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?
Jerald once shared with me that there’s no way we can tend to gardens of others’ souls if we can’t even tend to ours.
I just read something. I quite like this: Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
Been too impatient in tending to my own garden. Somewhat trying to fill up space. Perhaps it has to do with what happened a year ago. Too used to doing that.
Met Pastor John and Auntie Michelle earlier on for dinner at Yong Kang Street. Had like a 4 hours chat about random things. Part of it was about the Bible and the Christian beliefs. There was this point in time when I took a step back and felt that same awe I had when I sat at their feet to listen to the Word of God when I was 12. Really enjoyed that time of asking questions and learning things from them.
They also shared about The Shack, a movie they watched recently. There’s this part where the main character felt lost in a maze, but as the camera zoomed out to capture the view from above, the maze turned out to be a beautiful garden. They said, perhaps that’s how life is. Where even though we feel stuck about out situations, God has His beautiful purpose in it.
Interestingly, I’ve been seeing tweets relevant to the situation where I’m in these few days:
Your journey with God starts where you are. How far it goes depends on your decision to continue on the road when you can’t see the reason. (C. S. Lewis)
“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us: we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” (C. S. Lewis)
You either choose to take on this discouragement and become more bitter, or you take on this discouragement and you choose to make it better.
— Pastor Kenneth Chin
This acquaintance who posted this probably has no idea how much her seemingly random posts have strengthened me.
Nice to meet you, my very first Christian encounter in Ipoh.
在最小的事上忠心的, 在大事上也忠心; 在最小的事上不义的, 在大事上也不义。