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

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Decision-Making

I once bought a book on Decision Making. After going through the first chapter. I stopped reading it when I realised past the first chapter was some new-age-nirvana-thinking-psychology kind of book. Why was I even attracted to such a book in the first place? Because decisions matter! If you’re like me, growing past your twenties and starting out in life… You start to realise that every decision you make has an effect on your life, or, your decisions affect those around you. Every decision may cost you time, money, or even a piece of yourself…

Hence, I was so excited last weekend in HOGC when Pastor Tan Seow How taught on Faith-based Decision Making.

This part of the sermon got to me:
– It is important that we make decisions out of Faith and not Fear
– There are also people who don’t dare to make decisions
– They avoid and abstain from them
– Not making a decision is already making a decision
– Instead of living by design, they live by default or drifting

I feel sometimes I’m the one who tries to hide away from decision making. We’re not afraid to give our input. But when it comes to taking the plunge, who dares to do it? It’s great that all the youth hear this sermon too – I’m sure I have many friends who would agree they would have made some better decisions in their lives (maybe not taking History, Economics, and Literature together during JC?). Hahahahah. Heart of God Church is really the best place for youth to grow up in.

I was so moved at the end of the service… To trust God more, and to learn to make decisions out of faith!

Not Afraid

Some days I wake up and all that’s swimming around my head is negativity and pessimism.

“Oh today’s gonna be tough…so many things to do and settle…”

“Man…my to-do list gets longer…”

“Sigh…here we go again…”

Starting the day like that leaves you sapped. You feel drained even before your day begins. Your body starts to ache too, almost as if it’s echoing and manifesting every bit of unwillingness that your mind is harbouring. Your back is sore, your shoulders sour.

“Why not go for a massage or spa… relieve some stress…”

…NO!

That is not faith. That is wallowing in self-defeat. It’s losing the battle even before it’s fought. Don’t get tired at life’s problems; problems will ALWAYS be around.

It doesn’t mean you live in self-denial, as if problems didn’t exist. Be tired at the condescending voice that tells you that you can’t overcome whatever you’re going through!

Don’t be fed lies that eat away your spirit and your fight. Even a king can be brought down by negative thoughts.

LOTR: Wormtongue whispering lies to a king. (Photo: pixshark.com)

Every time there’s too much negativity going on in my head, I remember this verse…

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Keep away negative thoughts! I choose to think of the good that there is around me, not just the problems and challenges. That’s why I go to church! To get a dose of faith (just like how some of you need a dose of coffee). Or, I put on a sermon, and play an uplifting song.

Here’s a good start:

Not Afraid by Heart of God Church

I promise for tomorrow, I’ll choose to have faith when I open my eyes! After all, as a man thinks, so he is.

Mr Iscariot?

As a young Christian, one of the things I was very intrigued by when reading the gospels was about Judas and the betrayal. I wondered… What went through his mind? Why did he choose to do it? Questions like these often make me feel a deep sonder.

I had the chance to ask this question to Pastor Tan Seow How once. I asked, why did Judas betray Jesus for 30 silver coins? Was it a significant amount of money? If he had been Jesus’ treasurer, didn’t he have access to much more money? (Something along those lines). 

The answer that came back to me was simple enough. It blew my mind, but also got me thinking about the circumstances I’m in at times.

Sometimes when we are given a responsibility, it is not because we are good at it, but because we are bad at it…God is giving us a chance to change.

When we’re stuck in a rut, or facing the same test and challenge again and again, it could mean we aren’t doing it the way we’re supposed it. You could be stuck doing something that isn’t exactly your favourite thing. But… Each opportunity is a chance to change and do better, and also to seek repentance.

How is it that repentance is a big part of the lives of our heroes of Faith – to turn away from what is wrong, and seek to do what is right – while we are more accustomed to raise our fists to vindicate ourselves? It’s time for a change in perspectives.

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Keep on keeping on.