Friday, November 28, 2008

A Prayer For You

Dear God,

The people reading this is precious in Your eyes and you love them. Help them to live their lives to the fullest.Please give them the strength to excel above their expectations. Help them shine in the darkest places where it is hard to love. Protect them at all times, lift them up when they need you the most and let them know when they walk with you - they will always be safe.

In Jesus' name I pray, amen!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Some Special Thoughts

Received the following thoughts from an email - would love to share with you!

"You ask me, what the most important feature of Christ's character was. I will answer you: it was his confidence in the greatness of the human soul.
He saw in a person the reflection of God's image, and therefore, he loved everyone, whoever a person was, without regard to his life or character." - William Channing

"Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living and the other helps you make a life." ~~--Sandra Carey, Therapist

"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless." ~~--Thomas A. Edison

"Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done."~~--C.S. Lewis

"Life isn't worth living, unless it is lived for someone else." -- Albert Einstein

"Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you, all things are passing, God is unchanging. Patience gains all; nothing is lacking to those who have God:
God alone is sufficient." ~~--(Mother Teresa)

"If you don't have a vision for the future, then your future is threatened to be a repeat of the past." - A. R. Bernard

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Christian Faith Is Vital To The Future Of The World

In 2005 a book by American sociologist, Rodney Stark was published, called The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success. The ‘modern world,’ he argues ‘arose only in Christian societies’ thanks to Christianity’s commitment to ‘reason, progress, and moral equality’

The capacity which Christianity has to contribute to social, cultural and economic progress has been long observed.

In his book Jesus in Beijing, the journalist David Aikman tells of a lecture he attended in China in 2002. A professor from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences had this to say to a group of American visitors about his years of study in the West:
'One of the things we were asked to look into was what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West over all the world. We studied everything we could from the historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective. At first, we thought it was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. The moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics. We don't have any doubt about this.'

From a Talk by Professor Stuart Piggin of Macquarrie University
At the Kingston Mayoral Prayer Breakfast
National Day of Thanksgiving, May 2008

Follow this link to see the full paper

http://www.pastornet.net.au/mpn/StuPiggin.doc

Many have sadly come to believe the lies of the secularists that the Christian faith does not have a place in modern society. Stuart Piggin and others reveal the opposite: Modern society exists only because of Christian Faith and will collapse without it.

Stuart says it is way past time for the Church to know and boldly take up its crucial role.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Is Jesus Like Joe?

Joe was a drunk, miraculously converted in a street outreach mission. Before his conversion he'd gained a reputation as a derelict and dirty wino for whom there was no hope. But following his conversion to Christ, everything changed. Joe became the most caring person at the mission. He spent his days there, doing whatever needed to be done. There was never anything he was asked to do that he considered beneath him. Whether it was cleaning up vomit left by some sick alcoholic, or scrubbing toilets after men had left them filthy, Joe did it all with a heart of gratitude. He could be counted on to feed any man who wandered in off the streets, undress and tuck him into bed, when he was too out-of-it to take care of himself.

One evening, after the mission director delivered his evangelistic message to the usual crowd of sullen men with drooped heads, one of them looked up, came down to the altar and kneeled to pray, crying out for God to help him change. The repentant drunk kept shouting, "Oh God, make me like Joe! Make me like Joe! Make me like Joe!"

The director leaned over and said, "Son, wouldn't it be better if you prayed 'make me like Jesus?'"

After thinking about it for a few moments, the man looked up with an inquisitive expression and asked, "Is He like Joe?"'

Do others see Jesus in you?

By Tony Campolo, http://www.tonycampolo.org

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Grieving

Have you ever had to grieve? I was reading an article today, and found the following 5 pre-requisites for healthy mourning for loss.

(1) Commitment to grieving as a healthy personal priority, without excessive guilt, ambivalence, or anxiety.

(2) Consistent inner and outer permissions to (a) feel and (b) express our natural shock, disbelief, rage, and despair - over and over; and to (c) turn our mental confusion into clarity and order, over time, by asking questions, and repeated venting, discussion, and meditating.

(3) Restated - grievers need a stable, pro-grief (high-nurturance) environment to move steadily through the phases toward loss-acceptance.

(4) Motivation and opportunities to reflect, sort, feel, and process.

(5) All the time we need, and patience as we mourn a day at a time.


Work through the denial that hides the anger; ...

Work through the anger that hides the hurt; ...

Work through the hurt that hides the loss and loneliness; ...

Work through the loss and loneliness that hides the lack of self-worth; ...

Work through the lack of self worth that hides the total confusion; ...

Work through the total confusion that hides our unwillingness ...

to give up our own control and to surrender our lives to the Creator.

- Anonymous -

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Positive Interventions

Today I was told of a concept called "positive interventions", which basically encourages us to to look for the positive in any situation. I find it interesting!

One exercise for an application of this concept is called "Daily Three Blessings". At the conclusion of each day identify three things that went well and why. Do that regularly. Statistics show that people who have the attitude of gratitude are happier and less depressed.

Another application of this concept is to take the initiative to support other people to validate each other in a way that makes them happier and feel better.

In addition, we should say yes to positive emotions, engaging to others, noble purpose, building positive relationships, enabling good conditions of life, and contributing to the society.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Post-Olympics & Paralympics

Now that the Olympics and Paralympics are over, Beijing can get back to its old ways, right?

According to the Wall Street Journal, while the Olympic guests from all over the world may be gone and construction work in Beijing started up again, other measures are extending the Olympic spirit a bit further into the daily lives of people in the capital of China.

Some of the Olympics security measures are also staying put. Authorities decided that bag screening on the subway system will be retained permanently. A municipal public security official said that over 18,000 contraband items were found in the 72 million bag searches conducted during the Olympics period, and 32 people detained.

