[ ᴃᴚiפʜᴌ ᵴᴌᴗᴆiᴏ ]: Mirror? Candle?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Mirror? Candle?

This morning just when i woke up, these thoughts just came and overtook my thoughts, so yea, i'll just post it here... (yes, i know i should be studying), anyway, here it goes:

Firstly, i would like to MAKE SURE that you readers understand that this is for me,firsthand to reflect on myself, and sure, you can use it to reflect on yourself too.... It's a mirror!

I'll start with 2 weeks ago, just before my finals started, i went for this Ops Gegar thing organized by FES. It's about christian leadership in campus, no i'm not in any christian leadership position in campus or what-so-ever as of now, maybe i'll never be, but i just felt an urge to go and learn. So yea, the main point i wanna focus at is regarding "Asking the RIGHT questions". Yes, doubtlessly, we know alot of things, we know how to solve a problem when people ask us, but we simply don't apply it. One good example would be the condition of your spiritual life.

Quoting from a famous bible verse :
Matthew 5:13-16 (New International Version)

13"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
14"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

*Time to get your imaginative mind moving*

Imagine yourself as a candle. The wax represents your spiritual stature, the amount of substance that you are able to shine with....how does it look like? Is it skinny and pitiful? Is it fat and stubborn? Is it tall but yet, when the foundation is shaken you fall? Or is it short and not noticeable? Or is it at the optimum level where God wants it to be at?

Okay, now keep that image in your mind, it's not time to discard it yet... now, time to imagine your environment..

Are you shinning in the dark, where light shines best? Or are you shinning in the daylight, which is most of the time not noticeable? Or are you like a candle in the rain, where in the midst of trials and temptation, you're struggling to keep the fire from being put off? Worst case scenario, are you in a air vacuum, where light cannot exist?

Last but not least, my friends, is the candle even burning?

A reminder here, i'm not here to pull you down, i'm here to ask the right questions and to lift you up on your feet again... it's time to reflect on ourselves, especially in the current situation of the world and all, where darkness seems to be the focus, people who doesn't know Jesus has no where to find hope, peace joy... life may seem more and more miserable to them in time such as this... Isn't this the opportune time, the best time, the kiros time for us to shine??

Dear readers, the time has come for us to rise up. Let the world see this Light in the midst of darkness, let the world proclaim that Jesus as Lord and Saviour! Less of me, more of Him. Let His light shine, as we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, a candle for Him to work with. God doesn't need us to help Him solve problems, He can do all things, yet He wants us to get involved in His work. How great is the Lord that we serve? It's just beyond words.

Taking the wax as an example again, yes, wax gets burnt every time we light up the candle, no doubt in that. Knowing that, we need to constantly get ourselves filled and refilled again and again by God Himself, so that we wouldn't face burnt out in the end of shinning...

After saying these, i pray that God will put in you such fire and passion to rise up, to be a leader of this generation, a candle in the dark.

EDIT: Was studying and this song was playing, so i decided to put it up :)

Keep The Candle Burning - Point of Grace

You think youre alone there in your silent storm
But Ive seen the tears youve cried falling down and trying to drown
The flame of hope inside
Let me tell you now, tell you now

When youre walking in the dead of night
And your soul is churning
When your hope seems out of sight
Keep the candle burning
All it takes is one steady heart in a world thats turning
Shine a light and pierce the dark
Keep the candle burning
Keep the candle burning

When youre down and youre discouraged
When the darkness clouds your view
Youve got to gather up your courage
You know the lord is gonna see you through
Let me tell you now
Tell you now

(repeat chorus)

One ray of light always breaks through
Follow wherever he takes you
Wherever he takes you

With loads of love,
Clarence a.k.a Clare-bear :)


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