Thursday, August 26, 2010

Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!

It has been a while since I last wrote an article in my blog. Work commitment and other activities have been keeping me occupied without much time available to write any articles.

31st August is around the corner and Malaysians are in the “Merdeka” mood. 31st August 2010 will mark our nation’s 53 years of independence. Malaysia has come a long way since 1957. Every year, I look forward for the Merdeka celebration especially watching the Merdeka parade and seeing our soldiers and uniform body marching proudly with our national flag flying high. Oh…I am so proud to be a Malaysian.

A very high percentage of those celebrating “Merdeka” are those of born after “Merdeka”…also known as post “Merdeka” babies. Many would not understand the true meaning of independence and the struggles that our fore fathers have to go through to seek independence for this beautiful nation. Although we have advanced in many areas and aspire to be a first world country, there are many fundamental aspect of nationhood that has been lacking badly. Areas that I am deeply concern includes our mindset, our values, our economy, our patriotism and our respect for each other that goes beyond the boundary of race, religion and ethnic group.

I believe a nation is a good and welfare state when it is built on the principles of honesty, morality, justice and fairness. Righteousness, morality and justice provide the foundation for a just and welfare nation. Its pillars are principles of human dignity and freedom, truth and knowledge, personal responsibility and stewardship, and the rule of law.

As Malaysian, we need to focus on building this nation especially on establishing rock solid foundation. I believe one of the core foundations of nation building is the bond of unity among the people of Malaysia. Unfortunately the very core of this foundation that was built by great leaders like our first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman and others leaders is slowly being destroyed by the current set of politicians. Self centeredness is destroying our beloved nation. There are various political tools being used to disseminate disunity among the people. Some even go as low as using religion as a weapon of political attack. My hearts break when I read such articles….when will all these end??

I remember growing up with many of my friends who are Malays, Chinese and some from East Malaysia. We never view each other differently. We celebrate Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas together by visiting each other’s house. Our parents treat each of us equally. When we laugh, we laugh together and when we cry, we cry together. I have never seen during my schooling days where our teachers condemn us because of our race or religion. We respect each other. No one have to tell us not to “tempt” our Muslim friends during the fasting month. We will eat quietly in the canteen and apologize when we drink water in front of them. We do it because we respect the act of faith our Muslim friend practice during the month of Ramadan. The same goes with my Muslim friends. They will apologize if they eat beef in front of us. When we visit their home, their parents will keep side any dishes that has beef in it. Such a respect we have for each other.

To all Malaysian, let us celebrate Merdeka differently this year. Let us embrace each other and let us build this nation together again. Let us put aside our differences and focus on things that will help this nation to leap forward in every aspect of nationhood.

I am proud to be “Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia”

God bless Malaysia.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Victory Awaits!

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

This scripture makes an astounding promise — God ALWAYS leads us to triumph or victory! But can we ALWAYS count on this amazing word to be true?

We often receive emails from believers who are waiting or hoping for a victory of some kind in their lives. Many seem to be wondering, “Where is this ‘always victory’ in my life?” Now think about it … wouldn’t it be impossible to gain victory over a thing if we already experienced victory each and every moment? It may sound obvious, but the fact is that in order to gain any victory, you must find yourself in a situation that is questionable, stressful, and may even appear hopeless for a time. The promise is not that we will walk in a constant state of “victoriousness” (my term :) … but rather that in every situation God will lead us in triumph. We can’t even say we will always know what that will look like, but victory is the Lord’s irrevocable promise.

Victory is a promise of God, but never forget that it requires a battle … sometimes a very long one. True faith will stand on this promise in the face of every trial, challenge, or opposition … remembering that the greatest purpose of every victory is for manifesting the fragrance of our knowledge of Him … in every place!

This devotional was provided by Worthy Devotions.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Don’t Lose the Wonder!

Exodus 16:15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.

When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt I’m sure several million people were wondering, “How am I going to be fed? How am I going to survive in this wilderness?” Imagine the logistical nightmare. An incalculable quantity of food and water were needed to survive in the desert. Where would it come from? Yet, in this seemingly impossible situation, God provided!

He provided Manna from heaven. When the people first saw the Manna on the ground, they wondered in amazement saying to each other, “What is this?”, which is exactly what “Manna” means in Hebrew — “What is it?” They were receiving the food of angels, [Psalm 78:24-25] which sustained them the entire time in the desert.

But we know what happened as time passed…the people got used to this miraculous provision, began to take it for granted, and even be bored with it, and, of course…the wonder of God’s supernatural provision evaporated. Israel lost sight of the miracle that God was doing in their lives each and every day.

Each and every day is a miracle from God. Each day of our lives we walk through a world filled with the wonders and glory of the Lord. But we, too, can become dull and lose the wonder of all that He has done and provided for us, even our very salvation. We need to awaken to the daily miracles of life, and to the never ending opportunities the Lord is opening, to pour His love into us, and through us. As we do, may we always be saying to ourselves, “Wow — what amazing love is this that’s been given to me!”

This devotional was provided by Worthy Devotions.