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The Journey: Fulfilling 10.8.2018

Close up of businessman in grey suit looking watch.

Yesterday and today I had the same dream: a number. And I believe it was related to a time of my journey yesterday and today. I proudly say that I was fulfilling the time, and thus fulfilling God’s will and my destiny.

Yesterday was a normal working day and I finished work at 1:45pm. After that, I went to a church in Causeway Bay to pray to God. The reason for my prayer yesterday was to give thanks to Him for all His mercy and His love to me. Then I went to Times Square to buy a computer for my wife. The surprising thing was, after I was inside the shop I watched the time: Oops, it was the same time as I had dreamed yesterday: the number.

Then today I went to the same church to pray again. After the prayer, I had a sudden instinct that I had to watch the time because of something that I believe God wanted me to know. And I did it, and the time showed an exact time: xx:yy:00. Little did I know that after dinner would I find that I was fulfilling the time again: the number, when I researched the internet.

After the 19:30pm dinner, I was researching the internet on something I was planning to do next Monday. And soon I discovered about a price of something that I was looking for, and the price showed an exact amount which was like the time I had seen after my prayer: $x:yy. I instantly knew that this was the thing with the price I was looking for and I watched the time again: Oops, it was nearly the same time, the same number that I had dreamt of yesterday and today morning. However, I was one minute late. 

Reflecting on my experience today, did I fail to fufill my destiny today by one minute late? Or was it the will that I should be late by one minute? Was there anything I can do better to meet the exact time again? Were there some negative influences that affect my performances and thus making me failing by one minute? Was there an existence of a “Plan B”? If there was a “Plan B”, how would I choose the different options? Should I choose the actions by deciding myself rather than waiting for God’s leading and make the actions only after a thorough analysis of God’s guidance?

These are probably some of the most complex and challenging decisions for us to make in our lives. I hope you all can make the right decisions and thus fulfilling God’s will by wisely following His guidance and make the right and exact decisions.

The Journey: Witness 9.8.2018

Father and son planting tree

Do you believe that God will give us mercy? Do you believe this mercy that He freely gives is a witness that we have, personally? Have you ever shared your witness of this mercy to others?

Today I went to my parents’ place to have dinner. When I arrived at 6:30pm, my mum was cooking the food. The TV was switched on, and my father was watching a Korean drama movie. After sitting on the chair for some five minutes, I soon felt tired. Very tired indeed. I then fell asleep. And for the next ten minutes, I was sleeping and had some dreams. And one of them was a nightmare. As a result, when the food was served and we sat on the dining table to eat, I was speechless, filled with pressure and fear. I was scared because of the dream and it made me feel very uncomfortable.

My father probably had noticed my uneasiness, and he then asked me: “Are you sleepy?” At the time when he asked me this question, my mind was nervous and edgy. I then answered his question: “Yes, I was tired, mostly because I had come back from going to a church to pray in the afternoon.” Then suddenly, after saying this, my mind was transformed from an abyss to a summit. I was filled with power and then I spoke and answered my parents’ talking with energy and enthusiasm. And for the rest of the time with my parents, I just felt strong and marvelous.

Reflecting on today’s happenings, I became powerful and enthusiastic, even when I was in a terrible mindset, when I talked about a prayer today. This can be considered as the SUPPORT that I had mentioned in many of my previous blog posts. And today I believe God had led me to show my witness, that is the SUPPORT, to my parents. Whether God had purposely made me falling asleep and gave me the SUPPORT when I talked about Him, was debatable. And I will leave you, my readers to draw your own conclusions.

However, one thing I am sure of is that I am proud to be a witness of the SUPPORT, in which He freely gives me as a mercy to mentally feel and share with other readers. And on this day today, He let me share the witness with my parents directly and physically. I think they probably may ask themselves in the coming days: “Why is there such a change in James’ way of thinking and speaking? He used to be an introvert and now he is strong with the power while talking. Is this what God has done to him?” And I hope that my physical sharing of this witness to my parents and the sharing of this witness in my blog can enlighten more people to know about God, and the big love and mercy that He gives us.

The Second Fighting Heart System: 21.7.2018

Tired male runner resting after training.

Today was the second day, after yesterday’s initial feeling inside the Fighting Heart System. This morning and early afternoon, I ate Dim Sum with my family somewhere near our place. It was an emotional lunch, as I listened to a music and the music enabled me to feel God’s love and SUPPORT. I then went home and took a nap. The dreams were supportive ones, and after that, I went to the airport to pick up my son and family, as they came back from holiday in Australia. Because there were not enough seats in my mum’s car, I had to take a train. The time was around 6pm, and I took an express train to go back home. All along the journey from the airport back home, I was filled with strong SUPPORT. I didn’t keep telling myself that, “I have to meet a deadline, or I have to gain every second” as I had yesterday. But similar to yesterday’s working power, I had the power today in the transport.

