Feed Your Faith, Starve Your Fear!

By P Chong Thursday, 10 June 2010

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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?

A Man’s Success

A Man’s Success

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The rich & famous are not necessarily great men. Some may be born

great or have greatness thrust upon them, but true greatness is through

personal achievement. Attaining wealth is not life’s only goal. it is however welcome as a by-product.

Capitalism may well lead to the moral degradation of the society.

The Mainland Chinese, as advocated by Deng Xiaoping, are driven

towards wealth & capitalism. Singaporeans are less in the same hot pursuit.

A man’s success in life is not only measured in the accumulation of wealth. If wealth is the basis, you can’t even compare Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, or Mahatma Gandhi with Mao Zedong. All of them are or were great and successful in life, but for very different reasons.

There are other intrinsic values to be considered, beyond the materialistic realm that the capitalistic world craved. These far outreaching values encompass many areas:

1. a man’s strength of character substantiated by

basic human goodness

2. faith & courage

3. philosophy & humulity

4. vision & creativeness

5. persistence & tenancity

6. talents

A man is thus judged by a composite set of values. Basically, for the great majority, one can succeed beyond all measures when he fulfills his role and responsibilities as a son, husband, father, grandfather and hopefully great- grandfather. You don’t have to be rich to feel fulfilled and happy. After all riches will not follow you to eternity, but a rich legacy ensures posterity in perpetuity.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

Success & Failure

Success & Failure

“Success is by choice

Mediocrity is also by choice”


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Facts you may not know but may surprise & even astound you! These are great men we speak of:

  • Abraham Lincoln entered the Black Hawk War as a captain & came out as a private.

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  • F. W. Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he 21, but his employer wouldn’t let him wait on the customers because he didn’t have enough sense.


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Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was too stupid to learn

anything.


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Walt Disney was fired by his newspaper editor

because he had “no good ideas”.

The road to success is narrow & crude

That to failure is broad & smooth

It’s easy just to cry

When you fail to even try.

Trying & striving under pressure

Will ultimately yield you pleasure

But should you lack tenacity

You’ll not reach your destiny.

Where you’re heading always seem far & distant

The journey will not end in an instant

It calls for faith & persistence

When frustration crowd your existence.

Success is by choice

Mediocrity is also by choice

What you set out to achieve

Depends upon your own firm belief.


Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent