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.