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【君言才思】人生競賽的態度

 

人生有不少里程要奔跑,抱着甚麼態度,決定成敗得失!

Life聖經提摩太後書四:7—8 節記載了使徒保羅回顧自己的人生及事奉態度:「那美好的仗我已經打過了,當跑的路我已經跑盡了,所信的道我已經守住了。從此以後,有公義的冠冕為我存留,就是按着公義審判的主,到了那日要賜給我的;不但賜給我,也賜給凡愛慕衪顯現的人。 」

我們不妨借來看看怎樣應用在自己身上:

一)要打一場人生漂亮的仗 —

保羅說:那美好的仗我已經打過了。同樣地,你我是否以一積極奮發的心態去面對自己的信仰與生活?表現是否 「美好」 ?是否有以打仗作戰,戒備、裝備好的心志與行動?


記得以前看過一卡通片集,兔子賓尼與惡霸決鬥,大家一起爭快互相拔槍相向。惡霸拔槍不及兔子賓尼般快,但當望向所持的手槍,不禁哈哈大笑。原來兔子賓尼腰間所配備的,不是真槍,而是一根紅蘿蔔;他以紅蘿蔔代替了真槍上陣!

過往的日子,我們會否如兔子賓尼一樣,是裝備不夠,配備不善?馬虎地以其他東西替代了踏踏實實的裝備;甚或是空槍上陣,未積極奮鬥就想着放棄投降?讓我們定意倚靠那加給力量的神,立志努力、勤奮積極,好好充實裝備,真真正正在自己的人生路上,打一場美好又漂亮的勝仗!

二)要貫徹始終地跑盡當跑的路 —

現代中文譯本翻作: 「那值得競爭的賽跑,我已經盡了最大的努力;應當跑的全程,我已經跑過了。」 若你是基督徒,回想自己信主至今,數數有多少年?在過往當跑的路上,曾付甚麼代價積極發憤、盡自己最大的努力,貫徹姶終地去完成其中的人生賽事?

猶記得以前教中學時所舉辦的陸上運動會,印象最深刻的是其中二位運動員的表現:一位是在 110 公呎跨欄的項目。比賽進行中,其中一條跑綫的男同學,他不是跳躍起來及跨越中欄,而是一邊跑,一邊將前面的中欄逐個推倒。不錯,他是跑盡全程,而且是跑第三;但他這犯規的表現,至終被淘汰出局!試想想:究竟我們在信仰及人生路上,有沒有好好地跑盡,且是依循規矩,貫徹合理應盡的本分去完成呢?

在運動會中,另一使我留下印象深刻的,是一位在決賽中的運動健兒。於 400 公呎比賽中,原本他是領先的,但在轉彎時,失去重心,隨着衝力,整個人飛跌在地,面部及雙手也拖擦磨損。後面的健兒相繼追上。他痛苦地掙扎爬起來。旁邊的工作人員本想扶他離場中止比賽,但這位健兒卻堅持仍要跑下去!但一拐一拐地前行,勉強竭盡最大的努力與決心,繼續上路追前。結果他排列第四名。雖然他不入三甲,但他那不怕跌倒,再接再勵,勇於貫徹始終的精神與表現,贏得全場熱烈的掌聲。

人生路上,會有挫折、跌倒、失敗與難處;但不要氣餒、害怕,要仰望主,再爬起來,靠着神所加的力量與恩典,必讓我們能貫徹始終,走畢人生全程的!

三)要着意持守所信的真道 —

現代中文譯本作: 「應當守的信仰,我也守住了」 。在這光怪陸離、五光十色、充滿誘惑試探的世代,處身標榜人權、自由、民主、自決的後現代社會裏,要好好牢牢持守你認為對、認為最好的信仰真理,其實不是一件容易的事!我親自耳聞目睹不少人,曾經有一段日子,在教會、在團契非常虔誠篤信主的基督徒,可是於某—階段,因搬遷、婚姻家庭、子女問題、學業、工作等等因由,就連昔日點點的信仰,也被沖走,蕩然全無!

今天,我們也要檢視自己:過去所聽過、學過、經歷過的信仰真道,究竟有否着意、好好持守多少?聽道而不行道,主耶穌說好比建房子在沙土上,大雨大水一冲,就倒蹋得很厲害。電視時事新聞及報章不時有類似的報導:某地遭暴雨,釀成水災,不少在沙土或低窪之處的,甚至建築物沒有好根基的,被洪水及山泥冲毀,倒蹋破壞、傷亡嚴重,情況悽慘!同樣,當我們不着意持守所聽、所信的真道,一旦遇到考驗危難時,也會倒塌失敗得很厲害的。惟有我們持守真道,明白所聽所學的聖經真理,且肯落實遵行,主耶穌說就好像建造房屋在磐石般穩妥,不怕人生中的暴風大雨的冲擊。

此刻,你我所持守、所擁有的,是否也經得起永恆價值的考驗?

 


Attitude of Life

There are many milestones in life! Our attitudes could bring successes or losses!

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul looked back his own life and attitude in ministry: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."(‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:7-8‬)

Let's see how we can learn from him and make application to our own lives.

1. Fight a good fight!

Paul said: "I have fought the good fight." By the same token, do you and I have the same positive attitude for life and faith? Is the way we live "good"? Do we have the hearts to fight, to watch out, to equip, and to take actions?

A long time ago I watched a cartoon movie about a bunny rabbit fighting with a bully. When the two of them began to pull out their guns, the bully was too slow in actions. Yet the bully broke into laughters as he saw the "gun" that the bunny pulled out was not a real gun but a carrot!

In the past, we're we poorly equipped like this bunny rabbit? Have we done many sloppy jobs instead of solid jobs? Or were we empty loaded and gave up before we truly tried put efforts into work for God? Let's be determined to trust our God who gives us strength. Let's make up our minds to strive for a good fight, being fully equipped and living a real life of our own!

2. To run the race to the very end!

Paul said: "I have fought well. I have finished the race, and I have been faithful." ‭‭(2 Timothy‬ ‭4:7‬ Contemporary English Version) If you are a Christian, you may look back from the first day you trusted your life to Jesus. How long has it been? Have you tried your best on your race of life?

I still remember when I was teaching high school, we had a field Olympic. One of the student athletes, who was competing in a 110 meter hurdle race, finished the race and got a 3rd prize. However, he was disqualified because he cheated by knocking the hurdles down instead of jumping over them! How about us? Have we run a good race by following the rules?

Another athlete who was running a 400 meter race also gave me a deep impression. As he was making a turn, he had a bad fall and scraped his face and hands. Even though the workers were trying to help him , he refused to be helped and continued to finish the race! He earned the applause of the entire audience!

Truly there are many troubles and obstacles in life. Don't lose hope. Don't give up. We can finish the race by trusting God's grace and power.

3. Hold on to our faith!

" I have been faithful." (Contemporary English version 2 Timothy‬ ‭4:7‬)
In this perverse world of temptations, people places high priority on human rights, freedom, and democracy. I have seen some devoted Christians who have dropped out of church and their faith due too problems of relocation, marriage, children, school, job, and more and more.

Let's examine ourselves today. How firm do we hold on to our faith? Is our foundation on sand or on solids? Is our faith like those houses that collapse during floods on the news? If we hold on to our faith, we can stand when troubles come!

Right now, can you and I hold fast to our faith and what we have and stand the testing of eternal value.

(Copyrights in Chinese on: Pastorkcng.com)

 

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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