June 27, 2013

Learn to Love Again - Pink

Yes, we can always learn to love. Again and again, and again, and again and again, and again.

If it's up to me, I'll name this catchy song "Learn to Love Again". I love the part where she sang we're not broken just bent, we can learn to love again.

How true is that in our real life? We are inevitably social beings, and being social is all there is to life. I know some people are more social than others, but I think that only means differing degree of social preference between individuals.

Imagine a secluded life in the caves without anyone around. Or being deserted in an unknown island like Tom Hanks did. Even a volleyball can start becoming a bestie.

We humans, are uniquely created and made by God for the purpose of radiating His glory on earth. We are to reflect God's light and shine upon the darkness of the world. Having received God's strength and authority, we now have the Class A mission to spread the Message about God (ie. the bible) and build disciples. That's what Christianity has taught me.

I do think in any human relationship, fights and conflicts will always be there lurking in the corner. And I always believe that they are there for good reasons, which is to reveal the deepest desire or fear of the people we love the most (sometimes we think we know a lot about the people closest to us, but in fact we don't!!). Conflicts are there as a stepping stone, not a stumbling block.

Maybe, next time, when you got into a messy fight, hum this song we're not broken just bent, and we'll learn to love again. Leave all the negative emotions behind and cool yourself down. Remember, no fight can ever screw your relationship unless you have given up on it.

Also, no matter how messed up you feel now, remember, you're not broken just bent. And you'll learn to love again <3

June 22, 2013

Passion vs Survival

"Work our strengths not our weaknesses"

I used to think that it is really wonderful to be able to work in the area of our strength, and ultimately in the field of our passion. It's a nice feeling to wake up day after day being excited for work and anticipating what the day gonna bring.

But then again, although this works for some people in the world, the majority will still have to work for the sake of living. Not to live a more comfortable life, not to buy that new gadget or new dress, not to afford that new car, but literally, to live.

Whatever you see in Jakarta, is not really whatever there is to Indonesia. The country is so much more than the high-rise skyscrapers reaching up to the cloud and traffic all over the streets. It's so much more than just being a metropolitan city with active social gatherings and thumping beats on the weekends. Jakarta is the hub. The biggest spotlight-ed city in the whole Indonesia because of its rhythm as a central of whatever things happening here.

Jakarta, being the capital of Indonesia, is a city of hope.

It's the place where many people living below the poverty line go to with the hope of gaining a better life. It's the big city where people find hope that there's something more than their current life in the villages. Jakarta is the link connecting the dots of life aspirations and the rural countrysides.

Some people that I talked to used to farm, grow vegetables, nurture their own cattles (which is still considered a luxury for some households) and got themselves a variety of meals by trading food staples. One guy even went as far as poisoning his own cattle just so that the parent will be willing to let him go to the city. Another person, a waiter at an ailing restaurant, joined the secondary job market of the "three-in-one policy"and stand on the roadside day after day to earn more doughs for his family.

People do crazy things to survive. Many go to Jakarta and step into the path of prostitution or semi-prostitution, drug dealing, etc. Some become house helpers (maids), security guards, street beggars, parking attendants, drivers, basically all the jobs that the higher SES consider to be low.

Some say Jakarta is an adventure. Some say it's a nightmare. The city makes or breaks people. Rich or poor, there's one thing in common: We all strive to live the kind of life that we want. Be it through A or through Z, we simply fight for our survival. And work is the means to achieve that glorious life we've always dreamt about.

Now, the weirdest thing is, God tells us to go out of ourselves and breaks the comfort barrier. When we believe in Him, it's no longer us. Work is no longer for our dreams or survival. Our work is now dedicated solely for God.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, 
as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
(Colossians 3:23)

In his defense Jesus said to them,
"My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working."
(John 5:17)

God loves to see our work, cause He's always been at work too. And for this simple reason, we work, because we want to please Him. Doesn't matter, really, what kind of work that we do, as long as we know that it's a form of our worship to God.

No two persons are created equal. Likewise, no two lives have the same journey. Some people struggle to find work befitting their description of passion, while there are some others who gobble at any work they can do just to earn tomorrow's bread. I think I'm lucky enough to have the luxury of choice. Some don't even have the air to.

Thus, this phrase at the beginning of the article "Work our strengths not our weaknesses" certainly becomes much irrelevant for some lives. Maybe, life passion isn't there for everyone's consumption. And that's okay, cause I believe God speaks differently to people. I'm an acute believe of passion nonetheless, and here still stands to find my strength/passion.

Have you find yours?

June 11, 2013

The Church of The Lord Jesus Christ

She is the plan of God on earth; always in her Father's eye: Cherished, mysterious, beautiful and potent beyond measure: King empowered and life infused. She emerges triumphant; limitless with potential; a harbour for the hopeless and an answer for the ages: The church resplendent - a bride for His Son.

She is the body of Christ on earth; born, like her Head, amidst tribulation, under jealous skies. Cradled in her innocence and guarded for His purpose. She grows in wisdom and stature with victory on her lips and freedom in her hands. Hers is an unstoppable cause. She embraces the world with dignity, honour and compassion; gives vision to the sightless and life to the dying.

She is the family of God on earth. Within her compass, the hungry find sustenance and the weary receive strength. She is a haven for recovering humanity, enthralled by grace. She invites the broken, the vulnerable and the outcast to be immersed in love. She stands imperfect but perfection resides within her. She is flawed but is washed with forgiveness. She has a treasury of faith and a wealth of belonging.

She is the house of heaven on earth: A representative, resolute to reconcile. The Word within her accepts the receptive but challenges the heartless. She is the ecclesia, called out to serve the world: Calling out to welcome in. Blood-washed and armed with testimony, the cross on her lips liberates the chained and offends the unchanging. Like her Master she is pursued and persecuted. Yet she rises with strength in her heart and fire in her soul.

She is the bride of Christ on earth; readying herself for the day when all eyes will be upon her. Prepared and presented before the Lord: The Lamb for whom the world waits, who comes like the rising sun, majestic and magnificent beyond description, while she dazzles with reflected glory. Spotless, perfect and mature, she bows low to cast her crowns and passionately worship Him. Her temporal focus becomes her eternal gaze. She is the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

- by Robert Fergusson, Hillsong

I totally have no idea who Robert Fergusson is, but this poem depicting a church in God's eyes is just so beautiful. Frustratingly beautiful..

"She grows in wisdom and stature with victory on her lips and freedom in her hands. Hers is an unstoppable cause. She embraces the world with dignity, honour and compassion; gives vision to the sightless and life to the dying."

Vision and life. Hope. What else can the world possibly need? There's a lot of poverty and impoverished families here in Indonesia. Let's all do our best in life to fill in the part God has prepared for us to do.. Each one of us is made for a purpose and a unique job desc. Have you known yours? I'm still finding it out.