The year of unceasing fruitfulness
I remember that Sunday the 1st of January. Pastor Prince declared that 2012 would be the year of unceasing fruitfulness. 2012 would be a year of great promise. It was the year I was to enlist. I had been looking forward to my enlistment for a very long time and I had many expectations of myself.
All of my 3 wishes to do with 2012 were to do with the army. I wanted to get into OCS and to achieve the SAF overseas scholarship. I declared my promises to the lord and I believed that my 3 wishes would be granted. I trained rigorously as I prepared for enlistment.
Just before my enlistment I went for a holiday to UK. Upon my return there was a searing pain through my left arm. I was very worried and I immediately went to see the doctor upon my arrival back to Singapore. This was just two days before my enlistment. Not wanting to get too worried I brushed it off as I consumed the painkillers.
I went ahead with enlistment. As soon as I stepped foot on tekong. The painkillers started to take effect and I started to faint. I could no longer pick up my bag with my left hand as the pain was excruciating. Days passed; despite several visits to emergency department the doctors only prescribed me painkillers. The painkillers had no effect on me and the pain only kept getting worse.
I was excused from all activities and very soon sleepless nights followed as I could not stay still due to the pain. Day by day I saw my dreams of becoming an officer slip away. The pain got to the point where the doctor finally granted me MC to rest at home.
On the first day of my MC at home the pain hit the limits. It seared from my neck down my arm and even to my chest. I lay sprawling on the ground without being able to neither talk nor breathe. My mum rushed me to the hospital where I was then subsequently admitted.
Throughout my 10 days stay in the hospital my condition deteriorated day by day. My left facial muscles started sagging and my left hand and fingers became numb. Then my left legs became numb and I wasn’t able to move them. It was very typical of a stroke. After many days of tests and invasive investigations I was later diagnosed to have brachial neuritis.
During my stay in the hospital Pastor Joe, Irene and Rita (care group leaders) came to visit me. I partook of the holy communion and through their encouraging words my spirit was lifted. Also a particular care group whom I never ever knew sent me a full book filled with encouraging words and prayers. I am so thankful to be in a church with people who pray for me even though they don’t know me.
I was eventually discharged from the hospital. Eager to make a recovery I did all I could to speed up my recovery. However weeks and months passed and I did not have significant progress. I went through many arduous MRIs, operations and steroids for medications. When I went for a follow-up medical appointment the doctor then told me that I was to be downgraded permanently to PES E. He gently told me that I couldn’t possibly be an officer any more due to my condition. He also said that I could never possibly go back to competitive weightlifting. Weightlifting was my passion ever since I was 14 and by age 16 I was a national weightlifter. When he broke the news to me my heart broke.
That night as I went home my tears flowed. I was so angry. I even vented my anger at god. I was so upset with what had happened to me. All my 3 wishes and goals i set for the year were dashed out within 2 months of the year. Even worse, my greatest passion was taken away from me. I cried and questioned god. Where was he when I needed him!
But there came my mother. She understood my pains. My faith was deeply shaken but my mum held strong and kept praying for me. She kept telling me that god does not close doors for no reason and that there always is a purpose to his ways. God works in mysterious ways after all. She asked me to write out what I wanted. With my mum’s constant prayer my faith was build slowly back and I decided to give god “another chance”.
Throughout my MC tenure I decided to make use of my time. Instead of lying around and feeling sorry for myself I started reading many business books and started networking. Eventually I met up with a few business mentors who guided and mentored me to build my very own internet businesses.
I was blessed to get a posting to a camp which was very conveniently located for me. Just 15 minutes away from my house. In addition to that I was also blessed to be posted to a unit with very understanding and caring superiors. My vocation was also 8 to 5 job. At this point of time I was very thankful that I could book out every single day unlike my peers who only could book out on weekends. Praise God!
Business picked up very quickly and very soon I was making a very good full time income through business and investments only part time for a few hours each night. My best performing month was in August 2012 where i made $6100 in a month! being only 19 i guess thats quite an achievement. that too on a part time basis. I constantly channeled all my business profits to my investment accounts. My options account has grown to $60 000SGD as of December 2012! maintained an average of 3% ROI per month. in 2012 alone i have made close to $50 000 I was then able to do what I was always wanted and that was to help other people achieve their goals as well. I started educating my peers and friends on financial education and helped to make a difference in their lives and finances. creating more lives filled with FUN FULFILLMENT AND FREEDOM!!!!
I realize that my God never ever left me and that he was blessing me even more abundantly every day. As I increased my tithes he kept multiplying my business. He was blessing me many folds over. During miracle seed Sunday this year I am proud to say that I managed to tithe 10 times more than what I managed to last year. Next year it will be 10 times more than this year! If my god is for me who can be against me?
Oh Yes! Now in December my condition too has improved significantly. My arms are now fully functional. Even my physiotherapist was very pleased with my rate of recovery! Praise god!! To see my body recover from a total wreck to my current condition is beyond description. I am so truly grateful to Jesus for speeding up the healing process incredibly!
Reflecting upon the past year I am very proud to say that JESUS indeed works wonders in our lives. I’ve learned that whenever something disheartening happens to you and when anger clouds our thinking (it happens to EVERYBODY) we really should cast our cares to god. We are HIS beloved. My Jesus loves me more than everything. In the bible it says that our god will never leave us nor forsake us. He NEVER EVER left me. I rest in him now knowing that my god is amazing and that I’m a child in his loving arms.
Thank you Jesus! Thank you mum and dad for guiding me back to the glory of god!
With much gratefulness,