What is a Youth?

What is a youth?“… so begins a verse in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We can attach many adjectives and nouns to “youth” but one of them is passion. The livelihood of youth and the vitality that a young age can give to us amounts to a whole lot, and those who have spent their youths wastefully teach our generation that we must use this time of our lives wisely because we will never be as young as we are today.

A great deal of our youth is spent experiencing and learning from experiences. Some experiences teach us a great deal while other experiences come from bad choices made in our young years. Yet still, even through our mistakes or our endless amounts of failures and downfalls, it is so important to have hope and an undying passion that leads us from day to day. It is because our lives are not set in stone, and so our past and our present do not have to define our future. If we know where we want to go, it is important to learn to get back up and start again. It is possible through and in Christ.

I ask that youths rise up and be inflamed by the passion of Christ. The energy we are given at our age is not meant for nothing. We spend so much of our energy on our career, our success, and personal relationships. But how much do we spend our energy for God? Do we use all the outlets we are given to establish our passion for Christ? Our path to success does not have to be separate path from the path we walk for Christ. When we do all that we do for Him by what Christ has given us to use, it is through Him we become truly successful and complete.

I ask all our young readers today to think about the meaning of youth and how you choose to spend the years that will never return. Remember that what we are given is a gift, even the age  we take for granted. Youth doesn’t necessarily mean those of a certain age. There are those who are elder in age, yet have a youthful heart and mind. What makes them youthful is their hope and passion, not just for tomorrow but for a greater purpose and life beyond their own.

Soon, in about a month, it will be Easter. Let us remember the life Christ has given us to live that took a life of God’s son to save ours. Do not take it for granted and remember to live it fully. Do all things in Christ, and through Him all you do for Him will be blessed forevermore.

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Five Reasons Why It’s Great to Believe in GOD

We as Christians believe in Jesus not because we want to get something out of it (alright, I guess some of us do), but because He is what He proclaims to be. Nevertheless, I think it’s important that we remind ourselves the wonderful benefits that follow our committment to our faith. There are certainly many great reasons–whether personal or practical–to believe in God, and today I made a top-five list of my own on why believing God is amazing.

As you read on, keep in mind that this list can always be further added (since there are obviously more than five good things we can get from believing God), so if you have your own list of five, be sure to write a comment below.

Without further ado, I present you my list:

1. We are Connected to the Most Powerful Being. Period.

People today resort to various social networking services that permeate all of our electronic devices, ranging from the traditional pc to the ever-more popular smart phones. The advent of the smart phone-era allows people to communicate and stay “connected” with their friends wherever they are. It is a medium for people of all ages to write about themselves, whether that is the ideal representation of who they are or simply how they feel during that particular day. The unprecedented connection between people to people via the technology brought about by sites like facebook or twitter has been subject to scrutiny by various academic circles. According to an article in psychology today, people tend to go on facebook to feel good. Committing themselves to a circle of people that transcends the spatial boundaries is a modern way of satiating one of humanity’s oldest and barest forms of desire: the desire to belong in a group. The desire to be connected. Thus going to social networking sites has become more or less a force of habit that only few of its members have been aware of. As a Christian, it is relieving to know that God is there for us when we feel the need to connect with someone. He is at our closest proximity and provides us with the most important connection of all connections—the spirit. Like the Samaritan woman who met Jesus on her visit to the well, our connection with God is all we need to live life without craving further relationship with others. Of course, I am not saying that we do not need human relationship at all. That’s ridiculous. I am, however, saying that the relationship that truly strengthens us spiritually and physically is only from God and with those that share our love for Him.

2. As Christians, We Know that God Exists and is With Us.

This is important because we know that everything has a purpose. Everything has a purpose because God has consciously created everything with a purpose in mind. Since everything has a purpose intended by God,  all of our pains and failures are not only a reminder of our incompetence in what we do, but also an object lesson from God to further strengthen us and train us so that we can turn into “gold.” As we receive the Holy Spirit we perceive things in a way that is intimately linked to God. We develop an eye that allows us to see things differently from the way secular people might, and that brings us hope and strength to continue in our endeavors rather than plunging into despair.

3. All Questions are Answered. 

Believing in God answers all the questions that befuddle any living human being: where did I come from? Where do I go from here? What awaits me after my death? The first question and the last question have been already answered by the Holy Bible. I’m sure you all know the story of creation, heaven and hell, so I will not get into that. Regarding the second question, the question concerning our lives while we are living on earth, is more or less an extension of the first and the last question. No matter what we do in our lives, as Christians our ultimate purpose is to glorify God and spread the Gospel. Therefore as Christians our lives have been planned by God to be used for his glory and his purpose. That is our direction. It is not a plot-by-plot route to success, but if our attitude is established in such way, then God will show us a vision of what we can do to glorify His name. Remember, Jesus even summoned a blind man to be used for the Gospel.

4. Having a positive Christian attitude correlates with happiness.

According to a study conducted by the researchers at the University of Wales in Great Britain, Christians with a positive outlook (meaning that they agree strongly) toward God, Jesus, the Holy Bible, prayer, and church were generally found to be happier than those that do not.

5. Internalization (What is that?).

Christians are apart from secular people in the sense that we are made to constantly look at ourselves, whether that is through sermons, bible studies, conversing with fellow Christians, or prayer. We are always given chances (as long as we’re still alive) to start anew even when we’ve failed and sinned. We are granted that chance; the chance to repent for the sins we’ve committed and renew our decision to become a better person in the eyes of God. As Christians we need to acknowledge what a blessing this is.

What do you think? Do you agree? Do you disagree? Whatever you have to say–scathing or laudatory–be sure to let us know!

Until then, God bless you all.

By A.K.

Discovering God’s Image

As a fourth year premed student learning science and physiology of life, it makes me realize how perfect God is, and that his creations resemble Him and show us the essence of life.

Nature is marvelous—the phenomena of nature happen for reasons, and we can see it from the laws of nature and science. It knows how to compensate with obstacles when it faces one, instead of clashing and giving errors. Human Body is also intelligent; it knows how to repair, replicate, protect, and reset itself whenever it needs to, and helps to survive even with injuries and damages. Studying different areas in science made me deeply realize that God is so perfect, and I can only become so humble under His Wisdom.

I want to share phenomena of cell that shows Wisdom in life—the image of GOD.

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Cells survives only when it is maintaining its non-equilibrium state:

What is equilibrium state? It means a state of balance—experiencing no net flows of matter or energy. It has entropy (disorder) of zero. Oppositely, non-equilibrium state is when there are constant net flows of matter and energy. Cells are constantly pumping out and in Sodium and Potassium actively, against the gradient, which requires energy to do it. Cells maintain this state and become equilibrium only when they die.

This phenomenon actually tells us so much about life. Life becomes equilibrium state only when it dies. Equilibrium is being stable, balanced, and steady. People tend to aim for this kind of life—stable job, steady income, and balanced environment. However, according to cell phenomenon, we see that instability, constant flux, and change are the evidences that it is surviving. It means challenging, risk-taking, and enduring.

We can discover great wisdom from just simple function of cell. His creation is a resemblance of His image—it has His characters.  As a Christian achiever, my ultimate goal is not having a stable job with steady income, but to keep advancing and challenging to resemble Him and I know this can be achieved through maintaining the “non-equilibrium state.”

Look around and observe His creations. What kind of characters of God do they resembled?  Please share anything you see/observed and leave it as a comment!

Shua Kim

 

Picture from (http://laughingmantis.com/2007/02/cell-test/)