And for the National Day holiday (1 st October), some security measures in Beijing are even exceeding the Olympic efforts. Beijing media reports that subway stations near Tiananmen Square are closed from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 and trains will skip those stops during this period. Olympic-style security checks at parks and tourist sites will be retained during this period, and additional crowd control measures will be put in place at a popular pedestrian shopping street.

Some Facts About The Two-Third World

They say when speaking or writing if you want to grab people’s attention, grab it early, grab it impactfully, and grab it precisely. They don’t say the grabbing has to be positive or soothing so let me be precise, if unsettling. Let me paint a not too positive picture about current world situations:

About 5 million children per year die per year from diarrhoea and related conditions in developing countries. This is the largest single cause of death of young children.

About 16 million cases of malaria are reported annually.

About 3 million children under five die annually from malaria.

About 3.5 million children under five in developing countries die each year from one of the six following diseases which can be largely prevented by immunization:
- diphtheria;
- whooping cough;
- tetanus;
- measles;
- polio;
- tuberculosis.

Probably as many become disabled from through these largely preventable diseases.

- About 0.5 million children each year become blind from vitamin A deficiency. Two-thirds of these children die.

- About 6.7 million children show signs of moderate vitamin A deficiency making them more vulnerable to infections and other diseases.

- There is 10% more food in the world than would be needed to feed every person on earth, but 730 million people are too weak from hunger to work.

- Chronic malnutrition kills 50 million people a year and affects one-quarter of humanity. (50 million a year = nearly 100 a minute).

- The world spends enough ($17,000 million) on weapons every two weeks to provide food, health care, water and education for everybody on earth!

- Over 0.5 million women in developing countries die each year from pregnancy-related causes, leaving at least one million infants without mothers.

- Only a little over 1/3 of children under five living in developing countries have access to clean water.

Is there anything you can do about these?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Excitement & Promotion

Yesterday I was told that I am an excitable person. I think that's true! I find that even little things can make me smile, laugh and happy :) And I don't have a problem promoting the people, things or events that I believe in!

Recently a number of things really excite me (apart from the fact that I am getting married in a few months :)), and I am promoting them. As you can see in my previous posts, I am excited about the fringe festival, particularly Michael Connell's stand up comedy show JUST ME, as well as the Special China Focus Night (China beyond the Olympics) I am hosting where the opportunity to support and work with various projects in China will be shared.

Also, I am really pumped about the Global Poverty Project, which was just launched in New York. I have a strong concern for the world's poor, and I am passionate about contributing to making poverty history. I believe in the impact that the Global Poverty Project is going to make to combat extreme poverty, and am extremely excited about the 90 minute feature slideshow that will be delivered around the world as a result of this project. I want to be part of this.

Another thing I can't wait today is the grand-final BBQ in my friend's home - yes I'm more excited about the BBQ and the chance to catch up with friends than watching footy (for my readers who are not familiar, footy is the Australian rule football) ...but hey any reason for a party right? - especially on such a lovely warm day!!

Go cats, go hawks, and go doggies - yes I informally support the western bulldogs hehe!

Yay I'm off to the party now!

China Beyond Olympics


China is tranforming - becoming a fundamentally different society. The once backward and feudal "sleeping giant" is undergoing modernization with incredible acceleration. No longer satisfied to be asleep, China has awakened to a new day and is determined to mark its place in this world. A National Pride swelled when Beijing was the host of the Summer Olympics in August this year.

There are many avenues for people to be involved with the work in China - charity work, business endeavours, aid and development, open crowd festivals, teaching English and learning Chinese. Will you respond and serve China and her people, whether you stay at home, or go there? This special China focus night will tell you how. Come along....

Saturday, October 25, 2008 starting at 6:45pm
36 Barton Street, Hawthorn


Free refreshment, Chinese snacks & dumplings provided!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

JUST ME

I just came back from seeing Michael Connell's "Just Me" - which includes stand up, film and music. I really enjoyed the show, and couldn't stop laughing the whole time.

Michael shared about his high school experience, as a sudoku champion and a supremo on the harmonica. The thing that impressed me about Michael and his show is that he is hilarious yet inspiring, and clean.

I agree with Beat Magazine, which says that "His show is intelligent, moving, and most importantly, funny! You'll be impressed"

