Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Thursday, August 11, 2011
"This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everbody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done".
I remember reading that when I was around 7 years old and I was laughing at it. I understood it. At my tender age of 7, I understood it and found it witty.
In times when I am about to do something another person should have done, I find myself saying "I'd rather play the role of Somebody instead of waiting for Nobody". When asked to explain, I excitedly tell them about the story I read when I was seven. Unfortunately, I can honestly count, using the fingers of ONE hand, how many people actually get it. It's such a lonely world when you laugh at things nobody else understands. In time, I've gained the misconception that sometimes, being "me" is a liability.
Let me tell you what being "me" means - it's being a fast reader, a voracious reader, a fast talker and a voracious eater. I like to see things, experience things, learn things, read about stuff and taste food for myself before I form opinions. That's not to say I don't value other people's thoughts but I like learning hands-on, first hand. Because you see, there are things in life that just can't be done. You can't eat for someone else's satiety, you can't learn for someone else's betterment, you can't digest for another person's nourishment, and you cannot live life for someone else.
But there are things that can be done. You can eat just because someone else tells you to, you can learn just to seem better in someone else's eyes, you can digest without being nourished, you can be alive without actually living. This, however, does not mean we should do these.
And so, instead of falling into a pit of "self-pity" and "self-loathing" thinking that being "me" is a liability, I developed the policy that there are just things that can't be done and things that shouldn't be done even if it were possible to accomplish. I refuse to explain jokes that people don't get. If I have to explain it, it means they wouldn't get it even if they heard the explanation.
Tomorrow, I am going to do something that I am not in charge of doing. But I will do it anyway. It does not fall in the category of "I won't even if I could, and I can't even if I wanted to..."
Because you see, although there are things in life that just can't be done and things that shouldn't be done, there are things that we can and have to do. I can eat and be satisfied, I can learn to teach others to become better, I can do this "something" tomorrow to help nourish others, and I have to live my life to talk about SOMEONE else. That SOMEONE is the very reason why I can do anything. Apart from Him I am nothing. I certainly cannot talk about Jesus enough to praise Him like He deserves and I cannot believe in Him enough for others to be saved - others have to believe in Him for themselves.
"In our life's story, we could either be any of the four types of people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. Sharing about Jesus is an important job to be done. Everybody is sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could do it, but sometimes, Nobody does it. Somebody gets angry about that, because it is Everybody's job. Everybody thinks Anybody could do it, but Nobody realizes that Everybody wouldn't do it. Do you want things to end up with Everbody blaming Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done?".
"You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire. You have not come to darkness, sadness, and storms... You have come to God, the judge of all people, and to the spirits of good people who have been made perfect. You have come to Jesus, the One who brought the new agreement from God to his people, and you have come to the sprinkled blood that has a better message than the blood of Abel" [Hebrews 12:18, 23b-24 NCV]
Saturday, August 6, 2011
I love burgers.
My mother loves making them. Often, when I am in a hurry to sink my teeth into one of those thick patties she makes, I always end up burning my tongue. You know what the consequence of that is: I won't be able to taste anything I eat for the next 24 hours or so.
Do you know that this also happens when I eat apple pies or pocket pies at fast food chains? It says there clearly, on the fine print near the opening of the package (okay, so it's not so clear, nevertheless it's there and it's readable to the average person) - "CAUTION: FILLING IS HOT".
And I ask another "do you know" question, do you know that this "caution" is mandated by the law? My professor in Public Health told me that warning signs are actually "anti-lawsuits". Putting a "CAUTION: WET FLOOR" sign can spare the owner of an establishment from being sued in case an accident happens. It can save a kiosk owner headaches if "CAUTION: Hot Surface" is placed near steamers, popcorn makers and food warmers. If warning signs are not put up, the public can put the blame on the business owners. Yup, those small, often-made-of-plastic signs a lot of people forget about so easily are actually important and are not simply there to state the obvious. It's like sayiing "You've been warned, your ignorance is no longer our fault".
Everyday, we see a lot of "cautions" in life that we mistakenly ignore, accidentally forget or deliberately take for granted. We bite into things that can numb our sense of taste for what's important and good in life. Actually, the Bible is filled with warnings and cautions. Have I been doing the same thing to it what I have been doing to these "caution" signs? Do I fail to read it? Do I regard it as a fine print that nobody ever reads? Or worse, do I read and immediately forget what it says to me? I have a friend who always tells me "that's why I don't read the Bible, so I'd be innocent because I don't know" whenever he hears me sharing biblical truths.
If in this world, the alibi "I did not see the sign" is NOT admissible in court, it will not be admissible in God's court either.
- I am a Pastor's wife, an imperfect mother, an experienced teacher and now, a struggling blogger who is trying to write between diaper changes. I want to go around the world in 80 bites, that is, trying out food from around the world. For now though, the only travelling I get to regularly do are the 15-minute drives going to & from work. I love my Creator, He loved me first. He sent His only begotten Son to die for me. I believe He is one God eternally existent in three persons. Oh, and by the way, He loves you just as much as He loves me. Do you believe Him and believe in Him as much as I do? If yes, you might enjoy my posts... if not, maybe it's time you believe with me.