“Come in,” God said. “So you would like to interview me?”

“If You have the time,” I said.

God smiled. “My time is eternity. That’s enough time to do everything.
What questions do you have in mind?”

“What surprises you most about mankind?”

“Many things.”
“That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up,
and then long to be children again.
That they lose their health to make money and then lose their
money to restore health.
That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, and
live neither for the present nor for the future.
That they live as if they will never die, and die as if they had never lived.”

God took my hands in His. We were silent for a while, then I asked,
“As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons You want
Your to children learn?”

God replied with a smile.
“To learn that they cannot make anyone love them.
They can only let themselves be loved.
To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have
in their lives, but who they have in their lives.
To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.
All will be judged individually on their own merits,
not as a group on a comparison basis.

To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most,
but is one who needs the least.
To learn that it takes only a few seconds to open profound wounds
in persons they love and many years to heal them.
To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.
To learn there are persons who love them dearly, but simply do not
know how to express or show their feelings.

To learn that money can buy everything but happiness.
To understand that two people can look at the same thing
and see it totally differently.
To appreciate that a true friend is someone who knows everything about
them, and likes them anyway.
To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others,
but that they have to forgive themselves.”
I sat there for a while enjoying the moment. I thanked God for this time
and for all that He has done for me and my family.

Then God replied, “Anytime, I’m here twenty-four hours a day. All you have
to do is ask and I’ll answer. People will forget what you said.
People will forget what you did. But people will never forget
how you made them feel.”

James J. Lachard (Jim Brown)

Taken from:
http://www.wordsofjoy.com/James_Brown_BIO.htm

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Recently bought a pair of new headphones after reading reviews at head-fi

Why the AKG K550?

  • Can be driven without amplifiers
  • Comfortable (won’t press onto your ears)
  • Good sound isolation (especially if you have a noisy surrounding)
  • Value for money (semi-pro to pro sounding)
  • Visually appealing

The only unfortunate thing was that it sounded better than my speakers [Harman Kardon SoundSticks II]
May have to consider upgrading the speakers now.

AKG K550

Link: http://uk.akg.com/akg-k550-uk.html

Realised that this is hardest project yet.
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Get it here: http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/3152/goju_no_to/index.html

May not update soon.

2 sons

There was a father who had two sons. But both the sons were estranged in the family in their own ways. The elder son never did love the father, though he did all that the father told him – he did it all for the sake of pure duty. All the while he looked forward to the end of it all, thinking that but doing his due diligence he shall eventually inherit everything that was in the house. He had always looked with contempt at his younger brother — who was complacent and never did bothered to work his due, depending solely upon his father’s riches living from day to day, never ever gave a thought about plans for the future. Comparatively, the elder son was obedient and did all he could to support his father’s farming business.

But even with the apparent obedience of the elder son, he was one without love, showing concern neither for his father nor his younger brother; he always felt that the younger was a good-for-nothing in the family while being constantly doted upon by an overprotective father. However, the elder son felt that all this doesn’t matter for at the end of the day, he would inherit all that his father has.

As for the younger son, he hated his father for being a constant thorn in his flesh. His father was always nagging at him and prevented him from living the life he had wanted. He often felt so “breathless” from being constrained and bounded by the rules of his father. To him, his father was an authoritarian who had always wanted things done his own way. He felt the life he had lived was that of his father’s and not a life of his own. He also hated his elder brother who was that goody-two shoes who did whatever the father instructed him to do – he always felt that his elder brother was one without a soul of his own. One day, the younger son thought, “I shall take my deserved share of the inheritance and leave for a far off land away from my manipulative father and mindless brother.”

Before long, the younger brother requested his due from his father so that he could go to a faraway country to live the life of true freedom, a life that had always wanted, only achievable by leaving his father’s house. Even though the father was devastated, the elder son was secretly elated; for with his younger brother gone, he had become the only son in the house. The father had no one else to depend upon but him, surely his days of becoming the master of the house was near and the father would surely appreciate him more now with his useless brother gone. However, he soon took a setback, when he saw that his father went out daily in the morning out of the house, walked to the highest point where they had lived, always looking afar with a sorrowful face. He was indignant every time his father did this, for he couldn’t understand why his father was doing all this. Wasn’t he a hundred times better than his younger brother, why was his father wasting his effort to even try to hold on to any hope of his return. He continued to work hard even with his brother gone but he would sometimes envy his younger brother thinking whether he should have done the same, wondering if he would have lived a better away from the father. When he started to understand that all the father has would eventually be his, he was happy within himself for remaining in the house.

It had been almost five years and any thoughts about his younger brother was completely out of his mind, when the worst day of his life arrived; while he was still working out in the fields, a servant informed him of his younger brother returned. He was even told to get himself prepared for a feast for his younger brother. He was infuriated, now when he thought that his brother was finally gone, he had suddenly returned; the last thing that he would expected his father to do was to throw a feast for him instead of punishing him for the evil deeds that he had done. He was so angry that he refused to budge and stayed out in the fields even when the servants persuaded him to join in the celebration. Eventually the father came and pleaded with him to join in the feast, but he was so enraged, he rebuked his father saying, “Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!” The father knew that the brother had never loved his younger brother and could never appreciate what he was actually doing, so he told him, “My son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found”

“Human literature requires a lexicon and often a library of reference books to disclose its meaning. For the most part of the Word of God is its own dictionary and library of reference. Within its own compass may be found either the direct or indirect definition of its own term, making the careful student in a large measure independent of outside help, and so enabling even the poor and simple to learn its meaning, and bringing it within universal reach.”

A. T. Pierson, D.D.

Many-a-times it is good to go back to the basics to be sure of what we know.

Bought a new book the Westminster Larger Catechism. Wanted to get the Shorter Catechism but the one sold at SKS was not the one I was looking.

This is a Q&A books that covers most of the fundemental questions and teachings about Christianity, the book also give loads of bible quotes and explanations to defend its arguments. I belive this Q&A style do help us to remember the doctrines better. Although the book is not exhaustive,  I think it will definately help get us those bible quotes handy when we need to get references and quick answers to those questions which we can just blurt off but may find ourselves having some difficulty expressing it or finding the bible references.

Hope to be able to spent some time to really go through it.
For those new to the faith I really recommend The Westminster Shorter Catechism.

Went to Kuriya for the first time. The environment and the food was great but the price-tag was on the high side. Took some pictures but looked really blur cause was using my handphone. Will post the photos later

Very Late update but here goes


That’s all folks.