Thursday, July 12, 2007

friends forever

emoing nowadays..dunno why.i think its in the atmosphere.haah.the 31st student councils are stepping down on mon.i sudd realise how time really really flies.everything seems like yesterday to me...reality is starting to sink in..i didnt felt much when i stepped down la.haha.cuz maybe im still doing my duties even right now.but i know i will surely face withdrawal symptoms when i finally fully stop all that im doing..i was looking thru all my photos today..saw how J1 i looked when i was in J1.haha.looked so retarded.haha.and i was looking thru the events in sequence..and realise how much i have much stupid and funny things i have will be my turn to graduate from ACJC.i dun want to think abt it man..i think i will start crying.i cant bear to leave AC..really.i must say that AC has taught me many many things..and i made so many lifetime friends there.was listening to graduation song by vitamin C just now..really made me look back alot.i know its bad to look back..but im a very sentimental person la.cant help it.haha.

today was studying at oldam wing with shuwen.saw jasmine(a junior) and she reminded me of myself last time man..those times when i was with my seniors..all the funny times i had with them.ahah.sudd i felt sad.part of the sadness was becuz i miss them..another part was that i realise some of them prob forgot abt me alr cuz i lost contact with most of my seniors alr.and they nv bother to come back to AC..i realise how hard it really is to keep in contact once everyone leaves AC.i hope i will still be in contact with my close friends after we all graduate man.

haha.oh man.time to focus on As..haha.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

For God we live

This is an absolutely incredible interview with Rick Warren.His wife now has cancer, and he now has "wealth" from the book sales. In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said: "People ask me, "What is the purpose of life?" And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven. One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body--but not the end of me.I may live 60 to 100 years on earth,but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity. We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense. Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one!The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort.God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life.The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness. This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don't believe that anymore. Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life. No matter how good things are in your life,there is always something bad that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for. You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness,"which is my problem, my issues, my pain." But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her.It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of h elping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people. You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life. Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy. It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease. So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72. First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases.Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church. Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation. Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free. We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity? Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism?Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)? When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and >> love You better. God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do. That's why we're called human beings, not human doings. "Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.Difficult moments, SEEK GOD. Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. Painful moments, TRUST GOD. Every moment, THANK GOD. "

it really kept me i hope that when you read it you will think and reflect on ur life as well. nowadays i guess God has been telling me to focus on HIm and to live out the way He wants me to live and not the way i want my life to be.To live a life of no compromise, a life of having God as the center. This is this year our CF camp theme verse but it only sank into my heart recently..and that is Psalms 139:23&24 "Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting."

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Take you back by jeremy camp
The reason why I stand
The answer lies in you
You hung to make me strong
Though my praise was few
When I fall I bring your name down
But I have found in you
A heart that bleeds forgiveness replacing all these thoughts of painful memories
But I know that your response will always be

I'll take you back always
Even when your fight is over now (x2)
I'll take you back always
Even when the pain is coming through (x2)
I'll take you back

You satisfy this cry
Of what I'm looking for
And I'll take all I can
And lay it down before
The throne of endless grace now that radiates what's true
I'm in the only place thaterases all these faults
That have overtaken me
But I know that your response will always be

I'll take you back always
Even when your fight is over now(x2)
I'll take you back always
Even when the pain is coming through(x2)

I'll take you back
I can only speak with a grateful heart
As I'm pierced by this gift of your love
I will always bring an offering
I can never thank you enough
You take me back always
Even when my fight is over now (x2)
You take me back always
Even when my pain is coming through(x2)
You take me back (repeat these 5 lines twice)

Monday, July 02, 2007

comm handover

ah wells..
comm handover didnt feel like comm handover.i feel so numb.and i duno why.izit becuz im too tired of being in comm.cannot be.maybe reality hasnt sink in yet.i did cry on friday.but thats becuz im just being emotional.i was looking at the photos thats all.haha.i was very touched when i saw the video they made for me.but i didnt have the overwhelming emotion in me i thot i wld have.
we shld have a second proper handover man.ahaha.anyway after that had a fun time talking to da jie,carol and was really fun.i love u guys so much.i pray that our frendships will last forever=)
anyway looking back..i see God's faithfulness..i see God's hand upon every situation.i see God's power and sovereignty.all i can conclude is that our whole serving term is really to God be the glory,the best is yet to be.our juniors will continue to soar at a even greater height than us.and i believe in God and them=)