Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

The Road Ahead of Me

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

—Thomas Merton, Dialogues with Silence

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Heroes and Villains

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The Amazing Race

For some time now, my dear wife has been hounding me about how we need to be good stewards.  In particular, she wanted us to invest our money in a very specific way – which didn’t make a lot of sense to me, not to mention being very risky (at least to me). But recent unfolding of events seem to have justified my wife’s wisdom and decision.

Our church’s LifeGroup is working through Francis Chan’s book You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity. chanI have to confess at first I wasn’t really engaged.  First of all, I didn’t know much about Francis Chan because by the time I first heard of him, I was already selling off my massive theological library. Truth be told, however, it was mainly because I didn’t want to have my spiritual slumber disturbed. But I discovered recently that he’s pretty cool; I mean, he even got to speak at Google! How I wish all Christian couples could read this book so they can clear their heads of the silly fluffy notions of romance and marriage!

Anyhow, I was skimming his book, and came across these words in the book’s final chapter:

I was told by a marathon runner that you should try to run the second half of the race faster than the first.  And once the finish line is in sight, many runners sprint. They use up every ounce of energy they have left because they know they can collapse once they break the tape.

I want to run my life in that same manner. I want the second half to be stronger than the first. In America, the norm is to do radical things for Christ when you are 18-25, then slow down once you are married. When you have children, your service to Jesus slows to a crawl – you have your family to think about. Then it’s only a matter of time before you forget you are even in a race. Instead, you focus on building a home and settling down.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can run faster as the race goes on.

He closes by reminding us (emphasis mine):

Time flies. And it flies faster each year. So don’t procrastinate.

Like a game of hot potato, you should get rid of your possessions as fast as possible. Invest everything you can in the Kingdom. Your life is going to be over any minute, and you are going to regret holding on to things you weren’t able to keep.

I am scared how everything is happening so quickly. From meeting my dear brothers at work (Hendri, Bob, Jim, Matt) and how they have encouraged / exhorted me; to the timely message of Francis Chan’s book; to my wife’s financial stewardship foresight; to our (OK, mainly her) decision to once again be a part of a local body of believers (i.e.: accountability).  Make no mistake: I am absolutely terrified. However, I am so glad that I have my wife alongside me as my running partner in the second half of the race!

One thing is becoming very clear: I don’t want to be a spectator on the sidelines of life; hell no! I want to run the Amazing Race to the very end. Damn it! I am tired of being a wimpy Christian – “I don’t want to be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease”!

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Putting Things in Perspective

Saw this on my colleague’s Facebook wall – a very powerful reminder that I need to be thankful for what I have and that I need to make the most of what’s been given to me.

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Don’t Settle

This is from Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford University which I’ve watched a few times. However, in light of my current situation, it’s worth quoting from again:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

(emphasis mine)

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