Wednesday, February 24, 2010

24-02-10 (Wednesday) "Possible?"

Hmmm.... I was wondering...

Is it possible to say that it is easier for one to love than to like?

In other words...

Is it possible that when I say "I like you", it means more than me saying "I love you"?

... Hmmm......

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

23-02-10 (Tuesday) "French Is Nasal"

Sometimes, I just wonder how much we as the church is lacking when it comes to practising 1 Corinthians 13. Not the whole "Love is this, love is that" thing but the first part of it.

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

I only just wonder. I don't know whether it applies to many of the members of the church but... I'm sure we all still have more to learn about loving others above ourselves, above our God-given abilities, no?

On another note, I have become rather sensitive to the prosperity gospel, always pricking my ears when I hear anything that seems to suggest the speaker is teaching that everything suddenly becomes awesome and life is a sweet joy ride the moment you decide to ask Jesus to be your personal Saviour. (which is not true, life is still life. One still goes through everything everyone else goes through. One just has a Greater Someone that one can go to and rely on in those hard times.)

However, I do have to ask this: Is it wrong to say that one will be BLESSED upon accepting Jesus? I don't mean "blessed" in terms of striking jackpot in the lottery draw or getting a sudden promotion, upping your pay to 3 times your original or all your debts are no more and never will exist again... I think we might have become over-sensitive to the word "blessed/blessings" already.

Why do we have to put it into the context of monetary wealth? Why can't it be that we become blessed in our relationships with others, in our new lifestyle, in our new character/personality?

Is being rich the real measure of being blessed?

Of course you say "no". But are you sure you mean it inside your head? Honestly...

Victoria in Singapore
There are other schools we know...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

13-02-10 (Saturday) "Home Out of Home"

Chinese New Year eve and I'm not home once again. This year, I don't really feel like I'm missing out much even though I usually am in some festive atmosphere back home around this time of the year.

This was even before I knew there was gonna be stuff on. The Singaporeans in B & G organized a steamboat and I was honoured by being invited.

I did not expect to be in such a Chinese-New-Year-ish mood over here. Been busy doing stuff here and there it hasn't really sunk in. Then, this dinner came along and it all felt homey and warm again.

I just love how wherever we go, there will still be a family of friends around, no matter where we're from. Just goes to show how we're all connected as a species. Humans are all just humans. We can connect. We can understand. We can interact.

Most of all...

We can love.


We can.

"By this all men will know that you are my disciples,

if you love one another."

~ John 13:35
The Bible

p.s. Thank God for people everywhere

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

10-02-10 (Wednesday) "Back..."

I thought that after all the times I've gone through parting with friends and family, I would've been used to it and be all cool about it already.

But that just wasn't the case this time, coming back from New Zealand. Its pretty much the same sadness knowing that I won't be seeing the same ppl in the near future.

I guess its good to know that I'm still human and that warm blood still runs through me, giving me all these feelings.

Anyway... Its good to be back in Canberra! I know I've said it many times over everytime I go somewhere but I just HAVE to say it. ITS GREAT TO BE BACK!!!

Why are we just so full of ourselves eh? Why can't I "consider others better than myself"(Phil 2:3). Why is it so hard? Being human can be quite hard, sometimes. You wanna do something but your humanity doesn't give you any chance to.


tanah tumpahnya darahku
rakyat hidup
bersatu dan maju
rahmat bahagia
Tuhan kurniakan
raja kita selamat bertakhta
I had to recite that, in case I've forgotten my own national anthem.