If you live in Melbourne, I highly recommend that you come along and see the show. We even have the special 2 for 1 deal ($16 for 2 people).

~~~
Tue-Sun 8.15pm
Sat & Sun matinees 3pm (27-28 Sept, 11-12 Oct)

Tix:$16 adult/$12 concession or groups of 6+

Bookings:9660 9666 orwww.melbournefringe.com.au

Hope to see you there! Kitty x

Nothing Compares To You

I was given the following poem today, which touched my heart....

Nothing Compares To You
by WhtDove

I'm sitting here filled with wonder
At the amazing things you do
How the waters stay in the oceans
And the vast beauty of the view

How the stars are hung in the sky
Within them is written your word
How we are the following sheep
And you are the only Shepherd

How the sky is painted with color
Bursts of orange in the sunset glow
How much knowledge it took to make
And how little us humans know

How intricately you planned it
There was nothing you left unthought
From the delicacy of a baby
To all the sins of ours you bought

There's no other love that's out there
As deep and as faithful and true
No other comfort to be found
Because nothing compares to you

Nothing compares to your miracles
Or the listening time you spend
How you always take good care of us
And our broken hearts that you mend

To us, our problems like mountains
To you, they're no problem at all
You're ever so watchful and there
To help catch us, when we do fall

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Welcome Back Australian's Olympians

Australia's Olympians, having achieved so much in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, received an extremely warm welcome of loud and happy cheers in Sydney on Tuesday.

With a total of 46 medals earned by the Australian Olympians, including 14 gold, the Olympic team was greeted by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and hundreds of family and friends.

Most of the 435 Olympians arrived home early Tuesday after finishing sixth in the medal tally and winning a podium position in 14 sports. The team was obviously "pumped" to be back in Australia.

Kevin Rudd said the preparations for the 2012 London Olympics would begin today. "Every man, woman and child in this nation Australia is proud of every one of you, well done," he told the athletes.

"To hear the roar of the crowd in China welcoming this great team for Australia says for me one thing - you are great ambassadors for Australia and the nation thanks you," the prime minister said.

YAY! We are proud of you! :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cute Girls Love To Crochet & Just Me



If you are in Melbourne, I'd like to invite you to 2 really good shows produced by Candlelight Productions



CUTE GIRLS LOVE TO CROCHET

Shows from 18-20th Sept (4 performances only!)

It weaves heart-melting and witty words with beautiful, quirky music that sounds like it was written for the Amlie soundtrack. It's the follow-up to Chevalet's gut-wrenchingly beautiful album A Souvenir of Sadness and A Bottle of Bliss, and this one is infused with a gentle hope and a striking beauty that makes me want to sit in a corner of a cafe in Paris and watch the world go by.

Cameron Semmens from our show Squeaky Clean Comedy(and resident poet on Light FM) returns in Chevalet with Mike Carney (composer, on piano) & Rod Gear (from Sons of Korah on double bass). I encourage you to visit www.myspace.com/chevalet- listen to their music online and you'll fall in love with them too.


"Cool boys play croquet.
Cute girls love to crochet.
Let's knit our lives together..."

There are only 4 performances, so tickets are very limited - book now to avoid missing out. It's only 1 week away!

Bring knitting or crocheting to do on stage during the performance and we'll buy you a drink.


Tix: $20 adult/$15 concession or groups of 8+

Bookings: 9639 0096 or www.easytix.com.au

Or you can contact me directly for tickets too.

Another show during the Fringe Festival:


JUST ME

25th Sept - 12th Oct

Comedian Michael Connell (Comedy Festival, Youngblood Tour) also joined Candlelight for Squeaky Clean Comedy and he's back... He merges stand up, film and music in an autobiographical show about learning how to be happy being 'Just Me'. It's an inspiring show about following your dreams... no matter what anyone else thinks.

He's clean, legitimately funny, a sudoku champion and a supremo on the harmonica. This is your chance to see �a comedian with a promising career ahead of him (Inpress His show is intelligent, moving, and most importantly, funny! You'll be impressed (Beat Magazine).

~~~
Tue-Sun 8.15pm
Sat & Sun matinees 3pm (27-28 Sept, 11-12 Oct)

Tix:$16 adult/$12 concession or groups of 6+

Bookings:9660 9666 orwww.melbournefringe.com.au

Hope to see you in both shows! Kitty x

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

China Games Pilgrimage

I can't believe it's already August 20. I have already been in China for 21 days. The pilgrimage has been fantastic, and I have learned so much during this trip. The Olympic atmosphere here in Beijing is awesome, as is the opportunity to meet with many people from various countries, doing community festivals and connecting with the locals. I have truly understood the difference between being a pilgrim as opposed to just being a tourist. More sharing to come later.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I am heading to China

Some of you may know that I have been considering being a part of an international team heading to China for the China Games in August for a long time now (the idea came to mind 3 years ago in fact). Finally the time has come!

My team and I are heading over to China as part of the core team where we will be working with, and leading, people from across the globe. The trip goes for three weeks and is aimed to leave a committed local Chinese team that is supported by the churches and is committed to the transformation of their community. The workers in China have connected with local people in 5 cities through Open Crowd festivals. From this time there would be about 200 local Chinese people that call themselves part of the team, including people from different churches as well as several high Communist officials that are all really excited about these festivals and the impact that they are having on local communities. All in all, there will be over 80 people going to China from Australia, and over 120 from all over the world.

As we look at the growth and development of China, as well as the heart of their leaders as they seek to “find what will make China be the best country in the world” (while admiring Christian values), we see that God is opening up a global impact opportunity through these China Games. I will also visit an orphanage and churches both in Beijing and Shanghai. I want to share this exciting news with you as my friends and supporters and would like to invite you into this part of my life’s journey.

Today God spoke to me through a verse, "Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try and figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He's the one who will keep you on track." Proverbs 3: 5-6 Message.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Living With A Purpose

Recently I have been thinking quite a bit about different aspects of my life, including my spiritual life, health, work and ministry, social, community, finance and future family (I will be getting married May next year). Today the phrase 'living with a purpose' came to mind, and I remember a well-known book which I read few years ago, called "The Purpose Driven Life".

As I am sure many of you know that 'The Purpose Driven Life' is written by Rick Warren, and has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for a while. It presents what Warren says are God's five purposes for human life on Earth.

One of the things that Warren mentions is how the quest for personal fulfillment, satisfaction, and meaning can only be found in understanding and doing what God placed us on Earth to do. Warren explains God’s five purposes for each of us:

(1) We were planned for God’s pleasure, so our first purpose is to offer real worship.
(2) We were formed for God’s family, so our second purpose is to enjoy real fellowship.
(3) We were created to become like Christ, so our third purpose is to learn real discipleship.
(4) We were shaped for serving God, so our fourth purpose is to practice ministry.
(5) We were made for a mission, so our fifth purpose is to live out real evangelism.

I pray that these five purposes will be fulfilled in all areas of my life. And I want to be ready to respond, be enthusiastic, anticipate and have self discipline and strong desire to live a purpose driven life.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Are You Ready?

I heard a DVD recently by Richard Flint that talks about the process that allows us to break free the circle of "sameness'. In his talk, Richard claims that life is not about the situation we are in, but is about the questions we ask, because we are the result of the behaviours that we implement.

