Greetings! Happy new year to you all!
Last year was a strange, rough, and challenging year. With God’s grace, we have survived and we are still here. If there is one thing we learned last year, that would be the lesson of humility.
No matter how airtight our plans may be, life has a way of disrupting our complacency and overconfidence. So sometimes we have to expect what is unexpected. When we plan for the new year, it may be a good idea if we leave a little room for surprises, disruptions, or rainy days.
We are not always in control, but we can adjust, adapt, change and evolve. Big, old, stubborn oak trees may be broken and uprooted by the mighty storms, but flexible willows dance with stormy winds and let them pass through.
There is no use asking, “How did we get here?” A more worthwhile question would be, “Where do we want to go from here?” Rocket scientist Wernher von Braun said, “Man belongs wherever he wants to go.” As we embark on a new journey in 2021, let’s have a vision, a dream, a goal, and a destination in mind, but let us not forget to enjoy the journey.
“Life is like crossing the Red Sea.” (Martin Luther) The past wants to hold us back. But there is no turning back. We must keep moving forward. If we put one foot in front of another with faith, God will open a new path through the Red Sea and will help us to get to the other side safely.
Let us "walk by faith, not by sight!" (2 Corinthians 5:7) We can make our beautiful dreams come true, if God is willing.
Have a blessed, new year! Grace and peace! Pastor Jerry Cho
1. In prayer you reach toward God; in meditation God reaches toward you. – Muriel M. James
2. In the long run, every man will pay the penalty of his own misdeeds. The man who remembers this will be angry with no one, indignant with no one, revile no one, blame no one, offend no one, hate no one. – Epictetus
3. I also do my best to always maintain a blameless conscience both before God and before men. – Acts 24:16
1. I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams. – Jonas Salk, M.D.
2. Religion is a cow that kicks but that gives milk, too. – Rama Krishna
3. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit; but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself. – Philippians 2:3
1. Disease can be our spiritual flat tires – disruptions in our lives that seem to be disastrous at the time but redirecting our lives in a meaningful way. – Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.
2. It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubts. – Mark Twain
3. Say to them that are a fearful heart, “Be strong, fear not.” - Isaiah 35:4
1. Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend’s forehead. – Chinese proverb
2. Kindness is the language which deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Mark Twain
3. A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stir up anger. – Proverbs 15:1
1. I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind. – Abraham Lincoln
2. Man is a being which consists not so much in what it is as in what it is going to be.
-J. Ortega y Gasset
3. Be silent before the Lord God! - Zephaniah 1:7