Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
It’s a huge question, isn’t it? Hardly a day goes by when we don’t come across suffering. Devastation caused by earthquakes and tsunamis… millions living in poverty… children being abused… family breakdowns… bullying… people suffer. We suffer. So it’s right to say to God: “God, if you’re there, why don’t you do something about it?”
Well, imagine we could actually tell God what to do. Where would you suggest he starts? How about God gets rid of the terrorists and the murderers. That would mean a lot less suffering for many people—but suffering hasn’t been eradicated yet. How about God deals with the paedophiles and the drug dealers and the thieves? We can see the world’s getting a much better place, but it’s still not perfect.
How about God gets rid of the unkind, the gossips, the liars, the selfish—oh, but that’s actually me.
You see, when we ask God to get rid of suffering, we’re actually asking him to get rid of us. We do suffer, but we actually cause loads of suffering ourselves. That time when we lost our temper with someone… when we trod on someone to get to where we wanted to… when we ignored our kids because we were just too tired or busy… when we gossiped about a work colleague… when we were just plain nasty to someone. We cause much suffering.
So if we demand that God throws suffering out of this world, we’re actually demanding that he throws us out too.
God is delaying the day when he will deal with all suffering so that we can realise that we’re part of the problem, and we can ask him if there’s any way not to be thrown out of his world.
That’s an answer—but the Bible offers us much more than that. I don’t know you—and maybe you’ve clicked on this video because you’re really struggling with something at the moment. When I’ve struggled in the past, what I need more than answers is hope – I need to know that I’m going to get through this suffering, and I need to know that there’s something beyond this suffering.
And the amazing thing is that God knows what you’re going through when you suffer—because he himself suffered. God lived on earth as a man, Jesus, and Jesus suffered and even died in agony on a cross. He promises to be with those who trust in him, comforting them and helping them through their suffering.
But even more amazing than that promise is that God promises that one day he will put an end to all suffering. Those guilty of causing suffering will one day have to answer to him, and justice will be done. He promises that he’ll make a perfect world, a world of “no more death or mourning or crying or pain”, for those things will be gone forever. And God says that because Jesus died you, me, anyone, can ask for a place in his perfect world instead of being thrown out of it.
You know, when I’m going through suffering, knowing that God is with me, and that one day I’ll live with him in his perfect world, are two amazing hopes that keep me going.
Well, this is a huge and really emotional subject, and I’ve only had a short space to talk to you about it. But why not go along to a good local church, and there you’ll find some people who’ll be able to help you practically, listen to you, and answer any more questions you may have. You know, churches are just full of people who’ve suffered in the past and who may still be suffering now. But they know the promises of God—that he will be with them, and that one day they will live with him forever in a world with no more suffering.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
So, back to whoever you are, I feel cheated, seriously. I trusted your words and left the laptop in Malaysia despite friends telling me
not to trust you. But I chose the road not taken, all I can say is my oh my, Edwin is just too naive. Or dumb. Yea, dumb is a more suitable word.
Guess I shouldn't trust so much of your words. Because I realized the tone of voice can be very deceiving too. A message may sound so promising, but in turns out to be an empty vessel.
Hope you don't mind me venting out my frustrations here. I don't have a personal room to scream like a cuckoo you see.
Just an update of my life in India. I'm doing good here, with great friends. Awesome seniors, couldn't be thankful more. Cell groups are informative, being fed with spiritual food and of course yummy edible food! LOL
Wanna post some pics but I'm blogging thru my phone, so I can't upload them now. So you see why I need the laptop so much!!!
Sunday, August 7, 2011
But the AWESOME thing here is, we have restaurants everywhere!
Hotel food is quite cheap, around 200+ rps for western food. And the serving here is really BIG! I ordered Chicken Briyani Rice and I was so full till I had to flex my body anteriorly. (haha, using anatomical terms)
Dosa (Thosai) in Ocean Pearl Hotel
We get cheap cakes here as well (but not as tasty as SR, *slurps*)
Campus Life. The first time I saw my uni, I was shocked. Guess why? Look at the pic below.
