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On Authenticity

25 Nov

Is authenticity overrated? 

What it authenticity?

Verbally saying what we think – unfiltered?

Or,

Acting on any impulses – that we may or may not, have tried to cage within?

When one talks about authenticity,

One would ask,

How good of a virtue is self-control?

Say I don’t like a person,

And I want to hurt that person.

Should I then:

Apply self-control and not hurt that person (and probably be, say, a hypocrite)

Or, 

follow my instinct and just lash it out because that’s what I want to do. 

Where should we draw the line?

Is authenticity overrated?

Or is it simply misinterpreted, or misunderstood?

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A Precious Lesson from my Father

12 Apr

I learned a precious lesson from my Dad last night:

While some of my close relatives are pushing my sister and I to learn about my father’s business (so that we can continue the legacy in the future) and worrying about some people that are too involved in the family business (that they might take over the business later on), my father has a different say:

“I can see that God has been using me to be His channel of blessing for some people; what if, right now God is also using me for the future of their legacy?

I know how God’s love has been crazily working in my life, remembering how I was and how I am now. It’s possible that God works this way in my employers’ lives too.

If none of you (my sister and I) would be involved in the business I’m doing right now, maybe God has other plans: maybe someone else will run it, or maybe He’ll change it to something entirely different. I don’t mind it as long as it is used for His work and glory. But if you girls want to continue it, I’ll be more than glad to pass it on and give everything to both of you. You girls are my priority and whatever I have, is yours.

But I learned that the best gift you can give to your children are not material things. God is the ultimate owner of all things, so it’s possible that whatever you have now, one day, God wants to use it in someone else’s life. Material things will vanish in the end, and when the time comes for us to see God, you won’t bring anything but your character.

So the best gift you can give to your children? Teach and show them godly character.”

Leap Over the Wall

28 Aug

It’s almost the end of August. So there goes my promise to you about posting frequently. Whooss, out the window. Nevertheless, I believe it is never to late for anyone to restart anything.

Today, I stumbled upon a very encouraging verse in Psalm

” …for it is YOU who light my lamp, the Lord my God lightens my darkness. For by YOU I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.”
(Psalm 18:28-29)

Lately, I’ve been asking a lot about the clear path and directions I should take in my life . I knew I had the calling three years ago, and I was so fervent in my pursue towards my goal. But reality has been taken me over, and before I realized it, I found myself surrounded and sedated by the routines. I personally don’t think my routines are bad or necessarily evil; however, they’ve got me busy and taken my zeal in pursuing the goal God has set before me. Right now, I feel like I am facing a wall, and I really don’t know where I should turn to. Right in front of me, is a big sense of responsibility my parents have put for me. They suggested that I work for them and hold a quite substantial position in the company (which I honestly don’t really want to be in). But for now, it feels like it’s the right thing to do. The word of God told me that I can leap over the wall, and this wall, I shall leap 🙂

Being faithful, patient and obedient is all that I need to do.

Bienvenue, Aôut!

1 Aug

Je t’a dit «Bienvenue, Aôut!»
Nous étions déja arrivés à mi-chemin d’anée!

Yes! it’s more that halfway through 2013 – how time flies!

As this is my birthday month and I am turning 26 soon (yes I am having the quarter-life crisis), I’d like to set before myself some goals for this month:

1. Get my thesis proposal done
2. Read a fiction book
3. Read a non-fiction book

I know, I’ve been dragging my thesis with me for a year or so, I really need to get it done ASAP. The first step I’m taking in reaching this goal is to make sure I read 2 or 3 academic journals per day. Amen!

And I know that my eyes will stay crossed permanently if I only read academic journals every day, so I’m thinking about balancing the left and right brain by reading a non-fiction. I’m down to 2 choices of author now: Ken Follett or John Green. Which one would you choose?
On top of that, I think I also need to read a non-fiction work to keep my written academic English in shape. I haven’t been writing for a while and I kind of forget about the diction, structure, and all that stuff. Having this blog will surely help.

Anyway, I gotta go and do my journal reading now.

…and to you, August, I welcome you!

Blessing 🙂

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