Generations are not Replacements. GENERATIONS are REINFORCEMENTS.

Sharing an instagram post from my pastor, Pastor Lia. It’s her life message!

Doing on my birthday what I was BORN TO DO – preach about GENERATIONS! The words I have been saying for the last 2 decades! ⠀

“Generations are not Replacements. GENERATIONS are REINFORCEMENTS. The younger generations are not here to push you OUT but to push you UP!”

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Generations are not Replacements. GENERATIONS are REINFORCEMENTS.

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Generations

What an amazing week. Pastor How and Pastor Lia were in Chiang Mai with John Bevere and Lisa Bevere for a Messenger International Conference. Just a snapshot of Pastor How sharing Journey of a Dream and Pastor Lia sharing GENERATIONS (her life message of 20 years) — challenging pastors, missionaries, leaders and Christans to think GENERATIONS and believe in youth. They are our reinforcements not our Replacements!

Ambidextrous Faith

Last weekend in Heart of God Church, Pastor Cecilia Chan taught us about FAITH! One of the things she taught us about was to have ambidextrous faith. To be ambidextrous is to be able to use both your right and left hand equally. If you’re my age, you would remember Return of the Condor Heroes when Xiao Long Nu drew a square and circle simultaneously in the sand. The next day, everyone in school was doing it. Haha, anyway, Pastor Lia got us to write the word FAITH with our master hand, and then the other. Can you guess which is my master hand? Obviously…

FAITH - RIGHT HAND

With my right hand.FAITH - LEFT HANDNow, with my left hand T_T

Why do we need ambidextrous faith? Because The path to walk towards your promises can be filled with a lot of difficulty!

St Basil of Caesarea was one who had ambidextrous faith. He viewed both hands as equally important – one hand to accept God’s blessings, and with the other life’s pain.

We may never find the reason for our suffering
But we can find the purpose for our suffering 
Judges 20:16 (NLT)
16 Among Benjamin’s elite troops, 700 were left-handed, and each of them could sling a rock and hit a target within a hairsbreadth without missing.
These 700 men may have been injured and lost the function of their other hands. However, they were ambidextrous. Don’t let your wound (your past and experiences) cause you to walk away.

Bust-a-deadline!

Read: Why this retired Navy SEAL commander has 3 alarm clocks and wakes up at 4:30 a.m.

Are you one of those TL:DR kind of people?Here’s the spoiler, right to the point:

“Discipline starts every day when the first alarm clock goes off in the morning,” he writes. “I say ‘first alarm clock’ because I have three, as I was taught by one of the most feared and respected instructors in SEAL training: one electric, one battery powered, one windup. That way, there is no excuse for not getting out of bed, especially with all that rests on that decisive moment.”

Alarm

If you’re like me, the 1st alarm to the 5th are individual instruments. As I snooze each one of them, they eventually compound and come in together as one huge orchestra that will Beethovan (depending on the ring tone) me out of bed. I know, I know, I’ve read a few articles online about how the more right-minded people tend to bust deadlines and be late (even if their work is really really really really awesome) so why the need to be on time? In fact, I’m more inclined to be right-minded. Okay, I bust deadlines, but I’m not really really really really awesome.

A few of my thoughts:

    1. No, it doesn’t mean you wake up at 4.30am and walk around aimlessly, only to be tired and take a nap at 8.30am.
    2. I don’t like people who bust deadlines, because sometimes I really need the stuff at that moment. That being said, I sometimes ask myself, would I like to work with me? Oh dear, ohhhhhhh dearrrrrrr, omg omg omg.
    3. I once rushed a 3,000 (or was it a 10,000? maybe both…) word essay overnight. It didn’t end well.
    4. Being late is not always about you, but the persons waiting for you to finish your work. I’d use the snowball analogy, how it all accumulates, but it really feels more like an avalanche?
    5. It’s a problem that runs deeper. Maybe, I’m handing in stuff late because I’m not efficient and effective in managing my time. Maybe, it’s because I didn’t give space for other things to crop up. Maybe, I gave myself too much slack.
    6. My character is more important than my reputation. Don’t promise everything because you want to be perfect. But don’t be a slacker and promise nothing. It’s a fine line balancing being nice and saying ‘yes’ to everyone, versus stretching yourself to do more. Some people say no to everything, some people say yes to all. Know where you are on the spectrum and work on that.
    7. Pastor How taught us in HOGC that youths are excellence-in-progress. If you’re like me, you may not nail being early immediately. But that doesn’t mean you stop trying.

The victories always start small, and starts with that one decisive moment. Ring! Ok, set, gonna try this tomorrow.

P.s. Remember, it’s deadline not dateline. If you miss it, you’re DEAD.

The PSLE Question

It’s the first of October, Children’s Da— the start of the PSLE examinations! In a few hours, my students will be on their way to the examination halls – taking the first major examination of their lives.

Please revise your work and feel free to ask me any questions, okay?

“Cher, who do you think will get the higher score… Is it him or me?”

Sigh. I meant ask me questions about English…

For the first time I understood the heart of the father, and meant it when I said:

“Both of you are my students, don’t have to compare and compete. I’ll be proud to see both of you do well.”

I’m thankful for Heart of God Church and Pastor Tan Seow How and Pastor Cecilia Chan… Where I learnt that we all have a gifting we can serve God with. Even among hundreds and thousands of people, each individual is special and has their own gifting; we don’t need to compete with each other. It’s easy to be insecure and forget that God has made each of us special – fearfully and wonderfully! And in this test of life, you just need to do your best instead of looking left and right.

Maybe He is also telling us: “You are my children, don’t compare, don’t compete. I’ll be proud to see both of you do well.”

All the best for your examinations later, kiddos~

What does church mean to you?

When I was 14, I was a gawky boy… Had a bunch of friends, but never really any I could fully trust or be myself with. Tried fitting in with the cool kids but was terrible at it – could never really dribble a ball or do a pull-up (you know, the stuff cool 14 year old kids did in the year 2000).

Starcraft. Warcraft. Art & craft. Nothing really filled the emptiness inside. Luckily, KS brought me to Heart of God Church.

I learnt in bible studies that the church is not a building, but the people. And I really like the people here. They are not just friendly, but friends. As time went on, I realised they are family.

Most importantly, it’s where I meet God. Life is far from perfect… But with God, it is always the best it could ever be. Hey, maybe I’m still gawky ten years on…but knowing God and the most amazing bunch of people has made all the difference in my life.

If you’ve read it this far, join me this weekend! Who knows… It could make all the difference for you too (:

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!

4 Amazing Characteristics Of Heart Of God Church Youths

COUCHBUDS

Most of the youths are not rich, we don’t have the 5 Cs (Cash, Car, Credit Card, Condominium or Country Clubs)

However, the amazing thing about youths in Heart Of God Church is that we have these 3 Cs.

1. Creativity.

To many adults, cash can solve most issues. From small issues like who to fix the bulb at home, to large issues like buying houses and much more. Working adults have grown to use cash as their first resort to solve most issues in life. Some even use cash to solve relationship issues, or even deeper issues like insecurity or purposelessness.

On the other hand, youths don’t have much cash! We receive monthly allowances that only satisfy our hunger, transportation and the occasional Starbucks Coffee when we study (haha…) With that, cash is not our first solution to most problems. What we have is creativity, we are resourceful with what…

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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.