No Limits with Nick Vujicic Sound Clip

A recording on Nick Vujicic on happiness, family, dealing with disappointments, faith and love. I really think everybody should listen to this. We all have problems and woes of our own. But sometimes we need to lift our eyes off our circumstances and realize there are people who are far less fortunate or privileged than us but are more happier and are doing far more than us. “A great healing medicine for the heart is going out and serving someone.”, Nick Vujicic. If you’re feeling lousy about yourself and your current circumstance, go volunteer at a home or something and you will realize that you are far better off than so many people. We can all be happy with what we have. Sorry about the advertisement sounds and my occasional noise in-between.

Be blessed.

Note: I do not own this sound clip. This clip serves to inspire for daily living and may not be used for reproduction of any kind.

My notes during the television programme:

1. Attitude of gratitude
Know your value – who you are 
Don’t devalue yourself [or allow yourself to be devalued – by words of people]
You need to tell your children that they are beautiful and they are beautiful.
[If not they are going to listen to what others out there tell them about their value]
Keep the truth of your value in you and in your family first
“Love is communicated face to face when I spend time with you”
Time is your greatest asset
Encouragement brings you closer. Discouragement brings you further.
Tree of lies grows a fruit of lies
Greatest emotions above all emotions is fear
F.E.A.R. – False evidence appear real
F.A.I.T.H. – Full Assurance for all things In The Heart

More than an excellent speaker(enter your job _______), be a excellent father/husband
Take care of your home before you take care of your work
How can you communicate hope unless you make sure your homegound is safe and healthy?
Love saves.. And produces faith
Faith is trying to reach a potential when you cannot see
Courage is strength when you feel you cannot do it
Courage doesn’t wait until you’re not afraid.
Purpose ignites courage
It starts with love, then faith, then courage.
Through courage you try to find the faith that you cannot see.

1. Attitude of gratitude.

2. You don’t know what you gonna achieve until you try it.
3. If I fail, try again.
If you need to let the dream die, let the dream die.
Don’t let yourself die.
The greatest things in life are not things.
While you have goals, don’t let your achievement define you
While you look a certain way, don’t let your appearance define you
Be the best you, reach your full potential
Take one day at a time, and live your best right now
Keep trying, you don’t know what you can achieve until you try
Thomas Edison failed 9,999 times until he succeeded in creating the lightbulb.
But he said “I didn’t fail 9,999 times, I just found 9,999 times that didn’t work.

4. Failure equals education
Some failure is expensive
Words are powerful.
Build people up with words
Don’t ever for once entertain the thought that you’re a failure

Money can’t buy hope
Was that a failure? Yes. Was I a failure? No.
5. Obstacles equals opportunities

6. Dream big
7. Never ever ever give up
8. Faith

ABCs
The truth to your value, your purpose, your destiny
You will not reach your potential until you seek it.
You will not seek it unless you know it is there

My top 3 priorities is:
My faith.
Family.
Mission.

Faith is actually trusting that God has a plan.
It doesn’t mean telling you the ABC and the XYZ of His plans because if you know that you don’t need faith.

I don’t want to live by my strength because I fail me everyday.
But He will never fail me.

On Disabilities and discouragement:

A great healing medicine for the heart is going out and serving someone

Plant seeds.

Focus on what you do have.
Who you are matters more than what you can do.
Develop the maturity between things that you can change and things that you cannot change.

It’s okay to ask for help.

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The Fourth Men

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Sometimes, it’s difficult to hold on to our values when it differs so much from the world’s. But who could blame? After all, we are only but temporary residents in this world. I was reading the Book of Jeremiah last Thursday when I felt a sudden impression to flip to the Book of Daniel. I was once again inspired by the courage of Daniel to stand firm on his beliefs in Jehovah God and that God would not fail him. And just like what Pastor Phil said, how he turned things around for the Jews when he held on to his faith in God. I was also deeply moved by the story of the Fourth Men (Jesus Christ) when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego was cast into the burning fiery furnace for refusing to bow down and worship other gods. (Daniel 3:8-30)

The fire was so strong that the king’s best soldiers were killed by the fire while going near it. It must had been so excruciatingly hot. When everything seemed bleak, the Fourth Men appeared and was with them in the heat of it all. In fact, the Fourth Men was possibly already there as they were drawing near to the furnace, for none of their clothes nor their hair was harmed by the fiery flames. The Fourth Men was Jesus. I thought about this and am reminded how in our situations and crisis, when there seems to be no way, God will make a way. And He has already done so even before the trial has taken place. I am reminded of the goodness of my Lord Jesus Christ, whose mercy and goodness will never fail [me].