He uses the acronymn of 'ready' to suggest how to live a good life, which I find quite useful:

R = Responding not reacting
E = Enthusiam
A = Anticipation
D = Discipline
Y = Your desire stronger than your fear

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

English Club & Docklands Hub

I've been working at Docklands Church in Melbourne, Australia for about 2 months now, and have been really enjoying it. Recently I'm organising an English Club to help students whom English is their second language.

Docklands Church has partnered with the City of Melbourne to conduct free English Conversational Classes for international students at Docklands Community Hub.

International Students make up 15% of the Docklands demographic, a sizeable number of people. The English Club would provide international students an opportunity to learn and improve their conversational English, comprehension, as well as assimilation into Australian culture. The sessions of the English Club will include games, group discussions, practical and cultural issues and conversational topics. We expect the classes to also provide a social network for students, and anticipates the club will be well received.

Docklands and surrounding areas are not only a great place to hang out and live, it is also a great place for international students to realise their potential, with quality environment, friendly people and excellent value. Docklands Church is a welcoming community that seeks to provide practical, emotional and spiritual support for international students as they adjust to life in a foreign culture. Apart from the English Club, Docklands Church also organises regular social activities for international students. Some of the activities coming up include an evening with okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) with board games, Chinese steam boat (hot pot) night, camp, movies, international dinner party, horse riding, sightseeing trips, picnic and sports etc.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Contact Them!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

SmileBox

Hi readers,
Just wanted to let you know that Deric and I are engaged to be married! We would appreciate your prayer as we plan for our wedding, marriage and a new family together. Thanks for your care and concern in my life!
Love,
Kitty

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Powerful Thoughts

Thoughts are powerful, as they create our experiences. A famous Chinese Proverb says, "Sow a thought, reap an action; Sow an action, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character; Sow a character, reap a destiny." And there is some truth in that, isn't there?

I believe we create our thoughts, our thoughts create our intentions, and our intentions create our reality. Hence it is important to focus on and be aware of your thoughts as they can either hold you back or move you forward. Understanding and creating powerful thoughts helps you answer life's questions, as well as leading you to your dreams and goals.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Habits

Philip Adams, of The Age newspaper once wrote, "We are surrounded by habits, defined by habits, all but consumed by habits. In our clothing, in our attitudes, in our behaviour and our habitation....There is so little we do that isn't done from habit."

It has been said: Sow a thought, reap an action; Sow an action, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character; Sow a charater, reap a destiny. And there is some truth in that, isnt' there? Our habits are the result of repeated actions, but they shape much of our lives, our responses and thus our character, and ultimately our destiny.

What do you think?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Willingness To Be

Lately I'm grappling yet again with reconciling the ambition to do with a willingness to be. I am such a busy and active person that often times, I find it difficult to just slow down, pause and just BE.

John Maxwell said it so meaningfully, 'most of us have an inner drive to do something - a restlessness to make something happen. At the same time, joy is discovered in the peaceful quiet of a soul at rest. Alongside our restlessness for change, we have a need for relaxation and recreation.' We need to find that balance!

We nourish ourselves whenever we enter into activities that build our energy reserves, through music, thoughts, experiences, friends, recreation, and memories etc. In the midst of all the activities, we need to pursue a willingness to just be, to search for our life purpose, and to nourish our inner soul regularly.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Three Ds of New Habit Formation

In one of the Success University elective course I learned the three Ds of New Habit Formation, which I found quite useful. I learned that we need three key qualities to develop the habits of focus and concentration, which are all learnable. They are decision, discipline, and determination.

First, make a decision to develop the habit of task completion. Second, discipline yourself to practice the principles you are about to learn over and over until they become automatic. And third, back everything you do with determination until the habit is locked in and becomes a permanent part of your personality.

You have an unlimited ability to learn and develop new skills, habits, and abilities. When you train yourself, through repetition and practice, to overcome procrastination and get your most important tasks completed quickly, you will move yourself onto the fast track in your life and career and step on the accelerator.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Qassia - A New Era

My business associate from Success Univeristy recommended a new online promotional tool called Qassia, which is similar to a blog, but works in conjunction with your other website.

Qassia facinates me! It is a credit-driven intelligence engine coupled to a cascading tag-based web directory. Revenue When your intel is displayed, you get 100%of the advertising revenue generated by that page. That is not a typo, by the way: qassia give you ALL of the gross ad revenue.

This means that website owners have triple incentive to contribute intel. The contributed intel will allow Qassia to become a vast repository of intelligence, with unrivalled original content. And a vast amount of original content draws traffic like honey draws ants.

Simply put, Qassia is a new era. Think of the bits and pieces of intel as the gravel which will fill the potholes on the information superhighway. While the Wikipedia and other knowledge repositories are huge, boasting tens of thousands of articles, less than 1 percent of human knowledge has been uploaded to the Internet. At Qassia, we are giving users the incentive and the freedom to add the remaining 99.9 percent.
The vast web of intel created at Qassia will produce more than a useful intelligence engine. The advent of Qassia is a cataclysmic event in the history of the Internet. We are redefining the web experience. Come be part of history and create your free Qassia account now.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Mediocrity Versus Significance

Today in an online conference call of Success University, we were asked this question: "do you prefer mediocrity or significance?" Without any delay, I answered, "I prefer significance".

I was told that too many of us try to right the world's wrongs from the outside-in. The outside-in approach lends itself to what might be called official mediocrity. A Chinese proverb says, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life." Human being, generally, is not equipped for mediocrity. We would not be equipped with the ability to imagine future accomplishment and conditions if we were not correspondingly equipped with the ability to turn those imaginings into reality.

We are made in the image of God, hence we are made for significance. Yet we frequently use diversion in our lives as a tool to avoid direct confrontation with our innermost feelings, and to avoid accepting total responsibility for who we are and what we do. Instead of working on what is going on inside us, we try to rearrange things around us.

