The mentee asked to come along for my MRI tomorrow. I was rather hesitant about her coming to just sit there and wait for me. But midway through the conversation on Instagram, I was reminded of this incident 2 years ago, where I learnt to love others by allowing them to serve.
It was a timely reminder, and I thought it’s also an opportune time to share this with the girl. Thankful for the spurt of inspiration too, to make use of a moment like this to impart a lesson. So yes, wrote her a letter.
Ready for my MRI tomorrow. Oh yes, and not to forget, thank God for the claims that just came in from the previous company #finally It’s just in time for the MRI, and the sum quite enough to cover the cost of the MRI. Thank God for the timeliness of the matter!
When we find it ridiculous to love someone for whatever he/she has or has not done, we begin to see how ridiculous it is for ourselves to be loved. How ridiculous it is for God to die for us.
“but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Been talking to a friend over text these few days about his job search. The process isn’t just physically demanding, requiring time and attention. It is also one that can be rather emotionally challenging while waiting for a reply. And after some time, there is this wonder if the reason we are not receiving that invitation to an interview or getting a job offer is because we are not good enough. We are not wanted.
He’s not the only friend who has talked to me about this. Another friend admitted her struggles with this the other day as well.
We are worth a lot more than we think. A lot more than our circumstance tells us. A lot more than anyone has made us feel. A lot more than anyone has ever said to us. A lot more than this even.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
One thing is true: God deemed us worth enough to be exchanged for, with His Son’s life.
Saw the status update the past few times but chose to overlook them. Because this friend might not appreciate the idea of me dropping a text to check in anyway. Could be a bother even, maybe.
Saw it last night again. Was reminded of it today while I was looking into the distance as the boat moved forward. I brushed it off with that same thought.
Just then, I got reminded what God had taught me about love. My responsibility is simply to give love. Whether the person reciprocates or not, that’s beyond my control and, it doesn’t, it shouldn’t matter. Choose to love anyway, even if it goes unappreciated. Because that’s how I’m first loved by Jesus Christ, my King.
You are loved.
When you give out of love instead of an obligation, a budget doesn’t seem to work very well. Was given a budget of $30 for tonight’s gift exchange. Planned weeks ago on what I would give to my first ever close friend – pretty much within the budget.
Wanted to gift her with a new experience that she would probably enjoy. But days after I made the decision, she decided to help whoever-it-is by adding in a wishlist, that was totally different from what I would want to give. Decided to go ahead with a surprise gift anyway, and designed a personal invitation/voucher this morning. Which, I think is quite a miracle considering my lack of artistic talent and reluctance to do this if given a choice. But on a second thought, just a moment ago, didn’t want her to go home tonight without a gift when everyone else has something in their hands, so I got her something else.
While grabbing the gift, I knew I’m exceeding my budget by 100%. Yet, it didn’t take me too long to decide to get it anyway.
She’s definitely worth more than $30. And I’m just thankful to have another chance at giving to her – I was her secret santa 2 years ago too lol I laughed when I saw her name again this time.
During lunch with the LG today, we talked about giving angpaos at weddings. Someone had asked if they would give an amount to cover the cost. Another person said he wouldn’t, because he gives everyone the same amount. For me, my principle is to give with a sincere heart.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
When was the last time I’ve gone the extra mile to love people?