Life is Full of Imperfect Things . . . and Imperfect People.

By P Chong                                                                                                      18 November 2011

In Biblical history:

Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper,

David had an affair,

Noah got drunk,

Jonah ran from God,

Paul was a murderer,

Gideon was insecure,

Miriam was a gossip,

Mary was a worrier,

Thomas was a doubter,

Sarah was impatient,

Elijah was moody,

Moses stuttered,

Zaccheus was short,

Abraham was old & Lazarus was dead.

Now . . . who’s perfect for thinking that God won’t use you!

These Biblical greats as above-mentioned were not perfect and yet God used them mightily, nor did they have all the abilities & skills. Herein is a lesson to be learned – it’s all a question of availability rather than ability that God seeks.

If God can overlook our imperfectness, who are we not to do likewise? God alone is perfect. He alone can be judgemental about us. Whoever we are we ought to be submissive, obedient, loyal and faithful to our tasks – undertaking them responsibly.

In our personal relationship, we should not be unkind to our own kind. This ironically is the truth in practice . . . we seem to see “perfectness” in others and hate the sight of “imperfectness” in our own kind. We can be so hypocritical appearing to be kind & courteous to others but to our own kind most unkind consciously or otherwise. This is all putting on your “Sunday Best” as in church.

Let me share a story here as an illustration:

When I was a kid, my mom would prepare special breakfast every now and then. And I remember one night in particular, after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad.

I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite! When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologise to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits.”

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides – a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone! You know, life is full of imperfect things . . . and imperfect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. What I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults – and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences – is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.”

Herein lies the key to life’s happiness . . . learning to accept each other’s faults and laying them at the foot of God, the Perfect One.We could extend this to any relationship . . . husband-wife or father-son/daughter or friendship. Understanding of this basic fundamental key will see us through to a life of happiness.

It follows that you

accept, adapt, adopt & adjust

to all the imperfectness

to steer you on the road to happiness.

Whose Hands It’s In

Former basketball player Michael Jordan
Image via Wikipedia

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.

A basketball in Michael Jordan‘s hands is worth about $33 million.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.

A baseball in Mark McGuire‘s hands is worth $19 million.

It depends on whose hands it’s in.

A tennis racket is useless in my hands.

A tennis racket in Roger Federer‘s’ hands is a championship winning.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.

A rod in Moses‘ hands will part the mighty sea.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A sling shot in my hands is a kid’s toy

A sling shot in David’s hand is a mighty weapon.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God‘s hands will feed thousands.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse

Nails in Jesus Christ‘s hands will produce salvation for the entire world.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

As you see now it depends whose hands it’s in.

So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your

hopes, your dreams, your families and your

relationships in God’s hands because…

It depends whose hands it’s in.

This message is now in your hands.

What will YOU do with it?

It depends whose hands it’s in!

Source: Unknown

Desert Or Deserted?

By P Chong

Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was,

but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus”. ~ Galatians 1:17

When Paul was struck down on the way to Damascus and received his commission from Christ, he did not make immediate contact with the rest of the Apostles. He went instead into Arabia and spent a good three years there. Why?

This is God’s way of preparing him for the great task ahead. There was a need for:

  • a time of separation between the old life and the new
  • a time of consideration of what had taken place in his life
  • a time to develop an intimate knowledge & relationship with the newfound Saviour
  • to prepare himself for a life that would change dramatically

All in all to prepare for what was coming – which could be painful and difficult to endure as Paul’s case.

Biblically, there were others called upon by God to perform His purposes and undergone similar circumstances;

  • Joseph was sold into slavery and separated from his family
  • Jacob was sent to live with his uncle
  • Moses had to spend forty years in desert seclusion

In the case of Moses, who was an Egyptian Prince used to all conceivable comforts and security, with his pride and arrogance, this was by no means smallish sacrifice.

Have you ever found yourself in like situation? Secluded in a Desert or Deserted? Or trying to make sense of the situation you are in? God’s ways are not our ways. Infinitively, His thoughts are not our thoughts. There is no compare.

Let Us Pray

As we participate

And each other educate

We seek Thy wisdom

To behold Thy Kingdom

A wisdom to understand Thy Word

That we can strengthen our worth

To view life not with all its futility

But to prepare for yonder eternity

As we lift our hearts and spirit to Thee

Let us have Thy Divine objectivity.

