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Oct 8, 2021

Reflection: It Is My Birthday 2021

By Ianpassion
Picture was taken when I was working at the farm

 

I'm thinking about how fortunate and blessed I am to be able to live in this country surrounded by good people. I'm always looking up to see how far He's brought me to where I am now. It is only through His grace that I have been able to overcome all of my previous challenges. As I continue to work my way up the ladder, I know there will be more challenges ahead of me.


This is what one of the Apostles says, "Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own....forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on towards the goal of the Heavenly call....," (Philippians 4:12-14). 


I've realized that we can't put a period to someone's fate. Only Abba is capable of such feats! It is unquestionable that He plans a future for His children. Consider Joseph. His faith allowed him to see his future, but his brothers and parents couldn't. Worse, his brothers were envious of him and attempted to exterminate him. However, as is always the case, our Abba Almighty's good plans triumph.


As I have reached this another year of mine, I've realized that having a good relationship is more important than money and accomplishments. While the world assesses a person's worth based on how much he has and what he accomplishes, I chose relationships.


I constantly assess my relationships with the people around me, including my family, friends, people who have shared their resources with me, and, most importantly, the Source of my life.

 

I have to remind myself that we are valued not by what we put on our table or how much we give or do, but by how true and sincere we are to ourselves and others. Abba values what is hidden in our hearts more than what we can show on the outside.


I give thanks to my parents on the day I was born. Thank you to everyone who has supported us from the beginning up to now, especially my family, relatives, and friends. Our Abba Almighty deserves all of the glory and praise.


More reflections: 

Just a few days ago, I received a message informing me that one of my closes cousins had already gone up to heaven. It shocked me. He looks strong and healthy. So no one had imagined that He would go very early. However, his time came. Read more here...


It has been always my realization that life is a gift. Every day is a gift. We thank the Giver of life that we can still get up from our bed, go to work, and enjoy our time with our loved ones and friends. Read more here...


Our birthday is a milestone in the season where we can have a quick stop to celebrate and reflect on our past experiences, and an excellent time to correct what we have done wrong to get ready for the new beginning. There are five things I am thankful for on my birthday in 2017. Read more here...


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