WHEN LIFE HURTS

Oh Lord, is this our punishmentFor turning against you?

Chaos and natural disasters everywhere.
Misunderstandings abound, scuffles in the air.

Love seems to slowly fade.
It’s no longer the paradise you’ve made.

Living in a complete mess, where lost souls dwell.
We have ourselves to blame, into sin we fell.

Restore our faith in You, Oh Lord.
Teach us your ways;  may your Spirit revive our souls.

Lift us from the curse of sinful living that binds our being.
Redeem us, Oh Lord;  make our hearts your home.

Let your love cover us, that pain and suffering be no more.

Replace hate in this world, 

with care for all to share.

Let your will be done in our lives, set our feet upon the Rock of Salvation.

And with the songs of praise, forever we will sing,

“How great is the God we serve!”

Christ Based Leadership 基于主耶稣基督的领导力—-一点片段的随想

A not lot so serious thought : it means sometimes it make sense to talk nonsense, especially when get together with friends and loved ones (though I personally will not like gossip). Spend quality time with loved ones, no matter what and how we are taking about, itself is a very good thing!
一个不是那么严肃的想法:这意味着某些时候,“闲聊吹水”也是有意义的,特别是和朋友和所爱的人在一起的时间(虽然我个人还是不会怎么喜欢谣言和流言)。和所爱的人们一起待着,不管说什么和怎么聊天,这本身就是一件十分好的事情!

A somewhat serious thought: so let’s not so catch up the words we are using. Because, if human want to clear up our language, it is virtually impossible to do. 

一个比较严肃的想法:那么让我们不要太纠缠于我们使用的文字上面。因为,如果我们人想要真的清理我们的语言,它几乎是一件不可能的事情。
A not lot so serious thought : it means sometimes it make sense to talk nonsense, especially when get together with friends and loved ones (though I personally will not like gossip). Spend quality time with loved ones, no matter what and how we are taking about, itself is a very good thing!
一个不是那么严肃的想法:这意味着某些时候,“闲聊吹水”也是有意义的,特别是和朋友和所爱的人在一起的时间(虽然我个人还是不会怎么喜欢谣言和流言)。和所爱的人们一起待着,不管说什么和怎么聊天,这本身就是一件十分好的事情!

A somewhat serious thought: so let’s not so catch up the words we are using. Because, if human want to clear up our language, it is virtually impossible to do. 

一个比较严肃的想法:那么让我们不要太纠缠于我们使用的文字上面。因为,如果我们人想要真的清理我们的语言,它几乎是一件不可能的事情。

Think about, if you know the crazy —-( for crazy, I mean really he was a crazy man. To get a sense, you may watch the motion picture movie, “knowing…”; in the beginning a professor told a tales about this crazy man:) —-German philosopher,Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote the book “Philosophical Investigations” then you will feel what a mess the human languages are and how desperate this book seems to me.

想象一下,如果你知道那个德国的“疯子哲学家”路德维西.维特根斯坦—-(我说疯子,一点也不过分。要得到一个感觉,你只要看一下那部好莱坞大片,“先知”中的开头,一个大学教授讲了一个关于这个疯子的故事 🙂 )—-他写的《哲学研究》,你就会知道我们人类的语言有多么混乱并且想去修复它们对我来说是多么得感到绝望。(这也就是为什么,我们基督徒在读圣经之前,需要祈祷以求神赐予我们他的智慧来理解他的话语,而不是光只通过人的智慧来理解。并且要和其他人讨论。)

Yes, it may well because our fellowship and community provide a sense of family warm, brotherhood  and sisterhood, so people are join the Christian community; but it can well be said the opposite: because we have faith in Christ, so we are a family , so the people in church cares about us, and it does like a family. 

是的,也许正是因为人们感觉教会提供了一种家一样的温暖和建立友谊的机会,人们就信了基督教;但是,完全反过来也成立,正因为我们有基督的信仰,作为基督的身体的教会给我们提供了一种家一样的温暖和建立友谊的机会。

  
  
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Growth 

We as parents are impressed by that with our kids, when they grow up enough to handle stuff. That’s responsibility. We think maybe that is how God wants to see us. It’s not the same. God wants us to depend on Him, and even when we do have a measure of confidence, the confidence is not, “I can do all things,” but “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

Another beautiful poem

真的是要感谢主:像我这样曾经以读得懂“纯粹理性批判”这样的东西而骄傲的人,现在能发现它的美丽!

再见美丽岛
老朋友见到我都要惊讶地问,

你为什么不会老?

或许是,我参透了人生。

不管你们信不信:

这个世界的作者,

来自另一个宇宙。

在他们那里,

没有时间的流逝,

所以没有丑陋,也没有美丽。

于是,他造了我们这个世界:

一朵注定要凋零的花。

然后又按自己的模样造了我们

和他一起欣赏花的美丽。

然而我们却像一群虫子,

从一开始就有自己的心思……
可是,不管你有多少心思,

所做的一切,

别人终究会明白,

因为离开这个世界后,

人的眼里再没有什么障碍。

即便你逃到天河尽头,

要见面,也只是一念之间。

而天堂,

就是与你相爱的人再见。
2015年12月9日星期三
于桃园

Being a Christain

This poem I read it years ago, beautiful:

Do you know

do you understand

that you represent
Jesus to me?

Do you know
do you understand
that when you treat me with gentleness
it raises the question in my mind
that maybe He is gentle, too.
Maybe He isn’t someone
who laughs when I am hurt.
Do you know
do you understand
that when you listen to my question
and you don’t laugh,
I think, “What if Jesus is interested in me, too?”
Do you know
do you understand
that when I hear you talk about arguments
and conflict and scars from your past,
I think, “Maybe I am just a regular person
instead of a bad, no-good little girl
who deserves abuse.”

If you care,
I think maybe He cares —-
and then there’s this flame of hope
that burns inside of me and for a while

I am afraid to breathe

because it might go out.

Do you know
do you understand
that your words are His words?
Your face, His face
to someone like me?

Please, be who you say you are.
Please, God, don’t let this be another trick.
Please let this be real.
Do you know
do you understand
that you represent
Jesus to me?

Living in China

Today, when I entered my apartment building, I saw two old Chinese men was talking . One was saying to the other: “We do not believe in faith, but you can do religion . No faith, we need believe the CCP, religion activities are ok though…”

The old males are seems in their 50s, and the man who was talking looked like an old retired CCP official. 

I was quickly entering the elevator, and feel fortunate to remove myself out of their sight. Later, I prayed myself to not be angery and prayed for them. 

THERE IS AN OPTION: You can be all the religious you want Or You can take up your cross and follow Juses.

If evil things have different  degrees

Most think Christians (actually, any religion for this matter ) have weird attitude toward sexuality, for me, if evil things have different degrees, then there are far more serious evil that it makes “sex topic” seem so trivial: violence, discrimination, racism, sexism, dictatship, famine, poverty, less disadvantaged people (mental, physical and elderly) discarded by society, human trafficking…should I go on?!!!!

At personal level, I have compassion on homosexuals, I don’t have homophobia; and myself hope one day I have the sacred marriage according to our Lord. (I know it is easier to be said by a heterosexual like me than if you are homosexual; and I fully aware to answer this at a society level from one person is not logical).