I’ve had two birthday celebrations for friends in the past two weeks, and that reminded me of thankfulness. We’re thankful for the presents and celebration we have on this day, but there’s something more than that… it a day to give thanks for family who have brought us up, give thanks for friends who care, give thanks for this life… give thanks to God who gave us this life and all the precious “bonus” He gave along our journey on earth.
It’s a day to remind us to be thankful each and every day.
I, for one, constantly need this beautiful reminder. =)
He knows my every need. He knows my deepest desires.
He’s faithful and kind. He’s powerful. He’s wise.
He looks at me with His loving eyes.
Day and night He’s by my side.
My friends and I were among the crowd who strained our necks hard to have a clear view on what was going on in the middle of Vaclacske Namesti, Prague. It was said earlier that a flash mob of Gangnan Style would be happening there, but it didn’t at the end, much to the disappointment of my friends who practised the dance moves for it! Instead, police appeared and seemed to have some argument with the people in charge and we left, but the failed flash mob became an awesome dinner with friends, which wasn’t that bad at all!
I grew up being taught that you gain as much as you work, laziness leads only to failures, and I’ve taken up the habit of taking my responsibility to work for my goals seriously. Back then I wasn’t a believer. I believed that everything I gained was due to my hardwork, and hardwork alone. I planned my successes, I planned my path, I planned by future. I remember that during one of my years in highschool, there was a quote painted on the ceiling and I saw it everyday of school: no pain, no gain. Obviously I agreed whole heartedly.
Coming to faith didn’t take that part of me away but it did modify the concept. I believe that faith is having done your part and trust God with the results, not having done nothing and expect God to clean up the mess or throw successes at you because you pray for them. Yes, He can do that because He can do everything. But is that what He wants from us? One thing for sure, there’s absolutely nothing in the Bible which encourages laziness or forgoing of duties. Instead, we are told to work as if everything is for Him.
The sluggard craves and gets nothing,
but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. (Proverbs 13:4 NIV1984)
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, (Colossians 3:23 NIV1984)
Hence, the quote above has become sort of like my motto which motivates me to cultivate and exercise diligence, with my eyes fixed on Jesus.
p/s There’s some dispute over the author of this quote. Post will be updated once doubts are cleared.