Feed Your Faith, Starve Your Fear!

By P Chong Thursday, 10 June 2010

Skydiving Over The Ocean

Feeding your faith will be the positive move, and yet it seems so easy just to do exactly the opposite by feeding your fear. Cowards always take the road of least resistance, because it’s the easiest thing to do. Tough decisions demand courage, perseverance, strength & tenacity . . . never to say die until you’re dead.

Often the line of demarkation between success & failure is so indistinguishable.

It could be just one degree more to boil over to harness all that steam & energy.

We all love to hear success stories, of heroes & great men with great achievements. How often we fail to realise the pitfalls & failures accompanying such ultimate successes. Could you imagine that the famous Walt Disney was actually fired by s newspaper editor who told him, “You’re not creative enough”! Had he accepted that verdict, we would have missed all his wonderful creations.

Years ago, Richard Bach wrote a story about a seagull. He was turned down by eighteen publishers. He was undeterred & persevered knocking on doors until finally in 1970 Macmillan published his story. Within five years his book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” had sold more than seven million copies and became an international best seller.

Abraham Lincoln’s life was one of failures until he succeeded to be elected as the President Of the United States of America. I could go on with a whole list of great men, but let’s move on from the secular to the spiritual aspect.

Let’s touch on the life of the apostle Paul, whose life took a dramatic turn when he was struck down from his horse on his way to Damascus and stricken blind. Paul’s enemies called him “a pestilent fellow” (Acts 24:5). Literally they said, “He’s a plague!” But that did not stop him! Yes, he was the prosecutor who became a great preacher of Christianity. The plague just kept breaking out everywhere he went. By the year AD110, one out of twelve people in Asia had become a Christian. Nothing could stand in his way.

This is what we mean by “Feed Your Faith, Starve Your Fear!” When confronted with both, which is often the case, act upon positively & starve all fear. They say there’s nothing to fear except fear itself. If you persistently face fear in the face, a hundred times, a thousand times, there comes a time when there’s no more fear to be faced. You become bolder as time progresses and you cease to fear not. Therein lies the difference between the brave & the coward.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerers through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37. We are more conquerers, we are overcomers who refuse to let fear dominate them.

God says: “Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” ~ Isa 41:10

With God on your side, what more do you need?

Mother’s Day – Tribute & Appreciation

(Sunday      9 May 2010)

By P Chong

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Play Video: Mum’s the Best!

Good cheers to all the Mothers. Today is your Day!

Yes, you are Queen for the day. So put up your legs & relax.

Let the family do you honour – breakfast in bed, gifts of roses & flowers,

special lunch & dinner . . . every conceivable sign of love & appreciation.

Mothers Day in Australia, the second Sunday of May, is a special day for mothers when family members gather together to celebrate the occasion.

Red Roses from Our Garden

When I was young, I remember listening to a favourite song that was constantly aired over the radio. It’s called “Mother” and the lyrics are too beautiful to be forgotten. Its acronym aptly display the truth of it all:

M is for the million things she gave me

O means only that she’s growing old

T is for her tears she shed to save me

H is for the heart of purest gold

E is for her eyes with love-light shinning

R means right & right she’ll always be

Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER”, a word that means a world to me.

Chrysanthemum popular in Australia on Mothers Day

My mother passed on at age 92 on 11 June 2007. She never had a day of sickness till the day she was taken away from us. She blessed us much & in turn she was greatly blessed. She was truly a woman of substance to raise all nine of us siblings. We attribute our success to her great care & love. Now that she is gone, we can only remember her fondly & dearly missed.

On this special day, I like to pay special tribute to all mothers by relating this beautiful story which depicts every facet of love & care.

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. “Is this the long way?” she asked. The guide said: “Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning.”

But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, and gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed them in the clear streams; and the sun shone on them, and the young Mother cried, “Nothing will ever be lovelier than this.”

Then the night came, and the storm roared, and the path was dark, and the children shook with fear and cold. However, the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle, and the children said, “Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come.”

