Many things like traditions, require quite a bit of persistent in maintaining them.
Also the good habit, does not come by nature. Requires constant enhancement, never give up kind of approach, in order to get things going.
I see for the past few days it have been rather difficult times for me as a parent, facing challenges which I wish God would have lifted or taken away from me, just like Jesus told His Father in Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.“
What caught my attention is the second part. We always asked for the easy way, we do not want to go through the hard way.
But, Jesus teaches us to take the tough path, as the light is at the end of the tunnel.
My father used to tell me this, “It is nice to celebrate the Chinese New Year, which we bought you new clothes, back to home town, enjoying ourselves etc. It is crucial to remember how we need to survive again after the Chap Goh Meh, in terms of attitudes and more so finances.”
Well, whatever it is, we should be able to sail through the storms.
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
~ Mark 4:35-41