Hãy Yêu Thương Nhau - Father Martino Nguyen Ba Thong Official Site Blog
Do something extraordinary as an expression of your faith.
The other day somebody wrote me and said, “Thế, I sure like that tie you wore last weekend.” So I just boxed it up and mailed it to him. I thought, that is too good an opportunity to pass up. (Now, don’t write me and tell me you like my suit, or the car I drive. That’s cheating. You know my secret!)
Bạn biết không, tôi thấy nhiều khi những khổ đau trong cuộc đời cũng có thể bắt nguồn từ những ý muốn “tốt lành” của chúng ta. Nhưng khi cái thấy mình chưa được trong sáng, tâm mình chưa được tĩnh lặng, lòng mình chưa thiện lành, thì những lăng xăng cố gắng tạo tác của ta chỉ mang lại thêm khổ đau và rối rắm thêm cho mình và cuộc đời mà thôi…
“He did not doubt God’s promises in unbelief; rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God.” (Romans 4:20)
In scripture, Abraham’s circumstances were beyond his control. He was way too old to have a child, but God promised him that he would have a son. What did he do while he was waiting? Scripture says, “He grew strong in faith by giving praise to God.” He got up every morning and said, “Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You that my baby is on its way. Thank You that You are faithful to Your Word.” He kept thanking God for what he heard in his spirit, and eventually, the promise came to pass.
“Is anything too hard for the LORD? . . .” (Genesis 18:14)
One day, we were in the backyard on a beautiful, sunny day. We were just enjoying the blue sky when all of the sudden, out of nowhere, it began to rain even though there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It was as blue as can be. The sun was out and very bright. But for about three minutes, there was this downpour. We thought, “Where in the world is this rain coming from?”
One summer while we were on vacation, I asked the hotel bellman for directions to a certain church in the area that we had heard about and wanted to visit that morning. The bellman was a young man in his early teens, happy-go-lucky, working the weekend shift, and probably not making much more than minimum wage. He said, “The church you want to go to is way too far from here. You’ll never get there in time, but there is another church about ten minutes down the road. I think you’ll really like it.”