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[1: 1,938 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 32 of 42

In Journal on August 31, 2018 at 8:10 AM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 32: Using what God gave you

God deserves our best. What we do with ourselves is our gift to God. We have to discover our shape, learn to accept and enjoy it, and then develop it to its fullest potential.

In my 20s, I do recognize the power of doing new things for the first time. I know that in my mind I may have a preconceived bias for something that I have never tried. Like I never knew I did like Macadamia nut with a cookie, I also avoided it and have counted on the satisfaction of eating chocolate chip cookie. I would have not discovered enjoying blogging if I have not signed up. It is right though that when trying new things to leave the assumed results out and open mind in.

John Bunyan said, “If my life is fruitless, it doesn’t matter who praises me, and if my life is fruitful, it doesn’t matter who criticizes me.”

Aside from not going into the trap of envy and comparison with others, there is really no point of doing it because we are all unique that can give something to the world that only each can give… I have to remember to exercise my muscles because if I don’t use my abilities and skills God has given, He can easily take them away.

We’re getting ready for eternal responsibilities and rewards.

[1: 1,937 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 31 of 42

In Journal on August 28, 2018 at 11:07 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 31: Understanding your shape

This is my favorite instruction in this book so far. Whenever God gives me an assignment, He always equips me with what I need to accomplish it. This custom combination of capabilities was called SHAPE by Rick.

  1. Unwrapping your SPIRITUAL GIFTS
    • A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.
    • It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
    • No individual receives all the gifts or else that individual will have no need of anyone else, and that would defeat one of God’s purposes – to teach us to love and depend on each other.
    • Have you taken the time to discover your spiritual gifts? An unopened gift is worthless.
  2. Listening to your HEART
    • It’s the bundle of desires, hopes, interests, ambitions, dreams, and affections you have.
    • It represents the source of all your motivations – what you love to do and what you care about most.
    • It tickles your interest. Consider how they might be used for God’s glory. There is a reason that you love to do these things.
    • You do it for the sheer enjoyment. You don’t need rewards or applause or payment, because you love serving in this way.
    • The first telltale sign that you are serving God from your heart is enthusiasm. The second is effectiveness and you get good at it.
  3. Applying your ABILITIES
    • It’s your natural talents you’re born with.
    • Even abilities used to sin are God-given; they are just being misused or abused.
    • What I’m able to do, God wants me to do.
    • God doesn’t waste abilities; he matches our calling and our capabilities.
    • You have dozens, probably hundreds of untapped, unrecognized, and unused abilities that are lying dormant inside you.
  4. Using your PERSONALITY
    • There is no “right” or “wrong” temperament for ministry. We need all kinds of personalities to balance the church and give it flavor.
    • When you are focused to minister in a manner that is “out of character” for your temperament, it creates tension and discomfort, requires extra effort and energy, and produces less than the best results.
  5. Employing your EXPERIENCES
    • God allowed experiences for His purpose of molding you.
    • Examine at least 6 experiences from your past:
      • Family – learned growing up in your family
      • Educational – favorite subjects in school
      • Vocational – jobs you’ve been effective and enjoyed most
      • Spiritual – most meaningful times with God
      • Ministry – how have you served God in the past?
      • Painful – problems or hurts learned from
    • The greatest ministry will most likely come out of your greatest hurt. The Bible says, “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” What will you do with what you’ve been through? Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others.

Let’s be self-aware as Gary Vaynerchuk teaches. I told my sister that we’re doing this exercise this weekend and I’m pretty excited that she will have an appreciation of her uniqueness and power that serves others and glorifies God.

I do have a  restraint whenever I think about glorifying God. My ego and pride are giving the sense that why do I need to do this for God but a part of me knows that whatever I do to God comes back to me… I will seek the Holy Spirit’s help to break my resistance.

[1: 1,936 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 30 of 42

In Journal on August 28, 2018 at 10:21 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 30: Shaped for serving God

I am a custom-designed, one-of-a-kind, original masterpiece with a special area of expertise to do certain things. There never has been, and never will be, anybody exactly like me and with that, no one else will ever be able to play the role God planned for me. If I don’t make my unique contribution to the Body of Christ, it won’t be made.

I am a person who takes my responsibility seriously, I know when a certain work depends only on me, and so I don’t want my contribution to the Body of Christ to not be made. This is giving me the special spring awake and live a perfect day! Perfect doesn’t mean I don’t get annoyed but I quickly pick another choice, I change my channel to be loving.

We are called to voice our life with grace. I have experienced it myself, it could be that two people are teaching the same things, but because I have a positive connection with one of them then I can only absorb the lessons from one and not the other. In so many ways we are the same but in a way, we’re a fantastic one-of-a-kind supernova!

[1: 1,935 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 29 of 42

In Journal on August 28, 2018 at 10:01 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 29: Accepting your assignment

Why will I be fearful to fulfill my sacred calling to serve that glorifies God? Jesus’ salvation made my past forgiven, my present meaningful, and my future secured. It’s a beautiful life to serve and to give. To be a blessing to others makes me fully alive. I accept my assignment God, it will not be easy but it will be meaningful which I have longed for so long and giving me the energy to live with a spring in my every stride.

