I eat a lot and it doesn’t show.
“God is so unfair!” my wife says, because no matter how much I eat, my waistline remains 31 inches. (Actually, I was 32 inches twenty years ago.)
And yes, I love cheese pizza. With hot sauce.
And simple spaghetti with olive oil, lots of garlic, and chili oil.
And ice cream.
And peanut butter. (Still a kid at heart.)
Yep, I love food.
But more than food, it’s actually the great people in the meal that makes food fantastic. So let me give you an idea of my fantastic meals, the people I eat with regularly—and yes, what I eat each week!
(Note: By the way, meals were important to Jesus too. Actually, He built the Kingdom on meals! He even made a meal—the Eucharist—the center of our faith. And part of His ministry was having “shocking” meals with tax collectors, drunkards, and prostitutes. Meals built His relationships.)
My Religious Community Is Strong
With The Help Of Sinigang
Every other week, I meet with my great friends who happen to be the pioneer Elders of the Light of Jesus Community. They’re Carl, Gil, Hermie, Pio, Roy, and Tim. And their happy wives. I’ve been serving the Lord with this wonderful gang for more than 20 years now. With some of them—for more than 27 years!
But I guess the reason why we’ve stayed together this long is because we’re friends first before we’re co-workers in the Lord. (If it’s the other way around, you’ll see a split in the organization very soon. Because among co-workers, molehills become mountains. But among friends, mountains become molehills.) And believe me, the Sinigang na Salmon and Pinakbet does wonders in cementing that friendship.
Inspiring Catholic Lay Preachers
Stick Together Because Of Pizza
Every other week, I also have dinner with another group of fantastic friends—the Kerygma Preachers. Mike, Arun, Alvin, Obet, Jon, Adrian, Ariel, George, and Rissa. Goodness, we even come from different communities! But we’re happy friends. Though we rotate to preach in our little meetings, the preaching stays short. Fifteen minutes, max. Because two hours is dedicated to laughing together and gobbling up super-sized pizza and chocolate ice cream.
Oh, I mean our relationships.
But the pizza and ice cream are delicious too.
My Millionaire’s Club And Sushi
Every other week, I have lunch with my business and financial mentors.
All of them are richer than me. If these guys are jets, I’m a skateboard. One is a billionaire. The others are billionaires-in-the-making. (I read somewhere that your income will be the average of the income of the five people you spend most time with. Haha. No wonder my income is increasing!)
Aside from sushi and sashimi, I gobble up their wisdom. And the friendship is phenomenal. Through them, I’ve corrected my biases against rich people: The wealthy can be very loving people.
How I Lead 9 Large Ministries And Run 10 Tiny Businesses:
People ask me how I’m able to do so much.
I have a secret: Meals.
At least once a month, I have lunch at Anawim, our ministry for the poorest of the poor. While sipping Batangas coffee, I mingle with my friends there.
Once a month, I have lunch with our Leaders in the Catholic Filipino Academy who are helping other parents homeschool their kids. And as long as there’s Coke and Chocolate Bars after the meal (Chocnut will do!), our Team of mostly mothers is happy.
I could go on and on, naming the various organizations I lead or businesses I own. I won’t. Too boring. But this is my secret for leading numerous organizations: I eat with the leaders regularly. Aside from these meals, I don’t bother them or interrupt their leadership. (Usually!)
Hey, My Family Life Is Built On Meals Too!
Once a week, I bring out my wife for our romantic dinner. Usually, Italian. With the noodles wrapping around our relationship. (Sorry for that corny line.) Once a week is minimum. Many times, I bring out my lovely bride twice a week. I can’t get enough of her.
And my 2 wonderful boys? Once a week, I bring them out for breakfast. Pancakes. Corned beef. Fresh milk. And lots of laughter.
Hey, I even date my 83-year old Mom. I pick her up from her house and drive her to a cheap restaurant. She insists that it must be cheap. Or she won’t eat. She still thinks she’s living in the Japanese war. If she had her way, she’ll not eat anything more than P50. Or she’ll have a heart attack. Like she never orders a drink. (“Bo, how can we pay P40 for a glass of Coke? Que Horror! With that P40, I can already buy a Litro!”) But again, it’s the cheap meals that have made our relationship very rich.
I hope this article made you hungry for great relationships.
Go ahead. Make your meals with the key people in your life regular.
And your relationships will never be the same again.
May your dreams come true,
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