Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Don't just be a light in a well lit room...

I heard this quote from Kevin who is one of the guys in the Family Camp we are in right now. The general topic is how we as Christians need to reach out to the pre-believers (I like that term too instead of unbelievers). "Don't just be a light in a well lit room". What a profound statement. It got me thinking how I am living my life.

My wife and I have been so concerned about exposing ourselves and our kids to people who haven't come to faith in Jesus Christ, and we have tried so hard to surround ourselves with Christians friends and planned our daily life to revolve around being with other Christians as much as we can. We have lost sight of the fact that we are called to reach out to people who haven't known our Lord and Savior. Our main concern is that we might get influenced by the thoughts and actions of pre-believers that our minds and being will be corrupted. But instead of being concerned about this, we should be living our lives by trying to show everybody how wonderful our Savior is through our actions. We shouldn't worry about being corrupted if we do our due diligence on staying focused on His words and consistently going to His words every chance we can to strengthen our faith and understanding of Him. It doesn't mean that we forget about our brothers and sisters in faith. We do need each other. But there's a lot of dark places out there where our lights will be put to better use in a mighty way that will give Him glory and honor.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Moving on

This morning was the last time for me to play the drums at our church. For those of you who have been following my blog, we have moved to another city because of the house that we purchased. Weiwei and I feel strongly about getting connected in the community to establish our roots. We need to do this for the whole family so we are going to actively look for a church where we can start getting connected. It's for our growth. We want to have relationships established for each one of us and we always start by finding a church. It's the safest way to start new relationships. We want our kids to grow up with other kids around our area.

We are hoping that we can find a church where we can actively participate which will also allow us to continue attending Fair Oaks. So we are praying hard for that. We'll never know what God has planned for us.

I love our worship team at Fair Oaks and I wish them all the best. I will probably play every now and then when there is an urgent need for a drummer. To all of you at Fair Oaks, rock on in the name of the Lord...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Progress at last!!!

I am so tired but happy. I made good progress on my first project for our house - the built in entertainment center. I have been procrastinating since the first failed attempt. Well that's not entirely true. I have been so busy with a project I am working on right now at work. It's messy and it's really a long story.

But now, I can slowly see the fruits of my labor. I am down to the finishing trims to cover the exposed edges of the plywood, the doors for the bottom part and some more staining. I had a difficult time staining the side trims because of the grooves in the trim. The stain were pooling in the grooves and it was difficult to spread it out. I am thinking of sanding it a bit and then apply a final layer to hopefully even it out. But even with this setback, I must say that the whole thing looks pretty good. I can't wait to put on the finishing touches.

Here are pictures of the how the space looked before and how it looks right now (with the kids because they insist they want to be in the picture). After this project, my next one is the fireplace surround and then the crown molding. You can see the blue paint tape on the ceiling which marks the studs.