What is passion?

What is passion?

Webster defines it as an “intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction” and “a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept.”

Some quotes on this topic of PASSION include:

“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”

“Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.” (Heb 12:1, Amp Bible)

“Follow your passion, and success will follow you.”

“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.”

“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”

Vision fulfillment is dependent upon passion possession. But more than that, LIFE fulfillment is dependent upon your passion.

Can we have the passion to keep on when circumstances are contrary? When the sound of the encouragers & supporters in our lives fade off, and in their place, comes the voice of discouragement, disbelief and mockery?

It is so easy to get pumped up. So easy to shout “Yes!” and “Amen!” during a good church service or cell group. So easy to nod our heads in agreement as we read a good motivational book.

But a balloon deflates. A battery runs low. An asset depreciates. Even water evaporates. And so it is with our faith and passion level – it leaks. No longer will it be the same tomorrow as it is today if we leave it as it is. No longer will we feel the same way about our destiny, if left to ourselves to rot for too long.

Think this is why I love working in church. Haha! As physically tiring at times though it may be, but I love and appreciate at the prospect of being a part (albeit a small one) of this great church and in all that God is doing. Long gone are the days that working in church is like the “last” option… “Cannot make it elsewhere, ah well, let’s just work in a church…” Truly, God is raising up a whole new generation. Our staff are getting more and more qualified, studying for their Bachelor’s and their Masters. Attending more seminars and conferences, and tapping into the pulse of what is going on in the world out there.

There is an underlying current. Not an ominous, evil one. But an underlying current of PASSION. For all that God has done for us and through us… We also want it to last to perpetuity. The more God moves, the more we want God to continue to move. Stripping off the modern & professional facade, lies a core of basic Christian values, imbedded since the inception of this church.

I love Your house!!!

Delegation…

I am a person very comfortable with the concept of delegation. I believe that once you empower others, who are in turn trained and adept at the task, then it would free you up to do the very things that they can’t help you with.

Thanks to all my dearest friends & CG members for taking so many “arrows” for me for my wedding prep! LOL… People like Melvin (my faithful bengla contractor-supervisor), Zhiyong (for writing all my cards for me…), Jun & Shujing (for taking care of my hair & make up over in JB), Adam (for finding suitable wedding march-in songs for me)… And of cos there’ll be our RSVP ICs, muzo IC (Ben!), Usher IC, Security IC… blah blah blah.

You guys make my wedding so much fun leh! LOL… Thanks for soldiering on and shouldering on with me! =)

For such a time …

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?”
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people will not feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not in just some of us;
It’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson
A Return To Love (1992), Chapter 7

My Sydney trip

Back from our three-day marathon in Sydney. Left on a MH flight on Sat at 7p.m. Our SIN-KUL flight got delayed, so more time to shop @ Changi Airport duty free! Haha… Got loads of make-up & my DKNY perfume… Yippee! A GOOD start to the holiday! From KUL, we reached Sydney on Sunday 9 a.m. (Syd time, 2 hours ahead of S’pore).

Spent the whole of Sunday eating & walking & shopping. In that order… LOL. Went to Dragon Gate @ Chinatown for a lovely dim sum breakfast, then had Thai food for lunch near The Rocks (cos Pancakes was closed for renovations… Oh man…), then fish & chips @ Watsons Bay, and met Nic’s school friends @ Una’s (an Austrian restaurant that serves the BEST chicken schnitzel, deep-fried cheese & deep-fried mushrooms… Yummy! Reminiscent of Taiwan Shilin Ye Shi’s mushrooms!).

Rolling out of bed bright & early the next day, we spent the entire day @ Blue Mountains & walked the Jenolan Caves… There was even 1 cave called ‘Temple of Baal’! Gosh… We went for the Imperial Cave route though.

Reaching the city again, we went on to have the yummiest Korean food.

Check out my ‘mini seafood omelette’… I ate 1/3 and couldn’t take it no more! Hahaha! Huge servings!!! Coffee with Edwin & Peifen ended the day… Our very FIRST cuppa since Sunday!

Tuesday was a mad rush… We managed to squeeze in breakfast @ Fish Market & then a bit of nougat-shopping @ Chinatown before rushing back to the hotel to check out & get pretty for Nic’s graduation.

Had a wonderful ceremony. Thank God for the opportunity that Nic had to really shine for God in UNSW… His Head of School even came by to speak to his parents (I had to interpret…) to share his congratulations as well as to explain to them the magnitude of the Uni Medal. PTL! :) God is indeed good. His parents were speechless!

Ah well, back to very humid Singapore…

Wedding Pics uploaded!

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