Recently, I have been spending more time with the younger youth at our church. Not because I was told to, but because I realized they needed a lot of guidance since there was some bullying going on. In the past, I was bullied at church and almost left because of it. I know what it’s like to be picked on and I know how much it can hurt some one’s feelings.
Although I was there to keep the peace, I realized that the more time I spent with the kids, the more shameful I was. As I watched them try to resolve issues and see how forgiving they were, I looked at myself and thought about how I resolved my own issues with others. Did I do what I told the children to do? Sometimes. Was I as forgiving of others as they were? No, not really. Continue reading
“And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.” (Lk 13:30)
Jesus’ response to the question, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” ended with this statement: “There are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last”. I used to be puzzled by what Jesus meant. In the world of technology, I can understand that young professionals with fresh training in new technology can overtake old school senior workers in the job market, but how does this apply in the spiritual realm? Continue reading
During a discussion about faith, an anonymous member asked me about complacency in servitude and faith, and how to overcome it. Often, we find that as youths who begin to have responsibilities in church, or are becoming introduced to ‘leadership’ roles, it is very easy to develop a sense of self-confidence, or self-entitlement towards our faith. We may start to feel a sense of being slightly above others, or that we are ‘better’ than others simply because we have been appointed various roles within church and attend more activities in church. We feel as if we are fine in our faith, and that others should imitate us. Often if we allow complacency to stay in our hearts, it can take root and bear fruit as pride. Continue reading