looking back.

June 15, 2006

so today i try to start following the bible plan that’s emailed to me every day. i plan to go about it one step at a time, ergo, i’m planning to finish the new testament in a year. slow you might say? slow and steady wins the race. anyway, my thoughts and insights upon reading the very first chapter of the New Testament:

the New Testament starts off with the genealogy of Jesus. it is quite long but definitely packs a lot of punch. with abraham, isaac, and jacob as the opening ancestors. rahab, ruth, boaz, king david, and solomon in the middle. and of course Jesus for the grand finale. how can you go wrong? hahaha. (and i’m sure the others in between were also people of great faith to be included in God’s Word)

genealogys offer the background and origin of a person. it was the first thing mentioned in the NT, so it must be important, or worth knowing about right? but in this day and age, does ancestry still matter? with so many people making it on their own, without relying on family name, fortune, etc., does your history still have a say on your life and future? what does this mean to us now, in the 21st century?

i think now its not about looking back, but looking forward. not really looking in the past to define your future, but letting your present define your future. maybe even being at the start of the generation whose life is surrendered to Christ. being the abraham of your lineage. think about that.

and one more thing, just because some generations may side track, that doesn’t mean that the whole lineage is ruined.(same goes with other things in life)

life is never meant to be perfect, just lived with excellence.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

today i watched the ever controversial da vinci code. it was interesting, definitely exciting. and of course thoughts about faith surfaced before i watched the movie. i actually read the book already, but i don’t remember the specific details. i remember reading it in a time when my faith was non existent. and i guess reading it even justified it more.

funny thing was, while i was watching the movie, it never felt like it was something real. it would be just like an normal movie wherein the events are possible, but unlikely to happen, and at the end of the day, it is fiction. not expected to be a source of facts. maybe some parts were, but the overall cohesive story is improbable.

so how’d it affect me? faith is not about institutions, traditions, or even religion. faith is based on a relationship. and no matter what other people do or say, faith does not change if you have a relationship with God. i know there are times that i may slip and fall, but the great thing is He’s always there to catch me.

the answer.

May 16, 2006

Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:1-6 NIV