I first learned how to swim out of a desperate need. Imagine a scene in a movie where flash floods and tsunami sweep the entire city and people are in desperate need for survival… It is very scary. Same feeling I had when I first learned how to swim… It was flooding in all of Metro Manila, and for someone who grew in a town close to the City of Malabon, a city in Metro Manila near the bay, and is known for sea foods, sea-side view, and sea-like flood during rainy season, it is quite impossible not to embrace the lifestyle of swimming, and yes, swimming in a 6ft flood for survival. I was a kid when I was ‘tasked’ to buy food for the family and since all the streets were flooded, I was ‘volunteered’ to cross few streets to get something for the family to survive. It was successful… and yucky at the same time. But what was rewarding is the confidence I gained that at an early age, I did something worth a story.Malabon Flood

Because I grew up far from my biological family, confidence is something I would always struggle with and fall short of, but that moment made a waterline in me, a stain, like that of a ship, that marks something. The mark of the waters led me to a life of taking risks.

I also knew of a story of two people who had a “waterline” moment. Brothers who gained a certain level of confidence. People who, in the middle of the waters, had a defining moment in their lives:

In Mark 1:16-18…

16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.


It was indeed a moment that changed their lives. From being ordinary fishermen, they suddenly gained the confidence to “fish for men”… to lead people to Christ. The only difference is that it is not the waters that gained them the confidence, nor the situation, but a person. Jesus, Himself, called them out and “Sends them out to fish for people.” In Another account (Matthew 4) It is said, Jesus… “Makes them fishers of men.” It is the Lord’s business to make us who we should be. It was the Lord who made them lead people. That encounter gives them the confidence to lead.

Fast forward today, Jesus is still in the business of calling people to lead. Leading people to their rightful place and position is God’s making in us. In our local church, I appreciate people deliberately casting the vision that “one day I will lead”. I admire all the hard work of those who has gone ahead of us just to prepare us, equip and empower us to lead. But apart from an understanding that Jesus called us to lead other people to Him, all the trainings and vision casting can only go so far. And understanding God’s call to lead also comes with a price, a willingness to open one’s life to others, a willingness to make time to help someone and walk him through the calling and promise God has for him. And a willingness to allow God to change your life and ways, so you can be a ‘witness’ whose life is a convincing testimony of what God can do to others as well.

In my journey of discovering the call to LEAD people, there are two WATERLINE lessons that I learned to embraced:


Many can become leaders, but it is character that defines one’s leadership. In the church, I learned that leadership is not just the ability to influence other people, but also the ability to live a life of Integrity… to live out the lessons we teach daily. Pastor Cj Nunag emphasized that early on in my journey in the faith. He would deal with the important issues and ask the hard questions. I appreciate growing in Character as he himself exemplified in my life.


Leading as a team is something I learned from Pastor Joseph Bonifacio. It is easy to lead alone. You don’t need to consider anyone, worry about anything, nor align and deal with other people’s opinions. But a great leader is someone who considers other “Better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3). Pride can easily creep in as one leads, and I have always been dealing with that. The temptation to think that you always have the better idea, or the insecurity that someone else’s idea is heard more than yours. But leadership is not who’s got a better idea or opinion. It’s about the willingness to work and lead as a team. To trust that your teammates are also people who can hear from God and whose intentions are good. To accept that you do not have the monopoly of all the great ideas in the world. Humility is essential in leadership. Appreciating others for what God has gifted them with and contributing to the progress of the team, even if you only play a tiny part. In Victory, I appreciate the people I work with. From the Victory Malate Staff, who I have been working for six years now, as God continues to add to our family each year, down to the LifeBox National Office who has been my other family for three years now.





Leading people requires courage. As Andy Stanley puts it in his book Next Generation Leader, Courage establishes leadership. Leaders paint a picture of a preferred future and ask people to follow them there. We’re asking people to follow us to a place we ourselves are still journeying in. And in the journey of leading people to christ, fear is always the enemy. We learn to bike, swim, drive, etc by facing fears. If you don’t conquer fears, you will miss some great things in life. I am glad I learned to swim even in flood water. Even in leading people to Christ, we will face fear. Fear of thinking If we are good enough, adequate enough, teaching enough, guiding them enough, giving the right advice or praying for them enough. But the confidence we have in leading people is that the Holy Spirit will guide and help us. Jesus promised the Counselor, the Holy Spirit to help us (John 14:26 / Acts 1:8). It is comforting to know that we can have the courage to lead people to Jesus as we, ourselves, are still in the process of growing and maturing as well, because it is the work of the Holy Spirit, not our abilities.

As we celebrate 30 years of God’s faithfulness in our movement, let us thank the Lord for the privilege to be used of Him in leading people to Christ. We may not deserve to take part in it, but out of His love, he allowed sinners like us to partake of this great opportunity to co-labor with Him in reaching many more people for Jesus.

66 thoughts on “WATERLINE: The marks of Leadership

  1. Pingback: Perspectives
  2. Pingback: FIFA 15 coins
  3. There are various categories of girls to choose from.

    The model will chat with each guest using voice and text.
    The girl has quickly agreed to the reporter’s request for being friend.

  4. From the sounds of things this guy likes to play games.
    The model will chat with each guest using voice and text.

    It all starts very innocently and once they’ve got your trust, they
    start with small simple requests that seem harmless enough
    but then they slowly increase to more personal requests.

  5. Greetings! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if
    you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment
    form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours
    and I’m having difficulty finding one? Thanks a lot!

  6. Right here is the right web site for anyone who really wants to find out about this topic.
    You understand a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I personally
    would want to…HaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a subject that has been discussed for ages.
    Great stuff, just great!

