Playing Badminton, Making Disciples

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. – 1 Peter 5:8

This afternoon, I had a round of badminton with some friends from church. It was a good time of bonding and exercise, both of which were much needed. As we fought for points, I was acutely aware of how each person had certain styles, and how my opponent was exploiting certain weaknesses of my team’s, e.g. striking where we least expect. 1 Peter 5:8 came to my mind immediately. In a badminton match, we can ask for a time out when we’re tired, but that isn’t going to work with the devil.

We really need to be sober and vigilant at all times, and bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5). How can we be sober and vigilant at all times? I believe a very important key to that is to be in a strong community of believers, brothers and sisters who will hold you accountable and watch over you. We all have times when we need to rest and may let our guards down. But if we stay connected to the vine, if we stay in the light, and keep our eyes on Jesus, darkness will have to flee.

Oh yes, I’m thrilled to find out that we have a digital keyboard in the office! Though I stopped piano lessons long ago, I thank God for the foundation that I still have, and coupled with my theory, am now able to play one of my favorite songs satisfactorily!

The Gift of Children

This Labor Day holiday, I had the privilege of spending three days with children from my church with other singles while the couples went away on a couples’ retreat. There were about 8 kids in total, and they were all very well behaved and they gave me visions of what I want my own kids to be like. I can only imagine the amount of effort that all these parents have placed into parenting their kids in the way of God, and the rewards that they will reap through their lives.

I experienced the joy of a kid filling the house with pleasant melodies from a piano, the joy of riding on a swing with some little boys, the thrill of racing down a slide with a little girl.

The Psalmist is right:

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate. – Psalm 127:3-5

I also had the privilege of observing how other people took care of the kids, including shopping, meal preparation, helping children wash up, taking them out to play, egging them to rest, helping them with their assignments, disciplining them when they disobey instructions, etc.

May God grant me strong foundations for the future of my family. I definitely look forward to the joys of parenting :D