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20 January 2011

Beware of Self-Righteousness


I've came across this reading from 'The Word For Today' and think it's worth sharing. Feel free to let me know what's your opinion too. Here it is;

Beware of Self-Righteousness

'...you who judge others do these very same things.' Romans 2:1
A woman looked out of her window every morning and commented on 
the dirty laundry on her neighbour's line. One day she noticed it was 
sparkling clean: 'Maybe she's using a new detergent,' she remarked. 
'No,' said her husband. 'I got up early and cleaned our windows.' 


Hello! When Paul talks about '...greed, hate, envy, murder, 
quarrelling, deception...gossip' (Romans 1:29 NLT), it's tempting 
to think it doesn't apply to you. 
Then he says, 'You are just as bad...you...do these very 
same things.' Maybe you've never embezzled money, but have you 
ever short-changed somebody? Or taken an 'iffy' tax deduction? 
How about when you're stuck in traffic, or you overhear some juicy 
gossip? Phil Yancey says: 'Murder and adultery differ from hatred 
and lust only by degree...Paul reserves his most scathing comments 
for self-righteous people...A Pharisee of Pharisees, he knew 
the pattern...the danger that accompanies a feeling of moral superiority. 
Just as denial keeps you from seeing a doctor about a lump or 
lesion...denial of sin leads to worse consequences...I accepted 
a speaking engagement from some Christians involved in 
Twelve-Step Programmes...As I pondered what to say...it occurred 
to me that what recovering alcoholics confess daily-personal 
failure and the need for grace...represent high hurdles for 
those of us who take pride in independence and self-sufficiency. 
Romans 3:10 NKJV says, '..."There is none righteous...' and God's 
grace is the only solution. It comes free of charge, apart from the 
law and...human efforts towards self-improvement...we need only 
hold out open, needy hands-the most difficult gesture for a 
self-righteous person.'


Source: The Word For Today.
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08 January 2011

No regrets


It has never occurred to me I would write about my father. Not intentionally, but without knowing it, my holding him dear to my heart present me absolutely no reason to put into words how important he is to me in my life. But for some reason, I feel I should share with you where I am today after all said and done.

I've lost my beloved father, and even when ten years passed, his place in my heart will never be replaced by anyone else. Wherever he might be right now, I will forever be thankful for this presence in my life and all the memories of him I cherish. The sadness that was extreme at first, it is now manageable. The fact of life itself brings about certain understanding I can no longer ignore and as a result grow stronger and more grateful. I no longer think of death as 'the end' but the beginning. The transformation of oneself as to step into a new territory. The starting point of journey of those who's left behind to move past grieve to understanding, acceptance, and finally grateful for wonderful memories we're allowed to keep dear to our hearts for as long as we live.

To this day, I am constantly being reminded of the importance of my love ones. Being given the opportunity to love and to be loved is a blessing, and I am using each and every day of my life to complain a little less, listen a little bit longer, and care a little more. This way, no matter when all will come to an end, there'll be little or no regrets.

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05 January 2011

When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?



Living in the world, we have over million things to consider. Why is that?

If I do this what will happen to this person?, if I do that what would this person think? Are we being thoughtful or simply can't decide where we stand? What would be the risk or rewards of your action when it comes to do the right thing concerning YOUR OWN LIFE?

Go ahead and do what you know is right. Life is too short not to.
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Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?


Does it? I've had a couple moments of those myself, and they don't  really matter now.

Why is that?

Because we've grown up and we know better? or because it is easier to let go than holding on to such moment?

What is your take on this?
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If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?


If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make mistake?

I've come across the question and thought, 'How true!'. Are we that dumb we don't know what is good for our lives, or are we just forgetting things so easily?

Do we actually have to be afraid of anything as a result of our own well-thought-out action even if it happen to be a mistake in the end? The the question is, 'Why bother thinking before doing anything at all?' 

What's your take on this?
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