sticks & stones

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Recently, there have been so many posts about the Sabah earthquake.
It makes me kind of sad to see the entire cyber world at war with each other about whose fault it is, who we should blame, and who should be responsible.
I don’t understand. Shouldn’t we be empathetic instead of inward-looking? Shouldn’t we extend comfort and love instead of spreading dispute and even hate?
This is a tragedy. We should mourn and pray for the victims & their families.
Not carry out some form of keyboard war over who is right or wrong.

Read this post and it’s exactly what Singapore needs to hear:
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We can’t stop the falling rocks but we can stop throwing stones.

These people are heroes.
If you have not given your life to save that of others, then you do not have the right to speak.
Let’s celebrate chivalry and love.
Let’s honour the heroes amongst us.

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adventures in a sunny island

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I guess we live on a pretty tiny island, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have adventures of our own.

So recently, I visited some fishy friends for the first time…

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Had a blast with these people. It’s funny how you find joy in the smallest, simplest of things. A joke shared with a good friend, talks over a meal, walks through enormous man-made tanks with marine life staring back at you. I guess it’s moments like these that make our lives worth living!

I can’t wait to create more memories on this amazing adventure.

a new chapter

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After 6 years, I’ve finally decided to revive this blog.
It’s kind of surreal, reading the previous posts, and remembering that was the 19 year old me, leaving a bit of myself for 25 year old me to identify with.
6 years later, and it’s kind of crazy how different things are now.

It makes me remember that the life I live is short, unpredictable and precious.
I need to make the most of it, doing the things that really matter.

Just last week, Pst Lia preached about the Fig Tree in service.
It felt like something that I knew, but had somehow forgotten for a long time. Even standing at the back, serving on ministry that weekend, I felt stirred in my heart to return back to that fig tree in my walk with God, with more frequency. I needed to be there so often, that He knew me by name.
What an amazing thought… that God would know you by name!

Ecclesiastes 5 (NLT)

Approaching God with Care
5 [a]As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. 2 [b]Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few.

3 Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool.

4 When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. 5 It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it. 6 Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved.

7 Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.

God, help me to live in Your will. Let my ears be open and my mouth shut. Let me fear You above all else.

the best twitter in the world

Seowhow@fedorawr You are the best. High performance and low maintenance. What hv we done to deserve you?

i really love my pastors! i cant think of a better way to live my life than to serve them and to serve God.
when we make the dreams of others come to pass, our dreams will too.

let’s stop living for ourselves.

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feeling tired at the end of a long day but happy (:

looked through some photos on fb of my classmates and what’s been going on in their lives.
it’s so strange as i started to think what if i hadnt sacrificed all that i’ve sacrificed to live the life i’m living now.
i could be having it so much better in some ways.

but the smile on the face of someone who has spent most of his life crying,
the love that is reciprocated and passed on,
the warmth of a hug and a thanks and
i love you!

all these moves my heart and makes every sacrifice, every effort, every ounce of energy so worth it.

there will be good days and bad days.
good days keep you full of faith,
bad days make you love Him more.

Matthew 10:34-38 (The Message)

34-37″Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy. I’ve come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me.

38-39″If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.

it’s all worth it.
i’ll never trade this for anything. i’ll never.

i wish i could tell everyone this.

samson & delilah

i was just reading my bible about samson and i realised something really cool.

we always thought that samson blindly fell to the lies of delilah, and yes it was the woman’s fault for luring him.

but i noticed that before samson told her the secret of his strength, she had asked him about it 3 times prior. each time he lied and each time, the phillistines would carry out the lie on him to see if his strength would disappear. So, the strange thing is that Samson would have known that Delilah was working for the Phillistines to get him killed. 3 times is more than just a coincidence, you’d have to be extremely dumb to not notice it.

Why did Samson still spend time with Delilah, still hang around when he knew that she didn’t really love him?

I realised that like many of us, Samson was simply blinded by his desire for the woman. Too caught up in the pleasures of today to look towards the greater goal God has in our lives. Just too caught up that we walk willingly into a trap and away from the presence of God.

it’s so easy to just get caught up with the excitement and the fun of every day life that we go a bit too far and walk a bit too out of God’s plan in our lives. it makes it all the more important for us to be like steel to ourselves and be so so so tight on our character and the decisions we make.

it makes me all the more set on thinking things through before doing them.

one thing i admired about Samson was his courage. a mistake was made, but he didn’t give up faith or hope in God. in the face of the worst circumstances, he stil cried out to God for strength again, and he was not afraid to scarifice his own life for it.

At that point in time, he could have just died a simple death, but he chose to die with honour.

I was reading a random, silly book, but this thing cuaght my eye

A great leader has

1. the ability to feel fear

2. the ability to ignore it

there’s a 3rd thing to add on though

3. the ability to have faith instead

:)