The Gift of Life

“In death, in life, I’m confident and covered by the power of Your great Love” – One Thing Remains, Bethel.

Yesterday I received news that shocked me to the core of my being. The death of a dear pastor and role model that happened as quickly as the next breath we take without knowing.

As the tears streamed down my cheeks, I was awakened to the harsh reality that we do take life for granted sometimes.

 

We get so caught up in all the DOING, to the point where we forget that we are human BEINGs.

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We forget to stop and smell the flowers.

We forget to look up from our phones and mobile technology to appreciate the unique things only life outside technology can offer.

We forget to appreciate just how amazing it is to even be able to do all the things we can do as humans – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.

We forget to celebrate the lives of those around us, not necessarily because of what they’ve DONE, but for simply BEING themselves and alive.

We forget to admire the masterpieces around us in the form of nature.

We forget to remind our friends and family just how much we love them and appreciate them being in our lives.

We forget to breathe in and out and remind ourselves that there’s something only we can bring to the world.

We forget to love ourselves.

We forget to love others.

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We forget to live life to the very fullest.

We forget to live our long-forgotten dreams.

We forget to be happy.

 

We forget to take a moment to step back from the hustle and bustle of LIVING to enjoy BEING ALIVE.

 

We

forget

to

simply

BE.

 

Why?

We are afraid of what others would say, of failure, of rejection. Hence, we settle for less than the best.

Not only that, we settle for A LOT less than what we are meant to have, because a good portion of the world has partnered and agreed with these lies –

  • ‘I don’t deserve to be happy/I don’t deserve to live my dreams’
  • ‘I’m not good enough’
  • ‘I’m not worth it’.If you’ve partnered with those lies, let me tell you something – You deserve to be happy. You deserve to have much more than what you think you deserve. You are good enough. You are unique. You are worth it.

 

Why?

There’s something only YOU can bring to the world. 

God placed something in you when He made you that the world needs. He placed it in you because He knows you can steward it well. He’s given you what He’s given you because He knows the world will need it. You might think it’s insignificant but NOTHING is insignificant to God.

NOTHING is too small or too big for Him. It is always JUST RIGHT.

The ever-popular hashtag #YOLO is sadly true, despite being misused and abused time and time again by this generation. We do only live once on this earth – because of this, we cannot allow our past mistakes to haunt our present and future. We cannot let fear of failure and fear of the unknown stop us from fully exploring what we were placed on earth to give.

 

It’s never too late to create.

It’s never too late to do the things you never thought you could do.

It’s never too late to run towards life and embrace it.

 

So RUN. 🙂

 


D

Accidents, Bach, & Thankfulness

On the 1st of August 2009, I sliced my thumb (to put it very bluntly). It wasn’t just my thumb, it was the area in between my thumb and my forefinger. I won’t go into the details of how it happened, but it was so deep I could see my tendon.

I know. Urgh. I’ll stop describing it. 😛

I was rushed to the hospital and they used skin glue instead of stitches to put my flesh back together. Praise the Lord for skin glue. My hand was in a cast for two weeks and after that, I had about a month to rehabilitate my left hand for my UWA music audition. I planned to play a Bach Prelude and Fugue and this particular fugue is brutal for the left hand (twists, turns, stretches, you name it). While practising, I needed to constantly monitor my wound to make sure it didn’t decide to split open again during those finger stretches. Finally, I decided to follow through with the audition even though it caused me a lot of pain. I’ve been practising for hours and days on end for this audition. I’ve put way too much into this and I wanted to take my chances. Getting into UWA and majoring in music was my dream, although it seemed like my little accident would ruin my chances of ever getting in.

However, God is a good God and I think He really wanted me to get into UWA music too because I got an acceptance letter several months later! The next few years were brutal in their own way, but I matured and developed my skills like never before. To be honest, despite the blood, sweat, and tears, I would never ever trade those years for anything else.

5 years have passed since that incident – every year on the 1st of August, I give thanks to God for showing me that He does work everything for His children’s good, no matter what it may look like from the outside. I thank God for fulfilling the dreams and desires of my heart. He’s so very patient and so very loving. And mostly, I thank God for being there for me through thick and thin, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Romans 8:28 – ‘And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.’

That is my testimony. What is yours?

Love,
D ❤ ❤ x