Wednesday, April 30, 2008

30-04-08 (Wednesday) "Sliding Back"

How does it feel when you cross paths with a childhood friend who used to be the top in your year and was your friendly rival and you discover that he/she is doing drugs now...?

What if it were jail instead?

Worse still... If he/she left this world at a young and promising age?

It pains me the same way to see my friends, who were once faithful servants of the Lord, in an intimate relationship with Him while they were still full of youth and zest, fall away from all the relationship.

After receiving so much, they opt instead to live on their own accord, leading lives in pursuit of wealth, power, fame and all that the world has to offer.

Just this other day, my classmate was talking of how nice it'd be to be working super long hours(like 20 hours a day, 6 days a week) in a job that interests her. My my... I sure hope she doesn't HAVE to go through such an ordeal in the future. Of course, there'll be the big bucks coming in, the sheer thrill of doing what you've been dreaming of all your teenhood in the beginning... Then, after a while, it dawns on one how the job just DOES not seem to fill this seemingly insignificant void in one's own soul. Jobs and money becomes an end in itself. Someday...

VJC's Sports' Day Finals later today! Triple Jump! Whoopie!

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." ~ Ecclesiates 3:11

Monday, April 28, 2008

28-04-2008 (Monday) Hectic

There is ONE game that almost everyone plays in this world. I'd say at some point, EVERYONE has played it before. It's the game called...

... "The BLAME Game".

Going through life carefully, taking notice of happenings ard and reading news every now and then led me to this conclusion. When younger, we blame the TV series for wasting our time, leading to no homework done; Participants in competitions blame the weather or the lousy terrain for their "underperformance"; parents blame teachers for their children's bad behaviour... The list goes on. Unfortunately, I myself play this game too often as well. Sad, sad story...

On a different note, I somehow have the feeling that our world is experiencing a paradigm shift now. Ppl are getting more and more matured now, no longer so materialistic and all-concerned abt just achieving the worldly successes. No denying there ARE still those preoccupied with those 'no end in sight' objectives, but... I'm being optimistic and that there IS a general improvement in the situation!

Also, I've been hearing many youngster Singaporeans speaking of how small Singapore is and how boring it is. What I think is that, Sg AIN'T that small, really. I mean... try getting around on a bike! furthermore, those living in the East who happen to go to the West would find themselves in a whole new world and vice-versa. Same goes for those living in the North going to the South. I think one can only cover so much land in one's life and to REALLY discover everyth there IS to see, why complain that there's nth to do in Sg when there's still so much that they do NOT know abt? Hmmm...

"The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.” ~ Charles Dickens

Friday, April 25, 2008

25-04-08 (Friday) No More BIRTHDAYS! (... And Valentine's Day, and Mother's Day, and Wedding Anniversaries...)

Birthdays should be abolished!

It's just another 'thing' created by those super-sensitive beings(called females) as a means to trouble those who're lousier at remembering stuff(called men). What's the point of having a day where you make this someone feel so special when you can just make the person feel special EVERYDAY you're with them? It also becomes a 'measuring stick' of how well-liked one is and how much one actually means to those around them. Friend A forgets to give Friend B a greeting or gift on B's birthday as opposed to the nice card from Friend C and suddenly C is promoted 3 spots above A on B's list of friends. (Irregardless of the fact that it's always been A giving encouraging words and all the help to B.)

The same goes for all those special days meant for sth special like Valentine's Day.

Why does V Day have to exist? It gives (stingy) men a GREAT excuse to ONLY give gifts to their (materialistic) other half on that one day and it adds one MORE day to a girl's PMS period in addition to the 364 days that they ALREADY are experiencing it. Shouldn't it be that one gives gifts to someone else JUST because the person is who she/he is and not because it's a day named after some guy?

To H*** with all these special days! Let there be NO MORE such days!

... Unless of course, it entitles us to a holiday, such as Labor Day... WHICH IS COMING SOON!!!

p.s: Happy birthday, April babies!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

22-04-08 (Tuesday) "19 and counting..."


Nice 'garden', don't you think so?


God always DOES answer prayers. Sometimes He gives what we prayed for and other times, He just says, "No!". Well... Too bad, but "No" is STILL an answer, right? :)

I thank God for the wonderful Victorian family here in Sg. It is through my many days here that I really get to see that there are still MANY youngsters who have a heart for God and are really passionate about sharing His love and salvation to others. Hats off to Desmond and his band during the Music Fest performance last Friday for dedicating your songs and performance to God. I totally think that you all should've won the "Band" category. If not for the mikes, I think you all would've won hands down. (Then again... The judges could be antitheists...)

Over CG this previous Saturday, Neale(CG leader) mentioned how God isn't really male cos we call Him "Father". It's just out of convenience I think. God has all good traits of both males AND females. He's firm and strong(MANly...) and loving and gentle(WOmanly...) and MUCH MORE! I guess that's exactly why when He made us 'in His image', He had to make us into TWO genders. Cos' neither would be able to handle so many attributes!

Anyway... For those of you wondering, I celebrated Friday last week by going to Sakae Sushi for a teatime buffet together with my PW group members to celebrate our PW results as well. Double happiness! We paid S$116.++ for 7 ppl but ate around S$200.00 worth of sushi! Well worth it, I'd say. 90 plates of sushi for 7 ppl... amazing, no? I think I finished around 15 plates(And I'm still being modest here...)

Managed to get some sushi for my friends back in school after that too. Praise God for blessing me with the ability to bless!

Viewing Mall translates into "Dewan Lambaian" apparently... Waving Hall... Hmmm...

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

01-04-2008 (Tuesday) Which Takes More?

I just had CG this last Saturday, where my CG leader, Neale mentioned sth that kinda got me thinking. He mentioned how he was in Birmingham just recently teaching a class on Law n stuff like that and that there were many nationalities in that one class. The thing was this...

There being quite many Africans who're Christians in the midst of the atheist Chinese, the Africans just couldn't understand how these ppl thought. They marvelled at how these ppl could actually BELIEVE that there was no God.

Come to think of it... It IS quite true. It DOES take MORE faith to believe that there's no God. I mean... Look around you, doesn't everything around just scream out, "A Mighty Creator made me!"? How everything is just perfectly in place... Isn't that quite surreal if there were no Super-Duper Intelligent Being there who created it in the first place? It takes SO MUCH to believe in there NOT being a God. My my...

anyway... I chanced upon this site, "Top 10 Useless Body Parts" which is rather interesting n it kinda reminded me of this passage I read a few days ago, I don't really recall the exact verses now but after looking it up at Biblegateway, I think it's Romas 12:3-8. "so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."

I think someday the scientists will discover that these parts of the body are actually very important in their own small ways...

(update on 04/04 - my mistake on the verse... It's actually 1 Cor 12:23-25 ~
"and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.")