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To be hearers and doers

For many Christians, we read the Bible and meditate on it. And we do enjoy the Word, because it is God’s Word. But how many of us use it? How many of us put into practice what we read, what we learn from the Bible? Yes, we can meditate on God’s Word for hours. Through the Holy Spirit, God will reveal wondrous things about himself. We will be so overwhelmed by His wisdom that has been recorded in this book that we read.

But so what? So what if we believe and are saved by faith?

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? (James 2:14)

Sure, we may have faith, and call ourselves Christians but our faith will be dead without works. If we do not act on our faith, what is the use of it?

Matthew 7:24-27
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock:

“and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:

“and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on tha house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Jesus clearly says here that everyone hears His sayings; both the foolish and the wise. But only the wise takes heed to it, and will be blessed. But for the foolish who disregard it, they will fall. How often do we read God’s Word, but how often do we put it into practice? I find some of my habits awfully likened to that. Sometimes I plan to exercise, to keep fit, but never ever get down to doing it. But what exactly is the reason behind it? I believe it differs for each person. Perhaps some do not know they have to. Or maybe are too lazy to. Or just forget to do so. Whatever the reason, we’re just not doing it. We are but hearers of the Word, not doers.

22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror

24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

James 1:22-25

Every morning, I wake up to see this phrase stuck on my wall: “Perhaps Today”. Perhaps today, Christ will return. ‘Perhaps’ defies all logic. And when logic fails, my human body fails. I give that day to the Lord, because,
perhaps today.

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Varsity Voices

Last night, I followed my family to watch the NUS Choir concert, as my sister was singing in it. Besides coincidentally meeting some friends who were at the concert too, I enjoyed the performances, not only by the NUS Choir, but also the VJ Choir and their alumni.  One thing that really caught my attention was the position of the singers. The choir was arranged in satbsatbsatb… etc.. which meant that the sections were split up. The last time we did that, we realized it was more difficult to blend our voices as we would sing louder to hear ourselves, thus revealing our individual voices. But for the NUS choir, they sounded perfectly blended, with all sections producing one clear sound. Since the J1s entry, I haven’t really heard a defined sound yet, but I suppose we’ll hear it soon..

If I were to choose my favourite song from the concert, I would consider the Hebrew love songs, but it would be the last- Linden Lea. It wasn’t even officially part of the performance, but then, it was the song I enjoyed most because it was the song the singers themselves enjoyed most. Of all that they sang that night, that song was the only song that spoke to me. I was never in the NUS choir, but I might have realized  what that song meant to them. I could feel it in their singing, see it in their emotions. Even the conductor, who I was watching before, seemed even more graceful, as if he were dancing with the song. Linden Lea reminded me of the choir. As it may have reminded the choristors yesterday of the experiences they had as a choir, I was haunted by mine. All those long practices, unofficial break practices, tour and concert last year, though they took up half my life, those memories were beautiful. And I knew, that on the day of my concert this year, when we sing our encore, this would be how I would feel, and more.

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Life, God’s best creation

During GP today, we were discussing about certain issues in today’s technological age. A few which caught my attention was euthanasia, and stem cell research. My teacher asked for a response from the class, whether they would support either processes. At that point in time, we were focusing on ethics. What would our moral allow or disallow us to do? I was surprised at the result. More people raised their hands for euthanasia than for stem-cell research. Euthanasia was about attaining death, and stem-cell reseach generally about preserving, or creating life. I suppose the question asked for euthanasia was more personal, whether we would agree for it to be done on ourselves, say, we were in a coma. But not many would see the connection between stem-cell research and themselves. Since it was controversial, they would disagree.

From a secular point of view, I would support euthanasia. Firstly, I wouldn’t want my loved one or relative to suffer for such a long time. Perhaps he would want to leave the earth already, and not just lie on a bed for an indefinite period of time. Secondly, he would be wasting resources. All the money used to keep him alive can be used for someone not already dead, or dying. And if we can hang people who did wrong things, and still not willing to die, what’s wrong with euthanasia?

Okay, but obviously, that wouldn’t be my point of view.

Who are we that we have the right to determine who lives and who dies? God created all mankind, and only He has the right to decide who is born and who dies, in His own time. Therefore, I believe that reproduction through cloning and stem-cell research shouldn’t be done. If we were created in the image of God, and God did create us, then we have a value, a purpose. One that God has created us for. For me, without argument, I would not consider either, based just on one thing- that God created me.

