Why I Now Enjoy To Be Called “Kuya”

I used to hate to be called a kuya. Kuya is the Tagalog term for “older brother”. So when someone calls me kuya, I feel old, especially when the one who calls me is just a year or two younger than me. And nobody wants that feeling.

Recently, I went to a retreat for college students. Most of the campers were so young, and that made me feel so old. They were calling me kuya. And incredibly, I enjoyed to be called one.

So why do I now enjoy to be called kuya? I have some few reasons.

1. It reminds me of my role to younger people. I have to guide them and set them an example in “in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). I must also equip them for life and leadership.

2. It reminds me that I’m in a better position to help younger men. The apostle Paul urged Timothy to “treat younger men as brothers” (1 Timothy 5:1). I know the struggles of young men and I can better relate with them. I can help them overcome these struggles. That’s what a brother does!

3. It reminds me of how I should treat younger women. I must treat “younger women as sisters, with absolute purity” (1 Timothy 5:2). I must protect them and perform my duty as a brother in Christ.

4. It reminds me that I’m being looked up to. And yes, the pressure is on me! I must walk the talk.

So call me kuya, and I’m reminded of these.



About Enzo Cortes

Enzo Cortes is the Youth Coordinator of Jzone Makati, the youth ministry of Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF) Makati. He also speaks for various youth and young adult groups, including CCF Makati's young singles ministry, Friday Night Light. He loves to write, read books and blogs, drink coffee, and watch MMA fights.

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