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Be Faithful in Small Things!

15 Jan

“…be faithful in small things” – pfft. How many times have we heard this #mostuttered advice in our lives? Everytime I hear or read this – be it at church, in a speech or in the Bible – my mind will then automatically respond “…because if you’re not faithful in small things, how can you expect to be trusted with bigger things?”

And it happens so often that if would go to and through my head (maybe, with a little stop where i’d impulsively say “that’s right”).This morning I stumbled upon the same advice, but it spoke to me differently and led me to see it from a fresh perspective. In this case, I’d like to thank ps. Steven Furtick for his devotional ‘Sun, Stand, Still’ – it reminded me that the Word of God is always new everyday! I’ve never thought before that God’s extraordinary miracles are usually a follow up of simple act of obedience.

when you strip the biblical miracles of their spectacular special effects, a common plot point emerges:

extraordinary moves begins with ordinary act of obedience

Look at the story of Moses for example. Before he did all the crazy things like parting the Red Sea, where did it start before all of that happened? When he saw the burning (but not burnt) bush.

Let’s rewind a little more..

What took place before he saw the burning bush? He was tending his father-in-law’s sheep and goats. (Exodus 3:1-10)

I’m convinced that tending Jethro’s sheep was not a once-in-a-lifetime experience or an annual event for Moses. Perhaps, his tending the sheep is like ours usual office day, mundane uni classes or a regular meeting with that client. Moses’ days of tending sheep were ordinary, but what God did (and could do, in your case) was, is and will be extraordinary.

So let’s lean in closer to God, listen and look out for more what He has for us today. When he saw the burning bush, Moses came closer and wanted to see, but when as he came closer and tried to learn what was happening, God told him to not come any closer and to take off his sandals. Look around and try to listen if God is trying to show us our burning bush today (through the scripture, prayer, anyway He wants to speak to you), and yield to what He commands: stop, take off your sandals, talk to that person, follow up with that deal, don’t close the deal, cancel the appointment, make an appointment, finish the assignment … anything God tells you to do through the Holy Spirit in you.

If God is calling you to make a big difference today, He is likely to start in a small way.

(inspired by “Sun Stand Still” Devotional by Steven Furtick)

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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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