Take Off Your Shoes

“Aren’t you going to take off your shoes?”

“It’ll be quick, I just need to check the pipes for a moment!”

“Ummm…”

The man proceeds to step into the house in his grimy boots. Soon, there’s a trail of mud and slime trial going past the living room, into the toilets… and even the bedrooms. I wince at the slightest movement of his feet.

“That’s all. I need to rush off now.”

“You’re not going to clean those shoeprints you left behind? You made it really dirty!”

“Uhh, no. Go hire a helper if you want someone to clean up after you!”

I hope that has never happened to you, but it has brought me to realise something — the attitude of taking off our shoes and cleaning our feet has far more significance than exposing how marvellous your last pedicure had gone.

The act of taking off our shoes before entering someone else’s house is a sign of respect and thoughtfulness for the owner. To me, it is an attitude worth having spiritually as well.

Exodus 3:5  Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Pastor How shared how we need to learn to take off our shoes when we enter the church. Oh, it’s been 3 years since we moved into the Imaginarium! As we enter our spiritual home, we ‘take off our shoes’ — leaving behind the ways of the “world”.

When we step into a place of worship, we step in knowing there is something sacred in the place. For me, it is a timely reminder not to let familiarity rob me of the reverence that God deserves.

Dust the sand off your sandals.

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An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 1 — comma.blog

Today, I’m sharing an Open Letter to HOGC, written by a friend… It resonates with me on many points. It may be a long read but I’ve linked up all 4 parts here… Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 1
An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 2
An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 3
An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 4

Hi, readers. Today, I am writing and sharing with you a post that is really important to me. In fact, I believe it is the most important one I’ve written yet. It will also probably be broken down into a few parts because I have way too many personal thoughts and stories to share to […]

via An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 1 — Comma

Don’t Worry, You’re Ready

FAITH, HOPE, LOVE LIGHTBOX

A perennial question a teacher asks — are my students ready for the test? I ended today’s final P6 lesson with a smile and the words, “Don’t worry, you are ready…”

I learnt from my Pastors that having a spirit of Excellence is different from being a practising Perfectionist. Every moment you’ve pushed and tugged yourself further brings you closer to your destiny. It is one-dimensional to think “more than grades” is about doing less in the classroom… it’s about doing your best in all that you do wherever you are (including the classroom). A fighter in the classroom today will be a fighter in life tomorrow.

Don’t worry, you’re ready…
You’re more than prepared for your PSLE, or what the next 10, 20, 40 years can throw at you. So let go, and let God.

Don’t worry, you’re ready.
Don’t worry, you’re ready.
Don’t worry, you’re ready.
#PSLE #primary6graduation

A little light

It’s Children’s Day today.

Before my lesson started, I headed to the usual store to buy sweets and some of those old-school bubble balloons as a gift for my class. As I was at the cashier, a lanky teenage boy trotted over… I wondered why his back was bent over. Peering over his shoulder, I saw his little sister hugging him piggyback. Both of them looked a little scruffy.

Then, I saw her eyes light up after noticing a rack of lightbulb keychains. Her brother’s fingers twiddled over the glass bulbs.

“How much is one?”

Barely lifting up his eyes, the shop assistant answered, “One dollar!”

“One dollar…” the boy repeated to himself.

He tugged at one of the keychains gingerly. Glancing at his sister, and taking one more look at the rack, he was off on his way.

I’m not sure what got into me, but I grabbed one of the lightbulb keychains and added it to the mess of sweets I had on the counter. Hastily, I paid for it and made my way out of the shop. Only a few seconds had passed… Surely I’d be able to find them, I thought to myself…

I walked through the bazaar stores and hawker centre, hoping to catch a glimpse of them. Nothing. I whispered a silent prayer under my breath; that I would be able to find them.

Alas, I did not find the siblings, and I was out of time. Back in class, the children squealed in glee as they received their gifts. I laughed at the joy on their faces, yet my eyes slowly drifted to the lightbulb on the table.

