Chinese Calligraphy. Can you read the letters?

One of things I regret most is not learning more about my father’s childhood when he was still alive. I did not know both my grandfathers since one of them died when I was only 12 months old and the other died before I existed. It was in a recent telecon that I came to learn that my maternal grandfather knew how to design furniture using hard wood. I guess I inherited the creative side of the genes from him. Of course today it’s too late to find out the brand of his furniture. They might have made their way to Holland, I was told. Still, I’m impressed of the grandfather I never knew. I now see the importance of knowing my roots. No doubt, I am a banana who speaks better English than my mother tongue but I am learning Chinese calligraphy to grow in my knowledge. I don’t have to speak Mandarin Chinese because my mother tongue is Hokkien.

Just like knowing our roots is important, it’s also important to know our identity in Christ. Being in this world is like walking around a city with smog. Knowing who we are will be the pillar of support in living in this world without being a part of this world.

Do you know who you are? (I don’t mean your name).

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.- Romans 12:2 (NLT)

Bible Verse

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Putting Things In Order

Today I learned a few things about my maternal grandfather. It turns out that when he was alive, he used to design wooden furniture and he was also familiar with carpentry. I wonder if he was self taught but I guess I must’ve inherited the artistic skills from him then.

I also spent some time reminiscing. I remember how my father started relocating the light fixtures in the house when he was still strong and able to climb ladders. He was already planning ahead for us, to prepare for the period when he could no longer help with the electrical works at home. He didn’t want us to go through a hard time and got things in order before things made a turn for the worse.

Somehow when someone in the family dies, we reflect on our own mortality and we focus more on the important things like relationships, time with family members and friends etc. My father has inspired me to also plan ahead and get things in order. Since I’m the youngest member in the family, based on age, I am expected to outlast the others but,… you never know. And we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about death and plan for it so that those who we leave behind will not have a hard time.

As for me, I aim to live everyday as if its my last day. One day it will be.

 About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the Lord says: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.”

2 Kings 20:1 (NLT)