I Finished Reading a Book! Be All You Can Be – John C Maxwell

Flying to Bangkok earlier this month, finally I completed read this book by John C Maxwell. Thanks to my smartphone’s stupid battery that died before my flight, so that I could finish this book! 😀

Why at first I bought this book. Caught by its title, cause those days I felt lack of motivation while part of me still dreaming something big. So the title told me to Be All I Can Be!

These were some of great quotes that I noted and highlighted for myself, may also could be somehow good for you? 🙂

  • “Why don’t we always abide in Him? Pure lack of obedience. We begin to think that we can do it on our own, we begin to have an unhealthy self-confidence instead of a Christ-confidence. “

  • “What is success? It is the privilege of contributing to the betterment of others.”

  • “God is interested in your development, more than he is in your mistakes.”

  • “The value of a vision is that it encourages you to give up at any moment all that you are in order to receive all that you can become.”

  • “Once you’ve had a glimpse of what God can make of you, you’ll never be satisfied with what you are now.”

  • “A purpose will cause you to: pray, unite, risk, plan, observe, sacrifice, expect, more than ordinary people.”

  • “In matters of principle, stand like a rock. In matters of taste, swim with the current. Learn to be flexible in your life. The greater the man, the more flexible he is.”

  • “Great leaders learn how to say, “I am sorry” more quickly than followers.”

  • “A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats the little man.”

  • “Commitment starts with the little things in our lives. Don’t make a commitment today to win your world for Jesus. Make a commitment to win one person to Jesus.”

What do you think of those?

This is link to another review for this book: http://delightinggrace.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/book-review-be-all-you-can-be-by-john-c-maxwell/

Still bunches of great quotations I found in this book. Please explore those if you want to find more.

Wanna find a new one for reading, for my next trip! 🙂

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Racing versus Ants

How to draw a cartoon ant 8

(This pic is not property of blog’s writer. Taken from google images)

There was a time when I was just reached home from work, felt exhausted and lazy to do anything.

I got some foods and I just put it on the dining table. Then I watched TV, too lazy to move or eat. 

After a little while, I felt hungry. So I got no choice, I had to move and get the food. 

But unfortunately, I didn’t know where they came from, that day there was some ants around the foods. Until I fed up and didn’t want to eat any more. 

From that experience, God had spoken to me 2 things in a different timing. 

Firstly, I had been taught that there is a part in my life that God wants me to participate on it. There is God’s work that He wants me to take part of it. But if I don’t want to take it, others will take it first, and God will give the chance to the one who willing to do it. 

Secondly, I had been taught that outside, there are a lot of people that need God or never know God. And if I don’t quickly go and get them, the people from Evil will get them first and we will lose those people’s soul.

So, have you been in that situation, when you want to do or get something, you lose the chance because you don’t fast enough to take the steps? Or you wait too long to help others, and you regret it? Because of fear, or laziness, or even try to close your eyes and pretend to not caring?

Yes me too. Wasted time to wait for the good timing, waited to long and ended up did not do anything. Lost somebody I loved because I was too scare to try. Regret to not putting enough effort to ask someone to come to church for Christmas celebration (which is tomorrow!). Diagnosed with the high bad cholesterol level in my 27th just because I was too lazy to do exercise and pick the healthy food. 

A lot of simple things, yeah? 

Yes I am trying to be better. Putting my effort to win my race versus ants. Do you also want to win your race? Or do you want to let the ants take your sweet things?

I believe that you all wants to win the race, don’t you?

Lets be the winner. Mostly in God’s work. Lets participate in it.

If you are a Christian, take your part in God’s work, to bring people to God.

If you are not a Christian yet, do you want to be one? Take the change before the ants come over you and you lose the chance. 

Don’t wait too long, time is moving fast. Jiayou!! 🙂

There is a place.. called HEAVEN

Its quite long time I never visit this web. Ha, maybe being too busy with life?