  7. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The text in your pst seem to be running off the
    screen in Chrome. I’m not sure if this is a format isue or something
    to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let
    you know. The layout look great though! Hope you get the issue reszolved soon. Cheers

  8. With the push of a single button, a user will be able to launch a series of complicated commands.
    Well first off people realize this is Pay – Pal, one of the most trusted online banking sites out there that people use on the daily basis
    for all of their personal or business needs. The game begins to develop throughout popularity through This summer regarding 1986 it really
    is hard-wired to the Apple 2 and also Commodore 64.

  9. Using the tool, you will be able to find out exactly what information on your site is being indexed by
    the search engine crawlers. Well first off people realize this is Pay – Pal, one of the most trusted online banking sites out there that people use on the daily basis for
    all of their personal or business needs. We have preventive measures in place to assure that problems that
    arise frequently are kept in check.

  10. They have mentioned about several stretching exercises which can help
    individuals grow taller and add up few inches to their current height.
    Some of the stretching exercises you can do include: push-ups, cobra, swimming, cycling,
    jogging and other yoga stretching exercises. The dairy products, such as, yogurt,
    cheese and butter also act as a catalyst for increasing
    the height of dumpy people.

  11. It is appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy.
    I have learn this post and if I could I desire too
    suggest you few attention-grabbing things or suggestions. Peruaps
    you can write subsequent articles elating to this article.

    I wish to read even moree things about it!

  12. obviously like your web-site but you need
    to check the spelling on quite a few of your posts.
    Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I to find
    it very troublesome to tell the reality nevertheless I will surely come again again.

  13. you are reaally a good webmaster. The website loading velocity
    is incredible. It seems that you’re doing any unique trick.
    Furthermore, Thee contents are masterpiece. you have performed a
    excellent task on this subject!

  14. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article
    writer for your weblog. You have some really good posts and I feel I would be a goiod asset.

    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really
    like to write some material for your blog in exchangge for a link back to mine.
    Plsase send me an e-mail if interested. Thank you!

  15. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and
    I am impressed! Very useful info specially
    the last part :) I care for such information a lot.

    I was looking for this particular info for a long time.
    Thank you and good luck.

  16. We stumbled over here from a different website and thought I may as well check things out.
    I like what I see so i am just following you. Look
    forward to exploring your web page repeatedly.

  17. The movie review paper should be composed in such a way
    that it touches and gets to the intended audience.
    They invoke the same kind of interest to their audiences; however this time around, it would be through the web medium, instead of a movie theatre
    preview. It takes a lot of energy to hold all this information in place and as we get older and
    our bodily and energy systems lose their resilience, so we
    struggle to hold onto this negative energy.

  18. ‘Burn After Reading’ is the 2008 dark comedy
    in which Pitt characterized a personal trainer who stumbled upon highly classified
    information. High-profile actor Brad Pitt, one of
    the world’s most attractive men has received
    vigorous media attention during his 24-year-old
    onscreen career. Built-in video and photo capture support was a step in the right direction but it just was no match for i – Movie Maker.

  19. Normally I don’t read article on blogs, however I wish to
    say that this write-up very pressured me to take a
    look at and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite great post.

  20. Hello excellent website! Does running a blog similar to this require a large amount of work?
    I’ve no expertise in computer programming
    but I had been hoping to start my own blog in the near
    future. Anyway, if you have any suggestions or techniques
    for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off topic however I just wanted to ask.

  21. The movie review paper should be composed in such a way that it touches and gets to the intended
    audience. They invoke the same kind of interest to their
    audiences; however this time around, it would be through the web medium, instead of a movie theatre preview.
    The plot of this Disney movie may sound quite simple
    at first, but this can capture the hearts of
    Disney fans because of the crazy antics and colorful
    scenes and characters.

  22. Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea
    shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and
    said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her
    ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to
    tell someone!

  23. You are so cool! I don’t think I’ve truly read through a single thing like that before.
    So great to find somebody with genuine thoughts on this subject matter.
    Really.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is something
    that is required on the internet, someone with a little originality!

  24. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually
    something that I think I would never understand. It seems
    too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your
    next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  25. Terrific work! That is the kind of information that are supposed to be shared around the web.
    Shame on the seek engines for no longer
    positioning this post higher! Come on over and visit my site .
    Thank you =)

  26. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and
    visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme?
    Excellent work!

  27. Unquestionably imagine that which you said. Your favourite reason appeared too be at the
    net the simplest factor to have in mind of. I say to you, I
    certainly get irked even as other people think about issues that they jjust don’t recognize about.
    You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest aand also dfined out thee entire thing witfh no need
    side-effects , people could take a signal. Will
    likely be again to get more. Thanks

  28. What you said was very reasonable. But, think onn this, suppose you added a little
    information? I mean,I don’t want to tell you how to run your website, however what if you
    added something that grabbed people’s attention? I mean WATERLINE: The
    maks of Leadership | Perci Paras is kinda boring. You might glance at Yahoo’s home page and note how they create news headlines to
    grrab people to open the links. Youu might add a video or a pic or two to grab people interested about everything’ve ggot to say.
    In my opinion, it could make your website a little livelier.

  29. Good day! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering which blog platform
    are you using for this website? I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.
    I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good

  30. Having read this I believed it was rather informative.

    I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this informative article together.
    I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading and leaving comments.
    But so what, it was still worth it!

  31. Just desikre to say your article is as surprising.
    The cclarity in your post is just cool and i could assume you’re
    an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to
    grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post.
    Thanks a million and please carry on the enjoyable work.

  32. This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined
    your feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post.
    Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

Comento, por favor!