He Wants Us To Thrive
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
I felt Jesus.
I felt Him walking with me during my trek in the Himalayas last month. I felt His guiding hands, His gentle touch on my hair. I wish that others who need Him as much as I do, would feel His presence and His comfort too. And even more, feel His love.
It was an extraordinary feeling. Because I knew He was right next to me, I was able to let go of my fears and face whatever was in front of me. Sure enough, whenever I lost my footing while walking over rocks, snow and ice, "angels" came forward to hold me securely.
So what if I have a university degree? So what if I could lead a successful work team? High up in the mountain, everything I have and everything I accomplished back home were irrelevant. I turned to Him and His "angels".
Likewise, someone who just lost a loved one and feels socially isolated, is diagnosed with dementia, or had a stroke faces a new reality, and calls for "angels" of his own (Teo, 2019; Tai, 2019; Choo, 2019). These "angels" are his loved ones, friends, and professionals who genuinely care for him so he can adapt to the “new terrain” and live fruitfully.
Yes… Our precious, yet transient earthly life is meant to be lived to the fullest. We have only one chance at this. Our decision to do so would reflect our moral compass, spiritual maturity, and relationship with God. He gives us "angels" to help us on this journey.
We will all leave this beautiful earth one day.
Before we do, let’s live ... not just survive, but thrive.
- Facing dementia alone (The Straits Times, 26 May 2019)
- How to stave off loneliness (The Straits Times, 20 May 2019)
- President Halimah urges bosses to open doors to people with disabilities (The Straits Times, 29 May 2019)
- Stroke rehab centre in Jurong offers new tech, bigger space (The Straits Times, 29 May 2019)
- 'Support is vital in preventing suicide' (The New Paper, 21 May 2019)
- Help suicidal people by talking to them in a caring, non-judgmental manner: Samaritans of Singapore (The New Paper, 21 May 2019)
- New S$528,000 fund to help disadvantaged people stay employed (TODAY, 23 May 2019)
- Man cave and music: Singapore barber creates safe space for those struggling with drugs (Channel NewsAsia, 24 May 2019)
- 'Priority cabins' on trains on trial next year for seniors, wheelchair users (TODAY, 25 May 2019)
- Youth in Singapore need better protection (The New Paper, 27 May 2019)
- How much is enough? Social workers and financial experts weigh in on meeting seniors' basic needs (TODAY, 26 May 2019)
- A social network for Singapore's special needs community? There may soon be an app for that (Channel NewsAsia, 29 May 2019)
- Workers earning up to S$1,400 should get wage raises of S$50 to S$70: National Wages Council (TODAY, 30 May 2019)
- 12 and already a caregiver for mum with cancer, kidney failure (TODAY, 1 Jun 2019)
- Hundreds of distressed domestic workers seek help over debts to licensed lenders, loan sharks (TODAY, 2 Jun 2019)
- National Wages Council calls on firms to tap on experience of older employees, provide training (Channel NewsAsia, 30 May 2019)
Anita Sebastian is part of the Communication team at Caritas Singapore. She encourages everyone to focus on joy and positivity. She is now humming Latin hymns from deep in her memory.