Perhaps you are like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, casted into a burning fiery furnace-of-a-trial and everything seems hopeless. You need a Fourth Men. Fret not, God is right there with you in the heat, and His hands are not short that He cannot save [you]. Jesus is your Fourth Men when everything seems hopeless.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 
– Lamentations 3:22

And as encouraged by Derrick, a fellow ministry member, I decided to come out with an entry on the idea and inspiration behind the painting.

 

First, I applied the principle layer on the canvas. Painting a color over the canvas more than I intended is fine as I can simply use the next color to overlap it. It will be more disastrous to not cover enough area and having to damage-control later on.

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Next, using a paint brush I pulled the yellow up into the flesh tint in a swing-up motion to emulate the movement of the flames. I added a few drops of yellow with those small paint brushes to make it more realistic. The flames should not be uniformed as a real flame is never uniformed, right?

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In the next motion, I threw a dash of mixed burnt sienna and white paint as the base layer for the bottom part of the canvas. Adding contrast, I added the burnt sienna onto the canvas to give the fire some ‘depth’.

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Following that, I thought about what was going on in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego’s mind during the trial. From there, I moved on to think about what were they thinking? Were they full of faith? Were they scared? Were they dancing? Could they see the Fourth Men?

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The painting was completed, I pictured the Fourth Men Jesus to be in a robe of white just like the angel in my previous Abram painting. I imagined their locks of hair to be shining white (from God’s glory). One was lifting his hands in worship. One was moving towards the Fourth Men. One opened his arms to embrace Him. Yet I wasn’t satisfied by the color of the three men’s robes. I then played around with the leftover paint, mixing the colors here and there, and putting them on their robes.

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Now you can be a painter too. (Note that I have no prior experience and proper training in painting) If you have a revelation, why not paint it out? Immortalize it, help yourself to remember it. A picture speaks a thousand words.

P.S. I hope this painting and/or the inspiration behind it has encouraged you. 🙂

Short Story: The Oak Tree And The Ants

imagePHOTO: Reuel Eugene Tay

 

There was a particular oak tree that sat on the hill of a countryside hidden from the reaches of the city. It was an ordinary oak tree yet it was also not just any other oak tree. Sturdy and beautifully mahogany colored bark, strong branch-of-an-arm that stretched out toward the heavens and, luscious healthy green leaves that decorate the branches those branches make this oak tree a beautiful sight to behold.

Playing companion to couples-in-love and kids on their Sunday family days and having acted as the backdrop for more than a dozen wedding photo shoots, the oak tree was in contentment. “With my coat of green, yellow and red I’ve shaded the young and old, the poor and the rich through the seasons unfailing. Through thunderstorms and seasonal winds that threaten to uproot me, I have lasted and stand firm. I’ve indeed lived a full life.. My life is complete..!” thought the good ol’ tree to himself.

Yet for years, the good ol’ tree could not tolerate one – the ants whom have made their home by his roots, climbing up his back (and front) as they have pleased. It was like a thorn in the flesh to the good ol’ tree, an itch he cannot relieve.

One fine day, with one mighty swing of his limps and rustle of his coat he finally broke with silence with authority and gusto, “I want you to depart from me now!” The ants froze in their tracks for a moment before orderly making their way towards the distant horizon. The good ol’ tree was pleased. After all, it went much smoother than expected. For a while, the tree was contented, being left alone felt like a crumb stuck in the teeth for a good period of time finally removed. That feeling was surreal, and the good ol’ tree thought things could only look brighter. Or so he thought.

No sooner than a week after the ants’ departure, the good ol’ tree became sick. Without the care of the ants, disease was spreading across his body like wildfire. The once beautiful mahogany of a bark was coming apart bit by bit, his coat was like the thinning hair of an old man. No longer attractive, the people stopped coming, children stopped playing by his side, the good ol’ tree was dying physically and emotionally, and now truly left.. alone.

It was then that the good ol’ tree realized his folly, issuing the ants the great exodus was his undoing. A threatening rainstorm hit the good ol’ tree hard that night, only this time he didn’t seem to be able to make it through the night. Despondent, the tree howled with the strong winds “Please come back my friends” while the winds slowly ate away at what was left of his previously beautiful coat of old.

The following morning, the good ol’ tree awoken from his slumber, astonished that he made it to the night, astonished that he actually felt a little better. That familiar unquenchable itch has returned, only this time the tree was glad.

There are people that will get on our backs like a thorn in the flesh or a detestable itch. Yet some of them are those who truly cared, some who helped us become who we are and some whom our destinies are intertwined with.