be saved…

Have you ever be saved from a terrible moment?

It was a day after my birthday, when the train that I always took for going home had an accident. Fortunately, I was not in the train. That day I took a different train to another city for attending my friend’s wedding. I decided that was after the wedding, I went home. I didn’t know what would happen if I took the usual train to home. Maybe I would be one of the victims. Then I realized it was the God’s hand protecting me.

Before it happened, I had a struggle when my birthday got near. One year had passed and my life was still same. The success that I dreamed before I turn this age had not yet been achieved. I got stress and complained for my life. I was afraid of my future. Would I have a bright future?

Then it happened, a train accident. I never thought that maybe the day after my birthday might be my last day. Thanks God, it wasn’t. The next day, I felt grateful for being able to open my eyes. A lot of bad things could happen, but the fact that I was alive made me realize that I still had another year to be filled with hope, work and love. I should not worry or afraid as long as He who created heaven and earth stood by me. I just need to believe.

I know it was silly, but I thought I should share it with you guys.

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my earth hour

Last night we had an earth hour event. I didn’t know what you did yesterday, but I got participate in the event. The earth hour event started from 20.30 to 21.30. Some people thought why must they got participate at that time as it was only an hour, while when they were sleeping, they had more than six hour turning off the electricity. Well, the spirit was to turn off the electricity when we needed it, not when we didn’t need it. The time was chosen because at that time, the electricity consumption was at the peak. If we turned off the electricity only when we didn’t need it, what was the point? There was no difference with the usual daily activity.

Talking about one hour without electricity, I thought it was not bad. You would not dead without it for an hour, as long as you’re a normal person. Most of us complained that we needed electricity for our daily life. We couldn’t stand without electricity. I didn’t think so. Well, it was true that we needed electricity but we still kept doing some activities without it. Take a look a camping ground. We could have some fun even we stayed in the wild.

For me, the earth hour gave me a chance to stop from my routine for a while. I could take a moment to reflect my life and to have a chat with my family members. You see, it was not bad. I wouldn’t have time to do it in usual day because we all had our own business. For me, I thought that earth hour was a good chance to show our love to earth and people around us. That was my story, how about yours?

the key of happiness

What did you think about some people who had a disease that cannot be cured?

Did you think they were amazing, because they still kept fighting?

Or did you ever compare yourself to them, that if you were in his boot, what would you do?

Some people said that we had those people in our life in order to teach us to be grateful for what every things we had. Yet, it was a pity that they were created under current circumstance, even I believed that God would not give us burden that we were unable to bear.

Talking about being grateful, it was amazing that those people could enjoy their life and be grateful for it. Taking an example of a blind worshipper girl in my country, when she was born blind, her family had a struggle to give up on her or take care of her. A blind baby needed special treatment and funds to cure her eyes. The family had done everything they could for their blind daughter, but her eyes couldn’t be cure and she would be blind forever. But, you know, her songs really inspired me. There were moments in my life when I couldn’t stand for, I listened to her songs. It really helped me to pass the difficult moments in my life.

I didn’t know what kind of struggle that she and her family were facing, but I knew it was not easy. What made me amaze of her was she not only could be grateful for her imperfect life but also inspired others. Reading the testimony of her dad, I knew the key of happiness that they had. In order to enjoy the life you had, you must be grateful for your current life, no matter how difficult it was. But, how could we be grateful in our difficult moments? Being grateful when everything happened according to my will was easy, but when it was otherwise, could we do the same thing?

Later, I realized that the key is a faith. If you believed that everything happened in your life, whether the good and the bad one, was happened for your sake, you would be grateful easily. I knew it was really not easy to be done as it was said. Back to the difficult moments in my life, sorry to not tell you specifically, I had two options, the first one was giving up and running away, and the other one was keeping to struggle and believe that God would make a way, even I didn’t know how and when He would do it. Today, thanks God, He did it and I was grateful for not giving up.

You see, the key of happiness, to enjoy a dark moment in our life is being grateful, it is a must, and to be grateful, you have to have a faith, a faith that everything is under His control and the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save, nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear.

it’s ok to be imperfect

Perfection… of course all human beings want to get it. Having a healthy body, lovely family, highest grade, secure job, nice home, everyone want it, don’t they? Who want live alone, no money, no friends, jobless, and homeless? However, in the world we live in today, you can’t get everything you want.

Take a look at some businessmen. They might be success in their career and got wealthy, but how was their family? Some of them were unmarried, while others had problems in their family. There were only a few of them who had healthy relationship with their family.

So, is it wrong to dream a perfect live? Absolutely not. Everyone should set a goal as high as possible. Yet, the problem appeared when they couldn’t get the goal. While some people worked harder, the others got stress and gave up, even the worse was they gave up their live and chose to die. For those people, the pressure was unbearable.

Let me ask you a question, who put a heavy weight on your shoulder? Are they not the society, are they? The society told us that if we want to live happily, we must have everything that I wrote before. They told us to be success in everything and if you were having most of it but missed only one thing, it couldn’t be considered as a success. That’s why most of people couldn’t stand it because they regretted the thing that they couldn’t achieve and forgot the others that they have had. It seems that if they were imperfect and unsuccessful, they wouldn’t be accepted by the society.

