… the whole counsel? …

 

listen

How wonderful to hear her singing this out of the blue, “wo-oh-oh-oh”!  She spilled them out like a familiar song being picked out from a shuffled song repertoire!  “I don’t even know why it keeps coming to me!”  My heart was dancing to the tune, too, for a reason I know not why either!  It urges me to look it up and play it out loud and fill up the space of the room and the cells of our bodies as our wholehearted worship as a family.  The significance of her singing this out of the blue means more than just a catchy tune attaching itself to one’s memory banks, but our hope and dream of truly worshiping and growing to be His disciples as a family!  How I long to make sense of all that we do, all that we experience from the Lord and communicate this beautiful gift to our children, not limited to plugging them into one’s school and expect a steady growth and deeper love for the Lord, but to live out an authentic life as His followers and disciples as a family – the whole counsel.   I cannot stop wrestling what this means to me.

In every crossroads, out of the many many throughout our walk with the Lord, this piece of wise counsel was given to us and I think it applies to every crossroads we have so far trod upon.

Are you able to effectively serve God with where you are right now?

He wrote it out in an email.  I pondered for the longest time. He continued,

“by “serving God”, it means “serving His whole counsel.” Whole counsel includes your family which is also and primarily one of your callings.”

I took these into heart and thought through them all.  We as parents are the missionary to our children, this is a high calling.  This is a calling that no one could come and replace our roles.  This is a step that needs our careful strategic planning and re-mapping!

He unashamedly pushed me to face another imminent question,

“ask yourself if you will grow,

if your family will grow closer to God if you make this step,

if yes, then by all means, go for it.”

Whether the answer is “yes” or “no”, one primary step is to soak it in prayers upon prayers.  We expectantly wait for Him to tell us when to shift gears.

This was also given to us, “Ananias who was asked by God to meet Saul in Damascus to pray and heal Saul. Ananias who came from nowhere need to follow God even if it meant his certain demise in meeting Saul who was authorized by the Chief Priest to arrest and even kill Christians.  I can understand Ananias’ trepidations.  But deep inside, he knew and trusted God’s instructions.  The result, of course, is Saul’s conversion and revitalization – turning the gentile world to God.”

Yes, deep inside, we know and trust the Lord’s instructions.  The result is our own conversion and revitalization to be in deep commitment to serve Him and love Him as we serve the whole counsel!  May we always be like Ananias, to heed His call, and to follow Him wholeheartedly despite it doesn’t make any sense to go confront a Pharisee who killed Christians, yet, out of one person’s obedience, the whole world changed!!

He is wooing us in, drawing us closer, further in and higher up into His presence!!

To the amazing One
To the unchanging One
To Him the anthem raise
Lift up Your hymns of praise

For all the things He’s done
For all the things to come
To Him the anthem raise
Lift up a shout of

Praise Him with all of the music
Praise Him in all of the nations
Praise Him with all of creation
We praise Him
We praise Him

Praise Him with all of your heart sing
Praise Him in this generation
Jesus the light of salvation
We praise Him
We praise Him

See now the risen One
See the exalted Son
To Him the anthem raise
Lift up your hymns of praise

For all the things He’s done
For all the things to come
To Him the anthem raise
Lift up a shout of

Shine Your light forever and ever
Shine Your light forever and ever
Shine Your light
Shine Your light in the world

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