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Weekly Favorite Links (July 2-8, 2015)

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If there is one thing that always surprises and never ceases to leave me utterly speechless and in streams of tears, it is grace.

I have been the recipient of so much undeserved grace lately.

I am amazed at how loved I am by those around me. I suppose I’ve always had this internal struggle that I needed to earn that love and so throughout my life, I sought to please. But grace is something that I cannot earn, which makes it so much more precious when it’s given. God has placed people in my life that have seen me at my worst and ugliest moments. Instead of judging me and telling me that I’m a disappointment or that I should’ve known better than to fall into certain sins, their eyes have only grown more tender and compassionate when all is laid bare.

Most importantly, they have readily forgiven me when oftentimes I struggled to forgive myself. When I am feeling overwhelmed with shame and guilt, they have patiently pointed me to Scripture to help me train my thoughts to find comfort in what is true. Not only have they embraced me in spite of my failures, they have firmly reminded me of the grace that is found at the foot of the cross. By no means do they condone my mistakes. But they have demonstrated what it means to love in hard times and to bear one another’s burdens because we all fall short. Instead of allowing me to run away from my trials, these brothers and sisters of mine have cheered for me to press on and to finish well.

I am so thankful for these individuals.

But you know what’s even crazier? These dear friends of mine are testaments of God’s faithfulness and work in their lives. More than their love for me is the mysterious love that my Savior and Lord displayed on the cross. In order so that I could be freed from the bondage of sin, He who knew no sin became sin in my place and bore my weaknesses. In this life, I will never be able to understand why Christ would die for someone like me. I will never be worthy of God’s love, of His Son’s sacrificial death on my behalf. However, if it was not for the grace of God, if Christ did not bear my guilt and shame, I would still be in chains today.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. 

Romans 8:1-11

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Weekly Favorite Links (May 21-27, 2015)

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Starting from the beginning of this year, I have been in the midst of preparing for a big event for my church. The event itself would span three consecutive Sundays, probably not even constituting 24 hours in total, yet hundreds of helping hands and countless hours of email correspondences late into the night over the past several months have gone into preparation for it. Perhaps what makes this particular event “the biggest event of the year” is that it unites our entire church of all three language-speaking congregations in almost every age group.

At first, when people asked me whether I was stressed over planning and bearing such an enormous responsibility, I would respond that I wasn’t stressed about piecing all the pieces together. And I would say that my answer remains true, even with the last and biggest event being T-minus four days. Rather, my biggest concern at the time, which is still relevant now, is that my character would be right — that I would love God so much in order to love all the people that I would have the responsibility of managing.

I believe that loving others is the biggest burden for me, the one that carries the most weight. It ought to be for all Christians. Despite all the administrative duties that go into an event preparation, it is caring for my team members that holds a paramount significance. It is also the biggest blessing and gift from God that I have these opportunities in the first place to get to know people that I do not normally come into contact with because we have differences in our culture and age.

I could easily delegate assignments, coordinate meetings, follow up with all tasks assigned but what would be the point if I didn’t love the people? Those that are on my team aren’t simply chess pieces that I can maneuver into the right places so that we could get things done efficiently. Organization is important, but so are relationships. They are my brothers and sisters in Christ. How could they follow my directions and my leadership if they didn’t get to know me, my heart, and if I didn’t demonstrate Christ-like love to them? Likewise, how could I possibly manage a team if I didn’t actively invest and listen to them, to know their strengths and talents? This is all to say that my authority is limited and when it comes to leading, I cannot rely on my own strength. The work that my team and I are doing is not for our own glory, but God’s. Even when we are planning logistics, love for one another must be present because it must come out of an overflow of our love for God.

I can’t say that I know everything that it takes to be a good leader. Even after gaining so much experience for this particular setting, I think I’m still at level one. But if there’s one ingredient that is essential and absolutely necessary for good leadership, it is love — love for God and a love for others.

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Weekly Favorite Links (May 7-13, 2015)

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Well, I hope all of you had a fabulous weekend celebrating and commemorating our mothers. Is it just me, or has May been a busy month so far? I feel like my days are just zooming by on fast forward.

Instead of writing about my week or something that I’ve been learning, I decided to share some random facts about myself so that you can get to know me better. I’d be curious to know if my friends knew some of these facts already, or if they’re all new information.

EIGHT FACTS ABOUT ME:

  1. I need a consistent and solid 7-8 hours of sleep every night. If I don’t get those hours, I must either endure the suffering of sleep deprivation or take a nap. Usually after a consecutive 3-5 days of not sleeping well and no naps, I get sick.
  2. I hate green onions, but I love green onion pancakes. If necessary, I’ll still use them in a dish to add more flavor, but that’s rare. It’s weird, I know. I’ve been told that I’m not a true Asian.
  3. I like to turn off my Wifi or Mobile Data whenever it’s not in use. Not just to save my battery power, but because I don’t want to be bombarded by notifications or to constantly be checking my phone all the time. I also don’t like to get onto the internet on Sunday mornings until after attending church. It just doesn’t feel right for me. I think there’s freedom in turning off our technology. It can wait.
  4. Eight is my favorite number. In elementary school, I used to practice writing my “8’s” a lot. Hence, eight facts.
  5. David Platt’s book, Radical, changed my life and how I viewed Christianity. I would highly recommend his second book as well.
  6. I like to watch Korean dramas in my spare time and I used to blog about them on another website, which is no longer active. My first-ever Korean drama was Dae Jang Geum and I watched it with my parents. While I don’t watch as much as I used to, I still follow what’s airing in Korea and am pickier about what I choose to watch. There’s a motto that my friends and I go by, and it’s “Life is too short to watch bad dramas.” I guess you could probably also argue that life’s too short for Korean dramas as well, but then it wouldn’t be half as fun. If I had a favorite Korean drama, based on how many times I’ve re-watched it, it’d be Answer Me 1997.
  7. My favorite Classic author is probably Jane Austen. It shouldn’t be hard to guess what my favorite Austen book is. I also love the film adaptation to this particular book. (Hint: Mr. Darcy)
  8. I have the utmost respect for Tim Challies and his blog. He’s been blogging every single day for years now. I think we’d get along well. He is definitely on my list of top five all-time favorite and most-read bloggers.

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Weekly Favorite Links (Feb 19-25, 2015)

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One of the biggest blessings of committing to a local church is the opportunity for discipleship — put simply, a one-on-one mentorship between a younger individual with an older individual of the same gender. In other words, it’s two people who are committed to intentionally pursue Christ-likeness together. Not every church does this, so I’m really grateful that the church I currently attend and commit to emphasizes discipleship within our church. What I appreciate most about discipleship is having someone older and wiser modeling their faith, and demonstrating to me what that looks like in perhaps more mundane aspects of life.

In my own spiritual walk, I feel like God uses that time with my discipler to reveal a lot of my own sin issues so that I could confess and work through them. And what’s great is that I’m not working through them alone, but that I do have someone to walk with me — supporting, encouraging, and affirming me. Sometimes during our meetings, I feel totally exposed, weak and broken. But then afterwards, there is joy and peace. Moreover, there is freedom — freedom from shame and separation because the grace of God is sufficient to cover all sins.

With that said, I really hope that the links that I share every week would not just be a place where I share all my “favorites,” but that I could share some important, helpful resources too! That really is my prayer and hope for these kind of posts.

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