Archive for April, 2009

Habit

April 16, 2009

Received this interesting email today that says:



“What is the hardest thing to break? Diamonds are hard to find but not hard to break.

What is the hardest thing to break then?

The answer is: HABIT !

If you break the H, you still have A BIT. If you break the A, you still have BIT. If you break the B, you still have IT!!!

Hey, after you break the T in IT, there is still the ‘ I ‘.

The person at the end of the day, is the root of all the problems.



Now, I know why HABIT is so hard to break. Its destiny is in its name. The word itself.”

how true……another illustration in sean covey’s “7 habits of Highly Effective Teens” (used to read when i younger…ha) started off his writings with this unforgettable introduction:

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WHO AM I?

I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do you might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed–you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great individuals and, alas, of all failures, as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a human. You may run me for a profit or run me for ruin—it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.



I AM HABIT.

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What are some of my habits which i need to break!? What are the habits which i have to cultivate and nurture? Indeed, as sean covey suggested “habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.”



What are the habits i need to cultivate:



1. Read! (be intentional on the things i read)

2. Be a good cheer. Always encourage

3. Reply and response to sms/emails promptly!

4. Record and write/blog my learnings/reflections – Mark the difference

5. Plan ahead – Pre-empt and react

6. Act upon a thought/idea

7. Communicate my thoughts but seek to understand first

8. Pray unceasingly

…..more to come!

I thank God that i have the Lord’s strength to tap on to break bad habits and cultivate good ones! i thank God for a family that i can be accountable to, to give me a push when i fall back, to nudge me when i slacken, to spur me on when i grow weary. Be true to yourself, to have another pair of eyes to watch over our lives makes us live more consciously, and intentionally.



Succumb no more, as we are more than conquerors!

Conquer the habits that seek to destroy us, create and persevere on with the habits that build us up!

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Sow a thought, and you reap an act;

Sow an act, and you reap a habit;

Sow a habit, and you reap a character;

Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.

– Samuel Smiles



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Somewhere in the middle

April 13, 2009

Song by Casting Crowns

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Somewhere between the hot and the cold

Somewhere between the new and the old
Somewhere between who I am and who I used to be
Somewhere in the middle, You’ll find me

Somewhere between the wrong and the right
Somewhere between the darkness and the light
Somewhere between who I was and who You’re making me
Somewhere in the middle, You’ll find me

Just how close can I get, Lord, to my surrender without losing all control

Fearless warriors in a picket fence, reckless abandon wrapped in common sense
Deep water faith in the shallow end and we are caught in the middle
With eyes wide open to the differences, the God we want and the God who is
But will we trade our dreams for His or are we caught in the middle
Are we caught in the middle

Somewhere between my heart and my hands
Somewhere between my faith and my plans
Somewhere between the safety of the boat and the crashing waves

Somewhere between a whisper and a roar
Somewhere between the altar and the door
Somewhere between contented peace and always wanting more
Somewhere in the middle You’ll find me

Just how close can I get, Lord, to my surrender without losing all control

Lord, I feel You in this place and I know You’re by my side
Loving me even on these nights when I’m caught in the middle

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Do i hover somewhere between?
am i too comfortable being somewhere in the middle?
help me Lord, for there is only one life to live, let me live not in between, but the edge, Lord.

Though the mountains move..

April 13, 2009
Isaiah 54:10
” Though the mountains move and the hills shake, My love will not be removed from you and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,”
says your compassionate L
ORD.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus

April 13, 2009

ps khong’s reflections for the week:

“In this season that God is stirring our faith, we approach Good Friday and Easter with a new spiritual perspective. By remembering what Jesus did for us at the cross, and what our heavenly Father did for Him at His resurrection, our faith is raised to a new level. The writer of Hebrews said in verse 12:2 (NIV), “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”. It reminds us that faith comes from Jesus. He’s the author of our faith. And faith is sustained by Him since He’s the “perfecter of our faith”. We’re strengthened when we remember that Jesus endured the cross for us. We’re “the joy set before Him” – He persevered to the end because He believed in us. He believed that if He died, faith will be birthed in our lives, bringing salvation. We are the “joy” that kept Him going. Jesus rose again from the dead and “sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”. Jesus has risen and is in a place of victory and authority. His resurrection “perfected” our faith, in that it’s guaranteed by His resurrection power. So we can now “run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1b NIV). Jesus will perfect our faith to the end and bring us to victory. Whatever you are going through, hang in there, because your faith in Christ will pull you through to victory!

