|Posted on October 12, 2017 at 1:40 AM||comments (0)|
Last week was my birthday.
It is normal in this world to celebrate birthdays. Inviting family and friends for a lunch or dinner at home, at the restaurant, to travel together to ideal place, or even to celebrate in a local area. Throughout in my entire life, there were only few times I celebrated my birthday whether in the Philippines or here abroad.
In Philippines, we could hardly celebrate it because of financial. Here abroad, it is because of stress. I was a perfectionist type. I wanted that things would be perfect the way I planned. I could think of different kinds of dishes to serve when I had guests. Not only of different kinds, but it should be presentable, and of course the taste should be of the same in a commercial restaurant.
I wanted that my guests would be satisfied. In addition to that statement, admit it or not, this is normal to us, but not to God because it is a sin, we like that people would appreciate and impress us. We don`t notice it but it is pride and boasting actually. I want to clarify here that not everybody has the same mindset as mine, as what I used to be. Just examine yourself on what is your purpose of celebrating birthdays. If it is only for fun and don`t include God, then it is still useless. "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." - 1 Corinthians 10:31.
My parents told us the importance of giving thanks to God when we have our birthdays. It doesn`t matter if we celebrate it or not. The most important is to pray to God and thank Him for another year He has given us.
This is very true! Life comes from God. He is the source and sustainer of it.
What did I do on my birthday?
I made fried noodles and spring rolls. Thanks God for the resources. Did I invite people at home? The answer is ... nope! Who ate those food? It is good to invite people like family and friends, but it is best to invite people who don`t have so much priviliges in life. People who cannot repay us back. I gave it to people who are begging on the streets. In Luke 14:12-14 - "Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
I shouldn`t write this one because the Bible says, "Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." - Matthew 6:2-4. But I am telling this to encourage people. Glory and praise to our Lord Jesus Christ!
I couldn`t do this apart from God. I am just an instrument ... a recipient of God`s amazing grace. This thing needs confidence in God. I was a shy person and hesitant to approach people. On the streets, especially the famous street here in Oslo, Norway called "Karl Johans Gate" is a busy street. A lot of people strolling around because there are a lot of shops, few pubs, or even cafes. I don`t want that people who are walking on that said street might see me doing this stuff like giving something, e.g., money, food, and the most important is giving Gospel Tracts to underpriviliged people (beggars) that they might come to know the saving knowledge of Christ. I have Gospel Tracts in their own language so that they could understand it well.
The underpriviliged people flooding on that famous street because there are a lot of people pass by. The more people, the greater chance to accumulate money. It rained that day and it was cold, so the ambience was quite dark. Not so much people at that time and was difficult to find someone begging. Thanks God, we found some. I said to my husband (for he was with me at that time), "it is not about the giving or rather how many people we have given food and booklets (Gospel Tracts) but it is about doing God`s will". Whether we found someone begging on that day or not, the most important was doing what pleases God, all for His glory!
The same thing here. I am writing blogs without sponsors or donors. To maintain this website, I must pay every month. But God is a Great Provider. He is the source of everything like money, ability, knowledge, and wisdom. He provides everything. My blog site is already 1 year and 4 months old plus counting, God willing and by His grace alone, more years to come. Whether people read my blogs or not, the most important is doing what pleases to my King Jesus! Sharing the Word of God to people, so that what I have learned from God, I could share it to people as well. This is the truth ... everyone needs Jesus. "So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth." - Philippians 2:10. All people including atheists or antichrist will someday bow down to Jesus and confess that He is indeed Lord and Savior!
I have encountered a lot of challenges ... so much troubles and difficulties in life. Life is hard, but God is good. In fact, I am thankful and grateful to God for all those trials because I have learned so much in life, all by God`s mercies and graces. We learn more in pain than in pleasure. We see it bad, but God sees it good. It is all about perspective, and it should be of God`s perspective.
Thank You, Lord for the 34 years of existence! At my age, by your grace alone, you opened my heart and mind to see the TRUTH in life! I couldn`t ask for more than knowing You. What a privilige that I don`t deserve! I might have something lacking in my life like success and a complete family humanly speaking, and in a worldy perspective but, spiritually speaking, and in Your own perspective, I have already everything for You are my everything! My heart is big enough that only You could fit in. You filled up the hole in my heart. Your grace is enough for me. "But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." - 2 corinthinas 12:9.
I thank God for my ample of time because without it I wouldn`t know God. Although I am still in the process of disciplining myself everyday to read and pray. But, If I am too busy with the things in this world like for instances; success, achievements, and career, I wouldn`t have time to pray, to read and hear God`s Word, or in other words, to spend time with our Creator. I would surely miss the real purpose and meaning of life.
Life is time. No time, no life for time is life. Without giving or spending time with God by God`s grace, man misses the everlasting life! Truly, there is a purpose for everything. God knows what is best for me and for you. I am still desiring to know more of Him! All credit goes to my Lord Jesus Christ. To God be all the glory! Amen.