Category Archives: Prayer

Choose to Think Quality

Finally, brethren, whatever is TRUE, whatever is HONORABLE, whatever is RIGHT, whatever is PURE, whatever is LOVELY, whatever is of GOOD REPUTE, if there is ANY EXCELLENCE and if ANYTHING WORTHY OF PRAISE, dwell on these things.

Philippians 4:8

Lead a Quiet Life

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Transforming from the Inside-Out

At women’s ministry, I chanced upon the most unexpected person who would be the inspiration for this entry. Out of respect for her privacy, I have decided to name her ‘China’ because of her nice chinky eyes 😉

China is like any 16 year old teenager. She loves to shop, eat and talk. She is well-read, eloquent, well-mannered and quite intelligent for her age. The only difference is that she is home-schooled.

China says her parents set her and her siblings for home school early on for a variety of reasons. At first, I was a bit skeptical on how a child like her could survive the outside world, literally having been living a sheltered life.

But as we talk more, I observe a calm confidence about China that tells me she is more than ready for anything life throws at her, all thanks to her parents who prepared her for this very day.

Then it hits me: parenting.

Pastor Peter, a father himself, spiritedly said to NEVER delegate parenting to anyone “not to the school, not to the church, not to the media, not to anyone, period”.

China is just one of the many home schooled kids I talk to, and they share one thing: they are not conformed to this world. They stay true to who they are: intelligent, unshaken and confident.

And this is thanks to the parents who take their roles seriously. They mold their children from the inside-out to prepare them for the world.

Today, you can observe the kind of value system people have: an emphasis on status, power, etc. and this is because they let the world ‘shape’ them. Young people start beautifully, and then as life goes by, they are slowly molding themselves to the current. They go with the flow and before they know it, their guards are down. Drinking, drugs, promiscuity, then insecurity and a feeling of worthlessness kicks in, and this is because parenting was delegated. Their materialistic value system is encouraged in society but eventually creates for a weaker individual in the long run. Happy now does not mean happy later.

But you say: “I’ve made a mistake already. It’s not going to happen for me”. Of course it will! Remember, the Lord works from the inside-out. Get to know Him more through Bible reading. Keep being transformed, constantly renew your mind. Undoubtedly, He will change your heart and eventually your life.

As for my young friend China, she is excited to go to college. She has the armor and ammunition to face the world head-on, all thanks to her parents.

Intimacy with God through Example (Watch and Learn)

A reflection on Pastor Jess Lantin’s Message on intimacy with God through example

Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.

– 1 Corinthians 11:1

As a child, who did you idolize? Athletes, actors and superheroes are just some of the idols we would have loved to become. People idolize and imitate people who they can identify with, and in a sense, are authentic. In reality however, our supposed idols are human, flawed, and make mistakes. Though flawed, it’s that part of their ‘humanity’ that leaves someone with so much potential to be good. But why idolize worldly things, when you already have a perfect hero who died for you on the cross?

As God’s children, we are called to imitate him (1 Corinthians 11:1). Being Christ like is a challenge in itself since it is impossible to do. Be holy as He is holy. Perfection may seem impossible but the ideal is achieved through its pursuit alone.

How does one become like Christ? Through prayer and scripture. Since we are flawed as human beings, the word of God is constant and consistent. Hence, the person is called to rid himself of his old self and be new again. When it came to imitating Christ, Paul reminded young Timothy, “When you talk about Jesus, people should see so much of Him in your life that they desire to know Him. When you talk about faith, the evidence of it should be so compelling that they want to live by it.” Such are the responsibilities, power and influence a hero holds, and in this case, our only hero — Jesus Christ.

On a personal note, we help Christ be known by setting a good example to family, friends and everyone we know. Hence, the three points to consider when living the Christian life should answer the questions: Who is copying you (your audience could be your kids, spouse, co-workers, etc.), what are they copying (your life and character is unfolding right before their eyes) and, most importantly, who are you copying (Is Christ glorified in your thoughts, words and actions?) When people see you and your life, what message are you showing them?

Paul leaves his young steward Timothy with words to live by:

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” (1 Tim 4:12)

Our superhero, Jesus Christ, maybe perfect but we are likewise called to be perfect as well. Such are the standards set for those who are genuinely called His children.