When a baby is born, he is not developmentally ready to walk. One day, he reaches an age where he is, except that he is not, because he is never done it before. He is ready developmentally, but not experientially.
This is when we encourage the baby. We hold his hands and walk with him, up and down the hallway countless times. One day, he scoots over to a coffee table on his own volition. He slowly stands, with pudgy fingers cling tightly to the table, struggling to find balance. Eventually after a few wobbly moments, he let go. He takes a few tentative steps and falls.
Now, think about what we do when he falls. Do we shake our heads disapprovingly and say, “What is wrong with you! Why are you acting like that?” Do we rescue him and insist that he should never try walking again with our help? No. Of course not.
We celebrate the steps forward with claps and encouraging words. We celebrate that he is slowly becoming a child who can walk on his own and. This baby, who was once unable to walk, is now ready (developmentally not experientially). We celebrate his experiments. We celebrate his efforts and his risk-taking. We encourage these things because we know he needs these experiences to eventually stopped falling and start walking with confidence.
Preteens, much like toddlers, are developmentally ready to use new functions but they don’t have the experience to know how to use these functions well. Many of us find it harder to respond with claps and encouraging words to preteens as they take risks because they aren’t just taking stumbling steps and falling on the carpet.
I hope you have had a blessed break over the long weekend. Did you manage to view the fireworks? This year, the spectacle of lights had been brought out to the heartlands. I am pretty sure your Sunday night was brightly lighted up.
As I watched the wonderful fireworks go off, it reminded me of the verses in Matthew 5:15-16.
Since we are celebrating International Women’s Day today, I pondered on the campaign theme #BalanceforBetter and these things that naturally follow. How can we help to forge a more gender-balanced world? Do we celebrate women’s achievement? But more than that, should we raise awareness against bias, especially in church?
Today (6 March 2019) marks the start of Lent, and we celebrate Ash Wednesday. It is not a biblical requirement, but this tradition has been honoured by Christians for well over ten centuries, falling at the beginning of Lent, a six-week season of preparation for Easter.
Lent is a season of forty (40) days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” This year (2019), we begin Lent on 6 March.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lunar New Year is the most important festival on the Asian calendar. The festival begins on the first new moon of the Chinese lunar calendar, and lasts from several days up to two weeks. Today (19 February 2019) is the 15th day of Lunar New Year, marking the last day of celebrations worldwide.
What’s the greatest gift a loved one could give you?
Flowers, an engagement ring, a day at the spa?
Perhaps loving words that convey how much you mean to them…
Whether you’re single or happily in a relationship this Valentine’s Day, you have access to a wide collection of love letters… right at your fingertips. We find them in God’s Word. They range from powerful proclamations to ornate poetry, declarations of true friendship, passionate songs, and earnest tough-love letters.
Fear is one of my biggest problems. I often times let fear rule my life more than putting my faith in God. Fear is crippling! And I know many struggle with fear too. People often say that fear is the opposite of faith, but I respectfully disagree. The way I see it, fear actually relies on faith – it’s simply faith in the wrong things.
Fear is placing your faith in “what-ifs” rather than in “God is.”
There’s been a growing momentum for zero-waste living for the last 2-3 years, especially in Singapore. I myself have been listening in to all the chatter for almost a decade but only recently been more conscientious in my efforts. Actually, it was ever since my blogger friend, June, started her business Trove of Gaia, selling quality and pretty-looking eco-friendly products stemmed from sustainable practices and fair-trade conditions.
Let’s be honest with ourselves, most New Year’s resolutions are pretty dismal. Luckily, I’ve found a cure for myself 2 years ago: A goal that I’ll definitely look forward to accomplishing. Yes, it’s time for the 2018 Reading Challenge!