The Act of Simplifying Life As Part of Worship

I wanted to finish writing this while the inspiration is fresh in my mind. After all, I’m returning to the battlefield at the workplace tomorrow and I might not have the mood or motivation to write come tomorrow.

Philippians 4:8 Good News Translation (GNT)

In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.

Ever since I returned from the Revival Conference, the part of me that I thought had died, became alive again. I also found myself pruning away certain areas of my life. The best example would be spending less time watching dramas. I’m sure my friends would find it unbelievable but I lost that desire to follow the series. I no longer had to know what happened to my favourite characters in the drama. Instead, I seem to be spending more time fiddling playing my guitar, learning the ukulele, and singing new songs. I’ve been writing tunes lately and I’ve also come to realize that it’s not so hard to get new melodies but I am just not an arranger. I don’t even have a proper keyboard to work with so I spend my time juggling with the following apps/softwares…. Symphony Pro, MuseScore 2.02, Finale Songwriter 2007, Garageband. I’m so thankful I took up the music course at UW. That’s how I learned the very basic of writing melodies, and transcribing them.

Without any hard effort, I’ve managed to simplify my life so that I can spend more time doing what I believe God wants me to do, and in the course of it, hone my skills too.

This morning, after the service at church, I spoke to one of my closest friends at church and told him I’d need his help in coming up with the right guitar arrangements for some of the tunes that I write/am writing. I’m so happy that he agreed to do it.

Like I said before, I’ve already decided that even if I don’t get the appreciation from man, I can feel Him smile when He sees me using the gifts He gave me.

The song that accompanies this post never fails to touch my heart. If it’s your first time listening to it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I’m very inspired by this songwriter and hope that someday, I’ll be able to glean from him.

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Recharged, Renewed and Engine Overhaul

Looking back a few months ago, I did not know why I felt like I had to go for this revival conference. My flight was re-timed, so I missed the first night anyway. Having just about one to two hours of sleep on Friday night, I was tempted to leave in the middle of the session. I had planned for it but my plans got trashed because I had such an encounter with the presence of God that day.

Psalm 84:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

I was actually worried about having constipation. It usually happens when I travel and that’s why I need my fluids and fresh fruits. It was something I couldn’t tell anyone about and anyway, I traveled alone. What truly amazed me was God meeting that need in the most unexpected way. It was after the basking session and just after I had my dinner, I sat down and was approached by a stranger. Guess what she gave me,..a banana. I was stunned because only God would know that I needed it.

I was reminded of how I told the Lord that I would serve Him with all the talents I have. So wherever I stayed, even in Canada, I would play at the chapel although I have no music background (officially). I played the guitar, took up music courses at university so that I could pick up the theory part. I’ve given up time and time again because I didn’t know where I was going with those talents. But I knew I wanted to return to Him what He gave me,..even my artistic talents. I stopped painting because it got me frustrated – not going anywhere. I guess I thought I’d become the artist like my teachers. That’s probably not what God has in mind for me, and it took me so long to see that.

It was in that hall that something in me that died, became alive again. Now I know that I can never stop creating,..whether it’s art, music, writing… if I stop doing that, I probably would cease being the person He created me to be.

I will start writing, painting, drawing, playing music again etc… for His glory.

The Race called “Life”

Lately I’ve started running quite a bit for cardio training. And as I run, I listen to music but I also meditate on the Word of God.  This morning, when I started running, I kept looking at the time on the machine. Suddenly a verse came to my mind.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (TNIV)

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For a while, I asked myself what it meant for me personally. Throw off everything? What exactly would I be throwing off? As I looked up and straight towards the horizon, I imagined myself running on the tracks in the field. The word “focus” came to me. It reminded me how I should stay focused as I run this race. The race I am mentioning here is my personal walk with God as I continue to grow, while holding on to His promises.

I have spoken to a few friends who run in marathons and I know that in order to finish well, you need to run carrying as little weight as possible. I realized that this is so true, even in life. In my opinion, in order to run well, we must keep our eyes focused on what is ahead – our goal, or prize.

1 Cor 9:24 (TNIV)

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Sometimes I wish God would give us spiritual blinders to prevent us from being distracted by what goes on along the race. Horses wear blinders to prevent them from being distracted. Many a time, I think I need a pair too. To me, throwing off everything means letting go of the past and moving on. It means that no matter how alone I feel when I am being misunderstood, I will keep on keeping on to finish this race and reach my destiny.

When I ran this morning, I sensed God speaking to my spirit that He is running with me and therefore, I will reach my destination.

Why did I embed this video? Because I find Eric Liddell such an inspiration. And indeed, God honours those who honours Him.