Get A Life

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I love it when I know about friends who blog. It’s exciting. It’s special. It’s abnormal. It makes me happy.

We’re constantly bombarded with status updates, shares, likes, videos, pics, game requests, tweets, instant messages, ads, and so on. But we end up not remembering anything we’ve interacted with. Or, we can remember what we did (like liking a pic on FB), but not remember who we interacted with (not remembering who posted the pic). Information Information Noise Noise… What a failed era we live in.

But blog posts are pretty different. It takes time and effort to read and to write. Just like actually meeting a friend, both will sacrifice. It’s also pretty intimate. Kinda. If you really think about it.

Anyway, since I’m encouraging people to blog, I’m gonna give some advice to those who are afraid they will get writer’s block. For those of you who don’t know what a writer’s block is, here it is: “the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.” That’s from googling ‘writer’s block define’. Haha.

So let me say this: I’ve experienced writers block A LOT, but have never really had a problem with it. I’m usually pushy enough to just blog whatever is on my mind without worrying about the end result or the quality of the blog posts. But that’s not my advice.

Advice number 1. Go do something with your life. Love someone. Appreciate someone. Call your parents. Meet up old friends. Meet up best friends. Say something unusual. Say something amusing. Say something positive. Cook. Learn to cook. Eat breakfast. Learn to skate. Jog. Visit the beach. Visit the zoo. Join a class. Learn new puzzle games. Make friends. Make more friends. Show kindness to a stranger. Adopt a pet. Go to church. Pray more. Appreciate nature. Appreciate silence. Listen to a new genre of music. Learn to play the ukulele. Play in the playground. Get a job. Dress up. Use deodorant. Make a to-do-list. Read a book. Sleep early. I’m sure you know about other things you need to do or start doing. Do it. In other words: get a life.

You’ll see that as you experience different things, ideas come easy no matter what type of blogger you are.

I only really have one advice, so that was it.

Cheerio & see ya next time.

I Wish Upon The Moons

I wish I had more time to blog. But of course, I actually do. Just that there’s so much distractions people like me have. I have all sorts of family related things to do. As well as friends related. Ministry related. And sometimes work related things, even when it’s not working hours. Let’s add one more ‘thing’ list which is the living; sleeping, eating, reading, flossing, and sleeping… who has time to exercise? The worse thing is that I sacrifice a lot of my time doing entertainment related things. Like my comics, handphone gaming, computer gaming, and catching up with movies.

Life didn’t have so much ‘stuff’ back then. I’d like to live in those times.

What happened to living? We’ve put so much emphasis and priority on entertainment that we don’t even know our lives are being stolen by things that don’t make us better, but more hungry and feeling less than we already were. It’s a trend in this generation. Entertainment has become the default lifestyle.

Technology helped us advance so much in the past short few years. Technology brought us the Information Age. But the Information Age has expired.

Welcome to the Entertainment Age

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.

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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.

Acts 2:42-47

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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.

 

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Unworthy

Been thinking about life more than usual again… And well, for my failures, I don’t feel worthy of the good friends I have. I don’t feel good enough for the jobs I may be applying for. Nor do I feel like a good son or sibling. I’m definitely not doing well in my spiritual life. Which means I’m not good enough to be called God’s child. His blessed one. His work of art. How can i be like this and be part of God’s plan and mighty movement?

Well, it is a choice isn’t it? I can take off my baggage and jump on the J-train. Or I can dig into my pity hole and keep begging for mercy.

What should I do?

LOVE & RELATIONSHIP & LOVE & RELATIONSHIP & LOVE & RELATIONSHIP & LOVE & RELATIONSHIP

 

i hope you like my title for today.

 

as you can tell.

i think we as human beings tend to focus alot on love and relationship.

is that a good thing or bad thing?

 

answer.

it is in fact a super good thing.

but wait, you think i was going to talk about how focusing on love and relationship so much can make u an emo person and ruin your life?

that is also true.

but we have to.

we’ve been built this way.

 

Fact #1

God built us for 1 purpose:

LOVE & RELATIONSHIP.

 

if you ask someone what life is about

or what defines their life

it prolly goes back to what they love doing, who they love, and who & what they associate with.

love and relationship.

family, job, friends, and beliefs.

of course, they dont CALL it a love & a relationship.

its just life.

basic.