In some churches in China, they welcome new believers saying “Jesus now has a new pair of eyes to see with, new ears to listen with, new hands to help with, and a new heart to love others with.” 

There is no correlation between size and significance. Every ministry matters because we are all dependent on each other to function.

[1: 1,934 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 28 of 42

In Journal on August 27, 2018 at 8:32 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 28: It takes time

God is concerned about how strong we grow. God views our lives from and for eternity, so he is never in a hurry. God has promised that “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” Every day God wants you to become a little more like him: “You have begun to live the new life, in which you are being made new and are becoming like the One who made you.”

There’s no shortcut to maturity so I will enjoy the journey through worship, fellowship, and discipleship. I am grateful for reading this book because I have found a meaningful destiny. I just listened to a podcast interview of Oprah Winfrey with Pastor Wintley Phipps that helped engrave (or is it that I start to remember?) the message of this book into my being… My best destiny is the moment I most resemble, reflect, and reveal the characters of God. Pastor Wintley said that the 8 dimensions of God’s characters are: (1) faith, (2) virtues or moral goodness, (3) knowledge & wisdom, (4) patience, (5) self-control, (6) respect to what is sacred, (7) kindness, and (8) love.

[1: 1,933 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 27 of 42

In Journal on August 27, 2018 at 7:58 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 27: Defeating temptation

There is always a way out of temptation!

My 3 best take away from this chapter are:

1: I have to refocus my attention on something else. It’s like watching a television, I just have to change the channel and not be stubborn to indulge in a show that tempts me to sin.

2: Fill my mind with what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable. It takes time to be able to embody Jesus’ characters so I have to work on it.

3: Memorize Bible verses or God’s words by heart because its power Satan fears.

[1: 1,932 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 26 of 42

In Journal on August 26, 2018 at 7:01 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 26: Growing through temptation

Every temptation is an opportunity to do good. Every time you defeat a temptation, you become more like Jesus! 

When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

How temptation works

  • Step 1: Satan identifies a desire inside of you. Beware of shortcuts like you should have it now, it will be exciting, comforting, or make you instantly better.
  • Step 2: Satan tries to get you to doubt what God has said about the sin.
  • Step 3: Satan will deceive you by telling you anything untrue or just half-true.
  • Step 4: What began as an idea gets birthed into behavior.

How to overcome temptation

  • Recognize your pattern of temptation and be prepared for it.
  • Ask God’s help any time, all the time.

Rick said, “I can consider temptation a compliment. Satan does not have to tempt those who are already doing his evil will; they are already his.”

This chapter is very enlightening. It also gives me the room that I can strive to get better every single day that I am given the chance to wake up and live. I can totally relate to the temptations, the steps are real, and now I am better equipped but I would still absolutely need God’s grace and help to overcome my shortcomings.

[1: 1,931 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 25 of 42

In Journal on August 26, 2018 at 6:40 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 25: Transformed by trouble

The most comforting line for me in this chapter is, “Regardless of the cause, none of your problems could happen without God’s permission. He intends to use it for good even when Satan and others mean it for bad. We can also rejoice in knowing that God is going through the pain with us.”

I don’t like having difficulties in life because I know it will disturb my peace, triggers my inaction and worry at the same time, and yet I also believe it will be the way for my growth. I am honestly anxious that I feel very comfortable in my zone right now and I want to disturb it to be transformed and to feel alive.

Oh, how I love you God… in ways, I know how. I accept you and invite you to help me be you, and I am ready to endure the rigorous trials to be like you.

[1: 1,930 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 24 of 42

In Journal on August 25, 2018 at 10:30 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 24: Transformed by truth

If I read the Bible 15 minutes a day, I will read it completely through it once a year. This chapter talked about the Bible in which Jesus said, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. Now that you know these things (obeying the truth), you will be blessed if you do them.”

I used to have a Bible but I no longer own one. I struggled about the old English with the “thou” in it but I have to make the effort to find the translation that would be easier for me to receive, read, research, remember, and reflect on. Right now, I am grateful that I have other materials with Bible passages and learnings as my baby steps to help me understand it. The podcast of Rob Bell helps me get further history about the circumstance in the Bible like Jesus was a rebel in creating change.

[1: 1,929 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 23 of 42

In Journal on August 24, 2018 at 7:46 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 23: How we grow

Spiritual growth is not automatic. It takes intentional commitment. You must want to grow, decide to grow, make an effort to grow, and persist in growing. The Bible says, “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”

Every single day when I wake up and realize that I am alive for the day, I know that I God is not done with me yet on Earth. I don’t exactly know how can I serve others but one step at a time I know that I am grateful that I can find peace. Why not, I am breathing without a worry that I am in an apocalyptic world – Walking Dead always put me at the edge of my seat because I could easily internalize that it is true, so is The Island of Dr. Moreau. I will not stop finding the path that would make me come alive every single time because I still struggle with having thoughts of fears but slowly I am learning to shift and choose thoughts of love.