Immortality – That Eternal Quest

Life is short

But immortality can only be our fervent lot!


Ever since the dawn of mankind, men have always striven for that impossible dream – the dream of immortality. Huangdi, the legendary Yellow Emperor of China some 4,000 years ago, reputed to bring China under one entity & credited with many other innovative ideas & cultural aspects of life, was believed to have sent 500 young men & equal number of young women across to the islands of Japan in the fruitless search of the “immortality herbal myth”. Though not backed up by any documentary evidence, stories abound about the Japanese being the descendants of this batch of young Chinese men & women, who for fear of returning back to China chose to remain & settle in Japan.

Huangdi died young without discovering the immortality myth nor even the “fountain of youth” nor any “elixir of life”. Is immortality ever a possibility?

In the Bible, from Genesis to Revolution, nowhere is mentioned of that possibility, except of “the glory of immortality in the coming Kingdom” which Christ spoke of. Based on Hebrews 9:27, “And it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgement.” 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 says that all die and all shall be resurrected, but Messiah must be first in the order. Enoch could not possibly have preceded him, especially if he were still flesh and blood as it says in verses 49-52.

Elijah, a prophet of God in the ninth century B.C., who was reputed to be taken on a whirlwind unto heaven “on a chariot of fire and horses of fire” (2 Kings 2:11), together with Moses, both appeared with Jesus at the Transfiguration – that was just a vision (Matthew 17:9). Both Elijah & Moses were still in their graves, but in vision both they & Jesus were seen in glory of the Resurrection, an event that Elijah & Moses had yet to attain (Hebrews 11:39). The Bible is clear that Jesus had to be the first one to be resurrected to eternal life as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:20, “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and becomes the firstfruit of them that slept.”

It is further attested in Romans 5:12 . “ . . . so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” and in Romans 5:14, “ . . . death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned.”

In this DNA age, men can attain from three score to four score years of life with occasional media announcement of people living beyond the century limit. I believe the oldest living being is 105. I guess with the advancement of medical science & technology, men can live longer & healthier but not forever!

Interestingly & one of the most intriguing facts in the Bible relates to the immense life span of the patriarchs – Adam lived 930 years and Noah 950 years. Methuselah was the longest with 969 years. The Great Flood in Noah’s time changed all that.

Let’s all strive to live in peace and harmony – a world without wars. As it is, with climatic change, there are enough natural calamities to usher in suffering & misery.

From the womb to the tomb, the journey ends up with just one room of your choosing – either case is for all eternity!

Paul Chong

Friday, 23 October 2009

The “Burning Bush” In Your Life

The “Burning Bush” In Your Life

the-burning-bushA “Bush” that burns but consumes not.

“As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.” ~ Acts 9:3

That was Paul’s calling from God.

Biblically, great figures had spectacular signs of calling from God. Moses undoubtedly had the utmost privilege of God’s presence in the burning bush. In the case of Paul, as mentioned in Acts 9:3, when he got up he was stricken blind.

What will be significant for you as a calling sign from God? For Peter, it was walking on water. In the case of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, it was walking through the burning furnace untouched. Or be like Daniel to be delivered from the lion’s den.

God uses different circumstances and situations to call his chosen ones to serve His purposes. The Lord still intervenes in the lives of His people and their lives could be changed forever. Paul, from a prosecutor and oppressor, became a renowned preacher, suffered, imprisoned and persecuted for the cause he was called upon to bear.

When God calls us to a relationship with Him, one thing for sure is that we have to forsake our comfort zone and be prepared to bear the cross. A man’s life is after all predetermined by God. Moses was brought up as an Egyptian Prince, but had to flee into the desert after rashly committed a murder. There he remained for forty years before encountering God in the burning bush.

God may be preparing you through many significant life experiences. Just be prepared, be available when called upon. It’s not your ability that God seeks, but more so your availability. When Moses mentioned that he was not fluent in his speech, God provided Aaron as his spokesman. Be prepared , for your life would never be the same again.

Each of us is called upon in a variety of ways. There can never be another “burning bush” or that another chosen one to be struck down from a horse and be blinded. Are you waiting for signs of wonder from God before making yourself available for His service? Surely not waiting for the “burning bush” to be convinced as such. Be discerning – for God speaks to you through various means and media: in church, through the Bible, through the leaders or fellow workers.

It’s not your ability but more so your availability that God seeks.

Paul Chong