Week 33: Tuesday – Notes of a Traveller

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“Your life is not an ordinary one.  So don’t expect it to be like someone else’s. Live like a firework.”

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next… Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens. – Romans 8:18ff

Layover Time

I usually look forward to long layovers in Singapore, as there are countless of fantastic ways to enjoy the airport. You can stretch and doze off in their comfortable sofas, watch games on the big screens, laze around while tinkering with your gadgets in the lounges. You can go to the gym if you’re the type who doesn’t want to miss out on your routines, relax in the spa, read in their big bookshops, get the best foot massage ever, or just shop and eat. It feels like a real vacation to be there. It’s not just an airport; it is an experience of art, comfort, and learning.

But after some time, I find that I just can’t wait to be on the next plane and fly back to my little home, straight to my humble shower, and afterwards get into some oversized jammies, forage for leftovers in the fridge and sit on my tattered sofa, legs raised on the chipped coffee table with a hot drink between my hands, and finally snuggle into my good old bed, with my worn out pillows… sheets so softened with wear they are practically threadbare. Best of all, home is where the arms of your loved ones are waiting for stories, both of sorrow and gladness.

Oh yeah. There’s no place like home. No five-star hotels or expensive restaurants can compare.

Paul has a very interesting thing to say about our real home in Romans 8:

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next… Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

We’re not home yet. So do yourself a HUGE favor. Don’t make it your goal to own things just to prove you made it. Life is more than parading a fancy car, a big house, branded things or an expensive vacation to Europe in your Facebook timeline (or Instagram, if you find FB boring).

Thoreau said, “Most people live in quiet desperation.” Why? Because they live to prove themselves better than most. As God’s child, you have a different path. Yours is of excellence and service. Of love and sacrifice. Of risks and failures. Of learning and wisdom. And yes, of glorious triumphs and breath-taking adventures! Your life is not an ordinary one.  It is NOT supposed to be! So don’t expect it to be like someone else’s. Live like a firework. End with a bang! Leave a dent somewhere, proof that you tried your best to make this world a better place for others.

Life is too short to focus on your own griefs and little miseries. You have so much talent and energy — undiscovered, unspent.

The world is waiting.  Remember, this is not yet home. We’re on a layover. Make sure you have a smile on your face, come boarding time.

“Take My Life and Let It Be” by Chris Tomlin

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