A Space of My Own 我的空间

And the days roll by…

Posted on: January 30, 2010

It’s a typical NUS semester. Time passes so fast that before I know it it’s end of week three.

Things I’m doing now:

1.
Catching up with my readings! I’m trying very hard to understand my FYP
readings, but I guess I can’t go too far until I’ve actually seen and
tried the work. My professor will be contacting me to start work soon.
Hopefully I’ll be ready to do it by then. I’m still not even half-way
through the readings. The efficiency level is so low. I’m trying to
catch up with my other readings and am doing OK so far. I wonder how it
will be like once lab and project meetings kick in. The horrors ahead!
It is better to remain at a state of bliss as of now.

2. IHG
articles. Witnessed another winning match today when our table tennis
girls played against KE7. It was so close, and I today was really a day
of realization – I found that I actually, in a way, liked to do match
write-ups, simply because it created a new shared experience between
myself and the players. I’m always so very detached from the sports
teams in hall, that I have almost nothing to relate with them at all
(except hear Kasun talk about handball during labs). Now I’m putting
down what they do on paper, and some of my own observations and
thoughts too. Our hall sports is doing so much better this year – guess
there’ll be a severe problem of point inflation at the end of the year!
But somehow I’m not that worried, though I should be, considering my
passive involvement in hall the past sem, and this current sem.

I
used to think team sports are those that show the most team spirit, and
are most tactical and dangerous (people getting hurt and running around
and all). I think that they are harder because they need the most
stamina too. But after watching table tennis, I realized that non-team
sports (table tennis, badminton, tennis, squash, etc) have their own
form of challenges too. All eyes are on just you and your opponent and
the mental pressure you face must be so intense, because all the
responsibility of winning or losing rests on your shoulder alone. A lot
of quick thinking and observation of the opponent’s movements must be
done throughout this period of tension too.

IHG writing is quite
a new experience for me – it has brought about many thoughts. I guess
we just need to keep on trying new things to have new insights in life,
small as they may be.

3. Preparing keyboard lessons for Shan Qi.
It’s a band thing – we’re supposed to teach and learn, and so far, I
haven’t really been sharing my knowledge, whatever little of it there
is. I asked both him and Hwee Shan to give me some learning objectives
they wish to achieve through whatever I teach them, and once again,
Shan Qi didn’t fail to impress me. He already knew what he was looking
for, and stated those things in detail. His outlook and thirst for
learning was so professional, it made me feel like I’m almost not
worthy to be teaching him. While he strives for improvement as a
keyboardist or pianist, I am complacent at the standard at which I am
currently at. I guess this teaching experience would be one of learning
for me, as I continually observe the attitude of my juniors, and
realize what are the things that make one go far, and ultimately excel.

4.
Bible study. Simon talked about the fall of the walls of Jericho from a
very interesting perspective. Why did Joshua curse whoever rebuilds
Jericho? Jericho being situated in a very strategic position -was
extremely economical for Israel. It was even a gateway into Canaan. Its
walls could fortify their defence, it’s potential for trade could boost
their wealth. It was their first claim from the land of Canaan before
many others. Why was Jericho not to be used to Israel’s advantage, not
to be rebuilt?

Firstly, it was the concept of ‘first fruits’.
Joshua and his army presented Jericho as a sacrifice to God as a first
fruit – giving Him the first and best they had, not using it for their
own profits. Also it was a sign of faith – their dependence was on God,
not on the walls or wealth of Jericho. Not on themselves, for they had
nothing, all was from God.

I love the reminder of giving up the
first fruits to God. Prioritizing is so hard, and it’s often so
tempting to keep the best time and best gains for myself, to study, to
do hall activities, to make me one a person of better quality in so
many ways. But God wants the first fruits, so that He can continue to
bless. He deserves the first fruits, to be held in Priority Number One,
for He is so much, yet no less than that. In relationships, in working
life, in school life, in every aspect. No one else can claim the
throne, nor rob that that belongs to him. I do hope that I’ll bear this
in mind and give God the first fruits, the most precious things I can
offer – time, love and faith. Not to hall, not to men, not to my
studies nor the hopes of anyone else. I pray that I can be able to do
that.

5. Shopping. I just went grocery and stationary shopping.
I love shopping because there are so many things to see, but even in a
place as small as Clementi, I have to brace all my mind and will to
clearly differentiate my needs and wants. Most of the time I succumb to
some of my wants, but I make sure that whatever I buy is really cheap,
and in a way it’s what I need too. I guess I’ll have to get ready
myself for this especially in the first two years of working life.
Budgets have to be small and tight, and only needs can be entertained.
Save, save, save! 🙂

That’s all for today. Will continue to update next week.

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2 Responses to "And the days roll by…"

Wow ~ soooo busyBut good to see u don\’t neglect ur Bible studyBless u

Bless you too, dear bro 🙂

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