Busy for God


February 17, 2019


As breaks are coming to an end and the school year is becoming more difficult, time management is crucial. The load of work for school is piling up and spring sports will be happening very soon. Most of you have noticed that I haven’t been posting much lately or said much about the Reflection Club and it is because of school, obviously. With musical practices after school and volunteer work for my church almost every week, things are not looking pretty.

However, I still manage to also spend some time with God by reading the Bible for about 10-15 minutes. Notice when I say, “manage” because it is incredibly difficult to put even just a small amount of time into reading the Bible. Now, I know that many of you do not read the Bible everyday, but if you do, that is awesome and I hope you can continue to do so! You see, sometimes I forget to read and instead I pray to God about how I can manage my time wisely. Honestly, it doesn’t even have to be reading the Bible. It can be having a conversation with God, praying, or even glorifying him through the work we put forth. For me, I believe that it is a NECESSITY to read the Bible even when we have work, homework, and sports. Now, 15 minutes of reading the Bible doesn’t seem a whole lot because I can put in more time studying, playing on my Xbox, or sleeping (because we legit do not get any sleep at all). However, that “15 minutes” can mean a lot because of how much we can learn, relate, and apply from the Bible.

Most importantly, I believe that glorifying God and making him happy at the end of the day is honestly the best thing that can happen. Even when I have days where I can not read the Bible or pray because of school, I continue to work and study FOR God. You can do the same. Even when days can get rough remember that everything you do, you can do for God instead of doing everything solely for yourself. The time you put in for God can be “nothing” or at least “something”. I pray that we can at least do something for Christ each day and that we can glorify him through everything we do.


“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it ALL for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31


UPDATE – Reflection Club


February 9, 2019


The Reflection Club is finally going to be official! I have spoken with my sponsor and everything looks good right now. However, the scheduling is going to be quite difficult to manage. Thursday’s after school and Tuesday’s after school will be possibly happening. This will be very similar to church “services” where people can come Tuesday if Thursday does not work and come Thursday if Tuesday does not work after school. I will also implement QRT A-B on Wednesdays if you cannot attend after-school! However, I have to see if my sponsor could allow a QRT day to occur.

I know that many people reading this blog will either ignore, forget, or come to the club. Like I said in my other post, you are not obligated or forced to come to a club that lasts about 30-45 minutes. This is almost similar to joining a small group at your church (if you go to one). Many people I have seen are forced to go to church. Many just don’t care and don’t come at all, but there are those who don’t need to be reminded and they go because they NEED to. I think we can all relate to the time when we were constantly reminded by our parents to do something and we never did it. Just like this club, I pray that this is something that can be meaningful in your life!

You see, in my other introductory post I mentioned about how my parents called me a “fake Christian”. At first I took it as an insult, but then I realized it could be a change and turning point where I had the chance to make things right. The truth is, many people fail to turn to Christ because of our own ACTIONS. The way we act tells the people around us if we are truly a believer or a non-believer. I believe that we all have second chances and I definitely believe that this club can change not only non-believers, but CHRISTIANS as well. Everyone is worthy to come and I am not stopping anyone from coming. It is ultimately YOU that decides whether God is more important than the life of yours.


“For whoever wants to save their life will LOSE it, but whoever loses their life for me will FIND it.” –Mathew 16:25


The Reflection Club

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12


January 30, 2019


God gives us a mission in the life of ours. Our mission is to reach out to others and share the good news of Christ! Whether you are a Christian or a non-believer, everyone is welcome to join. However, this club is mainly meant for those that attend our school, obviously. Others that do not attend our school can feel free to read and comment on my posts!

NOTICE!

BEFORE I begin explaining everything about this club, I want to remind everyone that this is in no way a competition against the official Bible Club at our school. I have been asked whether or not this club a competition about a hundred times over the past month!

WHY DID I MAKE THIS CLUB?

I believe it was God that told me to make this club. After facing many hardships throughout the past month, an odd feeling feeling came through me, telling me that I should make a club and post my idea on social media for hundreds of people to see. I made this club is to ultimately show that God can be a big part of our lives in our school. This club is meant to help us grow stronger in faith, unity, and prayer with one another. However, that does not mean that this is a strict and boring club. The Reflection Club is meant to grow deeper in God but to also have fun doing so.