The responsibility for us to be sigificance is ours.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Content & Process

Have you ever found yourself talking to somebody and picking up a strange feeling that there's something else going on beyond just the content of the words? Or maybe you've tried to share your opinions or your faith with someone else and have felt you've offended them, that they've moved almost physically away from you?

I learned that there is a difference between the words said (content) and everything else that is going on, unsaid, in a relationship (process). Learning how to read the processes and responding to them is a very important lession in interacting or living with others. So often, we tend to focus on content (words) alone. There are many times when mere words are not enough, and in any situation we need to understand the process as well.

Jesus facinates me! If you study the New Testament, you'll find that He ministered to the processes. The Pharisees came to Him with their theological games. They would ask Him a trick question to get Him to respond at the level of content, but He could see what was going on; He could see the processes and revealed their motivation! In the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus was aware of the processes and ministered to her as a human being from suspicion and distance to helping her open up and being transformed.

I tend to be a content (words-oriented) person. From now on, I want to learn from Jesus and focus on the processes and to develop the skill of seeing and responding to the processes in my relationships, with with individuals and within groups.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Team Leadership

I heard a CD by John Maxwell, which talks about leadership. I was very challenged and encouraged by it.

John said that leaders orchestrate environments, environments impact behaviors, and behaviors determine the fate of the organization. He mentioned the following 10 questions leaders ask to create a winning environment. Here they are:

"Do I understand what it takes to be a team?"
"Are my expectations crystal clear?"
"Do my people understand why what we do is important?"
"Does my team define success with their customer?"
"Am I holding people accountable for their performance?"
"Do I seek out barriers and remove them to make the team's job easier?"
"Do I give people the freedom required to learn, grow, and deliver?"
"Do I foster a culture of inclusion by hiring people who are different than I am?"
"Am I a consensus builder?"
"Have I created a caring environment among team members?"

I think they are excellent questions, and leaders from all various organisations need to consider.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Faith

The Scriptures indicate that it's the pure in heart, rather than the big of brain, who will see God (Matthew 5:8), and Paul prays that his readers might have the 'eyes of their hearts opened,' (Ephesians 1:18).

I read that for Hebrew people, the heart was the place where you made decisions, the will, where you made choices. Jesus says further, "Whoever is willing to do what God wants will know whether what I teach comes from God...." (John 7:17).

We have a faculty beyond just the intellect, that has a moral or volitional element to it, and it's the moral dimension that is involved when we are about the business of knowing God.

In Romans 10:17, Paul tells us that "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the Word of God.". Faith is not some kind of religious feeling that you woke up and if you have enough you can buy blessing from God; rather, it has to do with obedience to what God has revealed of Himself.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Importance Of Being Earnest



If you live in Melbourne (or if you'd like to visit Melbourne), I'd like to invite you to see the show presented by Candlelight Production, the theatre company that I am part of:

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
~ The Complete Bunbury Experience ~
By Oscar Wilde
Performed at Chapel Off Chapel

Strictly limited return season as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!

Oscar Wilde's hilarious comedy returns for the Comedy Festival! Jack and Algernon lead double lives in order to escape unwelcome social obligation, an activity they refer to as 'Bunburying'. Misunderstandings, outright lies, faked deaths and shocking revelations follow as they both try to appease lovers intent on marrying only a man who is 'Earnest'.

We invite you to experience not only the show but 'The Complete Bunbury Experience'. Escape with us into the world of the late 19th century by playing croquet, waltzing to live music, receiving etiquette and elocution lessons, and being served cucumber sandwiches by maids and butlers - and all before the show even begins! This inventive take, on a treasured classic, returns after sell-out performances in 2007. Come and experience what last year's audiences called "impeccably brilliant", "lavish" and "truly inspiring".

'The Complete Bunbury Experience' lasts 3 hours.

27 March – 6 April
Thurs – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 6pm
Tickets: $40 full, $30 concession and groups of 10+
Bookings: 03 8290 7000 or www.chapeloffchapel.com.au
Chapel Off Chapel
12 Little Chapel St
Prahran

Friday, February 08, 2008

Beijing Olympic Games

As I am sure you know, The China Olympic Games will be happening in Beijing in August this year. Beijing is an old city full of beauty and mystery, but time has visibly taken its toll over the centuries. With the successful bid to host the Olympics, the ancient town has taken steps towards revealing its historic glory to the world.

China is one of the oldest civilisations on the planet - and yet for many years has been a source of mystery and fascination for outsiders. China has more than 20% of the world's population, and is now opening up to the world in new ways. It will take centre stage for the whole world as host of the Summer Games of 2008.

It is a place with many wonders to see, a rich heritage to experience, a beautiful and diverse land to explore. It has warm people to meet and embrace, and is a place of possibility and opportunity.

As the motto of the China Olympics says, "One World, One Dream". I am looking forward to the historial moments in 6 months time.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Leadership & Habit

Food for Thought...
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest asset or heaviest burden.
I will push you up to success or down to disappointment.
I am at your command.
Half the things you do might just as well be turned over to me,
For I can do them quickly, correctly, and profitably.
I am easily managed; just be firm with me.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with the precision of a
machine and the intelligence of a person.
You can run me for profit, or you can run me for ruin.
Show me how you want it done. Educate me. Train me.
Lead me. Reward me.
And I will then...do it automatically.
I am your servant.
Who am I?
I am a habit.

(By Mac Anderson)

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Into The Wild

I watched "Into The Wild" the other night, and found it an inspiring movie. Into The Wild talks about this young man who leaves his middle class existence in pursuit of freedom. He gives up his home, family, all possessions but the few he carried on his back and donating all his savings to charity. Then he embarks on a journey throughout America. His eventual aim is to travel into Alaska, into the wild, to spend time with nature, with 'real' existence, away from the trappings of the modern world.

