Wrapping up 2018

As this year comes to a close, I’m once again reflecting on the events that took place this year. I did a lot of painting although it’s not as many as I would’ve wanted. I have also had to work much harder I’ve had to be the backfill for 2 of my colleagues who went for maternity leave (one at a time, thank God). I’ve also seen how my dad’s health has declined and I wish that I could turn back time. If I could, I would ask him to watch his back and buy medical insurance when he was younger. My prayer every day is that God would restore his brains and that his sunset years would be more meaningful and more quality in life. If I could go back in time, I would also ask him to no try to repair everything for the sake of saving money. Perhaps if a plumber came in to fix the toilet several years ago, he wouldn’t be in the condition he is in, today.

But alas – there’s no rewind button. It’s tough watching his health decline. If your loved one is experiencing memory loss, it’s best to get inspected for dementia. Please don’t assume that everything is due to the aging factor. Go for a medical check up and if it is dementia, perhaps knowing earlier would enable family members to do necessary planning.

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The Most Expensive Commodity

I must confess that I have this struggle and I wonder if you do too. What is time management actually? What is the guideline for measuring how well an individual manages his/her time?

There are only 24 hours in a day and a typical workday for a person is at work from 8am (or sometimes earlier) to 5pm (or later). [Of course we’re talking about the regular office workers…] If the workload continues to increase due to new projects or high turnover rate at the office etc… (but the hours in a day do not increase) and the average office worker continues to slog it off from the early hours in the day,..and sometimes at night… (and weekends too).. is that poor time management? Or is it because there’s only so much one can do without sacrificing his/her time with family and doing what he/she wants to do (when not working). And… time – is the most expensive commodity. Once spent – you won’t recover it. (No rewind. No replay)

The problem is – when does one stop working when the workload keeps coming? So – what is considered good time management? (Finishing everything fast – and by that i mean everything… (but it might be shoddy because you have to do everything fast and finish everything. Can one say that as the workload increases and the hours remain constant – the quality of of work drops?

The Current Struggle

1 Peter 2:18-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

Submission to Masters

18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. 19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.

Whoever said that living as a follower of Christ is easy must not have counted the cost. I accepted Christ in 1992. It has been 26 years. Life, as we know it, continues to throw lemons but the difference is that I have a Friend who either protects me from those lemons or sees me through the times when I try to make lemonade.

We want an easy life, free from suffering but we live in a fallen world with fallen people. But God is more interested in transforming us to be more like Christ.

Not By Might Nor By Power

 

Zechariah 4:4-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?”

Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?”

And I said, “No, my lord.”

So he answered and said to me:

“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts.

Not Into Politics

One of the things I dislike most is coming across hurtful comments in the social media and name calling whichever side of the party people are in. So, don’t ask me about politics or whose side I’m on. I personally believe that God will have His way.

James 3:7-10 New King James Version (NKJV)

For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the [a]similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Ending well

Lately I’ve been feeling like I have the short end of the stick. Just because I’m a follower of Christ, it doesn’t mean I’m free from negative emotions. Like everyone else, life is like a roller coaster. I’ve been telling God that I feel like life is so unfair while I look at others who seem to have it all. Sometimes, the only way I press on is to remind myself that He will know how to reward me in due time.

One day when I was pouring out my soul to the Lord, I believe He asked me a question. “Have you seen your ending yet?” Obviously not.

Indeed it’s God alone who has seen our beginning and ending. (Psalm 139:15-16)

I shouldn’t assume my ending when I wasn’t the one who created me. Surely He has good plans for me. (Jeremiah 29:11)