 

most people equate love and relationship as boyfriend-girlfriend-spouse-husband-wife relationship.

it DOES make sense for us to love this topic and this train of thought so much,

because it touches us deep inside.

we all want it.

we all crave for it.

we just love being loved.

because we were made this way.

 

Problem #1

The Devil wants us to think that LOVE means “relationship with that special ONE man or woman.”

 

what happened to love being how we put up with our family?

what happened to love being the reason why we help our neighbors?

what happened to love being the reason we just feel compassionate for the needy?

what happened to love being the reason why we took that job?

what happened to love being sharing even when we are in need?

what happened to love being forgiveness and acceptance?

what happened to love being about pride in our family even when there are disagreements?

what happened to love being the bond between best friends?

what happened to love being the reason we are alive?

 

what happened to GOD’s Definition of love?

HE IS LOVE.

He created us to love Him and love those around us.

not just give focus on that one person.

no.

that is immature.

thats not what life is about.

one man or woman you decide to marry.

oh all my focus and life will be dedicated to you.

that sounds nice bro.

but God created us to have a greater life purpose than just that.

 

we seriously put so much passion and time and devotion and thought and energy into this love stuff.

wanna know why?

 

Fact #2 (that is basically a repeat of Fact #1)

We were BORN to put so much passion and time and devotion and thought and energy into this love stuff.

 

we love thinking about these things. and we should.

God created us this way.

all the devil needs to do is divert our attention on what we love.

(When we focus on that over God, it becomes idolatry: Mr devils #1 weapon of mass destruction)

its so easy.

what do we love?

its so easy for us to focus on loving our spouse or potential spouse

(because thats what the devil is telling us to focus on)

so easy to give it so much attention.

the devil is saying:

you prolly dont get enough love and attention that you should at home,

look at what drama and books are saying.

they all say the same thing. and if they say the same thing, its prolly true eh?

so where do the books and movies and drama tell us love is?

love is in that cute guy over there.

he’ll treat me right.

acceptance is in that cute girl over there.

she gives me happy tinglings when i talk to her.

feeling loved just like in the movies makes me excited!

The devil tells us that’s what love is.

AUTOMATICALLY, we will pursue love (we were born that way remember?).

we just need a gentle nudging.

the devil knows that.

he knows all the right buttons.

 

Problem #2

By that time we have given it too much Unnecessary attention and passion,

we’d be too worn out to care and love other things.

 

tell me if you did this today:

did you think about the lost?

did you think about the people who had no opportunity for studies?

did you think about how you can be a better son or daughter?

did you think about just being a better person for people around you?

did you think about being a good christian?

did you think about having a holy life to make God happy?

did you think about that girl that is soooo interestingly beautiful and you just cant put your finger on why she attracts you so much even though you’ve been telling people that that sort of girl is not your type?

i tell you the truth.

i’m guilty of spending too much time and energy thinking about girls that could potentially be my spouse.

 

Exercise #1

Find out what you’ve been thinking about, planning, and getting all excited over all day today, yesterday, the day before that, and most of the time for as long as you remember.

That may very well have become your idol.

 

 

As A Conclusion:

 

i call this topic of “love with a man or woman for marriage”, BGR.

Boy/Girl Relationship.

i dont call it LOVE or RELATIONSHIP.

sure BGR is a category under LOVE & RELATIONSHIP.

but love and relationship is so so much more than just that.

its a great conversational topic.

i love it in fact!

i really do.

but i think its really unhealthy to be dwelling on it too much.

we love this topic because it is our passion.

sure.

but we have to develop our other passions as well.

like a love and relationship with our parents, siblings, children, cousins, friends, best friends, acquaintances, colleagues, neighbors, classmates, the poor, the sick, our government, its ministers, the foreigners, the illegal immigrants, and most importantly, JESUS. 

 

my hope for you from today onwards is that you be on the watch.

be watchful for the subtle lies of the enemy.

the gentle nudges that make us feel good and feel right and feel loved.

check it against the word of God.

LOVE is a big word.

Relationship is a big word.

we were created for a relationship with God and with people around us.

not JUST that one person.

 

also one last note.

is what your boyfriend doing to you called love?

is being accepted by your friends even if they ask you to do stupid things called love?

is the way your parents treat you called love?

want to find out what love REALLY is?

Movies, drama, books have it all wrong bro.

find out in the bible.

all the answers are there.