Archive for April, 2005

Above all…

Above all powers, above all kings
Above all nature and all created things
Above all wisdom and all the ways of man
You were there before the world began

Above all kingdoms, above all thrones
Above all wonders the world has ever known
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth
There’s no way to measure what you’re worth

Crucified, laid behind the stone
You lived to die, rejected and alone
Like a rose, trampled on the ground
You took the fall and thought of me
Above all.

Sang this song at worship today and had some thoughts. He’s above all right? We know that He’s the Creator (for those who don’t i hope someday you will) and therefore He is above anything that has been created.

Or is He?

Is He above what we hold in our hearts? What we want? What we long for? Is He above the grades, the friends, the money, the jobs, the fun, etc, etc, etc? We SAY He is – but the only way we know that for sure is when He asks us to lay it down. “_________ (fill in your name here), do you love me more than ______________ (fill in whatever’s on your mind here)?”

Can you say yes? Will you say yes?

Knowing that He is intrisically above everything we conceive is very different from living such that He truly is – as i mentioned before, the greatest distance in the world is the one between the head and the heart. Hence, worship isn’t the 45-min or hour-plus-plus session you have at regular scheduled dates/times – it’s the 70-odd years that you have. Yeah you heard me right – worship is your life. Use it.

“Our lives are God’s gift to us, what we make out of it is our gift back to God.”

One of the rare times that i can actually sit down and spend time doing absolutely nothing. Ok, ok, it’s not that i don’t have anything to do, i just forgot to bring it along with me. Plus the fact that i also forgot to bring my paper so i can’t write letters or notes to people. But it’s given me the chance to sit out and think about stuff. =)

With the society that we’re in, being Singaporeans and all (though i never really subscribed to that ideaology), it’s seems that meritocracy is bordering on elitism. And yeah, DUH it bothers me.

I never liked the idea of classifying people into “good, better, best”, though i totally agree with the spirit of competition. Healthy competition is necessary for people to move on to greater heights, but must it reach the extent that people are nearly against each other? It’s nice to see a certificate of straight As, but to what extent do we derive the satistfaction from that? Does our entire treasure chest of joy rest on that? If it does…then what happens when we don’t get it?

Reminded by Fong’s blog that us humans can only concieve something that we’ve seen. Where then does the concept of eternity come about? Since the musical, the phrase “someone who struggles with the concept of eternity has the ability to turn the tides of time” keeps ringing in my mind. Without not doing our best on this earth, we have to strive for eternity.

I’ve come to realise that it’s human to want for something. Nothing wrong with that. But when it comes to the crunch, God will be asking, “do you want me more than you want that? Do you love me more than you love that?”. And i’m guessing that until He’s convinced of that fact, He’ll keep asking that question – surrender is a process.

And ultimately, when we bend to His will, He gives us eternity.

Nothing lasts beyond that.