=30= Melancholic Reflections: What Do You Admire?

I did QT today and i was rambling to God about a lot of things. Out of the blue, i began to tell God what do i admire in my mentors and my peers. I listed out four people. My Best Friend, My Mentor, My Regional Leader and my Partner.

My Best Friend. He is someone who has been with me for many years, we watched each other grow. We worked hard together. We played and prayed together. Well, from the top of my head, i can’t think of any qualities, which to me, means that his best qualities are subtle. He is very good with people. Sometimes too good. I felt left out sometimes when he is there giving attention to someone else. He waits for God. Which i seldom do. He knows what to do at the right time. Which i seldom do. He has read the Bible once through. Which i have never. Maybe, it is not that he doesn’t have qualities that i admire, but it is that he is such a direct opposite of me that i don’t realise it.

My Mentor. He is someone who has been with me for so long. He has journeyed ups and downs with me(especially downs). Among the four, i most probably admire him the most. I admire his Influence on people, his Knowledge of the Bible, his Wisdom of knowing what to say at the appropriate time! Sometimes I don’t think what he says is relevant for the current time, but after i walk out of that spot, i realised that he has spoken something that is the most relevant, the most on point. Sometimes, his response is so different from anyone i know, but i give thanks that he has shown me so much faith. I sometimes find my prayers mundane and mediocre. My Mentor always have prayer that are full of the Word – meaning i have to read up on what he spoke to fully understand what was he speaking about!

My Regional Leader. Now this is the leader that was so different from anyone i know. I admire how he is able to always speak the right thing. I admire how he is able to be able to know where is the loop hole. I admire how he puts so much effort into his work. He has shown it through so many areas! He works hard for Cell. He works hard for his school(Takuchi what?). He works hard for me. He took the initiative to call me when i was really scared for my results. He was there for me when i really needed someone. God, gave me this spiritual authority and i am extremely grateful. His Knowledge of the Word and his Relationship with God is simply AMAZING. And he is probably the only one out of the four that is going to read this! Thanks Bro D! You are Awesome! 😀

My Partner. Nope not my wife(in case you dunno, i am 17 now), but my friend who is close to me. Not only that, we are able to show each other our true selves! Well, I also admire his people skills, his Knowledge of the Word. And i enjoy how he ask questions! I enjoy super Mel talks and asking questions. I like how he is able to ask questions that pricks me. He dares to ask questions that no one dares to.

I guess for me it boils down to a few(I had the first three, but i added more)
1. Wisdom
2. People Skills
3. Close Relationship with God
4. Being Sincere
5. Initiative
6. Knowledge of the Word(I realised how different it was from wisdom)

I actually asked all four what do they admire from their mentors, that is why there are more points! 🙂 I guess these are qualities that draws me to someone!

Thank you for reading! Hope you have been blessed! 🙂

-Kelvin-

=29= Worship on/off Stage: Don Moen

I had the amazing privilege to attend a Don Moen Concert last Thursday and it was sincerely awesome! Don Moen is such an amazing worship leader.

Well, I was looking forward to attend this worship session for i know Don Moen is quite amazing(Which was true), but i was preparing myself for a (Singapore term)Lao Lao Worship Session. Don Moen sang many classics that we still do sing in church, but nothing could have prepared me for this awesome session of worship.

Well, Worship for me – when i am off stage – I would try to stand up for the praise songs, I would then try to get myself to the back and sit down and just try my very best to focus on God. Well, this time i do not have the luxury of having space to stand in front and sit at the back for this is a concert hall and i simply can’t pay for two seats just so i can do that. Besides i can’t afford to pay anything, Thanks Mum!

Don Moen spoke this and it was right on target. He spoke of this story. He is parent of teenagers so he prayed everyday for them, he prayed over and over again. He got to a point where he asked God, ‘God, are you tired of Don Moen praying the same prayer over and over?’. God replied, ‘Don, I do not sleep, I do not grow tired or weary, why will i be tired of your prayers?’

I remembered a few beautiful songs and seriously, the recorded music doesn’t do him justice.
1. Uncharted Territory
2. Jesus Paid it All(the hymn, i love this song)
3. Whiter Than Snow by Lenny Leblanc

These are the three that are etched to my brain. Well, i hope i get to worship like Don Moen! 🙂

-Kelvin-

=28= Comfort Song: Belle of the Boulevard

Belle of the Boulevard by Dashboard Confessional

Down in a local bar
Out on the boulevard
The sound of an old guitar
Is saving you from sinking
It’s a long way down
It’s a long way

Back like you never broke
You tell a dirty joke
He touches your leg and thinks he’s getting close
For now you let him just this once
Just for now
And just like that – it’s over

Don’t turn away
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Don’t be afraid
Keep it all inside, all inside
When you fall apart
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Life is always hard for the belle of the boulevard

In all your silver rings
And all your silken things
That song you softly sing
Is keeping you from breaking
It’s a long way down
It’s a long way

Back here you never loved
You’ve shaked the shivers off
You take a drink to get your courage up
Can you believe it
Just this once
Just for now
And just like that
It’s over

Don’t turn away
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Don’t be afraid
Keep it all inside, all inside
When you fall apart
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Life is always hard for the belle of the boulevard

Please hold on – it’s alright
Please hold on – it’s alright
Please hold on
Please hold on
Please hold on

Down in a local bar
Out on the boulevard
The sound of an old guitar
Is saving you

Don’t turn away
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Don’t be afraid
Keep it all inside, all inside
When you fall apart
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Life is always hard
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes

Don’t turn away
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Don’t be afraid
Keep it all inside, all inside
When you fall apart
Dry your eyes, dry your eyes
Life is always hard for the belle of the boulevard

Oh how I love Dashboard Confessional(Ironically i do not have any album from them). I remember listening to this song on the radio back like 3/4 years ago and being etched to my brain for a long time. Yet i couldn’t find it on Youtube. For i had trouble spelling ‘belle’. Well, Comfort Songs are always awesome. I guess the phrase ‘Dry your eyes, Dry your eyes’ really struck me. I know how comforting it was to have your tears wiped away. I long for the day when i can do it for someone. It doesn’t even have to be my significant other, it could be someone close to me, someone who trusted me. The lyrics are amazing, of course, its Dashboard! People who used words, that aren’t very much used, in songs like this are amazing. The word ‘belle’ (as hard as it was to spell it) was used in such a clever way. He was writing about a girl which he considered one of the most beautiful woman he has ever known. Instead of using mediocre words, he chose ‘belle’ which meaning is this: a beautiful girl or woman, esp. the most beautiful at a particular event or in a particular group. He chose such a sophisticated word to describe a girl. Now i wish i could as well. But the sad part is that he was writing to her after they have lost touch and he was sad at how far she fallen away from him. I believe we all have our ‘belle’ in mind. Lets just treasure our relationships with people and work hard to maintain it.