Yearly Archives: 2013

Changing Seasons

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer 29:11)

Perhaps because of my age, I find that changing seasons have a greater impact on my emotions than before. I have told myself to focus on the beauty of autumn, rather than the anticipation of the frigid winter, yet I couldn’t help but feel down watching leaves fall from the trees. As the cold winter approached, I sighed that the full bloom in the spring, the lush greens in the summer, and the vibrant foliage of the fall had all become the past.

Like the four distinct seasons, life is filled with joy, inspiration, disappointment, and sorrow. Continue reading

Hidden in Christ

For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  (Colossians 3:3)

How can we let others see Christ in us?

As humans, we crave attention.  It is a haven we resort to in order to comfort our loneliness and develop a sense of self-worth.  That is why people spend their whole lives in pursuit of proving themselves to others.  We dress, act, and speak in a certain way to be perceived as intelligent, successful, or even godly.  The danger in this pursuit is that it is intended to glorify ourselves and not God.

Giving up ourselves is the most difficult part in being Christian because it is like putting to death someone you love.  In doing so, we give up the things that defined who we were.  Continue reading

On Sharing the Grace of God

Thank God – lately, an increased amount of people have asked me for advice on how to improve their piano playing for church, and also complimented on my own playing. Being somewhat inspired, I will proceed to share with you what I shared with them.

As neither the accomplished penman nor amongst the eloquent, I am not a man of words through speech nor literacy. However, by the grace of God, I am able to share His great loving grace through the art of music – as an accompanist.

People often mistake ‘accompanist’ with ‘pianist’. Having been equipped with the skills of music from young, it took me a fair few years to discern the difference: a pianist is one who performs, an accompanist is one who accompanies the hymnal. Continue reading

To Truly Seek Justice

When you spread out your hands,
I will hide My eyes from you;
Even though you make many prayers,
I will not hear.
Your hands are full of blood.

Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. 
Cease to do evil,
Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Rebuke the oppressor;
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow. (Isa 1:15-17)

I feel the book of Isaiah really hones in on what God dislikes with specific examples. Here, the good that they weren’t doing was seeking justice, which specifically is: rebuking the oppressor, defending the fatherless, and pleading for the widow. Instead, the people loved bribes, rewards (1:23), and personal enjoyment (1:28) and didn’t care about the needy. In essence, they only cared about themselves. And this is what made their actions evil.

Everyday, most of the time, whether we’re going through routine or making a decision, we’re thinking of ourselves. What benefits us the most? What is the most convenient for us? What is the most comfortable for us? Continue reading

Being a Friend

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Prov 17:17)

We’ve all heard the teachings regarding love, in that we should show love to one another, to love our neighbours as ourselves and to treat others how we want to be treated. But what better way to do this by being a friend?

Recently, I noticed a certain brother showing a simple act of kindness. He did so by noticing another brother who was sitting by himself with a glum expression. Brother A walked over, smiled at brother B, asked him how his day was, and then began to engage in conversation. This simple act of kindness brought the spirits of brother B up and after a while, brother B had the brightest smile on his face. Continue reading