Why Your Words Can Make (or Break) You

How much value do you put in your words?

Did you ever, figuratively speaking, shoot yourself in the foot?

Have you ever listened to the words you tell yourself?

If you could travel back in time to meet your old self, how would you tell him to change his words?

I first learned the hidden power of words many years ago from a preacher who visited my church. Since then, I have been carefully listening to the words that I have said and learning to restraint myself from saying words to others that I don’t wish to regret later.

We’re all traveling through time together, every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride.

Tim Lake in About Time Movie (Universal Pictures, 2013)

How to Improve in Your New Year

First of all, I would like to say Happy New Year 2015 to readers who have been kind enough to visit this space again after I have been slacking off for the past few months. I am committing myself to writing again on a regular basis.

 

In the past few weeks I have been getting a plethora of emails and posts in social media with similar set of ideas. Yes, it’s approaching new year and a lot of bloggers, authors and content writers are getting busy writing and sending emails to their audiences, or blog readers on how to make their new year a better year. Or, how to make it their best year ever! Or how to have a more productive year. As I read through their blog posts, skimmed through their email newsletter, listened to their podcast and watched their vodcast, I have learned that there are a lot of people who wanted to make their new year, at least, better than the last. Most struggled because they either didn’t know how or they thought they knew how, but when their methods fail, they turn to others for better options for improvement.

Hillsong Conference 2014 – Day 3

By the time Day 3 of Conference rolls around, a lot of people would probably have been exhausted by now.

View of main stage from our new seating position

View of main stage from our new seating position

 

Hillsong, thankfully, understands this well and decided to let us have a short day today so that we could go back earlier to our hotel, or our homes, or wherever we are staying to catch some much needed sleep. Well, that’s the official reason this year. The unofficial reason, which has been  a tradition in previous years, was due to the State of Origin which always happen to coincide on the same week of the Hillsong Conference. The State of Origin this year seemed to have been played earlier this year.

 

Regardless of the colour preference and whose team you are rooting for, there is always something to look forward to with each new day of Hillsong Conference and they tend to go above and beyond your expectations. We are being treated with double portion of leadership lessons by Bill Hybels today. I love what Pastor Bill talked about today, which is about the five critical leadership test that Jesus issued to the people he will call. Pastor Brian and Bill then sat down together where they talked about their experience and their insights into more than 30 years of leading a church.

Choreographed Dance

After the talk-show, Pastor Bill left the conference to catch the earliest next flight back to the USA. We then get treated to some of the most creative choreography and music which the team at Hillsong has prepared so well. After the beautiful dancing and singing, Pastor Brian again took to the stage where he began sharing about how strongly he believe in the church being an inclusive place rather than exclusive place. The message, titled “Two’s company but three’s a crowd”, speaks directly into the challenge many modern churches face today as these churches began losing what God really wanted to achieve through His church. Key lessons learned: “We are not called to be an enforcer of rules but imposer of grace”

 

 

"Creative Writing - For the Love of Words" Masterclass

“Creative Writing – For the Love of Words” Masterclass

If there’s any aspect that I did not enjoy from Hillsong Conference, I would say that having to choose one out of the many amazing and inspirational masterclass will be it. And today is an especially difficult one. Four out of the ten masterclasses available today were going to be on topics that I am both passionate about and also eager to learn. I eventually settled on visiting the “Creative Writing” class, which was packed with people that they have to refuse entry to several people who arrived late. I chose this class specifically because of my love for writing and I am so excited that HIllsong, for the first time, host a writing masterclass. The other reason was probably because Robert Fergusson, a pastor I deeply honor and respect, will be speaking on the topic. Key lesson learned: We are ordinary people with extraordinary potential put in there by God. We are ordinary people with ordinary pen who will be able to write extraordinary things”.

He gave us five spiritual tips for writing

Three panel of speakers

 

Finally, the Night Rally is closed by Louie Giglio, who is a phenomenal and very gifted speaker and preacher of the word of God. He spoke about the idea that God, in HIs sovereignty, has a brand name. That brand name is Jesus. And God is a good who honors and respects His own name. God expects us to do the same. After all, evidences are abound in the Bible about how God wants people to be careful about the use of His Name. This is why there is No Other Name under heaven that is greater than the name of JESUS.

 

Pastor Louie Giglio Teaching the word of God

Pastor Louie Giglio Teaching the word of God

Louie Giglio