Friday, 25 November 2016
The picture of a classmate who just passed on keeps appearing in my mind. When I shared that I feel disturbed by the picture, I received different responses.
One friend said, “Do not be afraid.” Another friend said that it’s a natural response. Someone said that it’s normal to feel helpless at times and he encouraged me to look at each improvement as a victory. As I reflect on these words, I have my own thoughts.
Am I afraid? Perhaps. But, it is more like sadness. Life is so brief. I think life is about relationships. We live to leave behind a legacy. What kind of legacy do we leave behind? We all know LKY. To me, he has lived a full life. He pursued his vision relentlessly. He raised a nation. He raised a family. His accomplishments benefit millions. That is really something. Yet, he is not a perfect man. Jesus is.
When I think of Jesus, I am filled with gratitude. It is gratitude that surpasses understanding. I am extremely grateful that I have come to know Jesus. Think about people born in other countries… Some are born as refugees of war… Some are born into poverty and still suffering… Some have not even heard about Him.
What have I done to honour Him? I thank God that He is sending His disciples out to these countries to tell them about the Good News. I thank God that He is raising fearless disciples to go and tell. Even Paul asked for prayers constantly.
I am deeply touched by a missionary friend who says that she is laying down her life for her Lord. She said, “If I die, I die.” I have never seen someone who doesn’t fear death. But, I believe that it is a natural instinct to protect oneself and to preserve one’s life. I believe we owe it to Jesus. He saved us so that we may live to tell others about Him. He gives us the Holy Spirit so that we may know God’s way and walk in it. Our love for Jesus surpasses understanding. Sometimes, I feel so ‘shallow’ and I long to go deeper into loving my King.
You’ve placed each one of us here for a purpose. A friend of mine is constantly working hard to please you, wanting to fulfill Your purpose for her and she is afraid of not doing enough. Dear Lord, I pray that You fill her with Your peace and power. Help her to walk with courage and confidence. Jesus said,
I see a HUGE plant now. Jesus is the Vine and we are the Branches. We are all CONNECTED. Some branches are nearer the Vine, some are further away BUT we are all connected and we are GROWING – strong and healthy – because we belong to one another and we belong to Him. Let us know our mission and march on fearlessly. Those branches that do not bear fruit are cut off… How sad. We must encourage one another, help one another and love one another beyond human understanding. We must embrace GRACE. Grace is undeserved favour. None of us deserve God’s favour because we have all fallen short of His glory. Yet Jesus died for us while we are still sinners. Let us love one another regardless... Let us learn to love the way Jesus loves us. Let every Christian say, “I want to be like Jesus.”
Lam Yee Ling