“Commit your way to the Lord,” says in Psalm 37:5a, NIV

The word alignment means “a position of agreement or alliance.” Its significance encompasses all aspects of our being and doing. This is more so true in the realm of spiritual alignment. Our alignment with God is critical in our daily walk of life.

Can you recall a moment when you felt wholly aligned with God?

Unfortunately, we often see God’s people struggling to align with God consistently. Here are some examples: When our words mismatch our actions, are we not out of alignment? As far as Jesus is concerned, if you say you love him but don’t take care of his people, there is a misalignment. Are we kidding when we say we honor God yet disrespect our neighbors? In Malachi 6, our acts of worship of God in the sanctuary and acts of justice in the public square are to align with each other, with no difference at all. As Christ’s disciples, do we take seriously this matter of alignment? If we are causing people to experience hurt and pain, we are clearly out of alignment with God. Do our values compatible or incompatible with Christ’s healing, forgiving, and reconciling love? Are we differentiating our ways of life from how Jesus lived on earth? What aspects of life do you pray to God to align with Jesus? How complex are those challenges you face each day that make it hard to succeed? What are the gifts you possess to be in alignment with God?

In any scenario, a decision will be made if you have determined to stay aligned with God in various life experiences. The Scriptures says, “Commit your way to the Lord.” Committing to God is a huge step towards positioning our life in agreement or alliance with God. Better news: God will act if we engage or align our way to the Lord!

We do everything in unison with God. God will act, and when God acts, everything is possible.

How can you align your way of life to the way of the Lord, our God, today? What is a small act of faith you could do to stay aligned with God? Let’s commit our way to the Lord and rejoice, for God will act and lead us to live in full alignment with God Almighty!

Prayer Song:

By Charles W. Barnes (Words) and Harriet P. Grove (Music)

Commit thy way, and day by day,
The Lord shall lead.
And He shall trace, with tender grace,
Thy path—’tis all we need.
For love shall crown,
Shall crown our life indeed.

Commit thy way; our hearts obey,
And God doth lead;
And at the last shall bring to pass
All that the heart shall plead.
For love has crowned,
Has crowned our life indeed. Amen.


have the understanding to know me that I am the Lord,” says in Jeremiah 29:24a, NIV

There are so many things we know about God. We learn them from the Bible and life experiences. It’s good to name some of them and ask ourselves: We know God has a plan to prosper all creatures. Are you aware of what it might be for you? We know God is doing a new thing. Do you perceive it? We know God loves a cheerful giver. Is generosity an integral part of your life? We know God can make all things possible. When was the last time you witnessed God’s miracle? We know God created and cares for the whole creation. What do you do to protect the environment? We know God made you in God’s image. Are you mirroring God’s image in your daily living?

These are some of the things that we know about God. And there are more. Am I right? Here is the deal: The things that we know about God are limited. This is not so the case because God is hiding and not revealing his presence among us fully—precisely the opposite. God reveals himself all the time. If we are, to be honest about this, we are missing a lot because we tend to pick attributes of God of those that fit our standards. Isn’t it the case? It will help us become better Christians by being aware of who God is and what God does and allowing such knowledge of God to transform us. Knowing God is a critical step toward becoming what God has stored for you. Are we consciously taking this step? Is knowing God leading you to become who God wants you to be? Your growing knowledge of God in your life will help you become a better person – a better child of God. Are you growing your desire to know God better each day?

In Jeremiah 29:23-24, we read, “This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the Lord.” May our increasing knowledge of God gives us faith and courage to surrender our life – our all in all – to God. Let kindness, justice, and righteousness become part of our daily lives. In this way, our God may delight in seeing your life becoming what God wants you to be.

Prayer Song:

The Potter’s Hand by Darlene Zscech

Beautiful Lord, wonderful Saviour

I know for sure

All of my days are held in Your hands

And crafted into Your perfect plan.

And take me, and mold me, use me, and fill me

I give my life to the Potter’s hand

You call me, You guide me, You lead me, walk beside me

I give my life to the Potter’s hand, oh, oh, oh

Take it all, I give. Amen.


“you are my disciples, if you love one another,” says John 13:35, NIV.

Is loving an intrinsic element of your life of discipleship? The Bible reminds us that your commitment to love – loving your neighbor as you love yourself and loving God with all of your whole beings is an undeniable witness of your true identity as a disciple of Jesus. No other measurements were given except by loving. Jesus asked one of his disciples, Simon Peter, three times, “Do you love me? Peter’s answer was, “Lord, you know that I love you.” In response, Jesus said, “feed my sheep” (John 21:15-17, NIV).