Now, let’s take a look at God. Does He want us to be perfect? Yes, He does. Matthew 5:48 tells us. However, the distinction of God and the society is while the society gives us no room for imperfection, God accepts us even we are imperfect. Roma 5:8 tells us that God love us even we were a sinner. Yes, He wants us to be perfect, but He knows that human is imperfect. Nobody’s perfect, isn’t they? That’s why God will make us perfect. When you put your life in His hands, your family, career, study, wealth, everything you have, I believe He will make it perfect. Ok, maybe it’s true that you still are not be able to get your dreams come true, but you will find a satisfaction in your hearth. You need not hold the burden of perfection and successful life from society any longer. You are free to be imperfect and unsuccessful as long as in the eyes of God it is a perfect and success life that He created for you…

the story of potato, egg and coffee beans

Once there lived an old man who owned a magic pot.

Wherever he put water in it, it would start boiling.

One day, three men came to his house.

The first man had a potato. He complained that it was too hard to eat.

The second man had an egg.  He said it was too soft to eat.

The third man had a few coffee beans. He said it wasn’t enough.

The old man asked them to put all of these into the boiling water.

The potato that went in hard and unrelenting, came out extremely softened.

The egg that seemed extremely fragile, came out hardened.

The coffee beans used the opportunity to change itself and turned into an aromatic drink.

 

The pot signifies life. It is filled with our experiences.

The boiling water signifies hardships. Everyone faces difficult times in life.

The potato, the egg, and the coffee beans are three types of people in the world.

They deal with hardships in different ways.

Some people mellow down like the potato.

Some make themselves stronger to face hard times, like the egg.

And some adapt and change themselves to suit the situation, like the coffee beans.

So are you the potato, the egg, or the coffee beans?

 

it’s not my writing. I get it from a friend…

Kartu kuning ketua BEM UI kepada presiden

Beberapa hari ini, berita tersebut tak hanya menghiasi layar televisi, tetapi juga media sosial. Siapa yang belum mendengar berita itu? Saya yakin pasti semua orang pernah mendengarnya dan ikut berkomentar, meskipun hanya di dalam hati hehe… Awalnya saya tidak berniat membuat tulisan ini, tetapi setelah beberapa hari berita itu masih juga berseliweran di media sosial, saya tergelitik untuk menumpahkan isi kepala saya.

Tak dapat dipungkiri, peristiwa itu menimbulkan pro dan kontra. Saya pribadi mendukung semangat yang diusung oleh si pelaku. Siapa sih yang tidak ingin masalah di Asmat itu segera terselesaikan? Saya yakin pasti semua orang ingin saudara-saudara kita di sana dapat hidup lebih layak. Untuk melakukan tindakan itu, memberi kartu kuning kepada presiden di hadapan publik, saya yakin bukan hal yang mudah dilakukan. Perlu keberanian dan mental baja, termasuk siap menanggung resiko yang akan dihadapi nanti. Jujur, saya yakin tidak banyak orang yang berani melakukan hal itu. Saya merasa tindakan hal ini lebih dari membuat surat terbuka, karena dilakukan secara live.

Namun, saya rasa tidak benar juga jika si pelaku seakan-akan menyalahkan presiden, menumpahkan segala beban kepada presiden. Presiden itu bukan Tuhan yang maha sempurna. Dia memiliki keterbatasan. Tak pantas rasanya jika menuntut beliau harus sempurna dalam segala hal, termasuk mampu menyelesaikan semua masalah. Saya merasa bahwa pemerintah telah berusaha. Tinggal seberapa keras kesungguhan usaha pemerintah, saya tidak tahu dan tidak bisa menjudge karena saya tidak memiliki data yang akurat tentang usaha pemerintah tersebut. Inilah poin yang ingin saya garis bawahi. Janganlah mudah menjudge seseorang, apalagi jika tidak memegang data yang akurat, di mana penilaian hanya sekadar berdasarkan berita yang belum lengkap atau tidak dapat dipertanggung jawabkan. Sekali lagi, jangan mudah percaya pada media. Media seringkali memiliki fungsi menggiring publik agar melihat sesuai apa yang diinginkan oleh si actor intelektual, bukan pada fakta yang sebenar-benarnya. Hal ini saya pelajari dari teman yang bekerja di media hehe.

Kembali pada kisah kartu kuning, si pelaku masih mahasiswa. Dia masih idealis maka wajar saja jika tindakannya seperti itu. Sebagai mantan mahasiswa, saya bisa memahami dan mencoba melihat dari sudut pandangnya. Orang yang dewasa tidak akan menjudge si pelaku dengan sembarangan. Jika dia perlu dibina dan diarahkan, saya rasa wajar saja. Dia masih mahasiswa. Tentu saja kita tidak bisa mengharapkan dia bertindak sebagai orang dewasa. Justru orang-orang yang mengharapkan dia bertindak layaknya seorang veteran lah yang saya rasa tidak wajar. Menghakimi, menyalahkan justru akan membuat anak muda itu kehilangan kekritisannya dan tidak berani mengembangkan pendapatnya. Hal itu sama saja dengan mematikan semangat nya yang masih membara. Namun, memuji secara berlebihan juga tidak dapat dibenarkan. Dia bukan orang yang sempurna, perlu dicatat. Dia masih perlu banyak belajar untuk menjadi orang yang dewasa. Tugas kita bersama untuk mengarahkan anak-anak muda sehingga mereka menjadi orang yang mampu bertindak benar di kemudian hari.

Wow, panjang juga ternyata tulisan saya. Saya rasa cukup sekian saja. Toh saya cuma berniat membuang isi pikiran hehe. Semoga bermanfaat.