by jha on 02/10/2014

Dear Joy,

Bet you didn’t expect the “r” to come this quick! Since my remaining time here is too short to dive into any serious design work and too long to stone away, what better use of time than to send you 96r. Muahahaha!

Thank you for 96.  You know I always (yes, always) look forward to your posts.

It’s a fact that the more one is unsure of who they are and whose they are, the harder it is to be a nobody.  This is why many are in an endless pursuit to achieve and accumulate things/projects in order to assuage their insecurities and to help them feel less of a nobody. On the contrary, those who are secure find it easier to lay it all down because they know it doesn’t change who they are or how much they are loved by the one who matters most to them.  The best example and model is of course, Jesus.  He not only emptied himself, he poured it all out in the most gruesome, condemned way. His death as a criminal actually negated his entire reputation as a great teacher and deliverer who worked fabulous miracles.  All the limelight, oohs and aahs and reviews, all the accolades and applause of men suddenly got flushed down the toilet bowl and into the sewers of human history. Had God not resurrected Him, we would not be here exchanging posts on joy-fer.com.  If it were not for the joy of pleasing His Father alone (Heb 12:2), I don’t think he could have gone down that route.  The grief alone would be unbearable. 

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Phil 2:5-8 (NLT)

It’s no secret that you struggle most in being a nobody.  Whenever you say “I’m a nobody,” I can almost sense a tinge of resolution mixed with resignation.  I know you are training yourself in righteousness and God is ever nearby egging you on in this path that He is leading you to.  At the same time, we ask for divine enablement because at the end of the day, God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Phil 2:13)

Thank God for giving us that desire to please him.  Wait till He gives us the POWER to do what pleases him, too – woohoo!  Ask and you shall receive.

The day you can truly say you are a nobody with perfect rest and acceptance, perhaps like Emmet in the Lego Movie, you could be the next nobody who ends up saving everybody. So when are we going to watch this?

See you when I’m back from Tacloban.

As ever,


P.S. The fridge is a needful thing.  Thank God for providing it through you.

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