In the midst of the post-Christmas rush, I’ve been winding down watching Netflix’s The Crown (a much more sombre affair than Season 1) and decided to write out some reflections of the year gone by and what I’m looking forward to in the year to come.
- was the year I finished my FRACP Nephrology training
- was the year I started a clinical PhD on donor kidney organ allocation
- was the year I had to change my PhD topic from organ allocation, to transplant risk scoring systems, to eligibility criteria for kidney transplants, and finally settle on improving the kidney-pancreas transplant scene in Australia/New Zealand from an organ allocation point of view
- was the year I moved in with Calvin again – this time in Ringwood!
- was the year I started doing private nephrology work
- was the year I felt more involved in teaching in LG (still needing to learn how to do pastoral care!)
- was the year I took a back step in missions
- was the year I took a step forward in exercise – with running and weekend sports (my first 10km and 15km were highlights, as were the run-catchups with Sam)
- was the first year in a long while that I’d been back to Malaysia twice in the same year!
- I attended my first destination wedding (In Bali! Thanks John and Diana for the invite!)
- was the year I felt I was more intentional in a few areas: meeting and getting to know the young adults in church more, being involved in Healing Rooms and teaching in LG, keeping up the weekend sports
- and also felt I could’ve done more with: keeping up to date with the nephrology news, doing more research as opposed to clinic work, being more missions-focused, being more pastoral in LG
- was the year I stepped out of one relationship, and after some time, into another (Thanks Kat!)
Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matt 6:19-20
The Lamp of the Body
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” v22-23
You Cannot Serve God and Riches
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” v24
Do Not Worry
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”v25-34
I’m looking forward to a few things in 2018, some of which are big, others less so. Often I am prone to worry, even as I go about my day -to-day. What I need to watch, then, is where my eyes are fixed on. If I’m fixing my eyes on unwholesome things, or time-wasters, it will affect the rest of me. Often, I will have to check myself and ask, ‘Who am I doing this for?’ And finally, in and out of uncertain times, I need to
Seek: zeteo – to investigate, to reach a terminal resolution “getting to the bottom of the matter”
Kingdom: basileia – the realm in which a king sovereignly rules, especially refers to the rule of Christ in believers’ hearts
Righteousness: dikaiosune – the divine approval of God, what is deemed right by the Lord, what is approved in His eyes
I need to look for Christ in me, and others, and look for what He approves as the standard by which excellence in my life is judged.
And so, in 2018:
- I will finish 2 chapters of my PhD
- I will publish 3 papers
- I will present at 2 conferences
- I will give back to the unit at MMC
- I will run a half-marathon
- I will lose my tummy
- I will restart ultimate frisbee
- I will welcome new people to the sports group
- I will develop pastoral skills
- I will lead a missions team, not just on a trip, but on a journey which God will use to increase the depth of our love, faith and deepen our bond with Him
- I will train 2 new musos
- I will train 1 new LG leader
- I will learn how to read the Bible
- I will actually take time to worship and pray
- I will finally get to grips with Ableton
- Learn a new language!
- I will get hold of my finances
- I will take time to write
- I will get a RRVisa
- I will be more open about my faith at work
- I will buy a house
- I will have my family over to stay in that house
- I will meet up more often with my cousins
- I will talk more often with family back home
- I will journey along, and fight, if necessary for the right to progress to the next stage of relationships!
Come on 2018!