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Perhaps this is how Jesus felt when He spoke of the one lost sheep… I wonder if I would get to see them again, and get to pass them the keychain. Maybe, one day. And hopefully, that would make the child’s day.

Why God never received a PhD

Saw this posted on Facebook. Decided to take a jab at it since Philosophy encourages reasoning :S

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  1. Which of the 66 books are we referring to?
  2. Translated into 554 languages as of September 2016
  3. Jesus fulfilled more than 300 prophecies written over 1500 years. How about a Cross reference?
  4. Who would you nominate for God’s peer review?
  5. Some don’t
  6. He keeps the galaxy orbiting and gravity going so people can learn to keep their feet on their ground
  7. It works both ways
  8. I believe it’s actually because we’ve gotten closer to doing what He does that we’ve come up with a god-complex
  9. Ethics and morals. Hmmm, who told you that killing was wrong?
  10. Yet here we are, surfing Facebook.
  11. As predicted by us?
  12. It’s finally catching on after thousands of years, independent learning  (click me if you don’t believe)!
  13. He came to correct those who were teaching it wrong actually
  14. Some seem to learn better out of school
  15. Eventually summarised to 2, and thankfully we’re not penalised for failure
  16. Did you get the memo about the 24-hour hotline?
  17. He’s the boss God

Time for sleep! Goodnight!

Sinbad the Snake

Inspired by a viral internet story, The Oath by Frank Peretti, and a reflection on life.

The boy squealed in glee as his new pet wrapped itself around his fingers – a spotted python. He named it Sinbad.

Everyday, the boy would feed Sinbad and play with it. The two were inseparable; each night, the boy put Sinbad beside his pillow as it entwined itself around his wrist.

Years later, the boy had grown into a young man, and Sinbad a majestic creature with scales that glistened in the sun. Spanning four-metres, it was a sight to behold.

“Sinbad, you have to eat…”

The snake ignored the wriggling mouse being dangled over its head, its forking tongue dancing wildly.

That night, Sinbad’s cold deadly eyes fixed itself on the young man. For an entire week it had been saving it’s appetite for this prize (that’s what pythons do, they stretch out their stomachs and make space for big prey). Stretching out its body, Sinbad’s fanged mouth opened wide. The young man awoke to a sharp piercing pain, but it was too late. His screams drowned out by Sinbad’s malicious hissing.

Some times, we entertain sin because of the temporary happiness it brings. Like the young boy, we keep Sin as a pet for companionship. We feed it, and it grows stronger and stronger… At first it seems beautiful, like Sinbad’s majestic exterior. But only until the day that we learn we were never its master; it’s too late once we’re completely consumed by it. This is Truth we have to learn to grapple with. You might ask, did the young man survive? That depends on his choices… But one thing’s for sure, if you sleep with sin, be sure that it’ll bite back one day.

And What Good

“Have you been faithful?”

“Lord, I have had little money. Look at my brother, his riches abound. Check his books! More than once he’s kept for himself a tidy sum. You won’t tell him I’m the one who said so would you? Don’t forget my neighbour while you’re at it, I’m certain her money doesn’t grow on trees. Surely, you will find me faithful in comparison against them. Humbly I have lived hand to mouth. I don’t think I had much.”

“Hasn’t it been said, be faithful to the little things…?”

“Yes yes, I have lived humbly from hand to mouth, all the time. There was little to be faithful to anyway. Have you seen those who have glory, riches, and power? If I had been bestowed that, surely I would have been a good steward. I would have used the glory to spread Your name. Spent my riches building a home for the lost. Used my power to rescue the weak. Alas, I was not dealt these cards in life.”

“Covetous fool… Why do you long for what is not yours?”

“Because I have nothing! NOTHING! Pffph. Look at my brother, you blessed him but never me!”

“I was with you…”

“And what good was that for me on Earth?”

“And what good are riches for you here in Heaven?”