Sunday, March 30, 2008

The right time



There's an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (The Message)


There's definitely a right time to decide to do the right thing. Don't procrastinate - value life, act responsibly... and act quickly!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Winning with



For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)

In John C. Maxwell's Winning with People, the Lens Principle says that who you are determines what you see. This includes how you see yourself, how you see others, and how you view life and the world around you. And finally, who you are determines what you do in life. And who you are is determined by five things: genetics, self-image, experiences in life, attitude and choices about those experiences, and friends. Anyone of these can be a positive or negative influence in your life.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Awareness Test

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

God Foreknew...



God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.
Romans 8:29-30 (The Message)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

phooey



I'm feeling restless ennui, is like a cheem, ang-moh way of saying sian.

Confess the positive, shake off the sian-ness, sputter less saliva when talking to girls...

Came across the above book today - wonderful collection of photos showing Viet street life with sprinkles of historical and cultural nuggets. Mmmm... if only one day I can produce such a book of my own.

Occurred to me today: It's when we're down or sick that we especially value love and concern when it's shown. Bro's fever the last 2 days made me remember how Mom used to towel us to cool the fever and I'd feel especially loved.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A Teary Weekend



No one has greater love... than to lay down... his own life for his friends.
John 15:13 (Amp)


Good Friday - Jesus died and buried.

Watching Him inexorably dragging the heavy cross to Calvary, Roman soldiers mocking and reviling, followers pleading and crying... It's more than a moving sight; even my 4th viewing didn't keep the tears from welling up.

Why this way, God? popped into my mind. Why such a tragic and wretched way to go?

I've never experienced the deep stab of betrayal or unbearable loss of loved ones. And how painful memories can keep one from letting go.

But I've suffered pains of my own and thankfully have given it all to Him.

Easter Sunday - Jesus resurrected and risen.

A new life, newfound self and renewed purpose.

Thank God for His grace and mercy!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Action

We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction.
Douglas MacArthur (1880 to 1964)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

how could you...



Express, in words, a love that is eternal?

No chord or lyric can fully convey one's emotions - fears, anxieties included...

Monday, March 10, 2008

A Lot



"A Lot" conjures up...

1) Abundance of financial blessings and peaceful joy that follows

2) Messiness or confusion - especially when repeated in succession

3) Equities trading for the retail investor

4) Person who talks too much

Friday, March 07, 2008

Emplacement



Lesson to learn: Place people in positions that allow them to operate in their strengths. Too often we do so out of need, rather than through wise discernment, leading to disappointment when people fail to perform.

Personal desire also comes into play, especially when you're personally challenged to make a decision - soon.

Colleague surmised 2 key questions:
1) What are your strengths?
2) What makes you happy?

*are you pondering what I'm pondering?*

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Kicking & Pushing



Second biathlon of my life completed. Timing TBC. Swimming felt tedious and inefficient but running was awesome - despite wine at Corby's wedding the night before :)

Onwards here I go!