Friday, August 31, 2012

Deep thoughts

Ancestors

A few days ago I manage to read up a bit on the Yeoh family. Not a deep research but I am amazed at the family and the younger generation. There is one sentence that young Jacob Yeoh say that caught my attention, “The acorn doesn’t fall far from tree.” This is indeed quite true. A glance at Tan Sri Dato’ Yeoh Tiong Lay who is now 81, we would wonder how much effort is put into this Yeoh family business. His action of planting the seed lead to the success of his sons and whose legacy is then continue by Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, who is the Managing Director of the YTL Group, and his son Jacob Yeoh who is believed to be next in line.

Looking at the Yeoh family, it just brings about the thought of my own family. One thing I believed the Yeoh family has never failed to do is to let God define their step. The legacy that is passed down is one that I believe every family should have, or rather I hope my family will have when Clictus and me have our family. Grandparents play a role in the bringing up of the next generation. However, parents is still the main role model in the childrens’ life. However busy we are, it should be our first priority to spend time with the children teaching them different aspects of life as they grow up. This is what I pray for our family. Setting the right direction is crucial to ensure the right legacy is continue as the children grow up, have their own family, or even when they go out and explore the world.

The best

You know in our life journey, we have always heard we are waiting for the one to be for our spouse? Certain times we define the best as in the perfect one. But I have one question to ask, who is perfect except Jesus Christ? Many times we observe and we think that ‘Oh, he/she is the perfect one for me.’ I did that before as well, proven *ETTT*. Now if you ask me, is Clictus perfect? I will tell you, no, he is not perfect, BUT, he is the perfect match for me. Someone perfect from external appearance may not be perfect for you. You see, God made Adam and Eve, and Eve is made from Adam’s rib. One Adam One Eve. From here we can see that not everyone can have the same opinion of one people. Even if they do, those who stay with them would say otherwise. Thus, this tells us ‘don’t judge a book by its cover.’

Why am I putting in this paragraph? Well, I have been thinking of we girls generally like to hope to have rich spouse. Do we actually know what comes with wealth? It is not just shopping and spending. Responsibility comes along. There is also this saying in Cantonese and Chinese, 没有这样大的头就别戴这样大的帽子. Haha.. forgive me but I was having my thoughts and I think it is quite true. Well, unless the rich family is mostly anchored by man and woman are to be housewives and look after the family. Even then, social is also part of the job of the wife. Hm.. am I wrong now? hahah… just thoughts of life. Probably watched too much drama series the past few years. Not saying you can’t upgrade your status in society, there are always exceptions. However, first, improve yourself, in character and in maturity, then your life is worth living because you know you are not living to please others, but to please the Creator, God of heaven and earth.

Amen.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Z Checklist

In life, there are many checklist to do. You have work, daily life, weddings, camps, friends… ALL KINDS. Hence the life that is never a boring and stagnant life. You just gotta keep going.

As the quote goes, life is a never ending journey. There is always something to learn, as long as you are ready and willing to take the step.

Now, this checklist that is so ever crucial that I personally still find it very useful and timely is a checklist for personal growth in character, maturity, and senses.

Well, i haven’t really formed the checklist as to do that, i think i would faint doing it myself. There is just so much to be improved and checked on there is no way a list will do. Ain’t easy to live now is it? Coz we are NOT PERFECT.

Now, I am going to refer to the Bible, coz I believe the Bible teaches us on how to be us, as it is stated that we are made in God’s image.

The basic list that we should have at least, is LOVE list.

You might ask, what love list? isn’t love love? Yes love is love. But what constitutes LOVE?

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily wronged,it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. LOVE never fails.

To start off, God sent his son Jesus Christ for us as he loves us. And we can see from the many events that happened, people flocked to Jesus as they know that Jesus has something that no one on earth has, besides the fact that he is given the authority to cast out demon and also to heal people. Even that, he did out of love for His people. Love, is always easily said than done.

Therefore, the checklist is therefore, this few verses. Replace your name into it and ask, is there anywhere lacking that I can improve? There you go.

Z CHECKLIST

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Armour of God

A topic that seems familiar yet not too familiar.

During the times of university life, Tien Hui led us in a bible study on the ARMOUR OF GOD. Now I am reminded once again of the importance of having the armour of God daily.

The full armour of God is found in the book of Ephesians 6:10-18. This is what it says:

10  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Everyday is a new and wonderful day as we hold on strong in the Lord and know that his mighty power will bring you through all the brainstorms of the world.

11Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

When you are wearing the armour, you can stand strong and stand tall against the devil’s schemes, which can happen in many ways through accidents, friends, families, you name it. With the armour, you are protected and ready.

12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Know that our struggles in life is not physically focused, but it is against the power of darkness that rule over the world. By saying that, we are saying that the world in controlled by the evil one as stated in 1 John 5:19

We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

Also, the spiritual forces are at war as the world is at war.

