I woke up to 2012 with a sore body. I wonder why because all I did during the new year’s eve is watch MBC’s Gayo Daejun. (Don’t judge me, please. :P) Good thing, I requested to be assigned for the exhortation on the second service because I might wake up late. Although I was awake early enough to be able to attend the first, you know how it’s like after the holiday. Hehe.
But then, yes, I was able to attend the morning service. Yay! And it’s a good thing I did.
The message for 2012 is that this is a year of establishment.; in governing the blessings that God is giving us. Some things might not happen yet in 2011, not because we were punished but probably because we “don’t deserve it” – meaning God knows what is and when is the best for us. 🙂
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Be thankful in all circumstances…” But why do we need to thank in all circumstances? Because everything is done (in the cross, two thousand years ago, that is.)
My 2011 isn’t perfect. I may have received a lot of blessings but I also have several regrets. But it won’t stop me from being grateful because I know the Big Guy up there has done something for me; for us all.
And claiming that this is a year of establishment, I told my friend, Yan, that it doesn’t only apply to buildings or careers. I know we all have something we want to establish this year. How are you starting off and what are you gonna do to accomplish it? 😉
In the different stories I’ve encountered of Israelites in the Bible, generally speaking, prior to every success or victory is a failure. Now I ask myself, “Why the need for that? Isn’t God all-powerful and can deliver them from all the hindrances that go along the way?”
Agreeing that “All things work together for good…“, I thank God for allowing my early tummy ache which made me wake up early. With that, I was able to read my Bible early in the morning (which happened eons ago since I do it in the evening) and had an early devotion. Aside from the refreshment it brought, I was happy as I go on smoothly with my daily routine. No hurries, no worries.
While doing my morning ritual of checking out the Tweets that I follow, I stumbled upon Sitti‘s and one of her updates says, “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” This was inspired by the verse from Ecclesiastes 11:4 (Let me use the version from The Amplified Bible) which says,
He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
Too many times, we came across circumstances where decisions are necessary; and not just simple decisions as what color of flip-flops you would wear or what hairstyle you would have today. Sometimes, decisions which we have to make is a matter of life and death (Yeah, exaggerated maybe.) – Life and death of a career; life and death of a relationship; life and death of a breakthrough.
Most of the time, we calculate too much – looking at our surroundings, checking if each strand of eyebrow is at place or if our shoes are well-polished, not knowing that there proves to be situations when getting caught open and willing to change and motion bears good results.
Waiting for the perfect time to come may not happen if that’s what holds you from doing whatever you need to do, or want to do. Unless you make an action or two, given the circumstances where you’re in, you could never move from where you are now.
Taking risks may cost you something, right. But would you rather learn from it or play it safe, waiting for the perfect time until never finding out what could have been? Your choice.
This morning, while I was fighting over going or not going to work, I browsed through my phone and found a draft containing the verse Psalm 16:5. Didn’t bother looking at it as I returned to sleep. When I finally got up, I checked my phone again and passed through the drafts folder, and there, I get to see Psalm 16:5 again. Then I decided to browse through my Bible and here’s what I found (Got the NLT version):
“Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
You guard all that is mine”
Most of the time, I worry a lot on what is in store for me in the future and what is about to happen with my immediate involvements. But God has assured me that my future is well taken care of already, and with this promise, He has assured me more that everything, as in EVERYTHING – every single promise that He is bound to let flow in my life, is in the palm of His hand. 🙂
Last Sunday, we had our monthly young adult gathering in our church. We had one activity which works like 123 Pass; (Haha! Of course, kinda ignorant with card games, I just followed what everyone else is doing.) only catch is, once the card comes to you, you have to write something about the person who owns the card until it reaches you again. Hehe.
And I would like to thank all my YA friends over there who wrote very kind things about me. Now it would be very challenging to live up with those (Hehe.) but at the same time, your words will continue to inspire me to live my life as a blessing.