New year’s eve reflection:
The world says the more grown you are, the more independent you are; the Lord says the more grown you are the more dependant on Him you are. Time really flies. 31.12.2011 feels like yesterday, memory is so fresh, yet so much has happened since then. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness even when I’m unfaithful, for His blessings and guidance, for the things that could have gone wrong but didn’t, for the answered prayers, for changing me bit by bit everyday… as subtle as it might be, I believe someday when I look back, I’ll realise how far He has lead me on, how much He has done for me, how amazingly He has changed me. May this year be a year when I learn how to lean on HIS strength more, and my own less.
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.
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.
As a medical student, a photo of a stethoscope depicts something which is important to me – my knowledge and skills as a doctor-to-be. I’ve heard of a saying that goes like this: One of the greatest asset you can have is your knowledge. But is there anything that is truly, entirely, mine?
I believe that we are not owners but stewards of everything we have – including knowledge and skills. Supposedly the knowledge and skills I learnt throughout my studies would be mine. It’s true that the medical knowledge gained would be mine to use, to help people with their health problems, to cure, to care, but it is not entirely “mine”, it is God-given so that I can use it according to His plans.
Same applies to all things that are “mine” – health, wealth,time, family, friends. They are gracious gifts from the loving Father. During the last sermon our pastor challenged us to think “What would please God?” before we do anything or react to anything. The real challenge of this week is not merely about posting a photo on my blog, but the challenge, which in fact is an all-time challenge, is using things which are “mine” or treating people placed around me (for example, my friends and family) in ways that are pleasing in His sight.
Whatever you treasure the most, God uses it to shape and train you. If you care the most about someone, God would uses him/her to temper you. If you treasure your wealth the most, He will uses money to steel you. If you care the most about your feelings, God can uses your emotions to hone you. When you start placing God first, obeying His will, then you’ll realize, everything that you’ve cared about, are really blessings from none other but God.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me (Jesus).
-John 14:1 NIV