Me_the_kids     This past weekend, one of my colleague were setting up a farewell party in his house for another colleague who’s migrating to Australia later this week.  I was invited along with the others in our office department.  All of my colleagues brought their kids along, and the farewell party automatically became the kids party.  At first my focus was on the food, because the "ayam serondeng" that my colleague’s mom made was among the best chicken that I ever tasted.  No kidding, man.  I still remember the taste, and just writing about it makes me hungry…

      After having my dinner, I started to watch for the kids so their parents can have their dinner in peace.  Well, I actually didn’t think that I could be a baby-sitter, but it just so happened to be that way.  The kids were running around the apartment playing, and soon enough I got involved.  Those self-proclaimed "policemen" started shooting at me and labeled me the "big bad boy" (BBB), so I decided to play along.  Lucky for BBB, he found a "machine gun" and started shooting back. 🙂  This went for about ten minutes, but finally it Surrenderbecame a one-sided contest once the girls were involved in a join-attack with their "dragon" weapon… I was easily overcome and then I unconditionally surrendered.

    Though the event was tiring on my part, it was a time well-spent.  No doubt about it, especially if I compare it with my original plan to watch Turkish F1 Grand Prix on TV alone.  🙂  But even then, there’s one incident where the boys accidentally "brushed" their plastic guns into one of the girl’s face and made her cry.  Thank God she’s alright, though her face became a bit reddish.

     I truly enjoy playing with those kids, and I can only imagine the parent’s joy of having such beautiful presents from God.  No wonder people call a newborn baby as "bundle of joy".  But at the same token, I can only imagine how hard it is for the parents to raise their kids: feed them, bathe them, clothe them, teach them, discipline them, etc.  Yep, I can play with the kids, but I don’t know how to raise one.  At least not just yet. 🙂

     Watching the kids play reminded me of what Jesus did in Mark 10:13-16.  He said "Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in."  Jesus loves kids, and it showed when he gathered the children up in His arms and laid His hands of blessing on them.

     However, God didn’t stop there.  To show His love for us, He sent Jesus so we can be saved and able to become His children.  God has created mankind solely to bring pleasure and glory to Himself.  He loved us so much, even He gave Jesus to die on the cross so we can be saved and may call Him "Abba, Father".  We are God’s bundles of joy, His pleasure, the apple of His eye.  Also, in the similar way as parents raise their kids, God wants to raise us as His children too.  He will carry us, feed us, discipline us, and equip us with His love, knowledge, and wisdom so we can grow up and be more like Jesus.

     Thank you Lord for making me Your children, Your bundle of joy.  For that reason alone, You are worthy of my worship and praise forever.   May my life become a delight in Your eyes.


Go Round-And-Around…

Preroundandaround_1      Last Sunday I went to the Singapore National Day carnival at Marina Bay.  One of my friend was kind enough to pre-booked the ticket for us for half the list price.  But when we got there, we could actually purchase the ticket at the same price… 🙂  Anyway, we went to the carnival and since the ticket came with free admission to any rides, we decided to take one of them rides which we go round and around (I forget the exact name).  All of us looked very happy prior to the ride as shown in the left picture…

Roundandaround      Once the ride started, it was still in a manageable speed.  I even had the chance to take some blurry pictures and capture a video clip as well (seize the day!).  Then it speed up until I could no longer take the picture (I needed to hold on to the hand grips with both hands).  Then it slowed for a few seconds before that thing started to speed up again, this time the guy who controlled the ride was not joking.  It became faster and faster, until my head hit the back of the seat (fortunately I didn’t accidentally throw my camera out)…  After what seemed to be a lifetime, the ride came to a complete stop.  Dizzy and sweaty, we came down and walked out from there and tried very hard to laugh it out.

     There were some subtle differences among some of us who took the ride.  Some needed to get some quiet time before they can move on, some tried to walk it off and drink soda, but some were just laughing their heart out and went to take another ride right after.  Thank God, nobody threw up.  🙂  I happened to be in the second group, though the urge to take the next ride was there.  Yet, the dizziness still lingered until an hour later.  I guess that was the sign of aging.  Oh well, I’m not as young as I used to be… 😦

     Later on when I saw the pictures I took during the ride, I started to realize the lesson God was trying to tell me.  The ride may represent life’s tribulation that comes our way.  Sometimes we step into the problem unaware of what lies ahead.  We often look down on the situation and think that we can handle it by ourselves. But when the tribulation started to hit us, we suddenly realize that we need to hold on to the hand grips which is our faith.  Without the grip, we will be thrown out of our seat and who knows what might happen.  After the tribulation, some may sadly lose their faith.  Some may need a spiritual retreat to get back on track.  Others may try to rejuvenate their sorrow and pains with doing other activities that will remove their thoughts from the problem.  But the ones that are spiritually fit can right away walk out of the trial with joy, come out stronger, molded, and shaped according to what God has planned and ready to face the future.

     God allows trials and tribulation to shape our characters to be more like Christ.  It is part of God’s training.  We need to eat our spiritual food regularly and rely on God so that we can be strong against any storms that might come our way.  We can’t go away and hid from the trials and tribulation that come to our lives, so the best way to face trial and tribulation is to be spiritually fit and have a strong grip on our faith in Jesus.  We can boldly believe that once tested, we will come out stronger than ever before.


PS: To Olive, Leon, Sina, Yoel, Ronny & Jesclyn…  Keep serving Him, y’all.  ^_^

Heart of Worship

D                 A                     Em
When the music fades, all is stripped away,
And I simply come
D                  A                       Em
Longing just to bring something that's of worth
That will bless Your heart

  Em                D/F#         A
Redman_worship     I'll bring You more than a song,
     For a song in itself,
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     Is not what you have required
  Em                  D/F#      A
     You search much deeper within,
     Through the way things appear
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     You're looking into my heart

   D                        A2/C#
     I'm coming back to the heart of worship
     And it's all about You
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     It's all about You, Jesus
     I'm sorry, Lord for the thing I've made it
     When it's all about You
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     It's all about You, Jesus

D                 A                      Em
King of endless worth, no one could express,
How much You deserve
D                     A                   Em
Though I'm weak and poor, all I have is Yours,
Every single breath

~ Matt Redman ~

The Journey – Part III

FootprintsBleak, mystery of the future
Vague, feared by many before me
Stay, comfort zone beckons
Why, avoid imminent change

Yet destiny calls still and strong
’tis time to step forward
Dare to venture into the unknown
Dare to face failure

Know this my soul
When you have no where to go
God will be your guide
He himself will carry you

His calling is beautiful
To be a blessing to much people
Surely time will testify
How excellent are His plans