Campus Alive

July 2, 2007

Thank You, Facilitators

Filed under: Wishes — campusalive @ 11:17 pm
All who have been working hard these few days for the juniors’ orientation, on behalf of CA, thank you. This post goes out to all those who walk, talk, and run from 6am to 9:30pm, and finally a post mortem from 11pm to sometimes 1am. You know who you are. =D

I believe everyone in CA appreciates your hard work in spreading the words, and guiding the juniors their ways around in INTEC. Keep up the good work.

God bless you all.
I just felt so touched seeing how people work so hard going off to meeting at 2300 when everyone else is sleeping and resting. That’s why I have to post this.

June 17, 2007

Happy Father’s Day

Filed under: Message,Wishes — campusalive @ 6:40 pm
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the world! This is a day children get to cook for you, take you out for a fancy dinner, buy something nice for you, and so on.

To be completely honest with each and every one of you, I have never really take notice of this day. I never recognize its significance nor do I celebrate it. In my mind, it is a day of hypocrisy. Children pretend to be a good daddy’s sons and daughter for one day. It is a day when food is sold at a ridiculously high price; it is also a day for people to falsely profess their love toward their father.

You see, I grow up in a family where my mother is both the mother figure and the father figure of the house. My father? Well, he is a distant character in our home, even until now. He comes back from work once every few months. When he was at home, he did not talk much. The most he did was to “bribe” me with some money so that I could buy newspapers and batteries(for my GameBoy). So I grew up not knowing who my father really was, except the fact that he is my father.

Pastor said that our view toward our earthly father sometimes ingrain inside our mind so much that we see our heavenly father the same way we see our earthly father. Sheila Walsh, the author of “Life Is Tough But God Is Faithful”, confessed that she had problem seeing our father God as a friendly, loving, caring God because she had a dark past with her own earthly fathers. She did not use the word “father” in her prayers for a long time, until she finally found peace with her father. So I guess the pastor is right in saying that how we see our own father might sometimes affect how we see God.

For years, I saw our father God as someone distant too. I saw Him as someone who would just come to me once in a while, answering some of my prayers. That’s all. Of course, all these changed after I came to this place. I got engaged in a more intimate relationship with Father than before and I realized something. He is not just a distant father who “comes home” once a few months. He is not a father who doesn’t talk much. In fact, He is right with me all day long, listening to all my complaints, grumbling, and mumbling I have against this world and Him. Every single time I complained to Him, it felt as if He was listening there patiently for me to finish and more often than not, He would show me something later on to reassure me of what I was suppose to do.

Eventually, I find my peace with Father God. Now it is time for me to find my peace with my own father too. I am thinking, “Today is a beginning to something new. I’ll try to mend my relationship with him. I’ll try to call him once a while to say ‘hello’ and most importantly, I’ll try my very best to lead him to Christ.” If there were a gift in this world that I can present to my father today, it would be God’s salvation. In this meaningful day, I just wish that he will open his heart to God and receive that eternal salvation that I’ve experienced.

Dad, I know that you are not reading this. But if you do, I just want to tell you that I love you.

Do you feel like you have not spoken to your father in a long time? Whatever reasons you have to be away from your father, take note that God the Father have never distance Himself from you. So why do you get away from your earthly father? Take this opportunity to bless your father. Give him a call to just let him know that you are doing fine in your life. Give him a hug or a kiss. He might not talk much at times, but he definitely loves you. Because Father God loves you too.

Happy Father’s Day.

Dad’s child,

May 23, 2007

Mission Trips

Filed under: Message,Wishes — campusalive @ 8:21 pm
Just two days ago, I bumped into two friends while I was heading back from school. It never crossed my mind that the meeting would later prove to be an insightful one. We had our normal brunch in one of the restaurants available within our vicinity and we talked about a lot of random stuff. However, none was significant enough for me to take note of. After the pleasant meal, we went to a nearby shop to shop for a gift. My friend wanted to buy a gift for her other friend but girl being girl, she just couldn’t make up her mind. She asked for assurance again and again that the black one was indeed better than the red one. Finally, she made up her mind and bought the black one.

You might be wondering what does that whole little shopping trip have anything to do with mission trips at all? Well, this following sentence might be worthwhile to be ponder upon.

“Christians going to mission trips are just like girls going on shopping trips. They already have their mind fixed on the things that they want to do (or buy) but they just need assurance time and again from the everyone around them to be pleased with their choices.”

When my friend told me, “Just ignore her. She already know what she wants to buy. She just want us to support her, that’s all,” I found it very true in our everyday life as well. Aren’t we all looking for assurance and opinions all the time? We know that we can get A in our tests, but we just whine and whine until someone pats on our back and say, “Hey gal, you can do it. Just go for it.”

This post goes out to whoever that will be going on mission trips. You know who you are. Be assured. You are God’s ambassador. Do His will with a cheerful mind and a focused spirit. He will guide you through in whatever circumstances that you will be facing in that mission trips.

You have made your choice, we(CA) are all supporting you. So just go……….

God be with you all during these mission trips.

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. ~Matthew 28:16-20 NLT


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