Saturday, October 31, 2015

Afternoon Walk

Afternoon walk. I don't know but I quite have a thing for lamps and lampposts and stuff carrying light. I love light. It's beautiful. It makes me see things. It lifts up my heart. Can't find the words to express it but I think one of the best things God created is light.

There is something significant about light that it is the first thing which God created on the first day (see Genesis 1:3)... why it is very often related with the word "truth"... and why Christ was referred to in John 1:9 as the "true light".

I guess this is something to meditate upon deeper. 😊 

A Faithscripter Story

This was my column name at the university newspaper when I was in college. Basically, I came up with this since at that time I was quite new in my Christian walk and we were taught about scripting language such as javascript given that I was an IT student. So yeah, I took off java, replaced it with faith and used it in our newspaper. Though the name was simple as that, it was born out of the desire to serve God as a student journalist.

I wanted to share my faith and inspire others and being a part of the official university publication was an opportunity for me to do so. So even though I was given that column only at my last year when I became a feature editor, I grabbed the chance to write for His glory. Getting the spot for reflection section was a joy to me as well. I've never felt that my student life was fulfilling until the Lord used me through writing.

One of the most memorable things for me is when a canteen staff told me with a smile in her face that she was blessed with my column article as it struck her. Can no longer remember the exact words. It felt surreal that my writing has inspired someone. But I am still thankful to God. With the thousand others inside that university, I didn't know who else has read my writings and experienced the same but that is one my motivations why I continue to write even if no one seems to read. Who but God knows if the words I write travel to someone's heart... and even if no one really reads I still know in my heart that I write for the One who is worthy of the glory in all I do. And that is what matters most.

And so here my journey continues... 😊 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Behind the Names

I still cannot get over this. For years, I thought the only meaning of Maria is "bitter". I didn't like it but do I have a choice? They say, sometimes, you live out what your name stands for. Then one night when I was bored, I searched for name meanings again and found out that it came most likely from the Egyptian word "mr" which means "love", or "mry" which means "beloved". Now I have a choice. I choose love and be a channel of it or even beloved— because in Christ I am. Kathrina, on the other hand, means "pure". I am praying He will help me live it out.

Do you know that name-giving is a way of worship to God for His faithfulness which is accounted in the Bible? Isaac for example means "he laughs". In Genesis 21:6 it is written, "And Sarah declared, 'God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me.'"

Another great thing is God even changes names of people. Isaac's father was named Abram. But God said in Genesis 17:5, "What's more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations." Jacob, which means "deceiver" was changed by God to Israel when this man wrestled with God from night until dawn (Gen. 32:22-32). It means "God fights". This is one of the truths that makes the Bible so wonderful and interesting to read and follow.

And you know, God still does it today, to us, and to you through Jesus. You call yourself "worthless" but He calls you "precious". You were "slave", He calls you "redeemed"... "helpless" but now "rescued". You call yourself "abandoned" but in Christ He calls you "mine".

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