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Southern Ridges

As many of you would not know, I love walking. Just moving along at my own pace, preferably somewhere quiet, just to be alone. And the best times are in the early morning and night. Well, Singapore isn’t huge, but there are still nice places. It’s just relaxing to cast aside everything my life was made out of for a few hours. Some people say I’m crazy, walking around in the middle of the night, but it’s de-stress for me. Here are two photos from 6 Jan, when I still had at least 7 hours of sleep a day.

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The Henderson Waves Bridge linking Telok Blangah Hill park to Mount Faber. It was such a calm place, even the morning traffic below had not begun. And below, a view of the bridge from the end.

Henderson Waves

Some say life’s journey is an arduous one
The road, unavoidable pain and suffering
Learn from them, and move on.

I say we learn from them first
Use what we learn to serve God
And wait for the coming of Christ

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Reverence, Admiration

Who do we respect?

As we live our lives, at some point in time, there would be somebody, or some people who would gain our respect. People we look up to, we naturally agree with. But the thing is, who, or what determines who we respect? Since I was in primary school, we would always hear the phrase, “respect your teachers”. Of course, the Bible tells us to honour our parents, thus, also respecting them. I believe we respect our teachers because they are serving us by providing us with an education. And perhaps some other factors I may have overlooked, but I have always admired them for their patience(most of the time) and understanding.

However, I do not think there is a stereotype for the kind of people we should admire. We definitely look up to different people, and this is because we hold on to differeing values. Perhaps similar sometimes, but never to the same extent. And these principles that we believe in are our basis of judgement of a person. For someone who treasures the same values as us, we tend to respect them more. In the same way, less for those who don’t. But as I have aforementioned, I do not think that there are two persons who believe in exactly the same principles, to the same extent. Therefore, we cannot totally respect anyone specifically, for there must be some difference.

It is also possible to lose our respect for someone. And again, it goes back to the our beliefs. we may not see that person in the same light again after we see a violation of a value we believe in, or witness a change in the character of that person.

I realized it must be quite boring reading this post- me rambling on about something in the world of ours. And you thought I wasn’t supposed to care anymore 😀 Well, it’s nice to see that there still exists some good in the world, some things we can admire, some people we can respect. And of course, according to my values.

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It hasn’t been a very good week, or past two weeks. Things didn’t really go very well as usual, but I had good learning experiences. Somehow, I haven’t been remembering things as I should have. There were 2 occurences in which I totally forgot recent events that happened. And it was really forgotton. Even now, I can’t remember it. Aunty Mei Yoke told me I was burning out, and needed to spend more time with God. What she said hit me really hard. I was not surprised though, she seems to know everything everytime. But then, I reflected. It was true, I had not been spending as much time talking to God as I had previously. I was so caught up with my busy schedule that I focused just too much on what I had to complete. And that was when I fell- I was not relying on God anymore. And I suppose that was the reason for all the mistakes I made. Somehow, knowing how lousy I am as a person comforts me. Because it means that all I am, and I have, come from God. For it is in my weaknesses that His strength is revealed. And how true that is. My human body is just lousy, and there is no other word to describe it. But with God, what people think me to be- whether hardworking, intelligent, and whatever else I haven’t heard, comes from God. And I am not ashamed to say it. Just that I have to keep reminding myself of that.

And then, God never fails to remind me, though this time more obviously, that my life here is just a very short period of who I really am. The pastor today shared about the Columbine tragedy. And I really respect those people who died for God, just by proclaiming themselves His children. My life is short, but the only reason why I’m here to fulfill God’s purpose, and nothing else. To tell the truth, I’ve seen a lot of the world. It is condemned, because of how evil humans are by nature. I really have no interest in it anymore. Whatever I think, or deduce does not matter to me, and they don’t bother me anymore. I’m only here to do what God wants me to do. And then I’ll be gone so a better place. I don’t know how soon that’ll be, but that is making me go on now. To live each day for God, waiting for that end.

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Living the Legacy

Orientation this year has been great! For me, watching my OG kids growing to love the school day by day was wonderful. It reminded me of my orientation, and how I grew to love ACJC too.Well, we really had a lot of fun, and now I need to recover from my flu and sore throat, catch up on lessons and decide whether I’m going to keep my h3. But even with all this on my mind, I can still say I never regretted being an OGL, I gained so much more than I gave.

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