Note from Rev. Simon
A Letter from our pastor to everyone
Dear Church Families, and you who are reading this,
Sometimes people come into our lives and we will know right away that they were meant to be there – to serve some sort of purpose, teach us a lesson or help figure out who we are. You won’t know who they may be – your neighbour, child, friend, lover, or even a stranger who, when you lock eyes with them, you know at that moment that they will affect your life in some profound ways.
Sometimes things happen to us and they may seem painful and unfair. But in hindsight, we realise that without overcoming those obstacles, we wouldn’t have realised our potential in strength, will power, or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of our soul and how much do we trust in HIM, our Father in heaven.
Without these tests, life would be like a smoothly paved straight flat road to nowhere – safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet who affect your life, and the successes and downfalls you experience create who you are. Even the bad experiences can be learned from, especially from the regrets, the pain, and the important ones.
If someone hurts, betrays, or breaks your heart, forgive them. They have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart.
If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally. Not just because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love, and opening your heart and eyes to things you would not have seen or felt without them.
Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.
Talk to people you have never talked to before and actually listen, let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself that you are a great individual and believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you. You can make of your life anything you wish.
Create your own life, then go out and live in it! Live each day as if it were your last. Tomorrow is not promised, but God is in control, His promises are ever faithful!
Rev. Simon Tan, Arrow Gates Church