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary. The mother too was weary. But at all times she said to the children,” A little patience and we are there.” So the children climbed, and when they reached the top they said, “Mother, we would not have done it without you.”

And the mother, when she lay down at night looked up at the stars and said, “This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardship. Yesterday I gave them courage. Today, I’ve given them strength.”

The next day came strange clouds which darkened the earth, clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped and stumbled, and the mother said: “Look up. Lift your eyes to the light. ” The children looked and saw above the clouds an everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the darkness. That night the Mother said, “This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God.”

The days went on, the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old and she was a little bent.

But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. When the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather; and at last they came to a hill, and beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide. And mother said, “I have reached the end of my journey. Now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them.”

And the children said, “You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates.”

And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said: “We cannot see her but she is with us still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence . . .

Your Mother is always with you . . .

  • She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street;
  • she’s the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks;
  • she’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not well.
  • Your Mother lives inside your laughter.
  • And she’s crystallised in every tear drop.
  • She’s the place you came from, your first home;
  • and she’s the map you follow with every step you take.
  • She’s your first love and your first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can separate you.

Not time, not space . . . not even death!

Mother Teresa said: “kindness is a language we all understand. Even the blind can see it & the deaf can hear it.”

So, say “Thank You” and say it out loud!

(Source of Story: Unknown)

Change

Change (By Paul Chong)

To grow to progress is to change

Both health & wealth will be your gain.

flowers

Change, the keynote word of Obama, saw the transformation of him from obscurity to the stage of respectability. Change is inevitable as one journeys through life. People of courage are constantly looking for change. In most cases people change because of circumstances reflecting enforcement without the freedom of choice. Most people generally just drift along without exercising any self-will or control.

What is advocated is exactly the reverse . . . acting rather than reacting. A boat or ship that does not venture far from shore never gets anywhere. It just got to brave the waves and storm, for nothing ventured nothing gained. You’ve got to pay the price for things unforeseen when changes are made. Human beings have that innate fear of facing the unknown. Consequently, only the brave of hearts will tread in places where even angels fear. Hence, there are more followers than heroes.

Let not circumstances rule your life. Be prepared to take risks and take charge of the circumstances. Do whatever you can. Tackle all possibilities and leave the impossibilities to God. We say let go & let God. Here’s a small piece of poetic message with magnificent power & meaning:

As children bring their broken toys with tears for us to mend,

I brought my broken dreams to God, because He was my friend.

But then, instead of leaving Him in peace, to work alone, I hung

around and tried to help, with ways that were my own.

Alas! I snatched them back and cried “How can you be so slow?”

“My child,” He said, “what could I do?”

YOU NEVER DID LET GO

God does endow us with gifts of courage, but sadly enough it’s one of those things that the average man lacks or afraid to pluck upon it. God won’t let you down. He’ll see you through.

Change is refreshing, kind of rejuvenating & exhilarating. It gives you a brand new prospective in life and sets you on the road to success. As captain of your ship you steer your way through the storm. New horizon zooms ahead as you strive for it.

Courage is that precious little ingredient that is necessary for change. Sentimentality must give way to progress. Likewise, there’s no room for inhibitions. Someone once said, “I’ll rather die on my feet than live on my knees.”

Change is an inevitable process with the passage of time. Nothing stands still. Everything is in a state of flux. Time changes things – here today gone tomorrow. This natural phenomenon happens with individuals, political leaders, countries, as with your status, power, wealth & influence. The mighty can fall – the weak can rise. The journey begins, the journey ends . . . savour the moments & happenings along the way, for the end is just the beginning of another stage or level. Such is the nature of things rendering it difficult for anyone to envisage the outcome. Be the change you wish to see in the world . . . Gandhi.

Since the lifting of the Bamboo Curtains, China has undergone tremendous changes. It is a dynamic country beyond all recognition – all in a matter of a short span of thirty years.

The question is what will the world be like in 5 or 50 years from now. Who can say? Your guess is as good as mine.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent