Thank you @prestigesg for the feature on “40 Under 40” on “Singapore’s most successful, innovative and influential young people.”
How uncanny that just hours before I received the magazine in the mail, I sat with one of my spiritual fathers, Ps @ytyoong, who reminded me of the consistency of the pattern of my life- that God has always granted extraordinary favor in the moments I least expected, through my deepest weaknesses & frailties — to show His power & grace.
I got connected to WHO through being mistaken as a cartoonist in the outbreak when I was in a mid-life crisis. I got deployed with UNICEF to Africa through my fumbling fears as a new mom.
“Stay small in your own eyes,” he said. “Never try to push open doors- let God give you the keys.”
How counter-cultural His ways are.
Yet, it’s true- every time I try to muscle my way through, I fall flat.
1 Cor 3:13 tells us a sobering truth— that on the Day of disclosure, “all our works will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.”
To those of you whose wholehearted work has never been or not yet been recognized, know this- our Father who sees in secret will reward you in His time. 💛
Your secret scrubbing, diaper-changing, errand-running, hair-tearing, praying moments, are the ones sowing into an eternal inheritance no one else sees. 🌱🏆
But, He sees.✨He is faithful to reward. 🌟
I am learning, that the works most celebrated on earth, the ones that earn the greatest of man’s praises, might not stand the test of fire in the end.
Yet, those that are hidden in the quiet, secret places, might be the ones that stand true in the crucible of heat.
May we always remember the rightful place accolades have in our lives- an opportunity for celebration, but more importantly, for thanksgiving, reflection, and at times, repentance. 🙏🏾
May we always remember the fire our works will be put through at the end. 🔥
May that keep us small, sober & humble in our own eyes— always & forever. 💛