February 28, 2021

The Shepherd's Corner

THE SHEPHERD’S CORNER

Last week I was at Rose Hills, this week I was back there again to attend our brother Darma’s funeral service.  Knowing him and hearing about him from those who knew him closely, I can sum up his life in one word, “full.”  Darma had lived life to its fullest.  When he was “full,” he lived life to its fullest; but then when he was half-full, he still lived life to its fullest.  He lived life to its fullest because he chose to see himself as half-full, never half-empty.

Once again, we are reminded that life is about perspective—how and from what angle we see it.  Harold Russel, actor and author who won two Academy Awards after losing his hands in an accident during his military service, says this, “It is not what you have lost, but what you have left that counts.”  You see, we are all losing.  We are losing our time left on earth, we are losing our physical strength.  We are losing our vision and hearing.  We are losing our teeth and yes, we are losing our memories.  And slowly but surely, we are losing our health.  But think not what we have lost; think of what we have left and move on while looking at life from that vantage point.

I still remember a year ago when we performed at the Chinese New Year’s celebration, Darma sang all the songs he was assigned to.  He did not miss even one.  And he sang with his full voice.  Even though after we were finished, we saw how tired he was.  Yes, he was tired but happy because he had lived each moment to its fullest. 

In about a month we will remember the passion and the death of Jesus.  You see, Jesus had always known that His death would come but He lived life to its fullest.  He chose to finish the work that His Heavenly Father had assigned Him to.  Like singing, He sang all the songs He was assigned to.  He did not miss even one.

Pastor Paul

More Shepherd's Corner Articles

The Shepherd's Corner - November 13, 2016
THE SHEPHERD’S CORNER Linda, Santy’s childhood friend, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning. The last time she met with Santy a few months ago, she still told Santy that once she recuperated, she would want to travel with Santy. She never had the opportunity to fulfill that dream. ...
Read More
The Shepherd's Corner - December 27, 2015
THE SHEPHERD’S CORNER God is humble. When He does something, He does not usually tell us. He just works behind the scene—quietly. When it is done, then can we see it! I am sure we all can appreciate what we see in our sanctuary and dining hall this Christmas season. These two rooms have been [&h...
Read More
Shepherd's Corner - March 15, 2015
When Corrie ten Boom was about five years of age, she asked Jesus to come into her life.  She recalls that it happened while she was playing “house.”  She remembers she had this imaginary friend come knocking on the door of her “house.”  Her mother who was nearby saw what she was doing. ...
Read More