2 Oct 2022

When I was six years old, my father was teaching me not to smoke cigarette. The only problem was that he was smoking one at that very moment. As an obnoxious kid, I asked him why he can smoke? He gave some silly excuses that the toilets were very smelly during his younger days. I did not listen to him teaching me as I did not believe in a person who was smoking at the moment and telling me not to do so. Of course, I did not pick up that bad habit as I was intelligent enough to understand the bad effects from my own readings. I took personal responsibility for my own health. To be fair, my father, who I loved dearly, had many good qualities that I had benefitted and learned from. Smoking, however, was not one of them.

Fast forward to recent years. I exercise to keep myself healthy and fit. Why? Because I cannot bring myself to tell my church members to keep healthy and fit if I am not doing so myself. Having a big fat midsection and telling them to take care of the body, the temple of God, is a very bad example and as ridiculous as my father teaching me not to smoke while smoking many years ago. I cannot bring myself to give ridiculous reasons. I have to talk the walk and walk the talk.

This living right has to continue till the end of our lives. We cannot live on the history of doing good. What happened yesterday is gone, today is a new day. It is for us to continue to live well. I used to read the bible conscientiously but I got lazy and stopped does not really cut it as a good example to learn from. We need to persevere. Past glory cannot be used to teach others. Only what you do now can be a testimony. And this testimony is good only as long as you continue to live well.

Christians must really learn to live the life worthy of the gospel. A life that is characterized by the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We may once be lost but now must live like one that is found by God. Do not give excuse to ourselves. What’s gone is history, today we live to create the future, a future with God as Lord and King.

God bless,
In Christ’s service,

Barry Leong






Barry Leong

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