Let’s Make A Change 💪
I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make A Change)
Hey friends, that’s you. Things may get a bit more hectic this year. I’m gonna be changing my job starting Feb. Interesting transition. I’ve only been offered about two and a half weeks ago. And I decided last week. Sent my resignation letter to my current boss the moment I decided. Of course, as with any kind of change I’m faced with, I have this deep inner fear from my stomach that comes up and crawls under my skin. I’m not kidding. It feels like that. Always. Especially when I have to do something important. Changing a job is an important event. Anyway, I hope I do well there. It’s one step up my ‘corporate life ladder’. Which always means more responsibility and more stress and more focus needed. Focus? GAH. I’m gonna try my best anyway. I will make mistakes and forget stuff and make a fool of myself. But I have to remind myself what I’ve recently reminded a dear friend of mine, to be successful is to fail and to try and try again.
I hope you’re rocking your life.
If not, take courage and make the best out of what you have! Bring God with you.
Love Is Rare
But it shouldn’t be.
Have you noticed that love is rare in your life? Don’t blame the people close to you. You’re the problem. You need to start changing the way you view people and act toward people. End of story. Love is a choice. Love is action. Take action. Don’t let love be rare.
You’re the problem.
I’m the problem.
Do something about it. Love freely.
Switchfoot – The World You Want
What you say is your religion
How you say it’s your religion
Who you love is your religion
How you love is your religion
All your science, your religion
All your hatred, your religion
All your wars are your religion
Every breath is your religion, yeah
You change the world
You change the world
You change my world
Everyday you’re alive
Culture Starts With You
Ever dislike a culture you’re in? I have. I wish I had friendlier neighbors. I wish ‘Christians’ talked about their problems and about God more. I wish people asked me how I was doing not just to strike conversation. I wish people didn’t use Facebook just for entertainment. I wish leaders in church (that’s me isn’t it?) prayed for members with problems more often. I wish close friends listened more and opined less. I wish laziness wasn’t cool. I wish people thought about saving money when thinking about shopping, but not when a poor man walks into church asking for money. I wish teenagers opened their eyes to all the awesome Christian music in the world. I wish people would take the same care to come early to church like they go early to school and work. I wish people were more patient. I wish the rich didn’t think that taking public transport was dangerous just because it’s used by poorer people. I wish people did the silent treatment less, and actually worked out problems they had with each other.
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
That’s a super nice community don’t you think? I’d like to see that, but I’m not gonna see any change if I don’t start myself.
See anything you’re not happy with? Well, DON’T be happy with it. Don’t be satisfied. Make a change. Start with yourself.
Wonder If You Noticed
i changed my layout a little bit.
widened the wideness of the my blog maincontent box.
also added a little more pink (only for the eyes that are MORE observant).
the more obvious one, is the size of my blog content fonts.
so now we dont have to ctrl+scroll to zoom into the words anymore.
anyways besides that…
Information Age No More
so most people see the 21st century as the information age.
i, however, have to disagree.
for me, today, the information age has passed.
why is it that even though information is at our fingertips,
we are still so stupid.
in fact we are more reliant on technology than ever.
so much that we use it to think and remember for us.
but more than that,
we let technology to do the thinking and remembering so much,
that we have to do something with our time.
and that is ENTERTAINMENT.
i believe we have entered the ENTERTAINMENT AGE.
think about it.
we now want everything fast and easy.
FOR OUR CONVENIENCE.
we combine work and play. (handphones and laptop and fb and media)
but in actual fact, work becomes an excuse and youtube, FB and games are the main reason we bought that iphone or S3.
everything now has to struggle to gain our attention, because there are so many things entertaining us.
or distracting us.
it’s so bad, that people now even EXPECT to be entertained (ever heard the complaint “so boringgggg”?).
i was writing this not because its related to the topic of my devotion today.
but because it took me so long to actually get my devotion done. (cuz i was distracted by fb and youtube lol)
and after that, i opened this blog post writing page, and it took me an hour before i actually started typing.
yea. i’m guilty as charged.
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
first of all.
this is a good example of delegation.
we are humans. and we cant be everywhere doing everything, even though we’d like to.
this is also a good reminder that as we delegate, we should pray for those we delegate to, and bless them and even ask for anointing.
the act of empowerment can make a difference i guess.
even if the duty is as simple as waiting on tables.
we see success in teamwork.
as the work was delegated, the Word could be spread, and the widows could be served,
of course the number of disciples in Jerusalem would increase rapidly.
we need to understand the role we each have, and not be too jealous of more glamorous roles.
look at Stephen.
in the second part of Acts 6 and in the whole of Acts 7, we see what an anointed and wise man he is.
YET, he was delegated to wait on tables!!
and the Twelve even recognized Stephen as full of faith and the Holy Spirit.
yet, he didnt complain for a more glamorous role like the ministry of the word.
he did his job and the church grew.
for a fully functioning body, each member of the body has to do his own role,
so that the whole body may move forward and/or play tennis.
and if they move with a synchronized purpose, the body may actually win that tennis game.
i asked myself, why?
why did the Twelve delegate responsibility based on that person being known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom?
you know, honestly, for me, logically, it would be more sensible to pick people to wait tables with other criterion;
like good leadership skills (cuz they prolly have to make teams).
like willing heart.
like hardworking people.
at least there is the criterion of wisdom.
for me, people known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom should be discipling, ministering, and reaching out (missionary).
not taking orders and cleaning the tables.
so why do YOU think God chose these people to wait tables?
let me know.
…Large crowds followed him there, and he healed their sick…
this verse is so out of the blue.
if you read the verse before verse 2, and the verses after verse 3,
you’ll notice that verse two didnt really fit in.
it’s like meant to be a separate story.
yet, i bet most people wont even notice.
well, because thats just Him.
thats just what He does.
all over the books of the gospel you see people just following Him around, listening, or getting healed.
you know, i personally have a desire to be like Jesus.
but, no one follows me around (that would be freaky).
i’m even afraid to pray for healing sometimes, because of the fear that the person won’t receive the healing that I asked for.
I need to change my mindset.
Lord, give me the wisdom and knowledge to say the right things at the right time. Lord, teach me to see the needs of the people. Lord, help me to love those around me. Lord, help me to have courage to do the right thing. Lord, I want my heart to beat in sync with Yours. I want to be sensitive to Your spirit and Your movement. I want to be more like You, Jesus. That is the desire of my heart.