Until tonight, laying down on my bed. Sick. 😀

My sist once told me that sometimes God use sickness to force us to get rest. And here I am. Touched down by the flu virus, start to rest in a silence. Listening to God, being closer to Him, and got something to share here.

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I was in my dark moment couple days ago, thought about my life situation.

Being alone working overseas with no family around, often feel loneliness and easily get homesick. Even some friends are always there, but its just different.

So I decided to take a short getaway home, and got shocked when I found that situation at home were not the same as when I left. Not the same as what I had inside my mind. Got some problems, and somehow it was not feel like home anymore.

Sadly, I came back to this place again and on my way back, I was thinking that I want to go as far as possible, find a new place, new people, where nobody knows me, where I can start with new me and my new relations, then find my new home.

Then the negative side of me started saying that the situation will still be the same. There won’t be a place without problem and pain. There still will be a part of my past come along with me, however far away I go. And the worst thing may happen, I will not find the place called home to come to.

Lucky me, my positive side quickly took over my mind.

When world say there’s no place that I can go back to, the Lord say that I have that place called HEAVEN.

Where is no pain, no problem, no hurt feeling, no sadness, no loneliness, no more suffering, and everything will be more than perfect as we can imagine.

And it is the real HOME.

Soon after that, another thoughts came in. Yea, I was happy to remind that there’s still hope, to feel like home. But then, I must prepare to go there from now on. Must be better day by day, closer to the owner of that place, listen to Him, do what His will, and spread this GOOD NEWS to people.

So if today you lost hope when your life turned wrong, just be reminded that this world is not our home. That’s why it doesn’t feel like home. We are here only for temporary and we are preparing to go home. HEAVEN.

Make sure we all well prepared so we can meet up there! Our HOME.

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Enjoy this video from Jeremy Camp! God Bless You All.

 

 

 

 

A Sinner

Friend A: “What are your religion?”

Friend B: “I’m Christian, how about you?”

Friend A: “I’m a sinner, never go to church, don’t have any religion”

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Short conversation of the two friends of mine.

Dropped a smile on my face to hear that. 🙂

Yeah, sometimes the very human thought:

Christian people are not sinners.

Sinners can’t enter church.

Hey! Who said that Christian people are not sinners?

We are also sinners! That’s why we are looking for God, looking for savior, to help us far from sin, to save us win against the evil. He even died for us to save us human because we all sinners!

And hey! Who said that sinners can’t enter church?

The fact that everybody has fallen to sin, we need hand in hand to help each other to find a rescue, that coming from our God. So, no body is right if not because of God save us. We all patient that need cure.

Just my thought, anyway, no offense 🙂

There was an illustration: One time, Jesus knocked on a guy’s door. But the guy didn’t let Jesus come into his house because he need to tidy up and fix things inside. He asked Jesus to wait until everything was settled down before he could enter the house. Then Jesus told him to just open the door and let him come in. So that they could settle together.

So, this new year, please let Jesus come in to your life. So that he can fix you and save your life

God Bless! 🙂

A New Year’s Errand, 1 Peter 5

1 Peter 5, an introduction to enter new year? At least for me?

31 December 2011 morning, awakened by another ‘biblical’ dream, it was 1 Peter 5. First thing I did when I open my eyes was finding what is inside that passage. Thanks to the technology, I could easily searched it by the bible application on my mobile 😀

If you know me well, you will agree with my statement: “How could I have this kind of dream, since I am nothing”. Yeah, I always come to regret when I say this: I don’t even good in reading Bible. I don’t even good in prayer. Yeah why me? Well, however, it was just happened to me, got a dream, a message to enter 2012?

THE DREAM

I saw people that I knew. Gathering. Waiting. In worried, were afraid about the soon coming evil. I felt it. Felt the creepy and scary atmosphere. They were asking for direction, for guidance, what to do to face out the evil.