In the 20 months leading up to his Great Alaskan Adventure his travels lead him on a path of self-discovery, to examine and appreciate the world around him and to reflect on and heal from his troubled childhood and parents' abusive relationship. When he reaches Alaska he finds he has been insufficiently prepared for the hardships to come. Despite making it through the winter his plan is ill-judged and prepares to return home in spring, only to find the stream he crossed in the snow has become an impassable raging torrent and that he is trapped. With no means of sustaining himself adequately he eventually dies in isolation.

I think this is a good and meaningful film that tells the truth, and I highly recommend watching it. I totally agree with this young man's tragic realisation before he died: "Happiness is only real when shared".

Let us all share our happiness!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Change Your World

You cannot change the world,
but you can present the world with
one improved person, yourself.
You can go to work on yourself
to make yourself into the kind of person
you admire and respect.
You can become a role model
and set a standard for others.
You can control and discipline yourself
to resist acting or speaking in a negative way
toward anyone for any reason.
You can insist upon always doing things the loving way
rather than the hurtful way.
By doing these things each day, you can
continue on your journey toward becoming
an exceptional human being.



Brian Tracy

The Answer To Absolutely Everything

I've received news that Matt Morris, Founder & CEO of Success University, which I am part of, has been featured in the latest major personal development movie!

The Answer To Absolutely Everything explores the fundamental questions of how to live a profoundly abundant and joyful life. When you watch this movie, you'll see many inspiring people who have overcome major adversities and realized their dreams... and I beleieve so can we all!

Dare to Dream BIG!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Dreams

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?


~ Langston Hughes

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Decide To Network

I found an article from Successful Networking, written by Robert Muller, Former Assistant Secretary-General in the United Nations, which really inspired me. I'd love to share it with you:

Use every letter you write,
Every conversation you have,
Every meeting you attend
To express your fundamental beliefts and dreams.

Affirm to others the vision
Of the world you want.

Network through thought,
Network through love,
Network through the spirit.

You are a free, immensely powerful source
Of life and goodness.

Affirm it, spread it, radiate it.

Think day and night about it
And you will see a miracle happen:
The greatness of your own life.

Not in a world of big powers,
Media and monopolies,

But of five and a half billion individuals (it should be at least six billion now).

Networking is the new freedom,
The new democracy,
A new form of happiness.


I couldn't agree with what Muller wrote more, I have decided and committed to networking - through thought, love and the spirit. And I am so happy that blogging is a great way I can be involved in this important endeavour. I feel blessed to have networked and connected with you all - my readers!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Facebook and SU

If you are into fun & online social interaction and connection, I suggest you sign up to Facebook here.

If you are into earning while you are learning online, I suggest you join me in Success University here.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need clarification and help with these two sites.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Living With God, Others And Yourself

There are certain foundations we all need if our destiny is to be fulfilled. Do you believe that? During this last week, I witnessed God's foundations built in the lives of many people from all over the world in Poatina, Tasmania.

Foundations is a training course that runs twice a year over an intensive week in Poatina, as well as in different centres and states all over Australia, during 12 weeknights.

This course opens the doorway to an integrated life-style that enables participants to be more aware of the world around them, and of God’s companionship with them in it.

This unique training and leadership package has been road tested over the last 30 years by thousands of Australians from all walks of life.

Foundations is designed to equip people to act and lead in their Community with confidence, to break open the world of human experience in a way which helps us see who we are and who God is calling us to be.

Foundations is firmly based on the Bible and has a unique integration of Christian theology, basic psychology and skills training in managing group dynamics.

There are 3 streams in the course:

Living with God
Is designed to help us come to terms with our lives with God, helping us learn how to distinguish between His voice and the host of other human needs and prejudices that clamour for our attention. Topics include Faith, a biblical picture of the nature of humanity, the Glory of God, the Problem of Evil, Forgiveness, Eternal Life and Living in the Kingdom Now.

Living with Others
Helps us develop practical skills which allow us to become vehicles of love, grace, change and growth for others. Topics include listening, giving constructive feedback, how others impact on an individuals self picture, becoming aware of and managing groupdynamics and destructive cycles of group relationships.

Living with Yourself
Takes us on a journey of self discovery into the make up of our souls, looking at the forces that have shaped us, the impact our physiology has on our emotional and spiritual world (and vice versa), where our attitudes come from and how we can grow to become more of the person God created us to be. Topics include Body, Soul & Spirit, Habits, Attitudes, Values, Guilt, the central nervous system, love and Sexuality.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Foundations

Have you ever asked yourself what are the foundations of your life? I am now in Poatina, a village resort in Tasmania (the little island in Australia) doing a course called "Foundations" with Fusion Australia. I am learning how to live with and encounter God, others and myself, and I am having an absolute ball. I will sum it all up when the course finishes and when I go back to Melbourne. I am also having an extremely wonderful time connecting with people from mainland China, and learning about the preparation of the festivals during the China Olympics Games in August this year.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Time Management & Personal Development

Today I received an email from a good friend of mine with the subject: "I need help!". In her email, she expressed her struggle of lacking drive, motivation, time and energy to pursue her interests and clear the clutter in her life. She said that she'd love to know the secret of time management.

Time is so precious isn't it? While the choice is yours in how to spend your day, the best way to maximize your time is by organisizing it. The followings are some of the steps / secrets of time management that I find useful:

Make a To-Do List: I often find that making a list of things and prioritize every item helps me organise my time, as in consolidate similar tasks (eg: checking emails and responding to instant messaging).

Be careful not to get distracted: Very often a schedule gets thrown off track by distraction. Be aware of that, and when that happens, stop what you are doing and get back on schedule (this one I need to learn as I often get side-tracked by facebook and unimpoartnat online chats).