SCHEDULING

For now, I do not have an exact date of when the first meeting will be held. However, I do know that the first official meeting will begin around mid-February to early March. The meetings will be made after-school in Mr. Besser’s Wellness Classroom, Room 132, for a total of 40-45 minutes. Mr. Besser will officially be the sponsor of this club. More information will be edited on this post very soon!

Also, there will be many opportunities to bring new ideas to the club on Wednesdays during (study-hall), QRT A and B in the library. It is also a time where I will give out news and information of any change that would happen within the club. Last of all, I will send out a message to all of you of when this will occur!

ACTIVITIES

There will be A LOT of activities happening within the Reflection Club. That includes:

  • Q/A sessions
  • Sessions for prayer
  • Studying the Bible and the many people and topics within it
  • Small sermons that give unique messages
  • Days to chill, hang out, eat food, and have fun
  • Helping other communities, cities, schools, and the homeless by raising money!

BRINGING PEOPLE TO COME JOIN!

I understand that most of you have a lot of activities, homework, and work to do during your day. But all I ask is just 40-45 minutes of your time and dedicating that time to Christ! That is all I ask. Please, do not be afraid to share this with others. You do not know if person you invite will be the person that will ultimately be saved! There are many ways to invite people and get others to be interested such as posting this on your social media or even telling your friends!

MORE INFO

I will provide everyone with their own Bible on the first official meeting! Also, I highly encourage and challenge each any every one of you to spread the news about this club. I am not doing this for fame or attention, but I am doing this to bring your attention to Christ.


Please leave a comment and contact me if you have any other questions or ideas you might have!


A New Beginning


“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8


January 29, 2019


God has a plan for each and every one of us. Sometimes we don’t know what will happen the next second, the next day, or the next year. You see, my story turned out to be amazing. It was a plan that God had intended for me; a plan to reach out and bring others to Christ.  

As a 15 year-old sophomore in high school, it seems odd and strange to reach out to others. “You are a fake Christian!”, said my parents. “Your education is more important than God!”. The risk of me reaching out to others is unpredictable, but I know the risks and I will do anything and everything I can to teach others about Christ.

If anyone reading this does not know me, my name is Jim Shyu. (Gym Shoe is the pronunciation). I am Chinese and I live in Pennsylvania. My parents are not born in the U.S and I have a sister who is a senior in college. My mother and father came to the U.S as a way to live freely and happily, or so I thought. I also forgot to mention that I speak four languages including English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and French (If taking French at school counts). Our family is not a rich family. We are almost below minimum wage and the only person that really provides us with money is my aunt. I would not say that we are a Christian family, which I will get in depth more in the series of messages that will be posted on this blog.

Obviously I’m not going to give specifics, but I attend a school where people need help the most. Frankly, this is a very popular school to attend, but it has its own facade that hides the many things wrong about this school. On the other hand, there are many great things about this school, such as the many people who thirst for Christ and the many clubs that reach out to other communities and schools.

This blog is not only intended for the many Christians that are out there, but the many people who are curious for Christ and those who are non-believers. It is intended for everyone, but mostly for the people that attend our school and the new club I have created, the Reflection Club. The Reflection club is not a copy of the official Bible Club at our school and in any means not a competition. I promise you. I have created this club as a way to seek God from a new direction other than the (I’m joking) infamous Bible Club. The Reflection Club is a way to unite people and Christians in our school to discuss, open the Bible, and to explore places where people have never thought of. We provide deep questions and small groups to get to know each other more. Last of all, the Reflection Club reaches out to communities and other schools, not just our own school. We raise money and provide support for these communities, and in the process, showing the love of Christ. I encourage you, the people at my school, to join this club if you are interested in growing deeper in faith and God. It is meant to be a safe place and a time to turn away from school for only 45 minutes.

I have a passion for Jesus and the Bible. It was the Holy Spirit that led me here and I am not embarrassed or afraid to share my faith. I pray that YOU can also spread the great news of the one and only, Jesus Christ.


Please leave a comment and contact me if you want to join the Reflection club!