Living Young

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Life…this is heaven’s present (gift) for me!

As I count the years of living here on this earth, there are many opportunities I should have seized but missed…maybe because of neglect or ignorance that it was being offered.

Yes, there are pains, those are the trying times where I really looked inside of me – who really I am, what inner values have I learned and gained, what messages Heaven is telling me.

Living young…is to learn new things around me.

Living young….is to live purposely.

Living young…is doing what’s right.

Living young…is to be more productive.

Living young…is to love, to give, to smile.

Living young…is to make your life worthy living for.

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t Wither and Die!

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We were created in God’s image. Genesis 1:27 recorded that we were create in God’s image. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” It pleased God to make each person unique, with his own combination of interests and abilities. Out of more than 7 billion people on this earth, no two person are exactly alike. You may have known moms who have given birth for twins or rather quintuplets, all of them are unique.

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Christianity is a personalized experience.

The fact that there is no two people are alike, God treats each person with justice. He does exactly what is right with each individual.  The calling to serve Him comes in one’s life through different circumstances and seasons. That’s why we have our own personal testimony of encountering God. And when we experienced the new birth (stated in John 3:3-5), God has given us unique blend of gifts; some of these are described in Romans 12:4-8 and I Cor. 12:8-11. We received a new life in Christ and joined to a great family called the family of God- His body, the church. We were liken to a building fitly framed together as well as a living stones.

No clones.

There are no clones in the church. The New Testament recognized the diversities of gifts, personalities, and viewpoints as well – makes allowances for them within the framework of Christianity.  It means that God in my uniqueness and personality, has a specific purpose in life which involves precise placement in His family. It is my responsibility to fulfill God’s purpose in my life. His grace gives me the desire and power to do His will. God has a purpose, a precise placement and a ministry for each one wherein to serve.

Bloom and Fruitful.  

You have the choice to either wither and die or to – bloom and be fruitful!

But how? Here are the ways…

1.  Do your best where you are. “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Your best effort, actions and intentions reflects who you really are. Find greatness in small endeavor. Take your heart with you and you will see beauty with the results.

2.  Maximize the use of your core gift. gift

What are you passionately about? Name your passions. Focus on your strength – that’s your core gift. (Mine, I love encoding documents, letters, articles…I can typed a 10 pages article with less effort…easy- that’s my word! I am a teacher…by passion, by profession – still in process).

Eric Liddell, the Olympic champion sprinter, said, “God made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure…

3.  Look around you for the opportunities within your grasp. God made an investment in each person. He expects us to take full advantage of every opportunity He gives us. And when we do this, He will open more doors of opportunity.

It has been said many times, that success comes to those who “find a need and fill it.” 

Living in a Blessed Home

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“There’s No Place Like Home”

I often heard this phrase from many. What really is a home? Many may define it profoundly, but home for me is a place where parents and children or members of the family feel loved, safe, recognized and at peace regardless of whether they have or have not all the material things in life.

But what is a blessed home? A blessed home is where God is – a center of a family.

1. Where the family serves and loves the Lord. 

Joshua 24 verse 15 was popularly quoted because Joshua as the leader in his family boldly decided that “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”  Blessed are the children whose parents have known the Lord for they have the privilege and opportunity to be raised in a godly ways and principles.  They were exposed early to worship, to experience the touch of God’s love and presence in their lives and to have the advantage of fellowship as their support group.

2.  Where the house is a house of prayer.

When Peter was put into prison, prayer was uttered without ceasing in the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark. It is recorded that “many were gathered together praying” (Acts 12:12). As a result, Peter’s life was delivered out of the hand of Herod.

When loneliness creeps in when I was still single, I used to stay in a friend’s house for two to three days. I observed that she, her husband and kids, gathered together in prayer every night or whenever there were immediate needs or problems arose within the family.  There were early mornings or late nights that I heard my friend and his husband praying and crying out to God. This family lives and depends on prayers especially in their trying times. And God, who is faithful to His Words, as He promised that if we call unto Him, He will answer and will show great and mighty things. I myself can testify how God miraculously provided answers to their prayers. Truly that the “family that prays together, stays together.”

3.  Where love flows generously.

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Give generously.  How about love generously? How many times were we taught to love generously, lavishly, unconditionally? If it wasn’t for the love of God – the heaven’s touch, we will still be in darkness bound by sin.  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). “I have loved you with an everlasting love…” (Jeremiah 31:3).  Thanks be to God for His unfailing and unending love!

A family will always be united if there’s love and forgiveness; because love covereth all sins. Who should you love generously? Love God with all your heart, mind, souls and strength. Love your family.  (They may have their flaws, shortcoming and not meet your expectations, love them anyway!)  Love your neighbor (Don’t burn bridges which one day you yourself need it). Love your community. Love your nation.

As I was always taught by my elders, “Keep no record of wrongs” (though I must confess I fall short of it).  Remember and reread often the Love Chapter – I Corinthians 13 (v.1-8). “Charity never faileth.”

4.  Where goodwill to the needy abounds.

Don’t forget the needy for “…the righteous showeth mercy, and giveth” (Psalm 37:21). If you saw a need, fill it – whether in cash, in kind, a hug, a smile, a pat in the back, an inspiring text message, a phrase “you can make it” or just be an encourager to some one in need.