By: Ely Lagajino

Whether therefor ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 (ASV)

The next day every fisherman was busy recruiting for additional manpower to help them catch fish. I joined my relative’s fishing boat even if it was not a weekend. We went fishing throughout the night without sleeping for three consecutive nights.

One day I went to school with heavy coins in my pocket but with heavier eyes from lack of sleep. That day we had a Practical Arts class with all the second-year boys together in one classroom. More than 150 of us were present as our teacher lectured on vegetable gardening, but I could no longer recall what happened because the next thing I knew I was alone in that big classroom-I fell into a deep sleep.

I woke up surprised to find tattoos all over my white t-shirt, khaki pants, and my arms. To my embarrassment, I hid, and secretly walked into the bushes, climbed the fence and dove into the sea to wash the Pentel Pen tattoos, and thought of never returning to school again. Later I joined full-time fishing for three weeks where I got a big share.

But thanks to one of my classmates, a true friend who visited me and encouraged me to go back to school which I did later on.

During the break period on my first day back to school, I ordered halo-halo for my classmates as a “blowout” in celebration of my tattoo day. My classmates in section A confessed while eating halo-halo that they did not participate in the tattooing. It was the big and old boys in section C who did it.

Yes, there are hard times, but we should not abuse our bodies and sacrifice health. The Bible says whether we eat, or drink, do it to the glory of God.

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