Tick off items as you complete them: Every time you finish doing something, cross it off your to-do list. I like to do this, as it often gives me a sense of accomplishment throughout the day, and it keeps me on track on my priorities :)

I also believe that goal-setting / new year resolutions can help us in terms of building motivation, drive and energy to pursue our dreams and interests. Decide what you want, define it clearly and write it down. Put the list of your goals where you'll see them. Review them on a regular basis. That way, your activities are geared toward accomplishing what you really want in life, rather than letting the days go by without purpose.

I learned that to create powerful results in your life, you must create a powerful emotional state. If you are feeling tired or down, exercise, move your body, go to the gym or do whatever you need to get your blood flowing; when you change your physiological state, you change your emotional state.

These are my personal experiences. If you have any other tips, please put them on the comment so that we can all learn from it.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Faith, Purpose And Success

I am a strong believer of approaching life, business, work and ministry purposefully, and let my faith lead me to real success. Whatever type of work you do, you should do it with excellence and the aim to grow personally and spiritually through the experiences. Dream big dreams and trust God to help you make some of those dreams come true. Expect God to surprise you along the way. Be most concerned about what you can give rather than what you can get. Trust that God will use difficult situations to accomplish something good in the long run.

In regards to business, I learned from my own and other people's experiences that it is important to strive to do your best to serve your customers, whether they are outside your business or within it. Make the time to truly listen to your customers so you clearly understand what they want. Treat them with respect and kindness. Beyond improving your business -- and your own career success, as a result -- your service to customers is an important way of reflecting God's love in the marketplace.

Invest in mentoring relationships. Build relationships throughout your professional life that can benefit both you and others for years to come by seeking out some mentors and serving as a mentor yourself. Consider what specific ways you hope to grow professionally. One of the ways I am currently doing that is through Success University.

As you interact with people while doing your job, let God's love flow through you to encourage them and help them overcome their challenges, sadness and hopelessness. Keep in mind that God doesn't measure your impact by how impressive your job description is, but by how well you've done your job and demonstrated His love for the people you encounter.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wealth, Success & Diligence

It's believed that the ancient king Solomon is the wealthiest man who ever lived. Solomon became King of Israel around 974 B.C.. According to the Scripture, God granted Solomon one desire. Solomon asked for wisdom so that he could lead the people of Israel. God was so impressed with Solomon’s selfless request that He not only blessed him with wisdom, but also with wealth.

Solomon’s wisdom, success, and wealth increased beyond imagination. During his life, Solomon penned the book of Proverbs in the Bible. Surviving from generation to generation, his writings have influenced the world for thousands of years.

Below are some of King Solomon’s writings on the importance of diligence as portrayed by author Stuart Scott in the book of Proverbs.

“The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slack hand will be put to forced labor” (Proverbs 12:24).

The soul of the sluggard craves, but he gets nothing.” (Proverbs 13:4)

He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he that follows vain persons is void of understanding” (Proverbs 28:19).

Solomon gives us three steps we can use quickly to bring diligence into our lives:

1. Wake Up to Reality.

“How long will you lie there,” he asks. “When will you get up from your sleep?...poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.” (Proverbs 6:9-11)

2. Define Your Vision.

“Without a vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18)

3. Effectively Partner With Others.

“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment.”(Proverbs 18:1)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Never Give Up

This great Winston Churcill's saying "Never Give Up" not only serves as a great motivational advice, but it has also become one of my personal mottos. It is one of the things I have learned in my brief time on this earth: If you want to reach your goals and find success in this life, you simply must embrace this powerful idea of never quit!

Earl Nightingale said that the phrase "never give up' is a potent mental soundtrack that wise and successful people silently play in their heads as an accompaniment to their daily lives. Now that is insightful!

I also believe that this important motto puts persistence and perseverance into our lives, and so impacting the very essence of who we are as a person. The great Thomas Edison is a prime example of someone who never gave up - and hence achieved the success that he did.

So let me encourage you this: Never never never give up!

Monday, January 14, 2008

How To Have A Winning Year

“Hang in there. You can do it!” - a few kind words of encouragement can do a lot to people around you.

We let fear stop us from pursuing our dreams.

It's hard to accept criticism, but constructive criticism is good for us. Don't defend yourself. Just get better from it.

Integrity and Honesty are important in life, business and ministry.

You want to be great? There is nothing wrong with that, but how to be great is more important than being great. If you want to be great, you need to serve! Serving others and losing yourself is one of the most challenging things to do - but that is the route to being great.

You can have anything in life you want, if you can help others achieve what they want.

You don't have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going.

Emerson's life philosophy: “leave the world a bit better” for those yet to come.
I like that!

Friday, January 11, 2008

The Importance Of Residual Income

The concept of residual or passive income is probably one of the most important powerful concepts you will ever learn in your lifetime.

Anyone that can master the concept of residual income is on their way to a good and meaningful lifestyle. Simply put, residual income occurs by building a system one time that can produce a recurring stream of revenue once the system is set up.

This income arrives on a regular basis. It can occur on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis. The frequency depends on the business system itself.

What's so great about this is if you are willing to work hard and build a residual based system in the initial phase, you can reap the benefits from this one-time labor for years to come. If you look around you, you will see examples of residual income all over.

For example, when you pay a internet service provider, web host, telephone bill, or cable TV bill; they are receiving a regular recurring income for providing their service to you. The valued members of a website provide the owner with a regular, recurring monthly income. In return, they are provided with valuable information.

Yet so many people just don't get it. I didn't get it until recently, and I think this paradigm shift has made a big difference in my life. I want to not only master the concept of residual income, I want to know the method to do it. That is why I enrol in Success University. If you want to know more, just go to:

www.kitty-cheng.com

About 50 of the most famous authors and inspirational speakers have come together to create this largest online learning system teaching people how to be entrepreneurs - it's really amazing!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Is It Wrong To Be Rich?

The belief that wealth is wrong is more social than scriptural. It is a rationalization imposed upon by many of those who choose not to earn much wealth. It is a philosophy with which we have all had to live at some level during our lifetimes. It's what we do with money that matters. It's how we get it that counts.

In one of the courses in the curriculum of Success University, I learned that to the extent that money is a measure of the services we perform for others, its accumulation is noble. To the extent that we press our money into the service of those we love (or those in need may I add), to provide them with as warm and as comfortable and as secure an existence as possible, its disbursement is inspired and devine.

What do you reckon? Do you agree?

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

How To Keep Our Soul In Shape

I know that many people have 'being fit physically' as their New Year Resolution, but for me, I think having a fit soul is just as, if not more, important!

I read that when Philip Yancey turned 50, he had a complete physical as well as a spiritual checkup. During his spiritual checkup, he pondered what he needed to change to keep his soul in shape.

He came up with a spiritual action plan for his next 50 years, which I found very inspiring. Below is a summary of his spiritual action plan:

(1) Question your doubts as much as your faith.
(2) Do not attempt this journey alone.
(3) Allow the good (eg:natural beauty,encouraging words)to penetrate in your life.
(4) For your own sake, simplify.
(5) Find something that allows you to feel God's pleasure.
(6) Always "err," as God does, on the side of freedom, mercy, and compassion.
(7) Don't be ashamed. "I am not ashamed of the gospel," Paul told the Romans.
(8) Remember, those Christians who peeve you so much—God chose them too.
(9) Forgive, daily, those who caused the wounds that keep you from wholeness.

Have you done your spiritual checkup in the New Year yet? As Philip Yancey said, our spiritual checkup offers one clear advantage over our physical checkup: "no matter what I do my body will continue to deteriorate, but, spiritually I can look forward to growth and renewed vigor as long as I listen and then act on what I hear God saying." Meaningful isn't it?

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Accepting The Challenge Of Success

Through the curriculum of Success University, I read the follow somber words of William James, which really got me thinking:

"Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. Our fires are dampened, our drafts are checked, we are making use of only a small part of our mental and physical resources."

It's true that most of us do little more than exist in a sea of mediocrity. And yet we must grow, we must be willing to take risks, to develop our potential, and to become who we are created to be. We were not placed on this earth to be little more than walking vegetables.

In this new year, I am committed to going forward, choosing growth, overcoming fear and accepting the challenge of success for the glory of God.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Mission 2008

Earl Nightingale said, "People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It's as simple as that."

Success or failure as a human being is not a matter of luck, circumstances, fate, or any of the other clich├ęs. Those are only excuses. I think it’s much easier to get what you want out of life when you know where you’re going. Because of that, I've written a short paragraph as my mission 2008:

My Mission 2008 is to express my willingness to learn , and persistence by continually learning and applying new ideas, by being committed to ongoing personal and professional development, by making sure my job always gets done, and to create massive action, hence massive results so that I can earn passive income by the end of this year.

When I achieve passive income, I will use it to contribute to worthy causes, ministries, mission and charity work.

Friday, January 04, 2008

How To Count Your Blessings

One of the things that I sense the Lord tell me time and time again is "count your blessings - not your worries!"

In Dale Carnegie's best seller, 'How to Stop Worrying and Start Living", he talked about an experience of seeing a man who had no legs. This man was sitting on a platform with wheels from roller skates. He greeted Carnegie, "Good morning, sir. It is a fine morning, isn't it?" he said with spirit. As Carnegie stood looking at him, he realized how rich he was. He had two legs. He could walk. He felt ashamed of his self-pity. He said to himself if he could be happy, cheerful, and confident without legs.

Since then, he had the following words pasted on his bathroom mirror, and he read them every morning as he shaves:

I had the blues because I had no shoes,
Until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.

Why don't you stop right now and ask yourself: "What in the world am I worrying about?" You will probably find that it is comparatively unimportant and insignifant. I believe that the habit of looking on the best side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year.

Count your blessings, not your worries! :) God Bless!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Wealth And Wisdom

I read a quote by Hans Selye today from Success University which really got me thinking. And I'd like to share with you: "A clear distinction must be made between our final aims - the ultimate achievements that give purpose to life - and the means through which we hope to attain them. For example, money is never a final aim; it has no value in itself. It can only act as a means, helping us to reach some ultimate goal which, to us, has inherent value.

I think Hans Selye is right. Although wealth may come to some people in fortuitous ways, this is the exception not the rule. Many people think of wealth as simply an abundance of money or possesions, but wealth can come in many different forms. The Book of Proverbs in the Scripture is very clear that wealth is connected with wisdom (but if there was a choice, I'd choose wisdom over wealth anyday). In fact, Solomon tells us that wealth is one of the side products of wise living. Once wealth is acquired, wisdom will help us use it generously and prudently. If our thinking is right and our motive pure and our conscience clear, then the building of wealth becomes a joyful journey.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year, New Start!

Happy New Year everyone! Pray that you will all have a fantastic 2008, filled with joy, love, peace and happiness all the time, free of fear and worry, continually in the process of accomplishing worthwhile goals, and is totally well adjusted in life's major areas: spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and social.

I have written a personalized Mission Statement for my life. I think it's very important for us to have mission / purpose in life, and that we are never too young or too old to have a mission. Also, as your mission grows, so will you and your capabilities to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

You know what? We can improve our 2008 by accomplishing the goals that we set forth in our own personalized Mission Statement. The Mission Statement works because our goals are identified. I believe that once our goals are identified in the beginning of the year, they can then be cultivated and nurtured throughout 2008 with hard work, daily action and determination. And when we multiply our hard work on our mission throughout the year, we will have accomplished something that few do: success.