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Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

Ephesians 6:7-8

I was reminded yesterday that there is TRUE freedom in the knowledge that our identity is not found in what we do, but what Christ has already done for us that has made us a CHILD OF GOD. The shackles are broken in so many areas that CAN be seen today… and that there is reward for us HERE on this earth in addition to our future reward in heaven.

The Lord is my master.

MORNING DEVOTIONAL

"He was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst?"
Judges 15:18

Samson was thirsty and ready to die. The difficulty was totally different from any which the hero had met before. Merely to get thirst assuaged is nothing like so great a matter as to be delivered from a thousand Philistines! but when the thirst was upon him, Samson felt that little present difficulty more weighty than the great past difficulty out of which he had so specially been delivered. It is very usual for God’s people, when they have enjoyed a great deliverance, to find a little trouble too much for them. Samson slays a thousand Philistines, and piles them up in heaps, and then faints for a little water! Jacob wrestles with God at Peniel, and overcomes Omnipotence itself, and then goes “halting on his thigh!” Strange that there must be a shrinking of the sinew whenever we win the day. As if the Lord must teach us our littleness, our nothingness, in order to keep us within bounds. Samson boasted right loudly when he said, “I have slain a thousand men.” His boastful throat soon grew hoarse with thirst, and he betook himself to prayer. God has many ways of humbling his people. Dear child of God, if after great mercy you are laid very low, your case is not an unusual one. When David had mounted the throne of Israel, he said, “I am this day weak, though anointed king.” You must expect to feel weakest when you are enjoying your greatest triumph. If God has wrought for you great deliverances in the past, your present difficulty is only like Samson’s thirst, and the Lord will not let you faint, nor suffer the daughter of the uncircumcised to triumph over you. The road of sorrow is the road to heaven, but there are wells of refreshing water all along the route. So, tried brother, cheer your heart with Samson’s words, and rest assured that God will deliver you ere long.

- C. Spurgeon

Strange that there must be a shrinking of the sinew whenever we win the day. As if the Lord must teach us our littleness, our nothingness, in order to keep us within bounds.

It’s unfortunate that our innate ability to puff ourselves up and pat ourselves on our backs takes us farther away from Christ, when it is HIS triumph to be had. HE is the only that died upon that cross for US. And yet, He remains merciful even in our daily petty cries to Him.

The road of sorrow is the road to heaven, but there are wells of refreshing water all along the route.

Amen.

I LOVE HER.

I’ve been really meditating on this verse lately…

and do not give the devil a foothold.

(Ephesians 4:27)

I feel like it becomes so easy to pinpoint what needs to be done in order to live a righteous life, but what about those gray areas? The areas where we’re in an idle state and not doing much… maybe just sitting at work, driving in our cars, etc? I forget sometimes that although it is true that Christ has triumphed over death, Death and Satan still exist, and he will use whatever means and opportunity he has to deceive us and have us fall away from our Savior.

I really like this song because it reminds me (in particular this verse)…

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger

…that there is a way for the Devil to not gain a foothold upon my life, and it’s to be constantly conscious of the presence of the Spirit, and to constantly pray toward Him to move and grow in my heart, and thus, in my everyday life. Christ’s name has infinite power, as do all the words that He has spoken. I am His, and there is nothing that can conquer His abounding love for me.
Indeed, “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders…”

The idea of people in the US catching onto Kpop still boggles my mind. Take YouTube… such a driving force of entertainment in the US, but in our big country, we forget that it is also very huge in other countries as well. Surprised that Girls Generation won Video of the Year in the YouTube Awards? At first I was, but it makes so much sense. Here in the US, we have so much entertainment freedom in terms of where we can direct our attention to, that we forget that the rest of the countries, who might not have as many resources, are going to catch hold of what the rest of the world puts out there. Anyway, thought this story was interesting.

Thirty Seconds to Mars NEVER disappoints. Their music videos are full-blown movie productions with some sort of message. Always epic. My computer screen is not big enough to watch it.

I LOVE LA.

"I am home."

This morning I woke up feeling the weight on my shoulders and wishing that I could just have a redo in life. Thinking about it now, I realized that I forget that Christ offers that “redo”. While I can’t erase all memories of the past, my perception of it is placed in the context of eternity. My future is completely altered. Nevetheless, it’s a morning like this that reminds me that I still have a lot of faith to grow. I’m tired and prayer came with difficulty. Oy… Monday….

10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.

Ecclesiastes 3

Kids these days :)

The style is so throw back like Boyz II Men w/ Mariah on their “One Sweet Day” track. Loving it and definitely on repeat!

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I remember a few years back, I was putting together a fundraising music competition where local artists would compete for a chance to produce a music video with their single of choice. I was completely blown away by the talent of the group of competitors, but this group (back then, called Alex and the Hwangjays and later Monsters Calling Home) really stuck out. I visited a few of their other performances after that (unfortunately, they didn’t win to my dismay) and saw them compete again here and there (and yet, still to no avail). Nevertheless, no performance was short of solid. In fact, their sound became more and more refined throughout the years. When I saw them on Jimmy Kimmel Live, I was so ecstatic that all of their hard work would finally pay off, but according to this NPR interview, a lot of record companies started to turn them down. Despite their misfortunes, it has become really evident that their faith has taken a front seat in driving them in the direction that they are heading now, and I have confidence that great things will happen to them in due time.

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I’m wasting my time when I have to apologize a second time for the same thing after someone gives me a back-handed apology accepted. No use in asking for forgiveness to someone who doesn’t want to give it to you in the first place.

The best thing to do is some self-evaluation, and if by all objective means I could muster up… no fault is found, then “tough” to that person…