 13Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Having the full armour of God is useless if you do not know how to use the armour. Wear the armour, know how each piece functions for protection and to attack. With that confidence of knowing what you have and how it can be used to fight and protect, you will stand strong against the enemy.

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

Belt- the piece that holds everything together. In the olden days, the armours, swords are all connected to the belt. It is the one that holds the upper part of the armour and also the lower part. The sword is kept there.

Breastplate – The breastplate stays in front of your heart. Thus, it protects your heart from being strike straight through which kills you instantly. The heart is very fragile and the core organ that sustains our life. What is righteousness? It means always being right with God, by believing and having faith that God is right. With that faith, we know that whatever that comes our way, God has overcome and we are overcomer as we trust in Him.

15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

Feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace means wearing sandals/shoes. With shoes, you are ready to go on the road no matter how rough and rocky the road is. The confidence that you bring with you when you have a sandal/shoe ensures that there is no doubt but peace in mind and heart as you go forth. The readiness to go, couple with the gospel of peace, you know that where you go you are ready to share the good news with a peaceful heart as you are prepared and armed.

16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

The shield of faith- A shield does not just stop the arrow from striking the soldier but also is used to charge forth and fight. This is how our faith should be like. It prevents us from being beaten down by others who challenge our faith and at the same time is the force that pushes us forward as we are sure of our cause of war.

17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

The helmet of salvation- The helmet of salvation ensures that your minds are not attack by the evil thoughts that robs you of your assurance of salvation. Knowing and believing that you are saved by the grace of God and blood of Jesus Christ, we are assured of our salvation. No doubts will be able to penetrate this confidence as long as we know that this is God’s promise and God’s assurance to those who choose to follow Jesus Christ.

The sword of the Spirit- The Word of God. Against the devil nothing works, except the Word of God. This will be our sword to fight. Our sword to return the grenades and the bam and the bang. Thus, it is important to strengthen it and learn to hold it well.

18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Pray in the Spirit- First glance speaking in tongues came to mind. But as I think about it, i believe it is not just about speaking in tongues, but praying as the Spirit leads you to. It may be something that burdens your heart. This, I believe, can refer to Philippians 4:6-7. Prayer is always powerful, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Kuala Lumpur

P/S : This was suppose to be posted on 5 August 2012.

I have officially move down to the CITY. The first thing that came to mind is, JAM. Second thing, DANGER.

This is the beginning of a new journey. A journey called the WORKING WORLD. Working World + Kuala Lumpur = Busy + Danger. No wonder everyone say, ” Enjoy your UNI life. You will missed it when you start working. ” However, I personally, thus far, don’t mind working life. Maybe because so far besides sobbing for no reason, the real work has yet to start. Thumbs up for the first 3 days of work :)

As for the life in my accommodation area, things are going quite well. Today I just met my new housemate. God bring people at the right time. Today I was planning to go watch Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s match alone, but she insisted to come with me even though she doesn’t really want to watch. So I was accompanied :) Isn’t that just blessing at the nick of time?

I am blessed with a decent accommodation as well. Air-conditioner, fan, nice housemates, nice area, food, all that I need. And, the unbelievable thing is, on my own, I have only found one advertisement on ibilik.my that is reasonable for my fresh start in KL, came and look at the place, got it! God is really good :)

I realize too often we neglect the small little things that God has bless us with. And, I think God deserve all the glory for loving us so much. So, instead of always being negative over little things and focusing on the black dot on the paper, I have decided to focus on the white background and get things going! :)

The WHITE BACKGROUND

I remember this story on Coke where there are two experiment done. First, there is this person, bought a Coke, put it on the table, scold the Coke everyday. At the end of a week, the Coke turned bad. Second, this person bought another Coke. Everyday speak good words to the Coke. At the end of one week, the Coke taste better. I have never tried doing that. But I believe the message here is, BE POSITIVE.

” Is there no life in Christ? ” – quoted from Senior Pastor of Acts Church, Pastor Kenneth Chin.
STAY POSITIVE. THINK POSITIVE. BE POSITIVE.
God promised us this abundant life in John 10:10
” The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “
When you focus on God, on who He is, who you are and who you can be through Him, you will know that the thief (the Devil) comes to steal, kill and destroy what God wants to give you. Hold on to what God has promised, and you will be okay. So, here starts this journey of mine in KL. It ain’t gonna be easy. As where things around you are negative, you tend to be affected without even you realizing the change. Thus checking yourself is crucial daily. Be sure to wear the armor of God daily. I shall continue on the armor of God and checking ourselves in another post. Till then,

Psalm 150:6
” Let everything that has breath praise the Lord, PRAISE THE LORD. “