Monthly Archives: December 2011

Thank You, God

The time of the year for making resolutions (and eventually breaking them), and awaiting what the brand new year might bring, has come again. Some wish to clinch a good job, others hope for better relationships with family and friends… the list goes on. Have we forgotten about the wishes and dreams we made last year that came true this year? Why are we so eager to ask for more, without stopping for a second, to thank the One who answered our prayers?

This year has been nothing short of miraculous for me. You might say I’m an optimist, and you’re probably right, but to me, everything is a blessing—even downfalls. Bluntly put, I’ve been given so much that even I feel that it might be a tad bit unfair. If everyone were to remember all the blessings in their life, no one would be complaining, and everyone would be more willing to give off of themselves to others without reservation.

On another note, helping out at Assisi has been an eye-opener. It’s a marvel to see how every patient there isn’t treated like a statistic, but a human being capable of experiencing joy and pain, frustration and sadness. It’s wonderful seeing how the nurses and volunteers remember personal details about each patient—what they like to drink, their temperaments, etc.—and interact with them accordingly. Every single one of them has a story to tell, and I thank God for giving me the chance to listen to them, and hopefully make a difference in their lives—even for half a day.

What better way to end the year with than to thank God for the people in my life, the experiences I’ve gone through, the relationships I’ve forged and all things material and immaterial He has bestowed me with.

Whether the new year will bring with it something to look forward to—or not—really depends on how you choose to put things into perspective—to turn defeat into triumph, to take failure as a lesson learnt and to count your blessings, every single one of them. With this, each new year can only be better, more wonderful than the previous.

Last year was delightful. This year was incredible. Next year will be sensational.

A blessed new year to all. May you find boundless joy and love. And amidst it all, find a little time for thanksgiving (:

Learn from your mistakes, celebrate your blessings.

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He makes all things beautiful

Christmas—probably the most beautiful time of the year. A time to celebrate the humble birth of Jesus, and with it, the hope, love, joy and peace He brings to this world. It’s a time to recollect the past events of the year. A time best spent with the ones you love most.

This year has had it’s share of wonderful moments and instances of despondence. If I had the chance to change anything about the past year, I wouldn’t. It’s only by taking a step back, that you start to fathom the perfect plan God intended for you. Our God is really one who’s full of surprises. He never fails to amaze me with the blessings He pours forth—always furnishing me with more than I expect. In times of despair, one must always possess hope—hope that all things will be made beautiful. Afterall, that’s what faith is—living without all the answers. And faith in God is also having faith in His timing. With some patience, you might just be given more than you initially anticipated.

This just could be the best year yet!

He makes all things beautiful, in His time.

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Manners

You might call it a pet peeve, and it probably is—I cannot stand people who lack manners. I almost always experience a tinge of indignation when a ‘thank you’ or  ‘please’ is lacking. Maybe I simply had the privilege of parents who understood the value of good manners. I still recall the ‘magic words’—please & thank you—my parents expected from us whenever someone did something for us, or when we wanted something. I guess the habit stuck, and I can’t help but expect it from others as well.

I know I shouldn’t judge others based on my personal values, but some things are just inexcusable.

Showing a little gratitude never hurt anyone. Sometimes, I scoff at how people engage in politesse when meeting others for the first time, but revert back to their ‘old ways’ when they’re with family and friends. It is precisely the people around you that deserve the expression of gratefulness from you.

This started off as a post about manners, when really, it’s about not taking those around you for granted.

There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed.  If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude.

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Season of Advent

Yesterday evening, we had penitential service at church.

I was never fond of such services—much preferred going for a ‘proper’ confession in a confessional box with a priest. I used to find penitential services rather impersonal, somewhat like a factory assembly line. Yesterday, however, my entire attitude towards the penitential service changed drastically.

The lights in the church were dimmed—as with every penitential service—and queues started forming, as people made their way towards the priests dispersed at different locations around the front of the church. Right in front of me, I could see the silhouette of the  crucifix, and I thought to myself: the immensity of God’s love for us, compelled him to send His son to die on the cross for us. I went ahead, made my confession, and when I came back to my seat, I was supremely touched by the overflowing love He has for me.

Give thanks, because He’s given Jesus Christ, His son.

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Hello, December

Listening to Christmas carols and browsing through photos from Christmas 2 years back—spent traveling the east coast of north america with my sister and little buddy—brings with it a sense of nostalgia.

Christmas spent overseas is really an experience—the decorations, the atmosphere, the snow. But really, what is Christmas if you don’t spend it with the ones you love most. As much as I would love to spend Christmas in some winter wonderland, I’d rather forgo all of that and spend it with my family and friends. Christmas 2 years ago was the first time my sister and I didn’t attend church. It was only then that I realised how meaningless Christmas is without celebrating the true meaning of the day—the birth of Jesus.

But before Christmas, there’s so much planned in the month of December. I seem to be busier now, than when school’s in. Nonetheless, I’m going to enjoy every bit of December before it ends. I don’t ever want December to end cos it’s the last school holiday I’ll ever have as an undergraduate.

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