Do your friends and neighbors know you as Christ’s disciple? What daily practices do you keep to grow your love for God and others? What aspects of daily living do you let go or change, no matter how hard it may be, to love your neighbor as you love yourself? The more love you have for yourself, all God’s children, and the whole creation, and God, the more motivated you will be to live out your true identity as Christ’s disciple. An author once said, “once a person believes in a particular aspect of their identity, they are more likely to act in alignment with that belief.” Can this also be true for you as a Christian? Are you living your life in alignment with what you believe in Christ and who you are as a child of God?

Apostle Paul writes, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:6-7, NIV). Let us continue to live our lives in the way Jesus lived his life. In and through him, we can follow the way of Jesus’ love. Be mindful that this way of living takes work, not easy. Yet, such a way of living is the best way to manifest God’s care and presence in the world. Ask ourselves, Is there another way to live our life of discipleship but the way of Jesus’ life? What can help you choose the path of love today? What will it take to begin aligning yourself with this way of living today? How about starting with a heart of gratitude for God’s amazing love?

Prayer Song:

“Love Divine, All Love Excelling”

Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down;
fix in us thy humble dwelling;
all thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation;
enter every trembling heart. Amen.


“perfect love drives out fear,” says in I John 4:18, NIV

Jesus demonstrated that “perfect love drives out fear” when he offered himself to die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. With this, can we not also approach our own lives with courage, knowing that nothing can separate us from that kind of love? That kind of love – the love that overwhelms our fears to the point where our fears become powerless.

With my daughter Kiyah’s permission, here is a little story surrounding fear from when she was little. 

“When I was around 7 or 8 years old, some school friends of mine invited me to go biking with them around the neighborhood. My friends and I, all on our tiny bikes, feeling invincible, rode around the neighborhood. Surprisingly, someone came up with the idea to race back to my house. “Oh, I can win this. Easily!” I said to myself. We all began picking up speed, my legs moving faster and faster underneath me. Soon, I couldn’t even see my friends beside me anymore – I was in the first place until I found myself flying over my handlebars. Now, all I could feel was the asphalt. 

I ran to my mother with tears and trembling with fear. Her warm embrace and consoling words brought me great comfort at that moment. My mother’s presence, filled with love, reassured me that fear can be overcome.”

Fear can be powerless when confronted with unconditional love. The Bible says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” As Christ’s disciples, we must go out into the world with that kind of love because that kind of love can empower those living in fear through the witness of our love. Jesus’ love within us is unstoppable, so powerful that it can calm all storms. Jesus’ love makes us fearless. We are strong and powerful in His love. 

So, what can you do this week and days ahead to imitate and demonstrate Jesus’ love in your life?

Prayer Song:

Oh, how He loves you and me, Oh how He loves you and me.

He gave his life, what more could he give?
Oh, how He loves you; Oh, how he loves me; Oh, how he loves you and me.

Jesus to Calvary did go, His love for sinners to show.

What He did there brought hope from despair.
Oh, how He loves you; Oh, how he loves me; Oh, how he loves you and me. Amen.


“an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream,” says in Matthew 2:13 (NRSV)

Do you have a dream in life? Are you searching for a life that matters? A kind of life that matters to you, your family, and the world. Do you know what God wants for you? If you do, how much attention are you giving to maintain your focus on it? Have you asked yourself why God wanted it for you? Or, do you know why you want what God wants for you? What steps are you taking to align your heart with God’s dream for you?

Make no mistake. Pursuing your God-given purpose in life can be challenging and will not happen without facing obstacles. Along the way, people or situations may arise to discourage you and make you believe it is not worth pursuing. Often, the challenge comes from yourself. Apostle Paul admitted this when he said, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Romans 7:15, 18b). How do you strengthen your desire to do what is good that is strong enough to make you do it? Can you do it alone? Does help from a friend feel uncomfortable to welcome? What benefits of having a companion on the journey? A friend or someone that shares a common faith, passion, and commitment to pursuing your dream. What else do you need to carry on in this adventure of chasing a life that matters? What will you do today and in the days ahead to make your dreams come true?

Take courage with the Scripture that says, “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, NRSV). Go with the knowledge of God’s desire to give you a life that matters. Don’t forget that you matter to God. When your dream seems to be nearing your reach, don’t forget to thank the people that have been the source of encouragement and support to you. Celebrate your wins with them. Of course, go back to God with thanksgiving. Don’t get tired of dreaming God’s dream.

Prayer Song: Come, Let Us Dream by John Middleton

Come, let us dream God’s dream again
Come, one and all, let us ascend.
the mountain top where those of old
saw God’s new day on earth unfold.

