me to prepare a fifteen-minute inspirational talk.

She said it would be aired over the radio during their regular thirty-minute program. The program was every Sabbath morning sponsored by the San Joaquin family. I accepted the request since I had some experience in radio broadcasting. I wrote my script and practiced every night.

One night we went to the radio station for taping. The superintendent introduced me to the station manager who accompanied me inside studio B.

“Please wait for the technician in the other room who will assist you. He’s coming in a few minutes”, the manager assured me.

While rehearsing my talk the technician entered his booth. A glass divider in front of me separated us.  While waiting for the starting signal from him, I suddenly lost focus when I saw a familiar figure. In front of me stood my drunk passenger, who was supposedly my boxing contender. But this time he was the one in charge of me; he was the technician.  After several minutes of face to face contact, but in our separate booths, he gave the signal.  I tried to regain my composure and control my mixed emotions; hiding my tension, and uneasiness while delivering my inspirational talk; explaining John 3:16 in the fastest way I ever did.

After my running speech, the technician entered my booth, “Was he going to bully me again?” I thought with an amount of tremor.

But with a low and soft tone he said, “Pastor, you still have five minutes for your part.” He was kind and professional enough to accept my suggestion to play two songs instead. We shook hands and bade goodbye.

I believe God allowed John 3:16 to soften the heart of a bully; to call a tricycle driver, “Pastor”, to calm the nerves of a tricycle driver pretending to be a bully, and for enemies to love one another.

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