Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep

Today, I attended a wedding, a baby's first birthday and two wakes. 

To be honest, having been ill and not sleeping well the past two weeks, my body was begging, "just let me sleep through this scorching day with the aircon turned on at full blast."

But with the husband's encouragement, I pulled my protesting body out the door, and with that I learned lessons of life and faith while sitting on the back of a bike and travelling across the island.

Today I witnessed love. Between a newly married couple, between family members who gather to rejoice, between friends who become family, and between brothers and sisters in Christ. I have much to learn from these examples. 

Today I learned what it means to practice love in action. If my almighty God would love me enough to send His own Son to die for my sins so that I can be reconciled to Him, how can I not have love for others. And the bible tells us that one way in which we can show this love is to "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep." (Romans 12:15 NKJV) And so, we do so, even if our mortal bodies protest. 

Today I learned the brevity of life.  As I gathered with my friends for life's major milestones, I also see the limits that each of us have in time. And I am reminded and rebuked by the passage in the bible which states, "For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin." (James 4:14, 17 NKJV) I know how often I know to do good and choose not to because it was so much easier to just do the acceptable. 

So today my prayer is that I in my life, I seek to do the will of God which is so much greater than me. That I will not choose the easy, but the good, the right, the excellent. That I will walk so much closer to the One who first loved me, as He is the beginning and the end of all things and there would be no better way to walk.