The lame shall walk, the blind shall see,
the doors swing wide, all prisoners free,
the lowly raised, the proud brought low.
This is God’s dream: let justice flow. Amen.


“Far more than you could ever imagine,” says Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)

The word unleash means to be free from the leash. In life, a “leash” could be anything that restraints, controls, and chains you from becoming whatever God intends for your life. A leash could be your guilt of past mistakes, fear of the unknown, and self-doubt to name a few.

What does life look like “free from the leash?” It could mean freeing yourself from whatever or whoever is restraining your freedom to reclaim your true self as God’s beloved child. Can you name those areas of life that keep your captivity? How can you begin to take crucial steps toward freedom? How do you transform sterility into creativity, fear into courage, and past into the future? How do you stay motivated to keep growing, creating, and making a difference in your life, family, and the world?

What barriers hinder you from achieving your life purpose and meaning? What if you resist any forces or systems in a society designed to suppress your God-given imaginative, innovative, and creative capacity? What if you activate the power of God within us?

Remember this Scripture that says, “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” (Ephesians 3:20-21, MSG).

If you unleash yourself from any of these things that hold you back or restrain you, what difference would it make for you, your family and friends, and your community?

By allowing God’s Spirit to empower you to live freely, courageously, and faithfully in pursuing the purpose that God is calling you in your life, you are unleashing yourself in achieving your wildest dreams. Yes, it is God’s dream for you. Do you have the faith to claim that God can do anything far more than you could ever imagine? Do you know Jesus? Hear this good news: Jesus can fill your heart with God’s power and give you a reason to sing as you go about your daily life.

Prayer Song: (UMH #380)

Though sometimes he leads through waters deep,

Trials fall across the way

Though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,

See his footprints all the way

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,

Sweetest name I know,

Fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go.

What Can It Be?

“Behold I am doing a new thing,” says in Isaiah 43:19

“What can it be?” is an inquiry many people around us are asking and seeking a response to. Many are carrying heavy burdens, not knowing where to find the strength they need to move on. Many still feel stuck with guilt and anxiety, and finding and releasing the inner power to overcome them remain elusive. Do you need help? Do you hope to end your suffering now and start a new day with renewed strength? Do you want to know what the future might look like? Do you have what it takes to move forward?

Our Scripture in Isaiah 43:19 portrays our God, who is doing a new thing. A “new thing” emerges from nothing. Miracles from misery. Possibilities from impossibilities. Freedom from captivity. Forgiveness from trespasses. Wholeness from brokenness. Life conquers death. New life brings a new vision and direction. Water overflowing in the wasteland. New road in the wilderness. Marginalized people are now set free and praising the Lord. God is still doing great things in us and the world.

Do you perceive it?

Imagine you are carrying a newborn baby, smiling at you as you carefully hold her in your arms. Does nursing a baby lift your spirit high? Just like anyone else, saying goodbye to a loved one who has transitioned to a new home in heaven was not easy and brought sorrow and pain to you and your family. Grieving, in this instance, is an expression of love. In mourning the death of a family member, do you remember the promise of eternal life and the gift of God’s abiding grace with you constantly? When you took the courage to settle your conflict with a friend that brought your friendship back with renewed mutual love and respect, does gaining reconciliation with a friend gives you unspeakable joy? Do you genuinely believe that you can trust everything in God?

What if we ask the Lord, our God, to open our eyes to see God’s wonderful works in us and the world? What if we let the Spirit Divine give us the courage, strength, and faith in God to see and follow God’s will in our daily walk as Christ’s disciples? If we do this, we can be God’s people for the world. With God’s help, we can do new and great things for God’s glory!

Prayer Song:

Open my eyes that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready, my God, Thy will to see;
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit Divine!



“the glory which shall be revealed in us,” says Romans 8:18

I know it is pretty embarrassing to admit that I am afraid of riding a roller coaster. Don’t get me wrong. I like watching it from a distance, admiring the riders enjoying the ride. Not me. I know I am missing something extraordinary by not doing it. In fairness, I tried taking a roller coaster ride a few times during my adult life. In one summer time, our whole family went to Disneyland. Before getting there, I had already decided that this was the moment I had been waiting for to experience the fun of a roller coaster ride. Internally, I was saying, “You can’t continue to live with fear; you need to conquer your fear.” I agreed. I was on the line heading to the entrance feeling confident. No turning back, what kept vibrating into my inner self. Everything changed quickly when we reached a few steps to the entrance door. There was a WARNING SIGN on the wall that I carefully read. Without notice, I was running rush in the opposite direction, away from the entrance, and abandoned my family like orphans.

