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【夫妻同心】活到老、學到老

 

人生總有高低順逆,這些都是人成長必行的路。神賜下充滿啟迪和教導性的聖經,要一生不斷地用心去讀、聆聽和領受經文中神的話語,從而明白神的旨意使我們生命得到更新蛻變,就算黑暗籠罩著,仍在光明中繼續前進。使我們不單渴望神,更要順服上帝的心意,學會放下己見,口中有道,心中有愛,謙卑地用行動來做人和處事。

我出生於戰亂的越南。唸小四時家道中落,舉家要在一塊荒廢爛地上搭建一間簡陋、無水無電更沒有衛生間的小茅寮居住,我在這樣的環境下度過童年和青少年。後來寄居在一位兄長家中半工讀修完高中和大學化學系課程。記得在高中時,逢週六晚要從兄長家步行四十分鐘回父母家,路上一面觀看著浩瀚宇宙的天空中遍佈的星星,一面驚嘆它們的規律性,在其軌道上不斷運行而從不發生碰撞,從而希望將來我能成為天文物理學家。但當時的大學沒有這科,所以夢想落空了,故此只好轉向攻讀化學課程。

1979 年,因殘暴統治的政權壓迫及剝削人民自由,當時華人慘受排斥和迫害,我就經歷了一次出生入死的驚駭旅途,我坐上一條載滿偷渡客的破舊漁船,冒生命危險逃離越南。在四日三夜的路途中經歷了多次海盜洗劫,但最後幸運地能到達馬來西亞的難民營。後來我獲得澳洲政府收容定居布里斯本,在當地大學先後攻讀和獲取化學學士及化學博士學位。畢業後轉到墨爾本研究院工作,繼而成為一位研究化學的科學家。感謝神,期間有多項科研發現和貢獻,被提名為諾貝爾化學獎候選人,最近兩年更被聘為大學教授。

十七年前我被派到美國公幹半年,讓我再次接觸和認識基督,並在回澳洲前一個月決志及受洗。2006 年,神又讓我和太太在澳洲參加了「恩愛夫婦營」,兩年後我們夫婦並肩投入事奉和擔當家新在墨爾本協調小組的事工。

愛、敬畏、順服

大衛 ‧瑋克森牧師( David Wilkerson)一篇有關愛、敬畏和順服的文章。當中提到我們與神同行的時候,愛、敬畏、順服三者是不可分割的,我們不可能只實踐其中一項。我們不可能說愛神,但心裡卻不敬畏祂,又不遵行和順服祂的話語和命令。感謝神!因祂先愛和接納我們,讓我們成為祂的兒女與衪同行,當我們被揀選、被呼召與神同工時,我們要用衪賞賜的恩典和能力回饋神,要敬畏神懂得把恨惡分別並遠離惡事,要遵守祂的命令、粉碎老我成為神的忠心僕人,順服行事和謙卑事奉和工作。

有時神的話語在一般常人看起來是不可思議的,但其教導比真金白銀更加貴重。神要我們清楚地明白祂是愛的源頭,我們要學習無條件犧牲和付出、不記前仇、不怨恨他人,即使以往對方曾咒詛、凌辱和打罵我們,只要用愛去感化敵人,這世界會變得更和平與美好(路6:27-29)!祂也教導我們要謙卑,像天真的小孩來完成祂所託付的事工(太18)。

合神心意—謙卑事奉和工作

從加入家新團隊服事至今,有幸讓我接觸和認識到一群全職或義工的主內同工們,他們不單謙卑、溫柔,更是一對一對的夫妻二人同心同行,委身在同一個事工和使命上,彼此流露著主內合一的馨香。最近這幾年我更深心地感受到被這位偉大的陶匠-我們的神所塑造出來的真善美。特別見證在墨爾本家新團隊過去幾年以漸進式從一小群到今天十多對願意委身被神使用的同工夫婦,大家盡心竭力義不容辭在夫婦營中彼此謙卑扶持。無論在學習帶領課程或在行政後勤支援上的事工,大家學習順服願作僕人為神全然擺上。每次營會都有新的學習、新的領受。同時為一些參加過營會的夫婦感恩,他們回到各自的教會中熱心推動、鼓勵身旁夫婦來領受神的祝福。這一切更讓我順服神的大能和慈愛,凡事應以祂為我們的榜樣,才能成就神所託付的事工。

除了服事外,神讓我明白要以同樣心態來在大學裡執教和指導研究生。我堅持每天都閱讀文獻來保持和學習在學術上新的進展和知識,並以謙卑和嚴謹的態度去教課和指導學生的研究。雖身為導師,也不可先入為主,不能自以為是斷定尚未做出來的實驗結果,我常對學生們說我們不是發明甚麼,只是從事做發現或重發現的工作。回想到我的出身,現在可以陪伴著一群有求知慾、有上進心的學生並肩共同為研究探討,一起尋求新發現,新應用而努力,這確實是神的恩典。

「鳥欲高飛先振翅,人求上進先讀書」,在學習期間讓你感覺有複習不完的功課就對了,說明你正在為成績而努力;感覺有忙和做不完的事就對了,說明你正在為前程而奮鬥;感覺處處不如人就對了,說明你以謙卑的心態看別人總比自己強;感覺走起來特別艱難就對了,說明你正在走上坡路正努力奔向光明的目標。體會到「活到老、學到老」是人畢生的功課!

 

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(此婚姻篇由「家庭更新協會」加拿大分會供稿。本會將於 2018 年 3 月 23 至 25 日舉辦國語恩愛夫婦營,地點在美國 Cedar Springs 舉行,每對加元 $680;又 2018 年 7 月 20 至 22 日舉辦粵語恩愛夫婦營,地點在 Chilliwack, Charis Camp 舉行,每對加元 $570;有興趣參加者請盡早報名。查詢詳情,請聯絡 Paul Tam (604) 875-0203 或瀏覽家新網頁:www.cffc.ca下載報名表。)

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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