Last day of my 6-week stint as an English teacher.
Things I enjoyed:
– Learning new things about different cultures from my students (eg: Mongolians like to drink tea with salt)
– Seeing that imaginary light bulb light up during an eureka moment in class
– Earnest and hungry students who ask me questions
– Thinking of fun ways to engage students and seeing how they enjoy it
– Thinking of ways to simplify difficult concepts and seeing how students get them
– Seeing weaker students trying hard and improving little by little
Things I didn’t enjoy:
– Students who don’t try and blatantly so because they are unmotivated or think they are too smart. (This makes me feel very unjustified for their parents who are probably spending a heap of money to send them here + the ‘wasted’ student pass. Also makes me wonder why on earth they are in Singapore and if they should be here.)
On a side note, this also marks the last month I have here.
For the few who still check out this space – here’s the view from my future 29th-story apartment in DN. :)
Deposit for the apartment’s paid, air tickets booked. This feeling of leaving makes me more sentimental than I’d like to be, there are so many people / things I’ll miss. Yet God has been heaping blessing after blessing in this process and there’s nothing much more I’d like to do than to give thanks with what I have.
I love how 1 Peter 1:17-19 puts it ‘Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as gold or silver that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.’
This comfy place I’ve lived in the past 24 years plus of my life isn’t even my real home. I am, but a foreigner to this place and my ultimate resting place is with Jesus. I can live, with open hands, not clinging on to any other perishable thing in this world because the blood of Christ has redeemed me from my past life. Praying that the word of God will continue to renew my mind as God readies my heart in the next few weeks. :)
“Being a courageous leader is about being a messenger. It is the glory of the message we carry, not the fancy footwork of the messenger as we march on the journey, that is to inspire the church. When we reach the end of the age, and we join the redeemed from every tribe and people and tongue and nation, and fall on our faces and worship the Lamb who is worthy, who will notice that leadership as we know it is no more? It is a temporary grace. The Lamb is forever”
— You see bones, I see an army, Floyd McClung
Am I willing to be of no value to this age or this life except for one purpose and one alone – to be used to disciple men and women to the Lord Jesus Christ. My life of service to God is the way I say “thank you” to Him for His inexpressibly wonderful salvation.
Oswald Chamers, My Utmost for His Highest
One of the best things in life is seeing how God moves in the hearts of His people and transforms them into His likeness. I absolutely love and rejoice every time I see someone come close to a breakthrough or take the first steps towards a breakthrough.
It is exhilarating to be a witness of God’s transformative work. It is also an awesome privilege to be that cheerleader, listener, supporter, encourager. I just need to be consistently faithful in what I am called to do. God will do what he does best – causing people to grow.
Romans 13: 8 ‘Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.’
As long as I continually remember how God has paid for my (many) debts, I will also find that I can continue to love. Even when I get angry, disappointed, feel wronged and the like.
And the powerful thing is that Love covers a multitude of sins.
I can never love perfectly, I can also never be perfect. But I can choose to love, I can choose to continue to love because God first loved me so very much.
Penning this down lest I forget. Something I learnt from lifegroup today:
Trusting that God will judge gives us a way out of the bitterness and ill feelings towards someone who has wronged us. Knowing that God will surely judge should also lead us to have compassion and love towards people.
Praying that I will always be in awe of God’s grace upon my life.
I enjoyed lifegroup today. Sharing in one another’s weakness yet having the hope that we continually desire for God’s transformative work in our lives, so that we become a little more like Jesus each day.