As we walked further in, I finally saw my hostel. And that sight gave me the biggest of the biggest sigh of relief. A pleasant sight at least. Overall, the hostel facilities are good. At least it's worth the 97900rps for an AC room.
Water dispenser on every floor
Our uni bus
City Centre Mall is the biggest and the most happening shopping mall in Mangalore. About 3km from my hostel. Here we have Reebok, Puma, United Colors Of Benetton, Nike, stuffs you think India doesn't have they have it here. And KFC, but the food seriously indianized already. Haha... Want some adrenaline flowing through your spine? This mall has a Scary House! I haven't tried it yet, will try it one day.
We can find lots of eager shutterbugs here in India. But not the locals, they're all Malaysians. Spread the photography virus around!
And here it ends my blog post but now begins a new chapter in my life being away from home. :)
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I had bad teeth. Whenever I looked at myself in the mirror or in pictures, my teeth would always stand out somehow. One of my maxillary central incisors protruded out and my two canine teeth looked dracula-ish. Whenever I tried to lick my teeth with my tongue, I couldn't reach that particular tooth which was way too front. I looked at my brother's teeth and honestly, jealousy gripped me as he could smile with so much confidence, and he looked really nice in pictures. I too gave my best smile in pics, but in the end I felt my smiles weren't so appealing. Due to the disorderly arrangement of my teeth, food often got stuck in between them. I had so much trouble dealing with them.
So in August 2004, I managed to get myself registered in the government hospital to fix my braces. Only then I knew that I wouldn't get them straight away as there was a long list of other poor people like me who had bad teeth and wanted to get braces too. And so I waited and endured this crooked teeth for another 4.5 years. After SPM, I finally put on my braces.
This journey of wearing braces have been bittersweet. I miss those moments of showing off my coloured bands, enduring the come-and-go and come-and-go-again pains, brushing teeth almost after every meal, 'toothpicking' food stuck in teeth (esp green leafy veges, hate it) and many more. Well, as much as how I miss them, I would not want to go through it all over again. I prefer them to remain as memories treasured in my heart.
I'm thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to experience ugly teeth. Only then, I got to experience what it was like wearing metals for 2.5 years. And only then it reinforced in me the interest to do dentistry. It was all planned so beautifully. Like a piece of Sonatina, the ups and downs of life helped me perceive life a different way. I'm now all ready to India!
(Nevertheless, beauty is skin deep. I still hold on to the belief that physical appearance isn't as important as our inner beauty)
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Until I attended a Methodist church service last year, I finally read it out aloud at the end of the service.
- I believe in God the Father Almighty,
- maker of heaven and earth;
- And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
- who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
- born of the Virgin Mary,
- suffered under Pontius Pilate,
- was crucified, dead, and buried;
- the third day he rose from the dead;
- he ascended into heaven,
- and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
- from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
After the service, I was rather confused, or you can say troubled at a statement in the creed. I wonder whether some of you had the same doubt as me.
Thanks to dad and the book "Hope Again", I finally understood what it meant.
My deepest concern was the statement "I believe in the holy catholic church." I knew Methodist believers are not Roman Catholics, so how could they say they believe in the holy catholic church?
Later I realized that "catholic" (small alphabet c) meant "universal", so what they were really saying was "I believe in the universal church." So no contradiction.
Lastly, I hope our belief goes beyond any creed...FAITH. Without faith, it's still just a creed. It is a statement of our faith!
The question is, do I believe the truth of that statement? Do you believe it? If yes, there is hope for you beyond the creeds. And that hope is a heavenly home reserved for you and I. :)
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Thanks for everything, not because I don't know what to say, but because it's everything!
You are blessed like Mary for these 3 reasons:
1) For having 3 obedient, not to mention
2) For having the opportunity to eat your favourite Vietnamese cuisine.
3) For getting the chance to indulge in all time favourite Chocolate Banana cake.
And the list goes on and on...
The conclusion is, Happy 52nd Birthday Mum! We love you!