We all face challenges, struggles, and demanding situations in life. No one can escape from experiencing fear, anxiety, and worry in a lifetime. If you are amid adversity, you can choose happiness and pursue victory. Instead of giving up or quitting, you have your true self that can convert challenges into gifts and opportunities. In times of trials, resist focusing on the circumstances. Instead, take a moment to look deeply at the power inside you.

It is worth asking ourselves, What is your life? What’s your life’s purpose that’s keeping you moving forward despite your challenges in life? Are you running away from your problems or facing them with hope, courage, and faith in God? What is the dream God has entrusted to you? What if you surrender your fear and let God empowers you to fulfill God’s purpose in your life? Fear shadows your vision of God’s possibilities. What would happen if you allowed your faith in God to manifest God’s glory in and through you? What difference would it make for you and the world?

In his book, “Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential,” Joel Osteen writes, “It is the struggle that gives us the strength. Without opposition or resistance, there is no potential for progress. Without the resistance of air, an eagle can’t soar. Without the resistance of water, a ship can’t float. Without the resistance of gravity, you and I can’t even walk.” Romans 11:36 says, “For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory.” Indeed, life is worth living because God is with us.

Prayer Song:

And because He lives
I can face it tomorrow
Because He lives
All fear is gone
Because I know
He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives


“For God so loved…” says in John 3:16

I grew up playing basketball in our fishing neighborhood with my friends. I was very excited when I was chosen to play in a basketball league in town. In the opening game, I played a playing guard position.  In the final quarter’s last few minutes, the score was tied. It’s anybody’s ball game. I remember running fast while dribbling the ball when I accidentally missed my step, resulting in a broken left arm and a knee injury. It hurts. I was taken out of the game. I was devastated. As I was seated on the bench while nursing my wounds, my teammates stepped in and won the game without me (or perhaps because I was out). I felt relieved!

Reflect on this with me for a moment. Where have you been wounded? Do we recognize this on the cross? Is Black Friday a bad day that helps us appreciate a good day on Easter Sunday? Is Christ’s dying life-giving? Do Christ’s suffering and death fulfill the giving of life abundantly?

Will you allow God to leverage your pain and suffering to bring healing and comfort to others?

To whom do you hope to share the life-giving power of Christ’s suffering and death?

Adam Hamilton reminds his readers about Jesus’ challenge. He quotes, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?” (Luke 9:25). In his book, UNAFRAID: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times, he writes, “In this passage, Jesus offers a paradox. He says that it is in self-denial and laying down our lives that we find life.” As Christ’s followers, are we being challenged to follow the paradoxical or upside-down way of Jesus?

What if you let God convert your greatest fears into gifts and opportunities? What would it look like to allow God to leverage your greatest setbacks and turn them into your biggest setups for a better life? Are you ready to trust God to turn your wounds to heal somebody, your tragedy into someone’s triumph, and your “death” into others’ resurrection?

In this holy week, let us rejoice that we are a part of God’s team. We are a “never say die” type of team because Christ is in our corner. The Risen Christ is with us always.


Take my life and let it be

Consecrated, Lord, to thee.

Take my moments and my days;

Let them flow in endless praise,

Let them flow in endless praise.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour

At thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself, and I will be

Ever, only, all for thee,

Ever, only, all for thee.


“Be filled with the Spirit,” says in Ephesians 5:18

We were driving from Sacramento to Pacific Grove this past weekend. I was driving a Toyota RAV-4 Hybrid that gave me good gas mileage. I knew that I had enough gasoline for the whole trip. I was wrong. I overestimated the capacity of this car. The alarm got off in the middle of I-680, suggesting low fuel. The next nearest gas station was about 5 miles from where I noticed the alert. I was confident that I would make it to refill my tank. I was right. That’s not the point. The lesson was to ensure you always have enough gas on the road trip.

Like a gas tank, the Spirit of God must fill and refill our souls. If you are not paying attention to the state of your soul, you may already be experiencing spiritual dehydration. If not quickly attended to, it may cause weakness, confusion, and inability to stay healthy. Inquiry: When was the last time you experienced what is enough is not enough? How did you handle a situation where you thought you had complete control, yet it still did not work how you wanted it to? When did you put a pause on doing something that you care about most because you don’t think and feel that you had enough energy to push it forward?

In his book, IF: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities, Mark Batterson writes, “First things first: you cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit if you’re full of yourself.” Emptying yourself needs to happen if we want the Spirit of God to come into our lives. Not for a moment, but filling the Spirit is a continuous action.

What if you started opening up your soul to God’s filling in of the Spirit? In what specific aspect of your work and life were you needed most the coming in of the Spirit? What obstacles must be overcome to experience the flowing in of the Spirit daily?

In this season of Lent, let us open our whole being to God’s coming into our lives.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.