Category Archives: Serving

I Love This Mule’s Attitude

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“A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule ‘braying’ — or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer felt sorry for the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened and asked them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back: he should shake it off and step up! This is what the old mule did, blow after blow.

“Shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up!” He repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought “panic” and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up!

You guessed it! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him, actually ended up blessing him. And, all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.”

This mule’s attitude really determined his altitude – high enough to get out of that well! The devil has been trying his same old pile-up technique for “mule years” to Christians, delivering blow after blow trying to discourage us from serving God. That’s his aim, to stop us from being productive for God. It’s amazing how lying in front of a television daily or staring into space often don’t meet much resistance. It is when you are trying to do something for God when life seems tougher! Guess who is behind all these problems? No matter what blows might try to come at us, we win big time when we step out of that well.

How formidable Christians will be, when all of us can have this mule’s attitude: Repeatedly shake it off and step it up!

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God is Trying to Kill Me

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A comforting fact for all of us: There are two “people” who wants us dead: God, and the devil. However, both have 2 separate reasons and methods.

The devil is trying to tie us down, steal, kill and lead many into eternal damnation. God, on the other hand, is trying to set us free, give us life, and life to the fullest. We can choose who we let to do this. For me, God is a much better choice any day. I know that when I let God do it, there is a guarantee – Resurrection is promised! He’s done that before and I know He can do the same for anyone else.

The more dead we are to ourselves and surrender our lives to God, the easier our lives will be. I realized recently it is IMPOSSIBLE for a dead person to be:

  • Sad or depressed
  • Offended or angry
  • Feel rejected or sorry
  • Lost without hope or purpose

Rick Joyner says this best: “It is amazing how clear everything becomes when we are dead! If we are dead, all of the confusion caused by our selfish ambitions, pride, and secret desire to sin, vanishes.”

God can use us best when we are dead to ourselves.

How dead are you today?

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The Compound Explosion

I’ve been going through the Financial Peace University course by Dave Ramsey. The first session blew me away when I saw this chart. Let me first explain to you the Story of Ben and Arthur:

Both save $2,000 per year at 12% interest. Ben starts at age 19 and stops at age 26, while Arthur starts at age 27 and stops at age 65.

At age 65, even though Arthur only saved for only 8 years and Ben, 39 years, Arthur never caught up with Ben! This is the power of compound interest! The lesson we all learnt in that class is that compound interest is a mathematical EXPLOSION and we have to start NOW.

My first thought after learning about savings turned to God. Sharing Jesus with others and investing in others are also under the power of compound interest. Can you remember the person whom you shared Jesus with and got saved? How they in turn got discipled and influenced another soul for Jesus. I’ve heard that if you reach one soul for Jesus each year and in turn that person reaches another each year, it will only take 33 years for the whole world to be saved. Imagine if the person who told us about Jesus simply procrastinated, well, because it was “out of their comfort zone” to share the gospel, the number of lives that are at stake, including yours.

It’s easy to procrastinate. There’s a resistance force that is present in everything good that you want to do. Steven Pressfield in his book “The War of Art” explains what this resistance is. There were many points, but I’ll share only 8 of them that impacted me:

  1. Resistance is Invisible: You can’t see it, hear it, touch it etc, but it’s there when you want to accomplish something
  2. Resistance is Internal: It is the enemy within
  3. Resistance is Insidious: It will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. Resistance has no conscience
  4. Resistance is Implacable: It cannot be reasoned with. It understands nothing but power
  5. Resistance is Impersonal: It doesn’t know who you are and doesn’t care
  6. Resistance Never Sleeps
  7. Resistance is Fuelled by Fear
  8. Resistance is Most Powerful At the Finish Line

We have to fight resistance and not procrastinate in life. I rather be a Ben than an Arthur, and this takes starting early and starting NOW. Not only in finances, but also in the things of God. I don’t want to miss out on any compound impact that I can have on others, that’s why I’m determine to start early and start NOW. I believe that God rewards us by our efforts and His rewards are also compounded when what we do affect others in a compound way. Don’t keep putting off things that you feel God wants you to do, if you keep leaving it for tomorrow, at the blink of an eye, you’ll turn old (*gasp*) and regret it. Don’t miss out on what God has in stored for you. Start NOW!

