40Days: 23 July 2016 | wisdom of an ant

‘Are you using the summertime of your life to prepare for your winter season?’

The ant is weak but farsighted. He knows not only what time it is but the time that is yet to come. It is wisdom to prepare for your winter.

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40Days: 23 July 2016 | wisdom of an ant

Finer points: we are but nomads 

​All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Hebrews 11:13‭-‬16 NLT 

Finer points: we are but nomads 

finer points: drifting

That’s the thing about drifting—it never happens consciously. The only way to know you’ve gone off course is to have a fixed reference point. For us, that’s Scripture. If we as the church do not anchor our hearts to the rock of God’s unchanging Word, we will be dragged along by the current of our culture unaware of where we stand in reference to God’s values.

by John Bevere

from: http://messengerinternational.org/blog/john-devotional/the-problem-with-drifting/

finer points: drifting

Finer Points: Joy

Joy is the hallmark of true discipleship.

Joy is not a natural reflex to trials. It is a Kingdom response by a disciple of Jesus who sees reality from God’s perspective.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

– James 1:2-4 NIV

Finer Points: Joy

finer points: delight

“And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants. ””‭‭John‬ ‭3:19-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Do I delight in the revelation of God or the ways of the world?

finer points: delight

on my 6 years in throws

Lol ok so the wording might be a little funny because i was actually crafting this for a personal essay of sorts but i went over the character limit and had to chop things up. I wasn’t even really done but since i had to start editing i thought i would just post this here in it’s little incoherent, wannabe self~ (parenthesis added on WP don’t worry they are not in my uni application lol)


Over the course of my 6 years in Track and Field, I represented the school in the javelin and discus throw, attaining good finishes and occasional podium positions in the National Inter-School Track and Field Championships. I was also blessed with the opportunity to represent Singapore in the MSSM-WALA-SSSC International Little Athletics Championship(just something to show for yknow). Achievements aside, doing the same thing for 6 years may seem like a strange choice. Perhaps it indicates a passion for the sport or a competitive spirit with achievements abounding. The truth is that in those 6 years there were many times I wanted to give up and there were perfectly legitimate reasons to: in injury, transition from secondary school to junior college. What kept me going and what I would consider the biggest takeaway from the entire experience was the ‘team’(#TRUTH). The sport certainly helped me develop emotionally, mentally and physically through the rigour and drain(monotony) of numerous trainings and pressure-situations of competitions. The team however, was what kept me there to reap these rewards and spur me to become a better version of myself. Which is why I believe this concept of ‘team’ is so important and the lessons from it a quality feature to expound on.

Independence is important – especially in this day and age, but learning to rely on others in areas you are weaker in and playing to a other’s strong suits is important. Apart from learning this in track and field, this lesson was really cemented in the Singapore Maximum-18 Tchoukball team I was a part of in 2011(more things to show for). This concept was learnt on court with Tchoukball as a team sport and off court in Track and Field where there was more responsibility and management to be done(this point quite unclear right, but i didn’t have space to properly explain so fingers crossed…i do think that there was managing relations to be done, among peers, seniors and juniors and uh teachers? i didn’t rly dabble in that last bit though #smallfry). ‘Team’ also taught me to pull me own weight in whatever ways I can. It is always easy to slack, thinking someone else will pick it up in a team(i don’t rly know what this means lol but i do think that there is value in whatever words of encouragement and advice, however short like even just a JY). But to truly reach greater heights, I learnt that my effort always matters even if no one else notices. Another thing this concept of ‘team’ taught me was to look beyond myself. We all have our off days and although we always try to pull our own weight, I learnt that sometimes you should help others with theirs too. There will be days my load will be unbearable as well. It does seem that using the concept of a team as a microcosm and representation for the world might be a little naïve but these are simply qualities and lessons I as a person would like to carry through into not only university but also the different phases of my life.


I’m too lazy to properly write this out as a blog post and i know that if i hold it off i will come up empty handed so this post is a better than nothing reminder to future me and maybe something nice(hopefully) for my lovely teammates to read or something if i decide to share it…that’s all i guess

DFTBA,

Charlotte

on my 6 years in throws

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Today God reminded me to praise him. Not just in song during ‘quiet time’ but in Everyday things. Just like how David praised God for even hearing his cry! It was also revealed to me that the issue with pride and why “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall” ref. Prov 16:19 and Why “The Lord despises pride…” In v.5 is because pride puts our human self at the center. It means that the impetus and motivation for actions are our own selves. If let be, more sin will only be likely to follow, to indulge one’s self and feed one’s pride. Which is why “…evil is avoided by fear of the Lord.” (V.6) In Recognising our almighty Father with holy fear we will place him in the center again. 

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