Thursday, May 26, 2005

A beautiful promise

I just wanted to put this song in here. What a beautiful song. I just wish that this could be the song of all women so that there will be less pain in the matters of the heart ( relationship with the opposite sex).


I promise (by Jaci Velasquez)


Lord, you know my heart

And all my desires

And the secret things I’ll never tell

Lord, You know them well

Though I may be young

I see and understand

That at times, like sheep, we go astray

And things get out of hand


So I promise to be true to you

To live my life in purity as unto you

Waiting for the day

When I hear you say

Here is the one I have created

Just for you


Until then, Oh Lord

I will be content

Knowing that true love will come someday

It will only come from You

Coz I have seen the suffering  that loneliness can cause

When we choose to give the love away

Without the righteous cause

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Crossing the line

I cannot help but pity Anakin. Or is it just me? Somehow I felt sad that no one helped him get through what was happening all around him. Obi Wan should have known and gave advice. Yoda could have indicated something to Anakin. Padmi could have assured him that all will be well. Or anyone one among the Jedi Council. But then, it is really the decision of Anakin to join the dark side.

Maybe that is my problem with the good force in the Star Wars: you have to listen to what you feel. Feelings though are not to be trusted. Let’s take Anakin who trusted his love for Padmi. Was it wrong for him to want the love of his life to continue living? Was it wrong to feel betrayal when the people around you when they seem not to trust you (unfortunately Anakin was deceived by the Emperor)? How about the other Jedis? Were they not feeling that something wrong is happening? They should have known that something is amiss with Anakin.

And all this made me think about the line: the line between the good and the dark side ( or for Star Wars : the force). How easy it is to be lured by power, immortality, fame and strength. How easy to be deceived that what you are doing is for the good of someone but in reality you are doing it for your own good. Did Anakin really want for Padmi to survive her childbirth for herself of for his own?(it was for his own really, a selfish decision that pushed him more to the dark side) Did the Chancellor wage the war for peace and democracy instead of power? (Of course, we saw that it was for power).

No one can stay on the line. One must choose. It must either be for or against. And I hope that for me, it will always be the “good” force.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

What matters most...

I just watched the movie "In Good Company." I could say that it follows the Hollywood formula : the good eventually succeeds at the end, the good things in life are relationships, family, character, and love for your work. Yup! It's the standard feel good movie. But then, it makes me wonder how come so many people still miss out on this. Many still take for granted relationships and their family. Many people do not really love their work ... it's just a way to sustain their needs and wants. Character? What's character to the world which seemed to have lost it's contact with the true good things in life? In the end, one of the main characters (played by Topher Grace - what a different but nice screen name!) finally realized that what he has done for the last few years was not what he wanted. He turned his back on the fast and crazy corporate world and decided that he might pursue a career in teaching. The last scene shows him jogging along the seashore, enjoying the scenery... a deep contrast to a forestry scene on the tv while jogging on a treadmill. Good for him! He realized at 26 (or maybe 27) what he wants out of life. How I wish that many of us will realize this early on... and not miss out on so many good things in life... not exchanging them for things that seems worth reaching for, but not true...

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Hating chocolate

I just read a book entitled “The Chocolate Touch.” It’s very much like the story about Midas whose touch made everything gold. The Chocolate Touch, yes, you’ve guessed it, is about a young boy whose touch made everything into chocolate. It came about because of his greed for anything sweet and most especially for anything made up of chocolate. Of course, he learned that chocolate is no longer quite so good when it’s the only thing you eat all day. Just imagine, drinking chocolate water, eating chocolate egg, crunching a chocolate chip (instead of potato chip!), using a chocolate spoon, taking chocolate medicine, tasting a chocolate fruit (whew! What taste would that be?), etc. That would really be cloying! And anyone of us would feel mush the same as he did: hating chocolate.


Doesn’t this make one appreciate the fact that God created so many different types of food? Isn’t it great that we can savour so many types of food that are sweet, sour, spicy, bitter, and salty and even a combination of these different tastes? Now, I am making myself hungry this early (it’s 8:41 am and already had my breakfast)! Just a reminder for me to thank God for my different taste buds and so many varieties of food in this world!


Lion Chaser Manifesto

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don't let what's wrong with you keep you from worshiping what's right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don't try to be who you're not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.

Chase the lion.

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson (