• Pastor Rae

Happy New Year!

So the new year has begun. Do you have any new year's resolutions?

Well, one of the things I decided to do this year was to write something everyday.

I'm not planning to write a grand novel or another major theses/dissertation by the end of this year. That will be just too stressful. My plan is simple: it is to write something everyday.

I'm not so sure what my writings will be about yet.

Sometimes I think it's going to be my reflection on the movies, dramas, and music videos because I enjoy them. Sometimes it will be a reflection on something I experienced during the day. Sometimes, just sometimes, it's going to be about responding to complicated theological questions. But many times it's going to be just silly. Sometimes it's going to be long, sometimes it's going to be short.

The purpose of it is also simple. I want it be my spiritual practice.

I want to become a better pastor who can write well and deliver well the Word of God to the people I'm serving.

After finishing PhD last year, for a while I didn't know what to do with my free time.

I've been a full-time student for the past 12 years. (I'm only counting my grad school years!). For the past three years, being a full-time pastor and full-time student, I pretty much struggled everyday with the pressure that I had to finish my dissertation on top of continuously doing all the daily ministry and family duties. I guess that slowly worn me out. Honestly, by the time I finished my dissertation, I got sick of reading and writing.

Well, I think it took me at least five months after the defense to slowly restore the joy of reading and writing. Yes, I used to love reading and writing and learning new things and sharing all I learned with others. That is one of the reasons why I thought I should try PhD many years ago. Now, I think it's about time that I should start sharing all I learned and experienced because it's a new year and I don't have any excuses anymore. And this is going to be a joyful practice!

I don't expect you to read all of my writings. Appreciation and recognition is not what I seek. But I hope that, if you're reading this, please hold me accountable and join me in this spiritual journey I started. Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts with me. May God's abundant love guide our every day during this wonderful new year of 2020.



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