Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I gotta know how the story ends

A lot of times in life, in my life at least, I see my situation and I want to give up. What's the point of trying so hard when life deals you a bad card. It's unfair. I've been "good" all my life. And sometimes when I look around and I feel like it really doesn't seem to get anywhere. Where's my happy ending? Where's my victory? When can I finally show the very people who have sassed me and my dreams and my life? How long do I have to wait?

There's a show I saw, called 'My Sassy Girl' - a remake of a Korean show. At one part the heroine was held hostage at a closed theme park by a man who had lost his love and had given up on life. She exclaimed that one should never give up even though his love is love cos you need to see how the story ends. It is not over.

As unprofound as the line is, it struck me. Sometimes I wish I can travel 10years into the future to take a peek at my life. I wanna know how it turns out. I wanna stand at the end and look back at the story of my life and understand the plot that has unfolded. Don't you? Every story needs to have an end. We all want our happy endings. We need to know that there is hope that it will end well. We need to continue wanting that.

So we don't give up. We get back on our feet. And we allow the Author to finish the story. We follow His leading and stick with the storyline. Good guys always finish well in the story. So I continue... and pray that my story is gonna have the best kinda of plot for me.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Volunteerism

On the 3rd Sunday of every year, we dedicate all our volunteers to the Lord - praying for them and encouraging them further in their faithful service unto the Lord. This year was no different.

Agape has always had a high volume of volunteers - this time we counted more than half of the congregation. It is encouraging to know that the bulk of the service and ministry does not fall on only a handful of people, although it feels so sometimes. And it is awesome to see youths in ministry at an early age, and senior citizens still faithfully in ministry after all these years.

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That night we threw a dinner to appreciate everyone of the volunteers. It was good to see so many people show up and to remind ourselves that we are a team. We are working for one purpose. We are not alone.

So if you're not already serving somewhere in church, I encourage you to find your fit. It helps you feel belong and part of the church. It also exercises the gifts and calling that God has placed in your heart. We're not meant to be islands. God places a destiny and purpose in each of our hearts - there's always something we can do. And it doesn't have to be an existing department. I always say that ministry and serving GOd is more than having a position or task in a certain department in the church organization. Remember, when Jesus walked the earth, He was all about the people - even if it wasn't the norm methods.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Exotic Cars Parade

I had the priviledge to visit Naza World with all its exotic cars lined up for show in its showroom. Generally I would be bored to death, not knowing any value or details of the cars I was seeing. It was to me.. jus a fancy vehicle. But I've heard enough ooohs and aaahs from guys about this car and that that it seem fitting that I should know my cars. I went around the for over an hour to ponder over the luxurious car and ridiculous amount it costs.


Porshe, Wolksvagen, Bentley, Mini Cooper, Peugeot, Limousine, Lexus, and many others. I tried hard to learn up the names and design but as I type this now (another post blog) I realised that I can barely remember nor match the pictures I had taken. Thus, I cannot really label them less I'm sorely mistaken and am pelted by car lovers who are simply apalled at my ignorance. It's harder than I thought. But I will not give up! I do feel priviledge to have admired, touched, and take a picture.

So the above compilation of pictures is dedicated to you car lovers out there!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bruises again

This rather intrigues me - my 'thin' skin or rather frequent bruises and unidentified marks. Here's another - on both arms. One caused by a big needle.


Note: since this is a post blog, it has since healed completely.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Let Your Light Shine

In recent news, we hear of the arson attempts on churches in the country. News reached international sphere very quickly and all the world is abuzz. More so on home grounds - some were appalled and some were furious. Naturally. It was not our proudest moment. But it may not be the worst of things either.

While people are gripped with concern, fury and fear, churches joint hearts and hands in prayer that God would protect his Church and turn the situation around. We declared that our war was not with flesh and blood but with principalities and power. We fight not with fire but with love and keep our eyes on what's more important. We have an even bigger God and nothing is gonna undermine or change that. I know God is in control and this has not escaped Him. Hold on and watch the God's hands moving this situation around for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.

In Aspirers we declared that we will let our light shine. As we kicked off a new year for the youth group and a new theme that will inspire the rest of the year, we sang our commitments and purpose. We may be young, but we are not helpless. I believe that young people - these young people - can live their lives radically and differently to influence the world. We have a light to shine! And no one lights a candle and hides it under the bed. The candle has been lit. It's time to shine.

Regardless of what we feel today or tomorrow, we can rest assured that God holds our future secure. Will we depend on what does or does not happen to determine what we will or will not do? See... foundations are already being rocked and changes that challenge us to move out of our norm. Let us hold fast to what we belief and know is true. And let us stand firm and shine that light for the world to see.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

TengKwok's Wedding


It was my eldest cousin of my father's side's wedding. That's a first in this side of the family. Grandma was so pleased I could tell. But it alway's takes one person to start the ball rolling. We waited at the groom's house for their arrival for the tea ceremony. After what seemed ages (and catching up with the family and almost forgotten relations), the couple arrived. I witness some of certain chinese's tradition I've never seen or heard of before which deeply intrigued me. Like getting a kid to jump on your marriage bed for fertility. The kid had a ball though.

My cousin had this dream wedding plan, which initially sounded rather confusing to me. Part of me even wonder if it's worth such an effort for such a dream wedding but it was rather beautiful. And people do like being a part of something different, something special. I still rather have my traditional walking down the aisle in a church, cos I'm not so daring to hope the sky doesn't pour.

His wedding was an outdoor event in a resort in PD. As you can see in the pictures below, it wasn't exactly your average wedding. Us cousins were charged with the responsibility of registration and what not which we diligently carried out, I think.


I carried home with me some ideas and awesome time spent with cousins - whom some of us only meet during special ocassions. Relationships are always more important.

Here's my best wishes to you and your new bride!

Monday, January 04, 2010

First injuries of 2010

The year had only begun but I had already found my clumsiness and skin deficiencies in full gear. I don't mean to gross you out, but looking at it.... can I sigh? These are the 2 ugliest ones.


Why am I showing you this?