The One Thing

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Many of us wake up each morning or through the day thinking or asking, “What should I wear today?”, “What should I eat today?”, “Where should I go today?”, “Who should I go out with today?”, “Which movie should I watch today?”, “What should I cook today?”…

Though God assures in Matthew 6:25, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?…” Oftentimes I felt we are inclined to treating God like a vending machine dispensing our wants, expecting our due we think owing to us, or perhaps, even as an ATM machine where we can dispense cash from the Heavenly Bank anytime we ask for it.

The bible is indeed full of promises that God will take care of our needs, and our daily living does matter to Him, but what is the ONE thing that really or truly matters to you? Would you rather have material needs than God’s Presence? Would you rather indulge in earthly pleasures than gaining heavenly treasures? Would you rather be dissatisfied with more than to be contented with the One?

Have we ever try starting our day asking God or think about thruough the day “What do You want me to do today, God?”, “What can I do for You today?”, “How can I please You today?”, “How should I start my day with You?”, “Where do You want me to go today?”, “Who should I bless today?”…

Like the Psalmist in Psalm 27:4 asks, “The one thing I ask of the Lord – the thing I seek most – is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.” As Psalm 84:10 reinforces “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wicked people.” (I can relate to this verse that indeed I am most happiest in God’s House (His Church) every Sunday than being at the most prestigious corporations any other day).

Let us be like the Psalmists to seek the one thing that matters most first- God Himself.

God is, I Am.

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The God who spoke, still speak.

The God who listened, still listen.

The God who moved, still move.

The God who molded, still mold.

The God who forgave, still forgive.

The God who blessed, still bless.

The God who transformed, still transform.

The God who delivered, still deliver.

The God who empowered, still empower.

The God who strengthened, still strengthen.

The God who healed, still heal.

The God who saved, still save.

He is the God of yesterdays, today and tomorrows.

He is the God of all possibilities, where men can’t, God can.

God is, I Am.

A Gift Wrapped in Love

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A father and his little girl went shopping in a toy store. The father asked his girl, “What would you like to have this season, my dear?” The girl throbbed with excitement, grabbed her daddy’s hand to lead him to the toy she already had in mind. “Daddy, I would like to have this music phone I have always been longing to play with. Will you get this for me?” The father scrutinised the toy and told his girl, “My dear, I think this toy is not suitable for you. How about I get this talking story book? I think it is better. Let’s go!” The little girl pouted her lips in disappointment, holding her new toy woebegonely.

Muffling her displeasure with fretful purses of her lips and tiny furrows gracing her forehead, the little girl stashed her new toy away under her bed. She snuffled unhappily as she mused over why her prayer for a music phone left unanswered. Days passed and the little girl scribbled cynically to her tantrums as she tried to fiddle with her new toy but still she did not like it at all. She resented her daddy for forcing her to play with the things she did not like. The toy fell off her hands and clunked onto the bare tiles, tears of misery trickled down her cheeks.

Every now and then, the father peeped surreptitiously at his little girl. His heart ached upon seeing his little girl with her chin propped on her knees at the corner of her room, weeping as she wistfully prayed that her daddy would still get her that music phone.

At that juncture, the father ambled into the room, knelt down to hold his little girl up and looked into her eyes dolefully, “My dear, I know it has been hard on you. I thought you would grow to like the toy I thought is best for you. As that music phone isn’t appropriate at this moment and thought I will give it to you when you are older and you will understand my good intention then. But I have counted your tantrums, I have seen your tears, and it pains me to see how dispirited you are. So this time, you can have my blessing because I love you.”

Her daddy’s love suffused the little girl’s eyes with tears, joy soon effaced out every other feelings…

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! – Matthew 7:11-12

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? – Matthew 7:7-10