They were waiting for me! Coz I said I’ve read something in the Bible that said about how to defeat the evil. (again, why me??) But as another dream, It was never easy. I couldn’t find the passage however I tried to look for it.

I thought it was on Paul. But when I did re-thought, It was Peter. Yes finally I found it, on Peter. 1 Peter 5.

Then I shared to them. And we found that we, as human, we don’t have any power to defeat the evil ourselves. Only if God’s works on us, that we definitely can win against the evil. Because of His Great Power, that insulate us from the evil one.

So, the secret to win from the evil one was PRAYER and WORSHIP. Those were what I found from my short dream at the end of 2011.

The conclusion that I’ve got from my dream, 2012, we need to unite as Christian, do pray to our God asking for help and strength, so that we can save from evil. Be prepare, because soon, it is coming. But no need to worry, because we are covered by our great awesome God. 🙂

It is a pleasure for me to share this thought and experience!

Have a great blessed year ahead, happy new year all. 🙂

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1 Peter 5:

(2) Tend (nurture, guard, guide, and fold) the flock of God that is [your responsibility], not by coercion or constraint, but willingly; not dishonorably motivated by the advantages and profits [belonging to the office], but eagerly and cheerfully;

(3) Not domineering [as arrogant, dictatorial, and overbearing persons] over those in your charge, but being examples (patterns and models of Christian living) to the flock (the congregation).

(4) And [then] when the Chief Shepherd is revealed, you will win the conqueror’s crown of glory.

(5) Likewise, you who are younger and of lesser rank, be subject to the elders (the ministers and spiritual guides of the church)–[giving them due respect and yielding to their counsel]. Clothe (apron) yourselves, all of you, with humility [as the garb of a servant, so that its covering cannot possibly be stripped from you, with freedom from pride and arrogance] toward one another. For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)–[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble.

(6) Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,

(7) Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

(8) Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [ in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.

(9) Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset–rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same ( identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.

(10) And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.

(11) To Him be the dominion (power, authority, rule) forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

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He has been designed the course of my life, even before I was born!

Life is a complicated though!

Anyone agree with me?

In some spots of life, we even don’t know who we are and what are we doing. Looking further into future, there’s all the darkway inside. Reflect to the past, seems like want to step back in to the kind of comfortable spots!

Have you ever look deep inside to the reflection of your past? Have you ever see one big chain that become a core line of your way of life?

Yep! That’s our Lord, our God. Who designed the blue print of life, me and you!

Isaiah the Prophet said in the Bible:

“Listen to me, O isles and coastlands, and hearken, you peoples from afar. The Lord has called me from the womb; from the body of my mother He has named my name.” (Isaiah 49:1)

Also the famous Paul the Appostle said the same thing:

“But when He, Who had chosen and set me apart [even] before I was born and had called me by His grace (His undeserved favor and blessing), saw fit and was pleased.” ( 1 Galatians 1:15)

 

Those words are true, indeed!

 

Do you think I’m stupid enough to feel the same way and to believe what they said?

Wait until the Lord work in you, and you will feel and say the same thing 🙂

Because life is like a book indeed, more like a map! God is the creator, He is open the pages one by one, for us to see chapter by chapter of our purpose. He won’t open the map one time, because you will crazy enough to see all in one time!

It’s really difficult to explain in words, but it’s gratefull to see and understand His plan in our life.

What is it in front? No one knows exactly what are we reaching at, but it must be a best thing from our Lord.

 

All the tears, all the sacrified, problems, pains, hurtfeelings, will lead you to better you or sucker you! So please make a wise selection.

It’s difficult also to understand and see the whole good design through the all the pain that world given us today! But believe me, I’ve already found the core, the written line of my life from my past until this time! And sure that you all will find yours too.

Just find the core, follow, and be sure the Lord will lead us until our final step! Of course for the best thing.

Because he has beed design the course of our life, even before we were born.

 

God Bless You! 🙂

 

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