humility

THAT STRANGE THING CALLED HUMILITY

Humility — a strange thing. The minute you think you’ve got it — you’ve lost it.”

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One of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time, C.S. Lewis, wisely wrote in his book Mere Christianity (1952):

Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call ‘humble’ nowadays: he will not be a sort of *greasy, **smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.”

*greasy – insincerely polite
**smarmy – insincerely flattering or ingratiating (intended to gain approval or favour)

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What is humility? The best way to define this word is to point its opposite: Pride.

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TODAY I CHOOSE JOY!

“J-o-y joy in my heart
Deep, deep down in my heart”
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Today, this post is about joy. Joy is unique and different from happiness because while happiness is based on circumstances and possessions, joy is far deeper. It springs from our identity in Christ therefore is independent on external influences. Sure there are times when we feel emotionally down and drained but joy remains, regardless of what we feel at the present moment.
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I received this material from Drake Mariani, the founder of MemLok Bible Memory System – a kind of app that helps people to efficiently and effectively memorize the Scriptures. I found that I share his insights on what joy is and what God’s Word says about it so I reckon I should place it here on the blog for future reference, rather than this profound piece get lost in the blackhole that is my email.

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TIPS IN VISITING EMIRATES PARK ZOO

Here are some information you may find helpful if you wish
to see the zoo for yourself and meet the peculiar animals we have come to adore.

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.Location/ how to go
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Emirates Park Zoo is located at Al Bahia, north-east of Abu Dhabi city, 35km away from the capital on the way to Dubai. [VA]

It is quite far from the city center so I would recommend taking your own car or renting one. Taxi maybe around AED50+ if the first one is not possible. Should you insist to take the bus, lane numbers are 202,218 and 225. [DOT]

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mutual-funds

HOW TO OPEN A MUTUAL FUND ACCOUNT

There are many people I know who like to invest and capable of doing so and yet have not started. Most of them revealed that the reason for it is simply because they are unsure where to begin. The same is true for me when I started. Sure I have heard of the financial terms many times but as the saying goes, hearing is miles away different from actually doing it.

This post is about how I opened a mutual fund account.  First of all, I am no investment guru. I am an amateur trying to learn the ropes as I go through the process and this is my attempt to document my journey. I notice that when I write things down, the ideas become a little bit clearer instead of them being hazy concepts inside my head.

Keep in mind that my knowledge is little and skills (if any) are rudimentary. I am just an ordinary person who is excited to learn about investing because I am hooked by the idea of early retirement. (more…)

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Letter #3: Second temptation

24 October 2016

Dear Lord,

This morning I revisited Your second temptation and had a second closer look into it. I was a little surprise at the richness of what could be gleaned from a few set of passages that I kept on reading for the past couple of days.

After the enemy’s first attempt, he led you to a high place…probably a high mountain I guess some sort of like Mt. Everest, the kind that will give you the vantage point necessary so he could show you all the kingdoms of the world. I could not imagine now how the enemy did it (like a hologram perhaps…or some sort of screen flash) to show all the world powers. He appealed to Your eyes. “Look at all of this…,” he probably whispered. “All this authority and splendor, I can easily give this to You.” (more…)

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Letter #2: First triumph

20 October 2016

Dear Lord,

God, today this afternoon I read again Matthew 4:1-4 which talks about your first temptation and I realised further that the temptation was more than just hunger. It was also tempting You Lord Jesus to exercise Your power at that time- but that was not the right time to do it. It was not the will of our Heavenly Father for you to manifest Your divinity for it will forfeit what the Father desires. He desires that You may become our intercessor, our mediator towards Him, our ambassador towards Heaven. Not just an ambassador who is clueless about our struggles but one who is familiar with our infirmities and therefore can properly represent us. In this testing, You know us through and through, in an actual fleshly experience level. (more…)

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Letter #1: First temptation

19 October 2016

Dear Lord,

I thank You for Your Word tonight and the opportunity to be alone and spend time with Your presence. My heart is glad. The words feel so alive and pierce through my very being. Tonight I studied about your first temptation that was recorded in the Scripture. This happened after you got baptized – an emotional and spiritual high – God the Father declaring His great joy and pleasure over You.

Then the testings came.

The Holy Spirit compelled you to go to a solitary place far from your family, BFFs and close friends and followers.
Was it hard Lord? I mean, You were human and God simultaneously during your earthly life. I wonder how it felt.

But the feeling of being tested – it is all too familiar with me. (more…)

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