Looking Back

Exactly 10 years ago today, the very first entry of this blog was published. Many things have certainly changed since then. When it first started, people wrote casually, about daily life, and from their hearts—which some people still do to this day. However, nowadays it’s more common to feel like our ‘loaf’ or ‘fish’ isn’t good enough to be posted here, and we would much rather write in a personal blog or not write at all. That’s a pretty far stretch from how we started.

Our faith is one that’s living. It’s about the day-to-day experiences. What urges people to testify for the Lord? What makes people share during Bible studies? It’s usually because they have received something from God and feel moved to share about it. And it doesn’t have to be something deeply profound to be appreciated. It can just be something as simple as relating ourselves to a Bible passage or recalling an incident that reminded us of God’s presence in our lives. But let’s not limit ourselves by only doing this at church.

I don’t believe that people turn down opportunities to share because they haven’t received grace from the Lord or haven’t been edified by His word. Rather, the moment usually just ends up being buried in the ground or shared privately. Sometimes, this hesitation comes from the fear that what we share may exalt ourselves instead of God, not edify others, or not meet the church’s standards. These are valid fears, but they can be overcome.

The only standard as to what we post here should just be whether or not it is edifying according to the truth. If we ourselves have already been edified, then chances are that what we share can probably edify another. It does not need to be formally written nor take on any burden of being the official view of the church; this is why the blog is different from our formal church publications. If we were to all open up a little and write about something even remotely edifying or personal here, I believe we would be able to create an environment of sharing without hesitation (which many often comment about but don’t really contribute to). Our goal, after all, is to build one another up in our faith.

The poor widow’s two mites had little monetary value, but her willing attitude made all the difference. So let’s remember to offer what we have received from God—not just our wealth but also the spiritual food that He feeds us with.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Mt 5:14-16)

One thought on “Looking Back

  1. yokemay

    Thanks for setting up this blog site! Coincidentally, it was almost 10 years ago that I had received the Holy Spirit.

    And yes, I’ll put in more effort to contribute instead of being a passive reader only :-)

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