Melvyn Tan
December 5, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

Ask And You Shall Receive

[blockquote source=”1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)“]This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.[/blockquote] Anything You Want I’d always remember this incident. It was during my […]

[blockquote source=”1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)“]This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.[/blockquote]

Anything You Want
I’d always remember this incident. It was during my Junior College days, where I had to purchase a personal computer for my assignments. Thinking back, must I really have to have a personal computer? The answer was no, but it would be a plus. I wanted one because my friends all had nice looking graphs and charts in their assignments. And I didn’t want to lose out just because my assignments didn’t look as impressive as theirs. Never mind about the content, but looks count.

One problem after another
So my friend and I visited one of those trade shows where I picked up several brochures on the latest and greatest PCs. But there was one problem, I didn’t have any money and hence I needed to get the cash to pay for it. When I found out that I could buy one on hire purchase, rather than cash upfront, I jumped at it. But I needed a guarantor for the hire purchase. Naturally I approached my dad to be my guarantor. But there is another problem. You see, the guarantor has to meet a minimum income requirement. And my dad didn’t meet the requirement. We then approached a cousin of mine to be the guarantor but he disagreed. So we are back to square one. Despite all these problems, I still wanted the PC and my dad knew how much I wanted it. So, he did what any father would do, get the son his PC no matter what. He drove me half way through town just to withdraw cash from an overdraft account. It was not until several years later that I learned that my dad didn’t have the cash but he really wanted me to have the PC and so he borrowed from the overdraft account, incurring interest from that very moment.

Now that I’m a father
I am now a father myself. And I now understand the why he did that, despite knowing the significant cost involved. I would do the same for my children, although I might use a different approach. Nonetheless, if we know our children need something that will enable them to advance in their work or career, we would do whatever it takes to make that happen for them. Perhaps, it was because we never had the opportunity back then and we don’t want to deny our children. Or it could simply be a case of parental love. We just want the best for our children.

Millennials are a different bunch
Lisa Earle McLeod’s post on the Millennials she touched on the issue of how a “childhood of household prosperity has created a habit of adult indulgence“. What’s even scarier is that the data showed that “Millennials are shopping 25-40% more than the average consumer“.

Consumerism
And while we want the best for our children, are we being foolish in fueling their wants by not only showering them with toys, gadgets, and designer wears from a young age, but also being ourselves an example of consumerism?

Creatorism
At the other end of the spectrum is our ability to create – creatorism, I’d call it. Years ago, you’d need to be a literary before you could ever think of publishing a book. Now, anyone can publish a book; if they chose to. There are options available now that were unthinkable in the past. Self publishing and assisted self publishing are avenues available to you and me to get a book out.

Power of Influence
If writing a book is not your thing, then you always start a blog, or simply use Facebook or Twitter to broadcast your ideas and influence others. An example was this article that precipitated my wife’s decision to get another baby carrier and stop using the one we currently have. This illustrates how an article like this can influence my wife’s decision on dumping the Baby Bjorn Carrier and to buy an Ergo Baby Carrier instead.

Our Heavenly Father
If our earthly fathers would go that distance just to make sure we get what we need, think what our heavenly Father can and will do. However, our heavenly Father is all wise and all knowing, hence it would only be matters that are in alignment with His will.

Therefore as we journey into the new year, let us remind ourselves on aligning our work to His will.

Prayer
Father, we know that You hear us and that You would grant us anything we ask for in Jesus’s name.  We ask that You will give us the courage, strength, and wisdom to create the body of work that will enable us to fulfill our purpose and to be the person that You wanted us to be.  In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.