Tin nhan chuc tet
I Made My New Year's Resolutions
The crystal ball increased and the fireworks blew up welcoming a brand new year(tin nhan chuc tet). Excitement filled the air with the expectations of fulfilling every pledge I made to do things better than the year prior to.
This year it was going to be various! A new home, a pledge of a promotion at my task and obviously a workout program to shed the additional pounds. Everything was in location. I was stimulated and full of anticipation of making it the very best year (tin nhan chuc mung nam moi) ever.
Night fell and the work week started. A report started buzzing around the workplace that the boss was bringing in new management. Right away I strolled nervously to my desk asking yourself how this might occur to me!
At lunch I required a hamburger and French fries. I understood I was breaking my vowed eating, but I hesitated for my task and I required comfort food.
The work day ended and I walked into my house with a feeling of fear wrapping around me and motioning me to run for the remote control and stare into the cinema television. The sound fell on deaf ears and my mind exploded into ideas over the sudden turn of events.
I glanced at my table where the brochures lay highlighting your home of my dreams and I began to cry. God, why are you letting this happen to me? I reached for my dusty Bible and it fell open to Revelations.
Revelation 3: 14b-16, "This is the message from the Amen, the faithful and true witness, who is the origin of all that God has actually created. I know what you have done; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other! But because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth!".
The words I read were startling. I didn't understand why God would desire me to see this particular passage. I believed in God. I was a Christian. I had memorized the Bible as a child and I attended church faithfully.
As I justified myself before God a voice whispered "Keep Reading". My eyes once again took in the next verse and then the next.
Revelation 3:17 -19, "You say, 'I am rich and well off; I have all I need.' But you do not know how miserable and pitiful you are! You are poor, naked, and blind. I recommend you, then, to purchase gold from me, pure gold, in order to be rich. Buy also some lotion to put on your eyes, so that you may see. I rebuke and punish all whom I like. Be in earnest, then, and turn from your sins.".
I haven't sinned! I are entitled to that promotion and I need a new house. God what are you saying to me? I practice my faith. Let's face it God, I can't buy gold from you, I have to work for it!
The whisper was calm and loving. It was if I was being given a selection of which path I would choose. A course to get all the riches found in this world or a path that would take me on a spiritual journey of revelation.
I don't understand what your saying to me God. I have a plan! This year I am going to be successful and I am going to purchase the house I always wanted. I know that it may seem bleak at the moment, but I believe you are going to help me do this.
The quiet whisper softly prodded me forward to pick up my Bible and read some more. I obeyed. I wanted to comprehend what kind of gold God could offer me. Is this gold better than my New Years plan?
Revelations 3: 20-22, "Listen! I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into his home and consume with him, and he will consume with me. To those who win the success I will provide the right to sit next to me on my throne, just as I have been victorious and now sit by my Dad on his throne.
'If you have ears, then, pay attention to what the Spirit states to the churches!'".
A flood of ideas lovingly filled my being. They encouraged me to look at my life entirely different.
For weeks I had actually made my strategies and developed my course so I might fulfill my desires for my life. Now God was informing me to consider these choices.
I had become so wrapped up in my plan that I had actually stopped growing in my spiritual life. I had actually put God aside and I just read my Bible and prayed when I was in trouble.
I wasn't playing my game of life to win the world for God and great. I was ending up being self serving and I was trading my Christian identification for the things I might obtain from this world.
I should get a grip and keep in mind that my life's function isn't about things, but about Spiritual gold discovered in serving God. I got a piece a paper and started a new list.
My freshly revised New Years pledge. I would pray more and read my Bible daily. I would ask God to show me exactly how I can serve Him better. I will pray for individuals who have needs in my church. I will volunteer at the homeless shelter and provide more in my tithe.
The fear that when engulfed me went away! I started to breathe deeply once again renewed in my faith and figured out that with God I would win this world for Him.
My manager held out his hand to welcome me into his office. To my surprise he specified that he wanted me to going the brand-new management team. He said he discovered how difficult I worked and he trusted that I would do an excellent job.
At the end of the day, I left the office Praising God. His whisper filled my ideas. His love wrapped around me and let me know that I was His once again and He was proud of me.
My own thoughts treasured God's words and made me even more identified to win my race in this world as God's Christian Soldier. I would do my work not for what I would get, but for what I might give.