last sunday’s sermon was exceptionally special to me, as it was the word (Hebrew 12:1-2) inspired by God thru my little sharing during the staff worship last week. Ps Khong took the word, exegesized and expounded into a 3-pt sermon for the church!:)

wow.thank God..this has been such a humbling experience..God knows every need of our heart, this was His way of assuring His reality and His love for me. and this just shows that God uses anyone, yes anyone! so that includes you! when the Holy Spirit prompts, seize every opportunity to speak a word, to say an encouragement, to share your stories and you will be surprised how God can and will use them for His glory.

In this season of faith, God reminded us that our faith lies upon Him, who is trustworthy, who never changes and most importantly, whose love for each of us has compelled Him to die on the cross for you and me. The object of our faith is God who is stable. and faith is our only connection to God.

Jesus endured the cross, for the “joy set before Him”, the joy is us. this reminded me about how a mother endures the pain of child labor because of the great anticipation and expectancy of her newborn, the ‘joy’ that sets before her is her motivation.

You are the joy of God. You are His motivation for enduring the crucifixion.
so let us turn our eyes upon Him, so that we will know His love for us, tap on His power to live a life of abundance and purpose.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of the earth will grow strangely dim
in the light of His glory and grace

yes, the “things of the earth”, the troubles and difficulties which might have clouded you, the problems and issues that entangle us, will grow strangely dim…. when our eyes are fixed on not these.. but Him alone.

Obstacles of Faith

April 6, 2009

4 obstacles that hinder faith:

  • Memory of Successes and Failures

“The greatest enemy of faith is not unbelief but memory” – Ed Silvoso
Every man of faith in bible has failed.
Isaiah 43:18-19
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

  • Human Logic and Wisdom

Prov 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

God offends our mind to check our hearts.
Eg, The sacrifice of Isaac, the cross being a curse and the instrument of condemnation yet God chose to sacrifice His son for us.

  • Wounds and Hurts
  • Unwillingness to pay the price- Disobedience

Every man of faith became man of faith because of obedience.
Heb 11:8-9
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.”

Abraham obeyed and went. What would be the outcome if Abraham chose not to obey?
1 Tim 6:12
” Fight a good faith of faith..”

Leave you with a last quote by Smith Wigglesworth (Apostle of Faith):

“Great Faith is a product of Great Fights;
Great Testimonies are outcomes of Great Tests;
Great Triumph can only come out of Great Trials.”

Fight on with faith!

Three Bricklayers

April 4, 2009

 

The story of the three bricklayers has been around for many years. The reason it continues to be told is the messages that the story tells. The following is the story of The Three Bricklayers:

“Once there were 3 bricklayers. Each one of them was asked what they were doing.

The first man answered gruffly, ‘I’m laying bricks.’

The second man replied, ‘I’m putting up a wall.’

But the third man said enthusiastically and with pride, ‘I’m building a cathedral.'” –Author Unknown

Long Spoons in Heaven and Hell

April 4, 2009

by Author Unknown

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, “Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.” The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, “You have seen Hell”.

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, “I don’t understand.” “It is simple,” said the Lord, “it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.”

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this was a little story that ingrained in my heart when i was 15, shared by the instructor of sec 3 leadership training camp at outward bound singapore.

The Hospital Window

April 4, 2009

by Author Unknown

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man couldn’t hear the band – he could see it. In his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days and weeks passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”

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ice caramel macchiato

April 2, 2009
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my new love @starbucks:

ice caramel macchiato
(“Macchiato” simply means “marked” or “stained,” and in the case of caffè macchiato, this means
literally “espresso stained/marked with milk.”)

hazelnut steamed milk – i still love you so.

A New Beginning..

April 2, 2009
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April marks a season of a new beginning…
ready for change?
willing to explore to unchartered ground?
truly believe in transformation?
revival starts from the heart.
unless i am willing to embrace changes..unless i am willing to believe for the impossible…
status-quo is where i would be.