Encounter with Psalm 23

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

Psalm 23 is perhaps the most memorable Bible verse for me, not because of its religious implication or how it has affected my religious belief and faith but because of my encounter with this verse when I was in fifth grade. I used to study in a Catholic school and in our English textbook, Psalm 23 was part of our lesson.

Yes, it was a lesson but not a religious lesson. It was a memorization lesson and we had to recite the entire psalm before the class one by one without mistakes. That was really difficult that time the text was different compared to the current English language we have. It was hard to pronounce the words much more to memorize it. For several times, I fumbled but good thing I was able to memorize it and recite it almost perfectly before the class.

Such a memorable way to ingrain an important Bible verse into my life.

Would You Repair A Broken AC?

If your AC suddenly stops without any possible explanation, would you consider repairing it by yourself?

If you ask me that question, I would say it would depend. If the problem is so simple that I can troubleshoot it by myself, then why not? If I have an expert beside me who will guide me and tell me what to do in order to fix the problem, then why not? If I know what is the problem and if I have a list of instruction on how to fix it, then why not? Nothing is wrong in being able to fix AC by yourself. It is a huge plus to have such technical skills like repairing your AC.

However, if the problem is too big for me or if it is too complicated to understand, even with the available instruction or guide, then I would rather call a proper AC repair Coral Springs service. With their help, then they can surely fix the AC problem I have. If I force to solve the problem on my own, then I might end up making the problem even bigger. An even bigger problem would cost me more, which I don’t like. It is best to leave it to the experts.

A Healthy Argument About Cash For Gold Shops

My colleague and I had a stupid yet friendly argument once. The topic is all about cash for gold shops.

He sees cash for gold shops as a place of sin. It is a place where human greed is always present. It is a place of trickery, lies and dishonesty, wherein people would prey on the needy and impoverished. It is also a place where thieves sell their stolen jewelries and gold items. In other words, he sees this place in a bad light.

But I am different. Indeed, this place can be considered a place of sin and there are many jewelers who prey on poor people who are in need of finances but I believe it is unfair to judge them as such. Some of these cash for gold shops aren’t that bad at all. Some won’t cheat or lie. In fact, there are still some gold buyers Sacramento that practice honesty in business.

It is not a place of greed. Gold may be often associated with greed but that is not always the case. They buy gold because it is the nature of their business.  People sell gold because they need it. The nature of this business allows people who are in dire need to obtain money fast. They can use this money in order to resolve the problem they have like for example hospitalization fees for a family member. Selling your gold for the sake of your family member is never a bad thing.

Yes, we argued and explained our sides but no one yielded. I know he won’t and he knows I won’t. So we decide to just stop it. Well, we both know that there’s a shed of truth in our argument pieces. It is just the fact that we both cannot accept how we truly felt about these shops. But hey, a healthy argument is not such a bad thing to do between good friends!

God Is With Us

Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

What can you say about this bible verse? What do you understand about it? For me, what I simply understand about it is that God is always with us. Whatever we do or whatever problem we face, God is always with us. He is neither just behind us nor beside us. He is the one who carries us and upholds us. It is just like the literary work Footprints in the Sand.

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Since God is with us all the time, we should remember that that whatever we do or whatever decisions we make, we have to make sure that we are doing it in accordance to God’s words. If we do as what God dictates and listen to His wisdom, He will help us find the right solution to whatever problem or situation we are facing.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God”, this line also says that we should not fear nothing because God is with us. We should not be dismayed, troubled or feel down with whatever problem or challenge we face. No matter how big the problem is, remember that God is bigger and mightier.

Sadly, it seems like a lot of people are forgetting God these days. Whenever they have problems, they would go for the available solution that suits them best yet they tend to forget or maybe ignore some important details. Is this accordance to God’s words? Does He want this for us?

Yes, the foundation of Christianity is being shook up these days. But us Christians have the responsibility to remind others that God is always with us.