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Love Your Neighbour As Yourself

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"when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God." - Leviticus 19:9-10 I was in Leviticus 19 this week for devotions, and it focused a lot on the call to holiness as well as the statutes given to the people of Israel about loving their neighbour as themselves. As I read and reflected throughout the week, I really enjoyed these two verses (v.9-10). The LORD tells the Israelites to leave a margin of harvest, to not reap and pick up every last bit for themselves, to leave some for the poor and the sojourner, and it's not just the scraps either! What an act of compassion we are to show to those in need! It got me thinking, what is our harvest nowadays? How does this translate to our mo

He Will Have No Fear of Bad News

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"India heat wave tests water supply as deaths near 2000" "magnitude 8.5 earthquake strikes off coast of Japan" "severe storm ravages Texas" There's bad news everywhere, from shootings to natural disasters; when I hear of the massive numbers of people dying and suffering, and I hear the tribulations in the lives of my friends and their families, my immediate response is to question God. "why O LORD?"  "what are you doing?"  "how could you let this happen?"  "is this doing good for anyone?" But as I reflect on Psalm 112 this morning, I was reminded of a simple yet always forgotten truth. Psalm 112 describes a person I want to strive to be, someone who fears the LORD , he finds great delight in God's commands , this man is gracious, compassionate and righteous , he conducts his affairs with justice , he has no fear , and scatters his gifts to the poor abroad . But the trait that stood out to me w

Forgotten

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Do you ever find yourself forgetting God? The past few weeks, i've gone through periods where i've unintentionally forgotten about God through my day, and it's occurred to me that that is a potential concern. My adopted dad from church defined it as "ungodliness, the act of carrying on with our lives on a day to day basis without any thought of God. This is the sin of putting God on the Sunday shelf and not bothering to be concerned with Him at any other time". I've noticed three instances these past few weeks where I have forgotten God throughout my day, and it's not even intentional! For example, since i've started my summer job, I've been wanting to work hard, to do my best as an employee, and I found myself getting caught up in my work as I try remembering my animal facts when presenting for a show, or making sure I don't get bit as I take an animal out from their enclosure; though these are little things, I can think of days where I fi

Story-Filled Streetcars

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Today I was sitting on a streetcar heading down the streets of Toronto when it struck me; looking around there were several different stories sitting and standing around me, lives with history, experiences, baggage, trials, and celebrations. Just out the window were people's lives as they left their homes, carried their groceries, rode their bikes and played with their children. I thought to myself, how many of these people know Christ? How many of these people have even heard the gospel? This was something I've heard from a friend before, but today it struck a chord within me and resonated loudly. And having just wrapped up a discipleship/missions conference these past two days, the idea of discipleship (living and leading like Jesus) was running through my mind. how am I supposed to reach out to all these people? where do I even begin? will these people ever get to know Jesus? It seemed like a daunting task, but i'm reminded that we are only so limited, we can o

A Lesson From My Summer Job

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"meeting King Julian for the first time" This summer, I am working at Hands On Exotics as a Animal Handler and Educator. I have only worked about twenty hours, but I have already fallen in love with my job. It is the most interesting, exciting, and fun job i've ever had. My main role is to go to birthday parties, summer camps, retirement homes, hospitals, and whatever other bookings to do shows and presentations with my exotic animal friends, from ball pythons, to chinchillas, lemurs, cockatoos and kangaroos. Every time I think of my job, I am completely and utterly baffled. I have no idea how I landed this job. The craziest part is that this is (what I think is) my dream job. This is the end goal. I thought there would have been more intermediate steps, but its mind-blowing to think I'm somehow already here before I had even finished school. This is all because of God's grace and provision. And to find out that I was 1 of the 5 seasonal hires, of the pote