I would classify that I was inside the Fighting Heart System again because coincidentally, at around 19:59pm, while I was still in a strong mood and power, I lost the strength again. It was a very strange feeling, as well as a very scary one, and I guessed that some evil forces have out-forced me at the last minute, just before 8pm. This feeling of the lapse of power was the same as yesterday, but the difference was yesterday before the deadline I had a clear target. And yesterday I was working towards the deadline and lost the power 15 minutes before the time destination. Today I was having the SUPPORT and was energetic, but not consciously aware of the final target that I have to, I believe, work for and with God. And at the last moment, just before 8pm, I lost the mental battle, and it was a very disappointing result. But given that I had strong SUPPORT for around 2 hours, I thought I had done a great job already, for and with God.

Give All: Working Part One

Relay Baton

After yesterday’s blog post about giving all in my part-time role as a blogger, today I experienced a great day. Not only my physical being was energetic, my mind was also very enthusiastic. The worries had dissipated. The uncertainty had gone. And what came was a peace of mind and strong SUPPORT.

Today was one of the happiest days of my life. And today’s happiness and joyful mind were driven by a single factor, that I am having a responsibility in God’s work. It is not about how much money I can make. It is not about how long I can live. And it is not about how much worldly status and power that I can have. It is all about working for God, to be one of His tools to make the world a better place.

Yesterday I talked about how a fictitious father who prepared everything for His son in order that he can raise his son up so that the kid can be strong enough to do good and glorify God on earth. Imagine that the father has a sizable business, will the son be responsible enough to continue the development of the business and make it thriving? Or is he to take up the business to make more money? The difference is, the former is a responsibility, while the latter is to fulfil the egoistic desire.

I do not have a father who has a business for me to pick up, but I have the Father, God himself, who gives me the gift to continue writing. And why He has chosen me for this vocation? Why does He give mercy to me to let me join and work in His vineyard?

The reason is He loves me. And He loves you too. The work you do, the family that you have and any other voluntary activities that you do are all works for and with Him. Most of the time we have a choice to do or not to do something. But can we admit to ourself that, well, I have grown old enough to pick up the baton from those who ran so painstakingly in a 4×400 relay race before me? And what about if I might be the fourth and the last runner, therefore having a big responsibility to perform, will you be serious enough to be thinking, “Well, this time I have to deliver.”

Having responsibilities means having the expectation, during the journey, to work to a particular goal or target in future. The road is narrow for us, but the fact that God is with us gives us the assurance that we can know His love at all times. And God leads the way, and we grow hand in hand with our responsibilities. Every time we reach a milestone, we know that God will share His happiness with us, and then He will entrust further responsibilities to us. My example is the SUPPORT he has given me. In certain times, like today, He gave me the feeling and the joyfulness that is worth my every action to repay Him.

This is the journey of love. This is the journey of gratitude. And this is the journey of personal and collective achievements for the world. Will you be proud enough to tell everyone that you will fulfil your job for and with God, and do your responsibility to make the world a better place? Do you know that God will be with you, in times of happiness and despair? Are you prepared to perform if you may be potentially, but not consciously aware, one of the last runners in this once-in-a-lifetime relay race? Will you, in some days, give all to Him because He has given you the joyfulness during the journey, the priceless gift that only God’s love can give?

Give All: Working 18.7.2018

Red heart in hands of the little girl. Symbol of love and family.Valentines day card. Mother's day. Backgrounds for social posters. Selective focus

Yesterday I talked about God leading me to study the Scriptures that are related to working for and with Him. After reading Matthew 25:14-30, my attention then turned to Matthew 20:1-16, the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.

This parable tells us the story of several workers working for a landowner in his vineyard. The landowner had employed many workers but at different periods. Given that some workers were employed for longer working hours, they then expected to receive more than those who only worked for a few hours. But the landowner reminded them that their compensation would be the same, regardless of the hours they had worked. The point is if you are one of the workers, you may ask, why should I do more if I am paid the same?

This parable tells us that God loves every one of us. He gives us the opportunities to work for and with Him, at various point of our life. Let me then share with you my story. I started writing my blog on 13.10.2017. On that day I had first experienced the SUPPORT from God, I believe, and so I wrote them in my blog. And that’s how this blog came to life. And this was probably the job that God had given me to do when I was 41 years old. Before that, I had thought of working for Him, but I could not find what things to do for Him, without his guidance. So it’s like I was wandering in a desert, not being able to find something meaningful to work for God. After guiding me to write this blog, and reading this scripture, it is like a father who tells his son, “Junior, you have grown enough, you have experienced the difficult period, it is time for you to write and do something, to fulfil your responsibilities for our family and people that are close to us. Don’t focus on the rewards you can get, but on how much you can give.”

