Would I call you names (e.g. stupid, idiot) or shower you with all kinds of insults because you don’t agree with me or believe in what I believe?
And would I kill you because we are not of the same faith or affiliation?
No, I won’t. Doing so is what I consider bigotry.
Would I force you to do things that are against your conscience, faith and beliefs?
Would I force you to say that what I am doing is correct and morally acceptable?
No, I won’t. Doing so will make me more than a bigot – a dictator.
Some people may not be as intelligent as we think we are. Some are rich and some are poor in this world’s standard. We have different beliefs and also differ in how we live life. But God loves us all and has given us his Word (Bible) to be our guide in life.
Life is not without struggles. There are circumstances that test our determination to succeed. We may fail along the way, maybe several times but it doesn’t matter. We get up, learn from our failures and go on to realize our dream. And I would say, dream big. It should be big enough to inspire us each day.
I’d like to share 3 things we need on our journey to success.
1. Don’t stop learning.
With the recent advances in information technology, vast resources are made available to us. So learn as much as you can and acquire new skills. Do a self-study on any new available technologies or topics that interest you if there are no opportunities for formal training. That would give you a significant advantage over others even those foreign counterparts you may have in your career life. And never forget to learn from the people around you.
2. Don’t be afraid to take risk.
Trying to do something you haven’t yet tried involves risk. And generally, we are afraid to take risk. We are so afraid to fail. But if we look at the people we consider successful, they have their share of failures.
3. Go beyond your comfort zone.
We have a tendency to stay within our comfort zone. But I would say more exciting challenges are out there. The more rewarding thing to experience is to overcome challenges and discover new things. At first, we’ll feel the stress and discomfort but the success at the end will be much sweeter.
So if you don’t stop learning, never afraid of taking risk and willing to go beyond your comfort zone, then you would surely be amazed at the success you would achieve. And above all, honor God and trust in Him for it is HE who gives us the ability to produce wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18).
1)”God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.”
2)”Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life.”
3)”Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.”
4)”We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.”
Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.
We make decisions every day. For technical work, our decisions are usually based on some analysis and previous data. We could take risks but it should be some kind of informed risk-taking. Our decisions must also be made in a timely manner or else we could miss opportunities. A delay could be very costly.
I believe it’s the same way in life. There’s a decision that has to be made. But we often feel we still have enough time. Some would say, “I’m still young. It’s not yet time for such things.” So you may be wondering what decision I’m referring to. I would say it’s the most important decision that we could ever make in life. It’s a decision to prepare for eternity because life in this present world is just temporary. Death would certainly come even to the wealthiest or the most intelligent man on earth.
Now, how could we prepare? Just like travelling for the first time to a new place, we need a map or guide. When preparing for an exam, we get books and other references to review. So in the same manner, we could prepare for eternity by reading God’s word – the Bible. We have to read it. Then we would know what God the Creator is really saying. Don’t settle for second hand information. During my college years, my usual practice was to check our textbook (firsthand information) when in doubt on a certain topic because I had a tendency to get more confused or unconvinced when I just got some explanations from others (secondhand information).
And when we read the Bible, we will learn four very important truths that would lead us to the most important decision in life:
* God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life (John 3:16 and John 10:10).
* Man is sinful and separated from God (Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23).
* Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin.
– He died in our place and rose from the dead. (Romans 5:8 and 1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
– He is the only way to God (John 14:6).
* We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives (John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:1-8, Revelation 3:20).
This decision can be summarized in the following prayer:
“Lord, I am sinful and have rebelled against You. I now turn from my sins and I open the door of my heart to receive You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for Your love and forgiveness. Take full control of my life, and make me the kind of person You want me to be.”
So when will we make that most important decision to surrender our life to God and serve Him only? Is it only when there’s no more chance and it’s already too late? We don’t know when death comes but when we entrust our life to the God who holds the universe we will have that assurance of eternal life in heaven. Why not go to God in prayer now?
How would you like people to remember you? Would you like to be remembered as a highly successful man? A man of influence and prestigious career? Or just a simple individual who touches lives through a selfless cause?
Every person has common basic needs. Stephen Covey says in his book “The 8th Habit” that we have four basic needs: to live, to learn, to love, and to leave a legacy. I strongly agree with him. We work in order to earn money to live. But not just that, even if we are receiving high compensation, we still find ourselves dissatisfied with our job when we feel there is no more room for learning new things. Why? It’s because all of us have that basic need to learn. And we marry and build our own families because we also have that basic need to love. Then, there’s that need to leave a legacy that may not look like a basic need to some people.
We may not be fully aware of it but deep within us is a longing to leave a legacy or something that we can be remembered for. Leaders leave a legacy. Teachers leave a legacy especially to the students. We have been enjoying what we have now because of scientists and inventors in the past who left us with the legacy of useful inventions like telephone and light bulb. They’ve been held in high regard and remembered for what they have done that benefits our generation. We all would like to leave a legacy. Like a river that leaves behind an amazing canyon by its natural erosive action, every action we do each day would gradually develop our legacy.
Now what legacy would you like to leave behind? A legacy of being a loving and sacrificing mother? A responsible father? A person of integrity, faith and good character? It doesn’t need to be as impressive as that of a scientist or a great world leader. We can start building that legacy now in our own little ways – something that would make your children or friends proud of your memory. Be that someone you would want to be remembered. We don’t want to be at the last minute of our existence filled with regrets saying, “How I wish I had done this and that”. As one English poet says: “’If I should die,’ said I to myself, ‘I have left no immortal work behind me—nothing to make my friends proud of my memory—but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered.’” So let’s start now before it’s too late.
Things that happen in life are not always what we wanted. We can see the sad realities all around us, day in and day out. Death of a loved one, a family member stricken by a debilitating disease, loss of job, broken relationships and tragic accident leaving someone helpless are just some of these realities. But what if these happen to us? How can we still face life boldly? How can we stay strong when things go wrong?
First, we need to know that God is at work. Knowing means believing firmly in the certainty of this truth that will surely bring us the inner strength we need in tough times. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that God is at work when we ourselves are in a very depressing situation where we feel we already want to give up living. But take heart, He is right there beside you even when it seems He’s silent.
Second, we need to know that God is in control. When problems and struggles of all sorts besiege us, we often feel that everything is out of control. But remember that God is our Creator, our great Designer. In engineering, a mechanical or structural design engineer knows the load capacity of his design. The engineer knows how much load in tons a bridge he designs can withstand before it fails. I strongly believe it’s the same as how God allows problems and trials in life. As our Creator, He knows our capacity and He will not allow a load or burden that is beyond our designed capacity. So just trust that He knows what He is doing and He is in control.
Third, we need to know that God has a good purpose. Things that happen in life are not without a purpose. Just like the processing of valuable minerals such as gold, fire or pressure has to be applied but after that, the precious pure gold comes out. We may have to undergo hard times but we know we’ll come out as pure, strong and victorious individual. It could be that He’s getting our attention because we are already so focused on ourselves – our job, our position, our prestige, and material possessions – that we already forgot Him. Or it could be that He wants us to be reminded that everything in this present world is temporary. But whatever it is, I know He wants to accomplish good things in us that we may only understand later.
So when things go wrong and life seems like it’s not making sense anymore, we can still stay strong. And when almost everything on earth that we treasure is gone, we can still face life boldly and go on. This would be possible when we truly believe or know that God is at work, that He is in control and that He has good purpose for whatever He has allowed to happen to us.