What do you do each day to fight Resistance in your life?

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The Deception

I believe ALL Christians love God in their hearts and want to do something for God in their lives. Most have the intention of helping others and see other lives changed for God. Some might even feel a dream that God has placed in their hearts but feel trapped or stuck in their everyday lives to see this come to past. The devil hates these dreams placed by God and seek to destroy every single Christian’s hope, dream and call. There’s a constant battle going on in the spiritual realm for us to do the work of the ministry.

Sometimes we unknowingly accept what the devil cunningly puts in front of us and I believe this is one of it – laziness. If we get deceived and become lazy, less and less Christians serve God and it hinders the gospel from going forth. Here’s what some great men of God are saying about laziness and being idle:

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We Caught A Peeping Tom!

This was back in my uni days when I was staying in the hostel. The girls were all on one floor and the guys on another. One night, an excited girl friend ran to our rooms and got a few of us girls out immediately. She was the curious type and when she bent down to check who it was in one of the locked cubicles of the female toilet, she saw a big feet with hairy legs. Come on! I’m sure we know none of us on the same floor with that legs description!

Our hearts were pumping really fast. Continue reading

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How’s Your Spiritual Stamina?


Ever ran in a marathon? Well, I have not ran in a full marathon, but I’ve done a half marathon and many other running competition. There will be some point, where you feel like giving up, where you want to stop and rest. During the race, everyone will experience almost the same feelings as you do to a degree, where your legs want to stop, you want to catch your breath and rest.

In a race, everyone will feel the same tiredness, thirst, want to stop and sit down and rest. Continue reading

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Don’t Feel Adequate to Serve?

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After serving actively for more than 10 years, I realize, there were ups and downs, there were victories and there were seasons of grief and disappointments. There’s no perfect church, there’s no perfect job, family, friends and the list goes on and on. We are all pretty messed up people.

But through this mess, God still loves us, He embraces us, cherish us, uses us in His plans, refuses to give up on us. Just as God used this list of imperfect and untrained people of the Bible, they became heroes for Jesus and God wants to use us the same way. They were in the plan of God just like you are in the plan of God.

If you ever feel inadequate to serve God, know that:

  1. You’ve joined the crowd of messed up people in the Bible, who made history for Jesus
  2. God will never give up on you just like He’s promised you (Rom 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable)
  3. Just because God didn’t give up on you, don’t give up on yourself. He believes in you wholeheartedly

I realize that THROUGH IT ALL, Jesus is always here walking alongside our journey. Enjoy His presence as you walk through life, no matter what season you are in. Be a hero for Jesus and continue to serve Him each day!

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5 Main Principles Of A Productive Church

I was in a hotel in Bangkok recently and there was a huge Toyota staff conference meeting going on there. There were talks and what seemed like team building sessions. From the outside, I heard people shouting: Toyota! Toyota! Toyota! It was with such passion that might put a lot of churches to shame!

I then came across the “5 Main Principles Of Toyota” introduced by Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota, son of a carpenter.

1. Always be faithful to your duties, thereby contributing to the Company and to the overall good.
2. Always be studious and creative, striving to stay ahead of the times.
3. Always be practical and avoid frivolousness.
4. Always strive to build a homelike atmosphere at work that is warm and friendly.
5. Always have respect for God and remember to be grateful at all times.

Wow, I love especially the last one. Even though he was probably not a Christian, this man had some revelation. He practically summed up how we should live our lives as Christians and how to be productive for God. We should hear out a man who built an empire and have such a lasting legacy. This is like him preaching a 5 point sermon on serving.

Apply these 5 principles to your serving in church and experience the change in productivity. We as Christians should rise up above the world’s benchmark in productivity and efficiency for the gospel to go out to the world!

*5 Main Principles of Toyoda: http://www.toyota-global.com/company/toyota_traditions/philosophy/jan_feb_2006.html

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