Part of God’s Strategic Plan

planner and pen

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

Originally, I was working towards a career in investment banking. My plans revolved around anything with the highest payoff. Because money.

Then I meandered into the field of Information Technology in Higher Education and grew too specialized to escape. I figured it was one of life’s detours that could’ve ended up a lot worse. So…

For all intents and purposes, I am content.

These past few weeks, I’ve been at conferences where I had the distinct privilege of presenting on behalf of my university’s IT department.

It was at the Annual Computing Conference where I learned that God had strategically placed me where I’m at today.

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In-Depth Bible Study

Read Genesis 1:1 – Genesis 4:26

Notable Verses:

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.
(Genesis 3:15)

If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.
(Genesis 4:7)

Main Ideas:

  • God created everything.
  • Sin is disobedience to God.
  • Satan lies to and opposes mankind.
  • God favors sincere generous offerings.

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Books I’m Reading

three books stacked on top of another

Bible Study Guides

The 40-Day Bible Adventure: A Fascinating Journey to Understanding God’s Word
By Christopher D. Hudson

Know Your Bible Illustrated
By Paul Kent

Pocket Bible Handbook
By George W. Knight

Ultimate Bible Guide: A Complete Walk-Through of All 66 Books of the Bible
Holman Reference


Devoted: 365 Days of Encouragement for Your Walk with the Lord

The Leadership Excellence Devotional
By Pat Williams with Jim Denney

One-Minute Inspirations for Women
By Elizabeth George


The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book
By Dr. David Jeremiah

Combating Spiritual Stagnation


black dog and white dog fightingFor the past week, I was both angry and depressed. I didn’t understand how despite all the progress I made in my faith (and in life in general), I was still subject to the same sh*t that had me a wreck last year.

Christianity is the hardest lifestyle anyone could choose. I considered giving it up more than a few times. What’s the point of praying, going to Church, and reading the Bible if nothing has changed?

Quitting would be too convenient, though. One thing I learned from my old days is:

If your fix stops working, don’t give up. Get more.

After much prayer and deliberation, I realized a lot has actually changed.
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Bittersweet Tea Memories


tea cup

I used to spend summers at my grandmother’s. She would let me work at her company. We’d get up early, grab a Chik-fil-a chicken biscuit, and head into the office.

I worked in the IT department. Alongside an industrious stoic man named Lu Kim. He did much but said little. I was the opposite. We brought out the best in each other, though. Despite our drastically different demeanors, at our core we were very much the same.

Lovers of tradition. With deeply rooted appreciation of simple elegant rituals. Like courtship and tea. Foreign concepts in a society characterized by instant gratification.
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