Not only does this father reminds his son of his abilities and responsibilities, he even prepares everything, to make sure his son can shine in his arena. He teaches him the life lessons, oversees his developments, reminds his son when he has done something wrong and gives him support that enables him to do his work with high morale and enthusiasm. He gives him a computer notebook, and constantly gives him the idea to write, and shares his happiness with him once he has done something good and whenever he reaches a milestone. And this is probably the best of parenting, to enable your son and daughters to shine on their own, to do good and glorify God on earth. And His plan is amazing.

Consider this, I had an English prize in 1993 when I was 17 years old. Then I went on my way to work as an Accounts Clerk, in the corporate world. And then fast forward to the year 2017, when I was 41 years old. When I had a house, and my son going to primary school, at this time God gave me the awakening, to start my blog. He gives me the idea, and inspiration to write for and with Him. And He knows that I have the abilities and enjoys doing such a vocation. Don’t you think this is the best plan for me? I believe. What about you, fellow bloggers? Do you know that God has a plan for you? Do you know that, by writing this blog, God has given you something worthwhile to do, for and with Him? Do you know how much He loves you, by giving you the idea and inspiration to continue writing, which may be the best personal and collective achievements?

Are you willing to give all, by focusing your full attention in your arena, and to Him, knowing that He loves you so much?

The Journey: Writing: 7.7.2018

Photo of womans hands with pen signs contract

Yesterday I talked about “fighting heart.” And my resolve to produce at least one piece of writing in two days with total dedication and commitment to God at the highest standard. But how does “fighting heart” helps you in your writing journey?

Matthew 25:14-30 talks about how a master, according to his three servants’ abilities, entrusted them with bags of gold to work for Him. This master and servant relationship is similar by nature to the relationship between us, as writers and God. We have to know that it was God who created us and gave us the abilities. His will includes entrusting us with different responsibilities, big or small. We have the obligations to perform, and He expects us to produce. The main important point of this parable is to be good and faithful.

Being good is a big topic and I will not elaborate much on this blog post. But generally, being good is to follow Jesus’s teachings and parables. To love God wholeheartedly, and love our neighbours as we love ourselves. We are also expected to do good to others, and serve others rather than be served. How can we writers be good? We can, we just have to have the mentality to write for and with God. We may be from different countries and different culture. We differ in our writings in topic, purposes, strategies, and style, but we should have one common goal, that is we write for and with God. If you have this mentality, then every experience and topic that you write will have the effect of contributions to glorify God on earth. Whatever the topic, whether they are traveling, food and drinks, can be powerful influencing writings to make our world a better place or encourage people to know God.

Being faithful is a personal decision on how to structure our writing life. A choice to consistently write a piece of writing, with “fighting heart.” This is similar to the fact that faithful and loyal workers often perform overtime to make sure their jobs are done. Winners usually have the fighting heart to perform, and strong will to achieve at a reasonable cost. For us, we can set ourselves a target, an achievable and a realistic one, and commit to fulfilling this goal. In my case, the target is at least one blog post in two days. We then need to stay focused on the matter at hand, and actually write the piece before the decided time frame. This is what I call “faithful”, to God, in our writing vocation. There will be temptations, distractions, and excuses to not do according to our schedule. Remember we are not accountable to ourselves, or our family anymore. Instead, we are accountable to God, and so not meeting the deadline disappoints Him.

What are the advantages or rewards to be a “good and faithful” writer? Matthew 25:23 tells us that if we are good and faithful, God will put us in charge of many things, and share His happiness. Every good writer will improve his or her writing skills and mature along with his or her unique journey, but guess what, our writing development is lead by God. How fast you learn about wordings, style and strategy, and your writing “awakening” are all decided and led by Him.

I had explained before in my previous post, our writing journey or career will be a successful one, a sure journey. But it depends on how we define the word “successfulness.” We may not be able to have more than ten thousand followers for each of us, but the fact that we can influence just one reader, and change his or her life to the better, we are already successful writers. And guess what, since all our writings are on the Internet, our writings may influence other people in the next ten to fifty years. The success of a writer, therefore, is not based on the number of followers, or the number of books he or she can sell, but knowing that we have done our best and write for and with God, who is our true boss.

In this way, every writer is a winner, just that we have to believe in God, and be good and faithful to Him. God has already given you the gift and skill of writing, the arena is now set as a result of the internet in this generation, do you want to be a winner? You can, everyone can be.